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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-30-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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10 OBITUARIES / SPORTS JULY 30-AUG. 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Susan Diane Carey Barbara E. Sharkey Susan Diane Carey, 64, of Charles Street, Providence, died July 6, in her home. Born in Providence, Susan was the daughter of the late Robert and Diane (Darnell) Carey. She had worked for many years as a private caregiver. She was a dedi- cated mother and grandmother, a great fan of movies and Halloween, and an excellent cook. She always put her family and friends needs first and was always making some- one laugh. She was such a kind and gentle soul that will live forever in our hearts. She is survived by her son, David A. Carey, of Warwick, and her beloved grandchildren, Cadyn, Cameron, Desiree, Madison and David; her brothers Rick Carey of Lynnfield, Mass., and William Carey of Block Island, as well as her niece and nephews. Funeral services were private. For messages of condolence, visit www. . Barbara E. (Feeley) Sharkey, 90, of Johnston, died on July 17, at her home. She was the wife of the late Vincent T. Sharkey. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late James and Helen (Ballou) Feeley. Barbara was retired from the textile and jewelry industry. She enjoyed shopping, reading, going out to breakfast and visits from her beloved grandchildren. She is survived by three children, John T. Sharkey (Erin Vaughan) of Lincoln, Stephen J. Sharkey of Johnston, and Kim P. Pincins (Donald) of Glocester; her former daughter-in-law, Robin Sharkey; seven grandchildren, John Sharkey, Tara Siravo, Lauren Castro, Robert Sharkey, and Daniel, Kaylen, and Meghan Pincins; five great- grandchildren, Lilia Anne Siravo, Madelyn Dale Sharkey, Luke Siravo, Briella Sharkey, and Julia Castro. She was the sister of Shirley La Valley and the late John and James Feeley and Helen Pincins. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 23 in St. Michael Church, 80 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. Calling hours were held July 22 in the Robbins Funeral Home, 2251 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. SHARKEY which came on a run-scoring single to center by Lucas Pierce, gave Scituate a 5-4 lead, but again, Smithfield/NP answered back in the top of the fourth on an RBI single to left by Chris Olean. Scituate eventually reclaimed the lead for good in the fourth on the first of two run-scoring singles from Evan Pendergast, and in the fifth, the hosts tacked on four runs, with Jake Levine highlighting the inning with a two-run single. In the top of the sixth, Smithfield/ NP cut its deficit to three runs on a two-out bases-loaded walk to John Golato that was followed by an RBI single by Joe Pitrone, but Scituate produced its final run in the home half of the inning on Post 29's final error of the night. Down, but not out, Smithfield/NP put together a neat comeback in its final swings, as Nick Conte and P.J. Rioles led off with walks and Ron Baccala and Jordan Golato followed with RBI singles. A sacrifice fly by Olean knocked in Baccala with the run that made it a one-run affair, and when Post 29 loaded the bases with two outs, that put everyone at the field on the edges of their seats. Up stepped John Golato, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two runs batted in, but Golato hit a hard, sinking line drive to third that third baseman Demitri Sampalis snagged with a nice grab to end the threat and the game. Before Post 29's dramatic rally, "I told everyone, 'The best thing to do is to show some character,' and they did," Connell recalled. "They came back and they hit the ball – every- body had a piece of the game today – and the good thing is that we fought and clawed back and cut it to one." "It was a back-and-forth game and it was fun," offered Scituate coach Anthony Parrillo. "Both teams hit much better than the first time we played, and they kept playing right to the end." Speaking of Sampalis, who re- entered the game in the top of the seventh as a defensive replacement, he was the winning pitcher, as he worked the first four innings before exiting the mound with 73 pitches under his belt. Sampalis got off to a rocky start, as he walked his first two batters and hit the third one he faced, but he settled down nicely, struck out three batters, and allowed six hits, four earned runs, and one more walk. Offensively, Cal Parrillo led Scituate's attack by going 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, while Smithfield/NP saw P.J. Rioles reach base four times with two base hits and two walks, Morgen Doughty collect two singles, and Baccala also wind up with two RBIs. Scituate was a week removed from its second win of the year, a 6-1 tri- umph over NEFL, which saw Luke Barden pitch a splendid six-hitter that included six strikeouts and Logan Butkins and Parrillo propel Post 19's offense with two hits each. Scituate and Smithfield/NP