April 20th, 2014
The bib numbers in the 30,000s and high 20,000s look awfully strange.
And the newly created fourth wave wonâ€™t start until at least 85 minutes after the first wave has crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.
But to Lincolnâ€™s Poyee Oster, Pawtucketâ€™s Linda Bachand, and the nearly 5,700 runners that did not finish last yearâ€™s Boston Marathon because of the terrorist attack, that means very, very little.
Getting another chance to return for the 118th running of this legendary race, and this time, finishing what they started, is the only thing that matters.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite an early fundraising setback, COPS Walk is forging ahead this spring and hopes to outstrip last yearâ€™s totals, said Lt. Edward Cunanan.
â€śWeâ€™ve been lucky,â€ť he says. â€śFor each of the last several years, weâ€™ve raised more money than the year before.â€ť
It will be harder than ever to maintain the streak, says Cunanan, but participants are still going to try. Organizers have two events scheduled in the days ahead, including a â€śSpring Flingâ€ť at Ciroâ€™s Tavern on Cherry on April 26 and a comedy dinner at the Father Marot CYO Center on May 3.
MILLVILLE â€“ For Justin Oâ€™Connell, 2013 was supposed to be The Year.
After years of training, after the struggle just to learn how to walk again, that was the year he was supposed to complete his first marathon â€“ the Boston Marathon.
As he reached Mile 24, just a couple short of the finish line, Oâ€™Connell saw the cell phones come out and people talking in excited, panicky tones. Soon word had spread among the marathoners: Some kind of bombs had exploded near the finish line. Then the fences went up, the race halted.
WOONSOCKET â€” Since last October, Mike St. Germain and dozens of other folks have spent countless hours planning and resourcing the new Woonsocket Little League.
After all that organizing, those people saw their labor come to fruition during the first-ever WLL Opening Day at Renaud Field.
Because the league â€“ which consists (baseball-wise) of teams that once represented the Bernon and East Woonsocket organizations â€“ now is so large, the board of directors had to schedule the ceremonies for the new home of Woonsocket High baseball.
When Hilary Dionne graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 after a spectacular running career for the Hanover, N.H. school, she put her focus and energy into the next step of her life â€” entering the work force and making a good living for herself as she entered her mid-20s.
Dionne continued to run, but aside from a few appearances at the CVS Downtown 5K and some other local road races, she mostly stayed away from racing for the next three years.
PAWTUCKET â€” To PawSox manager Kevin Boles, Shane Victorino passed his first rehab test.
Playing six innings in the first game of Saturdayâ€™s doubleheader at McCoy Stadium, Victorino went hitless in three at-bats and did not record a play in right field. He was replaced in the top of the seventh inning by Alex Hassan.
â€śThe game-plan was five to six innings and three at-bats,â€ť noted Boles.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Rarely do you hear â€śversatilityâ€ť and â€śpitcherâ€ť mentioned in the same breath.
According to PawSox manager Kevin Boles, the adjective perfectly sums up a promising Red Sox pitcher who last year earned high marks due to his ability to gracefully swing back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen.
For the time being, Brandon Workman is no longer viewed as an interchangeable swingman. He now takes the ball once every five days for Pawtucket and quiet frankly, the 25-year-old is thrilled to be included in the rotation mix.
Robert D. Richer
WOONSOCKET- Robert D. Richer, 92, of Logee St., Woonsocket died Wednesday at Landmark Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Gloria L. (Laurence) Richer. They were married on November 29, 1947.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Donat and Lucia B. (Roy) Richer. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
Raymond Charles Ferron
SMITHFIELD- Raymond Charles Ferron, 84, of Northbay Manor, formerly of Harkney Hill Road Coventry, Clemmons, NC, and North Smithfield RI. died April 14, 2014 at Northbay. He was the loving and devoted husband of Constance A. (Dubois) Ferron, whom he was married to for sixty years.
Born in North Smithfield, he was the son of the late Charles and Bertha (Dupre) Ferron
WOONSOCKET- Jeannette Pouliot, 96, formerly of 563 Rathbun St., died April 5, 2014 at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Maurice C. Pouliot.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Phillippe and Roseanna (Deziel) Dubois.
Mrs. Pouliot worked for the Home Coal Co. and the Bonin Spinning Co. for many years. She was a member of the Ladies Guild at St. Louis Church. She enjoyed knitting and sewing and spending time with her granddaughters.