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February 16th, 2015

Girls' Swimming | Pawtucket's Magill registers two first-place finishes at Division I Championships

February 17, 2015

If anyone could claim pleasure with his or her collective performance, it came from Bay View sophomore and Pawtucket resident Kate Magill, who cruised to a pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles in the girls' segment of the Division I Championships Monday at Roger Williams University.

Magill snared the shorter distance in 1:56.57, then added another D-I title to her resume in the 500 freestyle, one in which she clocked a solid 5:02.00.

EP council to seek proposals on Main Street arts district

February 16, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — The city could be looking for real estate developers to purchase and redevelop a strip of land on the corner of Fenner Avenue and Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside Square, located in the heart of the city’s planned Main Street arts district.

The city is looking to revitalize Main Street (Bullocks Point Avenue) as an arts district consisting of galleries, restaurants, music venues, small first-floor retail, work/live-in space, and dynamic public spaces.

February 15th

This winter's truly for the birds

February 16, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Deep snow and high winds made the Blizzard of 1978 an area benchmark for bad winter weather, but some may soon view the recent weather track of multiple storms as an even more difficult challenge in the long run.

Both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Cumberland Mayor William Murray on Sunday pointed to the ever-growing piles of snow across the area as an increasing burden on municipal services, local businesses and their residents.

February 14th

Cumberland's Nancy Belisle dies after cancer battle, wife of Mount/CALL coach Dave Belisle

February 14, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Nancy Belisle passed away Friday evening, The Times has learned. Nancy was the wife of Mount St. Charles and Cumberland Little League Coach David Belisle, and the mother of their four boys.

Belisle was 50, and had battled cancer since 2013.

Nancy was seen supporting her husband and the Cumberland Little League team throughout their World Series run last summer despite her illness, and Dave Belisle cited her as his inspiration in life.

February 13th

Tolman Boys' Basketball | Seniors lead Tigers past Lions, 58-45

February 14, 2015


PAWTUCKET – This was the calm before the next snowstorm.

Tolman High cruised past Lincoln 58-45 on Friday night in its final home game of the regular season. The Tigers got 20 points from Steve Otis and 15 more from fellow senior Luis Pagan to lead the way on Senior Night.

“Both of those guys gave up their starting spots so that two other seniors could start tonight,” Tolman coach Mike Kayata pointed out. Reserve guard Edgar Torres and sixth man Derek Ashley were able to start because of this gesture from the team’s two top scorers.

Bromley: 'Everyone does it' not an excuse for Little League cheating scandal

February 14, 2015


“Everyone cheats, so why pick on this team?”
 
This was the question, more or less, from the lineup of apologists who rose out of their rhetorical dugouts this week to defend the Jackie Robinson West team, after Little League Baseball announced the reigning U.S. champions were being stripped of that and every other honorific bestowed upon them during the 2014 season.
 

Murder suspect captured

February 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A 21-year-old man was arrested in Seekonk and will face a charge of first-degree murder for Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a local man outside of a Benefit Street store, authorities said.
Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Matthew S. Marcotte, 21, who was identified by images captured by surveillance cameras, police said.
Read the full story in Saturday's newspaper.

February 12th

Pawtucket athletics | Shea High grad Shane DaRosa enjoying strong season with ABA's Sky Chiefs

February 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE – It will be a homecoming for Kyle Ivey-Jones on Friday night as the former Woonsocket High boys’ basketball coach brings his Providence Sky Chiefs to Saravia Gymnasium for key ABA matchup against the Baltimore Hawks. Game time is 7 o’clock.

Ivey-Jones coached the Villa Novans for eight seasons before moving to take a coaching position with the Sky Chiefs last fall. His best season on the bench was the 2007-08 campaign when Woonsocket advanced to the Division I title game before falling to Bishop Hendricken in overtime.

Shea Boys' Soccer | Raiders' standout Leandro Alves earns R.I. Gatorade Player of the Year honor

February 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Shea High senior forward Leandro Alves enjoyed an interscholastic boys’ season like very few have seen around these parts.

That’s why to no one’s surprise, Alves was tabbed the Gatorade Rhode Island boys soccer player of the year. The announcement was made Thursday.