had faced each other in the second game of their seasons on July 8 at North Providence High, and Post 29 was able to roll to a 13-0 victory that saw the ballclub collect just four hits, but take advantage of 11 walks and three hit batsmen. live road race in this state since Run Rhody's "Tour de Patrick" Irish 5K hit the streets of Pawtucket on March 7. The Funky Monkey Half Marathon and 5K, which has traditionally been held in Seekonk, Mass., will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, at Deerfield Park, and while this is excellent news for the running community, this wasn't an easy task for Menissian to put together. Not only did he have to put in the extra work to make sure he could successfully conduct a road race that closely followed the state's Phase 3 guidelines, but he also had to get the green light from the Smithfield Town Council to host the event, which they approved on Tuesday, July 7, by a 3-2 vote. And Menissian knows there are going to be plenty of eyes on his event. He expects to see the state's Department of Environmental Management and the town's fire chief at his race to make sure everyone is following the state's guidelines and social distancing, and he knows that fellow race directors will be looking off in the distance to see how he fares and if they can duplicate his success. "It was a lot of work just trying to figure out how to put a safe race on," he said. "But it feels good that we're putting it back on. It's going to look a little different, but we'll get there." And what was the driving force behind Menissian's mission? "I love my runners," he said. "I could care less if I don't make a dime on this race. I just want to get them back out there." There are a lot of rules that partici- pants must follow to a 'T' that week- end, starting with the packet pickup, which won't take place on the morn- ing of the race. Participants will have the option of picking up their packets at the Newman YMCA in Seekonk on Friday, Aug. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 to 11 a.m., or receiving their packets in the mail for a small fee. There will also be no race-day reg- istration. The event will be capped at 249 entrants, and once that number is reached, the online registration will close. As for the races themselves, they will mirror the Sour Apple courses and start near the park's entrance on Lisa Ann Circle, venture through some rolling neighborhoods, and return to the park. Runners and walkers will be free to begin their events anytime between 7 and 9 a.m. A computer chip on the back of their bib numbers will calcu- late their times once they cross the mats on the starting and finish lines. "By not having a mass start, it elimi- nates crowding," Menissian explained in his long list of rules. "Once you are on the course, it will feel just like a normal road race. If you are running the half marathon, we recommend that you start more towards the 7 a.m. time, just in case it's a hot day." Before heading to the starting line, everyone will be required to answer a few COVID-19 questions and take a quick temperature check. On the half marathon course, there will be five water stops, and on the 5K, there will be two, and all the volunteers at the stops will be wearing masks and gloves. Once participants are on the verge of finishing their races, they will be directed into a chute and across the finish line. At that point, they will receive a race medal and a bottle of water, get a chance to grab a banana and a bag of chips, and be directed toward the parking area. Menissian does not want anyone lin- gering near the finish line, "and even USA Track & Field rules tells us that we can't have anyone hanging around that area," he added. Results will be posted online once the races are in the books, and while the top male and female finishers will receive a trophy, "there will not be age group awards for this event," Menissian added. "Once things settle down and get back to somewhat normal, we will resume age group awards." Above all, Menissian wants every- one to have fun, and he has a special message for them. "Honestly, I just want everyone to follow the guidelines and what we're telling them," he said. "If we get through this successfully, then at least we have a leg to stand on later. We can show another town that, 'Listen, we had a road race. We had two road races. It went well.' I just want every- one to follow the rules so we can con- tinue to have more races and get them going again." Visit www.oceanstatemultisport. com/events to sign up for the race or for more information. RUNNING From Page 6 SCITUATE From Page 6 The FUNKY MONKEY RUNNING FESTIVAL, which boasts one of Ocean State Multisport's best logos, will hit the roads of Smithfield on Sunday, Aug. 9. The event will feature a half marathon and a 5K that will start at Deerfield Park at 7 a.m. Do you like to read The Valley Breeze & Observer? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Observer!' 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 •

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