May 25th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – Playing their first home game since the passing of Jim Skeffington, the Pawtucket Red Sox held a brief but poignant tribute for their late team president prior to Monday’s game against Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.
WOONSOCKET – The primary mission of the George Nasuti Novans Pride 5K is to raise money for the Woonsocket athletic department.
So it was extremely fitting to see a Villa Novan student-athlete cross the finish line first on Memorial Day Monday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When he was a little younger, Richard Fazzio, now 90, would tend to the small veteransâ€™ memorial at Market Square and Arnold Street whenever he passed by on a walk.
Fazzio grew up in the Globe District on Lincoln Street, and the plaque honoring the city men killed in World War II from that neighborhood bears the names of people he knew.
Among the nine honored are the first city resident killed during World War II, Arthur Favreau, and also Fazzioâ€™s brother, Frank Fazzio, who was just 23 when he was killed fighting for the Army on Leyte in the Philippines on Dec. 2, 1944.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Ninety-nine-year-old World War II Navy veteran Michael Sulima sits back in a recliner at his daughterâ€™s home in Millville and lifts up his sleeves to expose the leathery, scarred and mottled skin of his arms.
It isnâ€™t so much time that has left his skin looking this way, but the more than 20 skin cancers that have racked his body over the years.
Sulimaâ€™s doctors believe his cancer can be traced to his exposure to radiation during the war in Japan after the atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
PAWTUCKET – Mount St. Charles may have failed in its attempt to capture a third consecutive R.I. Division II Team Tournament championship at Slater Park’s Mike Kenny Courts on Saturday afternoon, but it sure didn’t show in its players’ classy collective mind-sets afterward.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
PAWTUCKET – More so than at any other position, for big league catchers, playing high-level defense isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ After searching for more than 10 hours on Thursday, police investigators were back at 505 Douglas Pike Friday gathering evidence and looking for clues in the disappearance of Domingo Ortiz, a 60-year-old Worcester man whoâ€™s been missing since May 5 and was last seen at that address.
"The investigation is still very active,â€ť said Colonel Stephen J. Lynch, chief of the Burrillville Police Department.
CUMBERLAND â€“ For five-plus innings, this Division I-B affair between Cumberland and East Providence highs was defined as a premier pitchersâ€™ duel.
It sure didnâ€™t end that way.
Guarding a skimpy 1-0 advantage entering the back half of the sixth, the Clippers exploded for six runs on six straight hits â€“ four for extra bases â€“ to coast to a 7-0 blowout triumph over the Townies before perhaps 70 fans at Tucker Field on Friday afternoon.
With it, CHS improved to 10-6 overall and, more importantly, 10-5 in I-B to solidify its second-place position behind division-leading North Kingstown.