July 13th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” Retail giant Wal-Mart might not shut down its outmoded Diamond Hill Road store as soon as the company had originally predicted.
The store is on track for retirement when a bigger, modern Wal-Mart Supercenter, under construction in North Smithfield's Dowling Village, opens for business. Store officials had been shooting for a switchover by the end of next month, but the construction project is taking longer than originally expected.
Bucci Development of Warwick, the company building Dowling Village, now says it could be the end of the year before the Supercenter opens.
WOONSOCKET â€” The pair of bicyclists heading up Social Street Monday evening had a bit more on their minds than a little summer recreation.
And even though their outfits might have been more fitting for a ride on the Blackstone River Bikeway, Patrolmen Michael Flood and John Raymond were still on duty and fully equipped as police officers.
Their four-hour shift on the bikes was part of the Police Departmentâ€™s community policing efforts and was putting the two officers in closer contact with the residents they serve.
LINCOLN â€” On their way to posting undefeated records in pool play of the District IV Little League All Star Tournament, Cumberland American and Lincoln combined to outscore their opponents by an 87-12 margin.
After their respective semifinal games on Tuesday night at Hien Field, the two powerhouse teams kept their records unblemished.
But it wasn't quite that easy.
Rita Blanche Fleuette
PLAINVILLE- Rita Blanche (Clegg) Fleuette, of Plainville, where she has lived since 1950, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. She was 67.
Born in Attleboro, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Rita (Audette) Clegg, she was a 1962 graduate of King Philip High School in Wrentham.
She was a retired stitcher for Dale Medical in Plainville for over 25 years. Formerly active in the Girl Scouts, she enjoyed camp outs, and was an avid NASCAR and Red Sox fan. She also enjoyed trips, and vacationing with her husband in Florida.
Robert L. Pointon
WOONSOCKET- Robert L. Pointon, 73, of Clinton St., Woonsocket, was called by his Creator July 10, 2011.
Born Nov. 2, 1937 in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Henry S. (a former Woonsocket Call editor) and Isabelle (LeBoeuf) Pointon.
Robert graduated from Mt. St. Charles and then served six years in the U.S. Navy as an aerial photographer. He subsequently became a chef and restaurant manager for various restaurants in Woonsocket, Plymouth and Brockton, MA. He also owned a variety store in Brockton, MA.
BELLINGHAM- Joseph L. "Joe" Borelli, 73, of Bellingham, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 11, 2011 with family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 50 years of Nedra L. (Watson) Borelli.
Born in Framingham, MA on April 23, 1938, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anne (Nicoli) Borelli.
Carol A. Sharples
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Carol A. (Levy) Sharples, 68, of Bridgewalk Dr. No. Smithfield. Passed away on Monday at her home, she was the loving wife to Ronald Sharples
Born Feb. 24, 1943 in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Stephen & Anna (Tyniak) Levy.
Carol was an Eligibility Technician for the State of R.I. Food Stamp Program before Retiring.
If youâ€™re not a baseball fan, stop here. Itâ€™s time to talk baseball.
The All-Star break isnâ€™t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. Thatâ€™s what we fans do. Canâ€™t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing â€“ Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with â€śIâ€™d like to thank â€¦â€ť
Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out whatâ€™s being said. Bottom line? Itâ€™s about extolling credit where credit is due.
Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€¦
For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
â€śWe run a 2-2 split,â€ť manager Arnie Beyeler explained. â€śThey get their work, so thatâ€™s whatâ€™s important.â€ť