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June 9th, 2015

McKee, mayors fight back against fire department overtime bill

June 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and a group of municipal leaders including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi went back before the media on Tuesday to decry what they contend is another legislative move to restrict a community’s management of its fire department costs.

Tolman Baseball | Tigers just 1 win away from Division II finals

June 9, 2015

WARWICK – This time, Tolman was determined not to let Warwick Vets back in the game.

Peter Microulis spun seven innings of two-run ball and came through with a clutch base hit as the Tigers held off the Hurricanes, 6-2, in the Division II Regional Pod I playoffs on Tuesday. The win places Tolman in the driver’s seat as either Warwick or West Warwick will have to beat the Tigers twice in order to advance to the Division II finals.

June 8th

Lonsdale full-time firefighters laid off

June 8, 2015

LINCOLN – All five full-time firefighters for the Lonsdale Fire District have been laid off indefinitely after an emergency meeting by the Board of Fire Wardens Saturday night.

The decision was made after it was determined that the district only has about $14,000 remaining in the bank, not enough to pay its five career firefighters and run the station.

“You can’t continue to run a payroll if you don’t have money to pay with,” Town Administrator Joseph Almond said.

Almond insisted that this will not alter public safety in any way.

Cumberland Baseball | Wright, Clippers secure trip to Final Four for second straight year

June 8, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Once again, Cumberland junior Chris Wright lived up to his billing as ace of the pitching staff.

Wright tossed six shutout innings on Monday as the Clippers advanced to the Final Four portion of the Division I tournament courtesy of a 4-0 win over Central at Tucker Field. The victory enabled Cumberland to clinch the Regional Pod IV portion of the tournament.

‘Warriors for life’ saluted at CFHS

June 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Graduates from Central Falls High School’s class of 2015 during their commencement exercises Saturday were implored find their Warrior spirit, prove what a Warrior is, and inspire the next generation of Warriors.

More than 150 graduating seniors, or Warriors — the moniker of the school’s athletic teams — clad in red and blue caps and gowns, made their way into Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon, led by a procession of flags representing 28 countries, which displayed the diversity seen in the class of 2015.

June 7th

Softball Playoffs | St. Raphael finally gets the better of Moses Brown; Davies tops Woonsocket

June 7, 2015


PROVIDENCE  –  Just as it had in a previous regular-season game on May 18, St. Raphael Academy allowed Moses Brown to pounce to a quick advantage during Sunday’s R.I. Division II Tournament winners’ bracket semifinal at Rhode Island College.

Tolman Baseball | Otis, Tigers prevail 1-0 in eight over West Warwick after epic pitchers’ duel

June 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Fittingly, it was a few minutes after high noon on Sunday when the epic pitcher’s duel between Tolman High’s Steve Otis and West Warwick’s Tom Doran reached its conclusion.

After the two traded zeros for seven full innings, Otis stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth and ripped an RBI double to deep center field to claim a 1-0 walkoff win for the Tigers in their Division II/Region I tournament preliminary at Ted McConnon Memorial Field.

June 6th

Cumberland-Tolman Softball | Bodington, Clippers dig deep once again, advance to Division I quarters

June 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Just call them the No-Quit Lady Clippers.

Less than 24 hours after surviving a grueling 18-17 contest Cranston West, No. 6 seed Cumberland was asked to once again rally, this time against third-seeded Tolman in a Division I winners’ bracket contest. Down 6-1 in the top of the fifth inning on Saturday morning at Slater Park’s Bailey Field, the Clippers scored six times in the frame and added three runs in the seventh to prevail by a 10-6 count.

June 5th

Police bust fentanyl operation

June 5, 2015

In their latest undercover narcotics probe, R.I State Police mined a vein of a fentanyl-laced heroin – the deadliest narcotics cocktail on the street – that ran straight through northern Rhode Island.

More than a dozen individuals were arrested on heroin-related possession and distribution charges after the month-long investigation, most of them from Central Falls. Two were from Woonsocket, one from Pawtucket and one each from East Providence and Providence. Another, also from Central Falls, was arrested on cocaine-related related charges.

Cumberland Softball | Eighteen is enough for Clippers as they outlast Cranston West, 18-17

June 5, 2015

CUMBERLAND  –  With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, junior Kat Kent ripped a triple to right-center, and scored on sophomore Emily Anderson’s timely two-bagger to deep center, to lift Cumberland High to a seemingly-safe 18-12 lead.

The Clippers didn’t know it at the time, but that proved to be the clinching run during a wild 18-17 win over Cranston West in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary game at Tucker Field on Friday.

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June 4th

Cumberland students getting laptops, for $517,000

June 4, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Those in search of excitement Wednesday night could’ve found plenty of drama at a Town Council meeting that saw tempers flare and public speakers applauded as the council had its final vote on the budget.

Pawtucket High School Sports | Tolman, Shea High honor winners of winter sport Key Spirit awards

June 4, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Student-athletes who participate in spring interscholastic sports at Tolman and Shea high schools were recently recognized and awarded The Key Player Spirit Award.
This award sponsored by Key Group, Mortgage Division and Spirit Recognition. The award is presented to one athlete from each fall sports team who exemplify perseverance, effort, spirit, sportsmanship, teamwork, role model, determination and academics.

June 3rd

Lincoln High Baseball | Palmieri shines on the mound, at the plate in Lions' 4-1 win over Middletown

June 3, 2015

LINCOLN – To exhibit how calm 6-5 senior righthander Mason Palmieri seemed prior to his Lincoln High contingent’s R.I. Division I Tournament prelim tilt opposite Middletown on Wednesday afternoon, teammate Alex Levin coaxed him into a little fun.

Palmieri, holding two bats to his head to portray a bull’s horns, galloped at Levin, who waved a warm-up jacket to resemble a matador.

Those crazy antics drew laughs galore from their teammates.

Minor leagues’ CEO pitches for Providence

June 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Pat O’Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, on Wednesday stopped by the offices of the Locke Lord LLP law firm to hold a discussion with city and state leaders about the Pawtucket Red Sox’ proposed move to the capital city.

A 31-year veteran of professional baseball and president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, O’Conner said his role was to “try to put the facts out there and dispel rumors or innuendo.”

Tolman Softball | Tigers roar past East Greenwich in Div. I playoff opener

June 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  If there was any question whether Tolman High’s bats would be ready for a R.I. Division I Tournament prelim against East Greenwich on Wednesday afternoon, they answered it but fast.

The Tigers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first, then bludgeoned the Avengers for nine more in the second to coast to a 19-1 “mercy-rule” triumph at Slater Park’s Bailey Field.

St. Raphael Softball | SRA makes quick work of Warwick vets in Div. II playoff opener

June 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy took care of business in the preliminary round of the Division II playoffs, dispatching Warwick Veterans by a 9-0 score on Wednesday afternoon at Hank Soar Park.

“It gets harder from here,” Saints coach Ron LaBree said after the game ended. “We’ll play the winner of West Warwick-Portsmouth in the next round and we also have (unbeaten) Moses Brown in our side of the bracket.”

June 2nd

McKee, municipal leaders speak out against move to limit city, town authority in fire dept. scheduling

June 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.

McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.

June 1st

A memorial just across the street: Pawtucket field dedicated to Warnock

June 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward “Ted” Warnock this past Sunday.

Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnock’s daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.

Pawtucket Red Sox | McGair: PawSox in dire need of offensive injection

June 1, 2015

Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.

That’s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.