May 18th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington may be remembered by some as the businessman who wanted to move the PawSox out of McCoy Stadium. That’s unfortunate because most of all, he was a fan with a lifelong passion for sports and the benefits they can bring a community.
Skeffington died suddenly Sunday night after a three-month stint as team president of the PawSox. His fandom was a side that not everyone got to see, as his brief tenure was marked by a busy process of transition and planning for the future.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.
Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.
Three months after orchestrating the team’s purchase and expressing a strong objective to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a downtown Providence location, PawSox President James J. Skeffington has died.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.
While the two boysâ€™ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as â€śThe East West Word Wizardsâ€ť at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.
PROVIDENCE – In basketball, as in life, timing is everything. That’s why PC Friar fans should take note of the addition of Jeff Battle to Ed Cooley’s staff – it comes at an intriguing juncture for the program.
It’s hard to avoid associating Kris Dunn’s return to PC for his redshirt junior season and Battle’s arrival as an assistant. Dunn has NBA point-guard pedigree, and who better to educate the talented youngster than a coach who knows a thing or two about working with top-tier college point men.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.
John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.
NORTH PROVIDENCE – There’s no room for confusion or interpretation when you’re that sure about something. Make no mistake … Dante Baldelli has already made up his mind regarding his college-baseball destination.
PAWTUCKET – The door swing wide open when the Red Sox cut ties with Juan Nieves has officially closed after they settled on new pitching coach Carl Willis.
It got me thinking about Rich Sauveur, the former PawSox pitching coach who resigned last season following a successful seven-year stint with the Triple-A ballclub. Had Sauveur still been with Pawtucket, might he have finally received the big-league summons that proved elusive during his PawSox tenure?
Alas, we’ll never know the answer.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On a day that Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin described as one of â€ścontemplation and celebration,â€ť the city acknowledged the heroic actions of members of its Police Department, while remembering those who were killed in the line of duty.
CRANSTON – Despite a dominant showing from Smithfield, several area athletes successfully turned in noteworthy performances at the Girls’ Northern Division Championships, held Wednesday at Cranston West High.
Smithfield ran away with the team title as the Sentinels’ 197 points was 52 more than runner-up Cumberland. Woonsocket came in fourth place (44) followed by Mount St. Charles (26), Lincoln (23.5) and Burrillville (13).
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mayor Donald R. Grebien has introduced a proposed $117.1 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a $4.78 million â€“ or 4.26 percent â€“ increase over the current spending plan and also calls for a proposed 3.97 percent increase to its property tax levy.
PAWTUCKET – Long before his rise to All-Star status and subsequent fall that resulted in him getting sent to the minors, Allen Craig was a part-time player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a 26-year-old with St. Louis in 2011, Craig logged 219 plate appearances in 75 games. He certainly made the most of his limited exposure, producing a triple-slash line of .315/.362/.555 along with 11 home runs and 40 RBI.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A 43-year-old man charged with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment complex on Motherâ€™s Day broke down and cried and had to be escorted out of the courtroom during his arraignment Monday in Providence District Court.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At 7:30 in the morning, third-grade teacher Donna Sawyer is already at Francis J. Varieur Elementary School.
Although the school day doesnâ€™t start for another hour, she is in the classroom and ready to tutor young students. By 7:45, parents drop off their children, and Sawyer helps them with their schoolwork.
Not only is Sawyer an early bird, she also in a sense is a night owl, because four days a week, she will stay until 4 p.m. â€” about 90 minutes after students are dismissed for the day â€” to aid another group of children who will stay late for extra help.
Congratulations and best wishes to Pawtucket’s Jean-Daniel Roussel, who is in Green Bay this weekend on a tryout deal with the NFL’s Packers. A product of St. Raphael and Sacred Heart University, Roussel was one of a reported 26 players that the Green Bay front office invited on a tryout condition.
At Lincoln High School, officials want to continue playing Rhode Island interscholastic girls’ hockey despite recently learning that their co-op partner Cumberland will drop the sport.
If the Lions are to keep playing, they’ll need a new partner, as they lack the numbers to field a team on their own.
One potential candidate is Mount St. Charles Academy, a program that bears a proud history in the sport but has seen declining participants in recent years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arti and Shekhar Mehta would love to see Main Street thrive, and as the owners of Artee Fabrics & Home, they believe their business and their building â€” located at 228 Main St. â€” can be a catalyst in the revitalization of the city's downtown area.
The fabric store and the soon-to-be occupied property above the shop were visited on Friday morning by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and other city officials as part of a discussion on Raimondo's jobs plan.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the city to enter into a lease-to-own agreement to purchase the former St. Leo the Great Elementary School property, which city and school officials said will accommodate for impending school renovations and an anticipated enrollment increase.
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