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April 24th, 2015

Tolman Boys' Baseball | Mounties silence Tigers at McCoy Stadium

April 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Veteran head coach Tom Seaver couldn’t help but laugh as he watched his Mount St. Charles players enter the first-base gate to McCoy Stadium’s splendor on Friday morning.

“We got here at 10 a.m., an hour before game time, and their eyes lit up when they saw the field,” a grinning Seaver said. “A lot of them had their cell phones out, taking pictures of this beautiful park.”

Filmmaker examines living with autism in new documentary

April 24, 2015

Picture yourself in a grocery store with your son or daughter. It's a seemingly everyday afternoon, but as you're working your way through the aisles, putting items in your basket and crossing them off your list, your child suddenly begins to lash out.

People stop what they are doing and gawk at the scene, like rubberneckers on a highway. What do you do? And what do those other people think? Do they view your child as a misbehaving spoiled brat? Or perhaps they see you as an inattentive, unfit parent? If only they knew the truth of the matter, maybe they don't think those things.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history

April 24, 2015

April 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Catcher Swihart honing pitch-calling, game management skills

April 23, 2015



PAWTUCKET – At one time, the Red Sox felt Triple A was the perfect place to impress upon the finer points of game management to up-and-coming catchers. 

The organization changed its philosophy shorted after drafting Blake Swihart in 2011. Now the art of calling pitches and understanding opposing hitters’ tendencies gets started at the lower levels.

April 22nd

Bakery blast under investigation

April 22, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — While fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured a worker at a Portuguese bakery on Taunton Avenue Tuesday night, what is known is that the blast took place roughly four hours after a handful of night bakers began their shift making baked goods for Wednesday morning.

Pawtucket Red Sox | While big league staff struggles, Pawtucket’s starters look strong

April 22, 2015


PAWTUCKET – When the major-league pitching staff has produced just six quality starts in the first 13 games and has a combined ERA of 5.93, a team’s natural inclination is to take inventory of the alternatives at the Triple-A level.

April 21st

Police establish safe zone for online business

April 21, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a “proactive approach” to a national increase in crime related to online private business transactions by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone at the Police Station, authorities said.

The Police Department will designate the parking lot and front lobby of the Police Station, at 121 Roosevelt Ave., as the “safe zone,” police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to “reduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.”

April 20th

Boston Marathon | Dionne, Meb make this a run to remember, for all the right reasons

April 20, 2015


You would have thought Hilary Dionne and Meb Keflezighi were life-long friends.

The two of them simultaneously crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon with their hands joined together and raised high in the air. It was an awesome act of sportsmanship that was accompanied by exalted passion radiating from their respective faces. 

Police had busy weekend in Pawtucket

April 20, 2015

PAWTUCKET – In what was an overall busy weekend for the Pawtucket Police Department, officers arrested a pair of motorists on drunk-driving charges and a city man for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Officers also arrested an East Providence man for attacking an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a homeless man who assaulted a police officer at Memorial Hospital.
A 41-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday and now faces a slew of charges after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Clark Avenue and attacked the woman, police said.

NBA Playoffs Recap and Predictions

April 20, 2015

The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.

Eastern Conference

Game 1
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91

The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.

April 19th

McGair: SRA's Dorbor hopes year at prep school raises profile among college football scouts

April 19, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …
 
Alfred Dorbor wants to play high-level college football. To see that vision through, the St. Raphael senior will go the prep-school route to elevate his recruiting profile.
 

Hogwarts comes to Cumberland

April 19, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library on Saturday was transformed into a scene reminiscent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as revelers celebrated all things Harry Potter, from learning how to create potions to playing Muggle Quidditch with a squad from the University of Rhode Island.

The day started with sorting by Professor Minerva McGonagall, followed by a Harry Potter-themed LEGO Club, trivia contest, and potions class.
Throughout the day, guests participated in a day-long Horcrux scavenger hunt.

April 17th

Pawtucket Red Sox | POWER COYLE: Aggressive approach is working for PawSox second baseman

April 17, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.

Hookup leads to dustup

April 17, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Two people were arrested when a 25-year-old man who thought he was showing up for an online hookup was robbed of cash, sneakers and a cellphone Friday, according to police.

Alejandra Hernandez, 18, of Coleman Street, and Jamil Gray, 21, of Johnston, were held for arraignment in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy.

The arrests took place shortly after 12:40 a.m., when the victim flagged down officers on Lonsdale Avenue and told them he’d just been robbed on Coleman Street after connecting with a female via computer.

High school softball | Division II preview: Saints look to keep their eye on the ball

April 17, 2015

(Editor's note, this article appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Pawtucket Times)

When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.

In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.

April 16th

Pawtucket Red Sox | Sox win home opener on Brentz walk-off homer in 9th

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The PawSox won their home opener on Thursday, 8-7 over Rochester thanks to a walk-off home run by Bryce Brentz in the ninth inning.

PawSox starter Steven Wright was tagged for seven runs (just three were earned) in five innings. He received a no decision after Pawtucket tied the game at seven in the bottom of the seventh behind back-to-back home runs by Deven Marrero and Sean Coyle, the number eight and nine hitters in the lineup.



Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox' home opener has a nice ring to it

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.

After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. 

Grebien unimpressed with Providence stadium plan

April 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – While the president of the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday unveiled plans for a proposed riverfront stadium in downtown Providence that would serve as the team’s future home, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien believes the city is not ready to throw in the towel, even if the team’s long-term future at McCoy Stadium is looking less likely with each passing day.

Grebien said his reactions to Wednesday’s press conference, at which the stadium proposal was unveiled, were multifaceted.

Commentary | McGair: Depth of talented PawSox roster already on display

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.

On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium. 

With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?

Plans, price tag unveiled for proposed PawSox stadium in Providence

April 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.