Archive - Jul 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE â€“ The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â€“ at this point â€“ but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The final game of pool play of the Little League Eastern Regionals may very well prove a harbinger of things to come.
Yes, the Cumberland Major Divisions All-Stars and the George J. Hummel Little League from Seymour, Conn. still have to get through its respective quarterfinal-round clashes before meeting with a spot in the regional championship hanging in the balance.
After the performance these same two teams staged Wednesday night at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex, itâ€™s certainly within the realm of possibility that a rematch could be in the fold come Friday.
CUMBERLAND â€” Perhaps the only thing Cumberland American's All-Stars didn't do as a team Wednesday night was hit for the cycle.
There were no triples, but it didn't really matter much.
Manager Dave Belisle's contingent amassed 15 hits, including four doubles and a dinger, and took advantage of eight errors as CALL posted an astonishingly-lopsided 22-5 â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť victory over East Woonsocket's best in the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (10-11) Tournament championship game at Garvin Field.
Jay Rainville decided, one day two years ago, to put his right arm to the test.
â€śI knew immediately that it wasnâ€™t going to happen,â€ť he remarked one recent Friday while standing by the home dugout at Chet Nichols Field.
It was the same right arm that in its heyday produced fastballs that lit up the radar gun and generated a resounding pop from the catcherâ€™s mitt. It was the right arm that enabled this Pawtucket native and Bishop Hendricken alumnus to become a No. 1 draft choice of the Minnesota Twins and unlock the door to the exclusive world of professional baseball.
Jules R. Casavant
MCPHERSON, KA - Jules R. Casavant, 93, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 in McPherson, KS. He was the husband of the late Lillian (Fortin) Casavant, and father of the late Robert Casavant. Born in Octenville, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Hector and Annette (Duff) Casavant. Jules lived in Pawtucket for many years before moving to Kansas. He was an Army Corporal serving during WWII.
William H. MacKay
WEST WARWICK - William H. MacKay of West Warwick passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Conheeney) MacKay.
Mr. MacKay was born in Providence, the son of the late Alexander and Alice MacKay. He was a World War II Navy Veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. MacKay was a lineman for New England Telephone for over thirty six years before he retired in 1983.