July 27th, 2011
WEST WARWICK â€” To say that Ryan Oâ€™Dell and his Cumberland Post 14 teammates are looking forward to the American Legion Senior Division playoffs would be a gross understatement.
Just a few months earlier, many of the same players on manager Jim Dawberâ€™s crew figured prominently on the Lincoln High baseball squad that exited quickly from the Division I playoffs. It was the type of ending that was viewed in some corners as a complete shock, especially since Lincoln had captured the I-North division title and rattled off seven consecutive wins to begin the season.
WARWICK â€” After capturing the state title for 11-year-olds last year with basically the same core of players, Cumberland American All-Star coach Dave Belisle kind of had a feeling his team had what it took to excel in the Major Division this summer.
Just a little more than a month after the season began, his young and talented players certainly proved it.
GLOCESTER â€” Town and state leaders representing Glocester and Burrillville are vowing to fight the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authorityâ€™s (RIPTA) preliminary proposal to reduce the frequency of bus trips along Route 9, which runs between Providence and Burrillville, through North Providence, Smithfield and Glocester, and is the only public transportation route through northwestern Rhode Island.
Sen. Paul W. Fogarty and other lawmakers are holding a public hearing for residents Aug. 1 to hear concerns and prepare their battle plans.
WOONSOCKET Phillip E. Connolly, Sr., 75, of Seventh Ave., Woonsocket, died July 26, 2011 at Woonsocket Health Center surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Joanne (Rice) Connolly.
Born May 24, 1936 in Woonsocket, a son of the late Edward and Aldea (Picard) Connolly. He was a lifelong city resident. He was a US Air Force Veteran.
Phillip worked in the maintenance department for the former Dennison Manufacturing in Framingham and previously worked for the former Woonsocket Weaving and Lafond Weaving.
BLACKSTONE- James Richard Frend III, 31, of Blackstone, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center after being stricken at home. He was the beloved husband of Catherine A. (Reynolds) Frend, they have been together for over 12 years.
He was the loving father of Amber Lynne Frend and James Richard Frend IV.
Born in Woonsocket on May 25, 1980, he was the son of Richard G. and Doreen (Barrette) Frend of Blackstone.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city's firefighters union has ratified a contract calling for some $4.5 million in concessions through June 30, 2014, paving the way for final approval Thursday night by the City Council.
Retroactive to July 1, the three-year pact calls for a wage freeze during the current fiscal year, followed by raises of 1.5 and 2.5 percent in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
WEST WARWICK --- They will try this again today.
Tuesdayâ€™s start to the American Legion Senior Division â€śElite Eightâ€ť double-elimination tournament only reached a few innings before inclement weather rained on most of the state and suspended both opening-round doubleheaders at McCarthy Field in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.
Itâ€™s a special time for the players of the Cumberland American Little League All-Star team. The squad, which is mostly comprised of 12-year-old youths, stormed through the District IV Major Division Tournament and after two dominating victories at the state level stands just a win away from representing Rhode Island at the Eastern Regionals in Bristol, Conn., next week.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council accepted a list of 15 proposed charter amendments from the Charter Review commission and now begins its own work on which of those measures should be presented to local voters in November.
BURRILLVILLE- Edward Allen, "Ted" Gartland, 67, passed away on July 25, 2011. Loving husband of 40 years to Suzanne Leduc, Ted was the son of John and Alice (Whittaker) Gartland of Nasonville.