Archive - May 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fresh off a 5-3 road trip that saw them take over first place in the North Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox kept the good times rolling Friday night.
It may have taken some time, yet Pawtucket was able to outlast Syracuse courtesy of a 9-8 contest that took 12 innings and lasted four hours, 20 minutes. The hero was Jonathan Diaz, who blooped a ball into shallow right-center to score Justin Henry with one down in the 12th.
Diazâ€™ third base hit of the game went in the books as a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up his third victory after tossing a scoreless top-of-the 12th.
For a change of pace, the R.I. high school baseball playoffs are neither rushed nor condensed.
The 16-team field in Division I and II takes center stage Saturday, with the first game of the double-elimination regional qualifying round. In years past, a loss on Day 1 placed players and coaches squarely behind the eight ball. Teams were forced to start their battle for survival in the losersâ€™ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his stay in the major leagues expanded from days to weeks to months, Alex Wilson resisted the temptation to feel comfortable.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At about this time last season, Team Providence Athletics â€“ then an Under-14 girls' basketball travel squad under the direction of Pawtucket hoop legend Walter â€śBunkyâ€ť Gonzalez â€“ bused into the Bay State to qualify for the AAU National Girls' Under-14 Division II Tournament, always held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Unfortunately, it dropped a heartbreaking four-point loss to the North Central Blaze of Gardner, Mass. in the championship final.
LINCOLN â€“ Despite all the hubbub about â€śhigh stakesâ€ť standardized testing as a graduation requirement, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Friday, â€śno student in the state will be prevented from graduating if they are truly ready to graduate.
CUMBERLAND â€” Next year is supposed to be the season Mount St. Charles storms through the first round of the Division I playoffs and gets ready to make some noise in the double-elimination portion of the state tournament.
But somebody forgot to fax that memo to this yearâ€™s Mounties.
Armed by a 15-hit attack, solid defense, and a rare complete game from junior Kylie Finnerty, the 13th-seeded, senior-less Mounties sprung arguably the upset of the postseason on Thursday afternoon with a stunning 7-2 triumph over fourth-seeded Cumberland at Tucker Field.
LINCOLN â€“ The more things change for the Lincoln High softball team, the more they stay the same.
Gone are the days when head coach Dick Ryan can sit back and watch his squad pile up the runs and achieve mercy-rule status in the blink of an eye. This yearâ€™s Lincoln edition is conditioned to win low-scoring, fist-clenching affairs that largely hinge on the effectiveness of Lindsay Mayer and her powerful right arm.
LINCOLN â€“ Table games will be opening at the Twin River Casino sooner than expected, thanks to a smooth effort to complete preparations for the new operation.
The ribbon on the new live gaming tables will be cut following a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, according to Patti Doyle, Twin River spokesman.
â€śJuly 1 was our original target and we were able to pull that forward to June 19,â€ť Doyle said.
PAWTUCKET â€” The School Committee held a 6 a.m. emergency meeting on Thursday to handle details involved in ceiling repairs as well as receive an update from an architectural firm on the condition of other older schools in the district.
According to School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro, the committee voted to officially approve a contract with Ahlborg Construction to make temporary repairs or adjustments to the ceilings at the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
Susan W. Verdon
LINCOLN - Susan W. Verdon, 92, of Wake Robin Road died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Miriam Hospital, Providence.
A lifelong resident of Lincoln, she was a daughter of the late George W. and Kathleen M. (Keaney) Verdon.
Miss Verdon was a housekeeper and a companion, and later was a bookkeeper for Chase Metals before retiring.
Governor Lincoln Chafee enters the Board of Canvassers in Warwick City Hall shortly after 10:00 a.m. Thursday to sign a short form switching his party affiliation officially from Independent to Democrat before a hoard of reporters and photographers who had gathered there before his arrival.
CRANSTON â€“ Jonathan Wahl left Cranston Country Club with a deeper appreciation of what it means to truly contend to win golf tournaments.
All the Lincoln High junior had to do was look over at what his playing partner â€“ Portsmouthâ€™s Jake Bauer â€“ was doing over the final three holes, then refer back to his own scores. While Bauer closed strong with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16-17 and a par on 18, Wahl went par, par, bogey.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent who is rated nationally as one of the most vulnerable governors seeking re-election in 2014, plans to announce this morning that he is joining the Democratic Party as part of his quest for a second term.
PAWTUCKET â€”Concerns over possible dangers with the same type of ceilings as the Potter-Burns Elementary School have prompted the closure of the Nathanael Greene Elementary School at least until Monday.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said that an engineering report that she received late Tuesday showed there were concerns about the condition of about a half dozen ceilings in classrooms and in the principal's office at the Greene School. As such, she made the decision on Tuesday night to close that school as well so a contractor can take corrective action.
Joan E. Trelease
LITTLE COMPTON - Joan E. (Walsh) Trelease, 71, entered into eternal life on Monday, May 27, 2013. Born in Boston, she was a daughter of the late Dr. James T. and Dr. Phyllis Walsh-Sullivan and the step-daughter of Dan Sullivan.
Nora B. Moore
PAWTUCKET - Nora B. Moore, 59, of Ballston Avenue, Pawtucket passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013. She was the wife of David Yuells.
Nora was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, the daughter of the late Thomas Moore and Josephine (Paine) Moore. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket for many years.
Besides her husband Nora is survived by her sister Patricia Matthies of Aurora, Colorado and her two rescue dogs Brownie and Sybil.
PAWTUCKET - Leo Robert Breault, who turned 82 on the 15th, entered into eternal life May 24, 2013 in Missouri at the home of his daughter Deborah A. Walker.
Leo was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Louis and Anita (Baril) Breault. He had been employed as an inspector at the former Slater Dye Works of Pawtucket for 17 years retiring in 1993. Leo was also a US Army Veteran of the Korean War and had been a communicant of St. Leo the Great Church.
CRANSTON â€“ Lincoln High junior Jon Wahl achieved medalist honors on Day 1 of the two-day Interscholastic League individual and state golf championships, waving his putter like a magic wand just about every time he set foot on the greens at Cranston Country Club.
Wahl finished the day with an even-par 71, and heâ€™ll take a two-stroke lead into Wednesdayâ€™s final round with Barringtonâ€™s Stephen Miller and Justin Matrone each carting round 73. Three additional players sit three strokes off the pace Wahl set.
PAWTUCKET â€” This weekend, work got underway to address the ceilings in the Potter-Burns Elementary School, with a target date of June 3 still on for classes to resume.
Since last Wednesday's incident in which a 6-foot by 10-foot section in a basement classroom gave way, all of the ceilings in the nearly 100-year-old building have been inspected by outside structural engineers and the city's building officials. Now, the immediate solution involves shoring up some of the ceilings with a strapping support system while in other areas, the ceiling material will be removed completely.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Could four-day school weeks be coming to Woonsocket?
Itâ€™s possible, if a bill that passed the Senate last week manages to find its way to becoming law.
Introduced by State Senator Roger Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), the bill doesnâ€™t mandate four-day school weeks. But with the stateâ€™s consent, school districts could adopt any sort of calendar they deem fit, so long as the school year provides no less than 1,080 hours of instructional time, the equivalent of the existing 180-day minimum.