May 31st, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the cityâ€™s proposed annual operating budget of $227,847,201 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Among the proposed amendments includes a $272,000 decrease in expenditures and a $272,000 decrease in revenues from Mayor Donald R. Grebienâ€™s proposed budget.
PROVIDENCE – Cumberland High senior goalkeeper Mike Stock believed he and his teammates could pull off an upset of top-ranked Prout School in the R.I. Division II Lacrosse Tournament championship final at Brown University’s Stevenson Field on Sunday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A state representative whose district includes Pawtucket is seeking a fast track that would bring a commuter rail station to the city.
District 58 state Rep. Carlos Tobon introduced a bill this week that would authorize the General Assembly to appropriate $20 million for the establishment of a commuter rail station on Barton Street, near the border with Central Falls â€“ provided Pawtucket voters approve the matter.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is â€śvery interestedâ€ť in meeting with Mayor Donald R. Grebien in the near future.
This comes days after Grebien penned an open letter to Lucchino, reiterating his request to the PawSox owners to release a feasibility study that says renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million.
CUMBERLAND – The board inside the Cumberland boys’ lacrosse locker room tells the story of what is needed to become Division II champions.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There is little dispute about the poor condition of Rhode Islandâ€™s roads and bridges and even less of a dispute about the need to repair the stateâ€™s infrastructure.
The last time a city or town in the Blackstone Valley saw a major bridge construction project, was when the new Pawtucket River Bridge was designed, built and unveiled.
Now, a proposed toll on commercial vehicles would pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair the rest of the deteriorating bridges, state officials announced Wednesday.
She said â€śNoâ€ť to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. Iâ€™d hand them the paper and say, â€śWant to go to a movie?â€ť
They all said â€śNo.â€ť
Well, one girl said, â€śYesâ€ť but then the next day her brother told me she really meant â€śNo.â€ť
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, â€śone day youâ€™re going to rule the world!â€ť
PAWTUCKET – At some point you knew the Red Sox were going to call on one of the PawSox’ prized left-handed starters.
The organization has deemed that now is the time for Eddie Rodriguez – arguably the most advanced in the current class of Triple-A arms, that also includes Brian Johnson and Henry Owens. Thursday night in Texas, the 22-year-old Rodriguez will make his big-league debut against the Rangers, who entering Wednesday had scored the fourth-most runs in the American League (210).
PAWTUCKET – As is the custom, the scouting report for the next day’s opposing starting pitcher showed up in manager Kevin Boles’ email box.
Mind you the PawSox on Wednesday are not scheduled to face your garden-variety Triple-A pitcher. This particular arm comes with a heavy price tag and perhaps holds the fate of his major-league team’s chances in his hand.
PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy left this world on Saturday night, clutching a baseball in one hand while feeling the love of family caressing his faltering heart.
PAWTUCKET – Playing their first home game since the passing of Jim Skeffington, the Pawtucket Red Sox held a brief but poignant tribute for their late team president prior to Monday’s game against Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.
PAWTUCKET – In order to enjoy a homecoming befitting a native son, Mason Williams had to demonstrate to the Yankees that he was worthy of a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Thanks to strong numbers in Double-A Trenton, coupled with an injury to Jacoby Ellsbury that set off an organizational chain reaction, Williams found himself promoted to Scranton last Thursday, filling the void created for the RailRiders when Slade Heathcott was assigned to the major league club.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Eighth-grade students from Samuel Slater Junior High School on Friday gave back to their community while receiving a lesson in the city's history as they partnered with a volunteer to flag the graves of veterans buried at Mineral Spring Cemetery.
Ken Postle, a Pawtucket cemetery volunteer, explained that the work being performed by the students Friday was vital, because â€śif they don't keep up, it'll all be forgotten.â€ť
PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy reportedly was watching the Angels-Red Sox game on Saturday night when he passed away at age 94.
In many ways, it was a fitting ode for one of the city’s legendary sports figures. Duffy spent over seven decades as a coach, mentoring countless youngsters who probably went forward in life remembering the messages or words of wisdom he imparted.
WOONSOCKET – With just a few games left on the schedule, the competition has been heating up along with the weather, as local teams jockey for position during the final stretch in Division I-North softball.
All five teams were in action on Saturday, with division leader Tolman High showing how they got there with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Mount St. Charles Academy.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
CUMBERLAND – For five-plus innings, this Division I-B affair between Cumberland and East Providence highs was defined as a premier pitchers’ duel.
It sure didn’t end that way.
Guarding a skimpy 1-0 advantage entering the back half of the sixth, the Clippers exploded for six runs on six straight hits – four for extra bases – to coast to a 7-0 blowout triumph over the Townies before perhaps 70 fans at Tucker Field on Friday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET – More so than at any other position, for big league catchers, playing high-level defense isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.
Such is the lot of young Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart. The highly-touted rookie found himself in the majors after a series of injuries to Boston’s catchers, with a mandate to get his mitt-work up to MLB standards.
“In order to stay there, that has to be the priority,” said PawSox hitting coach Rich Gedman earlier this week.
While many Americans are already celebrating the long holiday weekend with picnics and cookouts, trips to beaches and parks, or traveling to see family and friends, others will spend the weekend preparing to honor those who served their country.
On Monday, the nation will mark Memorial Day. In Pawtucket, the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post 1271 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Quinns Square and Dexter Street next to the Dexter Credit Union Bank. Post Adjutant and Past Cmdr. Bill Donnelly will direct the ceremony.