Raids yield guns, drugs

February 12, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Four local residents were arrested for multiple narcotic and firearm violations after police conducted three separate search warrants at apartments in the city, authorities said.
On Wednesday, members of the Central Falls Police Detective Bureau – in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit, the Central Falls K-9 Unit, and the North Smithfield K-9 Unit – executed three court-authorized search warrants.
Two teams of detectives executed simultaneous search warrants at first- and third-floor apartments at 61 Washington St., police said.

Providence College basketball | McGair: Health should always come first for Ed Cooley

February 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE – The most valuable lesson in the aftermath of Ed Cooley’s health scare is that sometimes less is more.

All too often, we take our health for granted and then something unforeseen happens that challenges it. In the blink of an eye, we go from feeling bulletproof and invulnerable to a fragile place that also doubles as a wakeup call. We all want to live a quality life. It’s just ironic that our health seems to take on a greater sense of urgency only after we brush up against a scary situation.

February 11th

Little League Baseball | Belisle: ‘Disappointing' that Chicago team punished for cheating

February 12, 2015


CUMBERLAND – It’s not that Dave Belisle has any regrets over Cumberland American Little League losing to a team that on Wednesday was stripped of the national title.
 

Stabbing victim dies

February 11, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Police are investigating the city's first murder in nearly a year, after a 53-year-old local man died after being stabbed with a “sharp, edged weapon” Tuesday, authorities said.
At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified of an assault that took place in the vicinity of 151 Benefit St. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for treatment of wounds “possibly caused by a sharp instrument,” police Maj. Arthur Martins told The Times.

February 10th

High School Sports | Interscholastic league schedules are swirling as snow keeps falling

February 11, 2015


In response to the seemingly never-ending heavy amounts of snowfall, Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials huddled up with high school basketball coaches last week and opted to extend the regular season by two days. 
 
Good thinking, as Monday’s snowstorm brought with it a slew of postponed games and more headaches as far as rescheduling.
 

12 busted for DUI, police say

February 10, 2015

A dozen people were arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence, state police announced.
As a result of the Rhode Island State Police's efforts to “continue to make our roadways safer,” state police arrested 12 people for driving under the influence over the weekend, state police Superintendent Col.
Steven G. O'Donnell announced in a press release. Additionally, there
were 52 other arrests on miscellaneous charges from Friday, Feb. 6
through Monday, state police said.
Read the rest of the story in Wednesday's newspaper.

Central Falls athletics | NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Montgomery signs deal with CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers

February 10, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – At long last, Kashif Montgomery’s chance to play professional football has arrived.
 

February 9th

Not everyone’s able to dig themselves out

February 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Hunched over and leaning heavily on a walker, Mary Kane slowly makes her way across the living room and peers out a window at the mountain of snow that covers the sidewalk outside her first-floor apartment on Coyle Avenue.

Disabled since 2000, Kane, 59, has had lumbar spinal fusion surgery and a total hip replacement, both of which have done little to improve her mobility.

“I can’t even bend over to tie my own shoes, let alone shovel a sidewalk,” she says.

And she’s not alone.

February 7th

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox seeding McCoy with a new crop of arms

February 8, 2015


PAWTUCKET – In an ideal world, the Triple-A starting rotation is a cross between veterans and youngsters whose ceiling has yet to be officially defined.
 

February 6th

PawSox | Pawtucket Red Sox host annual 'Hot Stove Party' today at McCoy

February 7, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Pictured from left, pitcher Keith Couch, manager Kevin Boles, director of player development Ben Crockett, assistant director of player development Brian Abraham, hitting coach Rich Gedman and pitcher Robby Scott, pose for a photo with the Governors’ Cup on Friday at the media portion of the PawSox' annual Hot Stove event.

The team brought the cup home to McCoy last year as champions of the International League, for the second time in three years.

February 5th

Tolman Girls' Basketball | Tigers let lead slip away in 40-38 loss to Mounties

February 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles mentor Ray Leveille couldn’t have more blunt after his club stole a thrilling yet nail-biting, come-from-behind 40-38 triumph over Tolman High on Thursday night.

“We didn’t deserve to win that game,” he explained after his Mounties improved to 14-3 overall and 11-2 in Division III-North. “We missed too many free throws, we had too many turnovers; Tolman is a difficult matchup for us because of its size. It has a daunting front line, and that forces you to take outside jumpers.