July 20th, 2011
As a Hall of Fame second baseman blessed with the ability to influence the game's outcome with his bat and glove, Ryne Sandberg appreciates the intangibles that present day second sackers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano bring to the ballpark.
To Sandberg, Lehigh Valleyâ€™s first-year manager, Pedroia and Cano are chips off the old block. For good measure, so is Chase Utley, who unlike Pedroia and Cano operates outside of the A.L. East caldron.
PAWTUCKET -- Hideki Okajima tossed two spotless innings Monday, his first appearance since July 8. The lefty lowered his ERA to 1.47 in 21 appearances, yet it hasnâ€™t been all fun and games, at least according to the pitcher himself.
â€śItâ€™s been very unsatisfying,â€ť said Okajima through interpreter Jeff Cutler when asked how he would quantify the season to date. â€śI havenâ€™t been able to enjoy baseball the way I would like to.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race.
Just donâ€™t mention it to PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
â€śI get excited about all of our wins,â€ť Beyeler said Wednesday after his PawSox moved to within one game of International League North division leader Lehigh Valley with a 2-1 walkoff victory, their third win in as many games with the IronPigs this week.
Pawtucket can move into a tie for first place with a win over Lehigh Valley in tonightâ€™s series finale.
PROVIDENCE â€” From humble beginnings nearly a century ago, through good times and bad, the Rhode Island Foundation has grown its endowment to a whopping $565 million.
But the state's leading philanthropic organization knows that no matter how much it grows the pot, it's never going to be big enough.
â€śThere are always more good ideas than we can fund,â€ť says Owen Heleen, RIF's vice president for grant programs. â€śThat's why we're always challenged to support more and more of the good ideas that come our way.â€ť
Josephine M. Morrow
WOONSOCKET- Josephine M. "Josie" Morrow, 95, died Tuesday at home. She was the wife of the late John F. Morrow.
Born in Boston, she was daughter of the late George and Margaret (Doyle) Hogan.
She was resided in Boston for most of her life. She was a resident of Woonsocket for the past several years.
Mrs. Morrow was employed in the housekeeping department at Boston City Hospital for over 30 years.
She was an avid bingo player and loved to care for children.
Josie's Catholic faith was central to her life and she maintained a lifelong devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Eva H. Borkowski
WOONSOCKET- Eva H. Borkowski 93, of Roberta Ave. died Tuesday at home. She was the wife of the late Leo J. Borkowski.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Theophile and Helene (Deschamps) Theriault.
Mrs. Borkowski worked as a seamstress at Narragansett Knitting for thirty years and Gorham Industries for twelve years before retiring.
WALLINGFORD, CT- Doris Mary Blazejewski Linton, 84, of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford. She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew Robert Linton.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton is calling for a change to the town charter that would give the town administrator veto power over the budget, a move she says will provide a better system of checks and balances.
PROVIDENCE- Annette Spearman, 51, a former CNA, of 4 Bodell Avenue, Providence, died Friday at home. She was the wife of Keith Robinson.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Mack and Earlene (Vance) Spearman.
Besides her husband, she is survived by sons, Joshua and Jonathan Robinson, daughters, LaTanya and LaToya Robinson, brother, Russell Spearman, sisters, Yvonne, Rose, Nikita, and Deborah Minte Spearman, and 6 grandchildren.
"Joe" E. Perry
BURRILLVILLE- Joseph "Joe" E. Perry, 55, resident of Mapleville, died July 15, 2011 in the Fatima Hospital. Loving husband to Cheryl (Dumas) Perry.
Born in Woonsocket, son of Rita (Lapre) Perry and the late Joseph E. Perry.
Joe worked for the CVS Distribution Center, and owned & operator Aubrees Cash for Gold in No. Smithfield. He was a former district manager for Rug Doctor. A resident of Mapleville for twenty five years. Joe enjoyed cooking and working outdoors.