June 20th, 2015
CUMBERLAND – Given the success of the town’s two Little League programs over the past half-decade, it seems appropriate to label Cumberland a pure baseball community in the summertime – a town that rallies around its all-star squads and takes pride in each league’s accomplishments.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Flora S. Curtis Elementary School on Friday was transformed into a scene out of Manhattanâ€™s Theater District, as students entertained a standing-room only audience with â€śThe Best of Broadway.â€ť
The performance served as a culmination and celebration of the year in musical instruction. All students at the school, from kindergarten through fifth grade, took to the stage in front of parents and loved ones to perform a number from a noteworthy play or musical.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state House of Representatives voted 64-8 Thursday evening to approve a bill submitted by Rep. Jeremiah T. Oâ€™Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) that adds a new requirement to state law allowing the creation of independent charter schools.
Oâ€™Gradyâ€™s bill, H-5555 as Amended, would require the state Department of Education to conduct a review of the fiscal impact of a newly proposed charter school on the communities it serves, and also to determine that no negative fiscal impact would result before approving such a charter.
PAWTUCKET – It was right there for Cumberland’s taking.
On two separate occasions Thursday night, the Clippers had three-time state champion Bishop Hendricken against the ropes. There was a surefire double-play ball in the ninth inning that instead was a throwing error resulted in the Hawks scoring the tying run.
That was hard to watch, but then came the 10th inning where Cumberland loaded the bases with no outs and failed to capitalize. It was a huge chance squandered.
PROVIDENCE – Victory tastes sweeter when served following a bitter defeat.
St. Raphael Academy, which finished second to North Providence in the 2013 Division II finals, erased that sour memory on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over the Cougars in the state championship game at Rhode Island College.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Beverly LeFort was watching television early Wednesday morning when the blaring of a car horn interrupted the still silence outside her home on Fenmoor Street, a close-knit neighborhood where people know their neighbors and look out for one another.
LeFort tried to ignore the beeping, thinking somebodyâ€™s car alarm had gone off.
EAST PROVIDENCE - An early morning fire has claimed the life of an elderly woman. Fire officials confirmed that one person was killed in a fire on Fenmoor Street that began at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two firefighters were also injured fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire, that gutted the home, is under investigation. The identity of the victim has not been released. Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Central Falls man is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with a Pawtucket Police cruiser early Tuesday morning, sending two passengers and a police officer to the hospital, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET – For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.
Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.
PAWTUCKET – When last we saw the St. Raphael softball team, they were mounting a furious seventh-inning charge to rally past North Providence.
The three-run surge lifted the Saints to a 6-5 playoff win in a contest that took place last Wednesday – June 10 to be exact. Since then, SRA has been idle. The distinction as the tournament’s lone unbeaten team has been a badge of honor that the Saints have had no choice but to wear as the rest of the playoff picture sorted itself out.
PAWTUCKET - David Norton of Organizing for Pawtucket, which delivered to state lawmakers last week petitions signed by more than 13,000 Rhode Island residents demanding that the PawSox stay in Pawtucket, says his groupâ€™s next move is to hold a massive rally at the Statehouse on June 25.
PAWTUCKET – Virtually every time Tolman High meets Mount St. Charles on the diamond, Tigers' mentor Theo Murray mentions his personal history with the Woonsocket Catholic school.
It seems back in 1992, when Murray represented Shea as a standout senior third/first baseman, his Raiders held a precarious lead over the Mounties in the R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final. In the end, however, MSC prevailed with a late rally, 7-6, eliminating Shea from a berth opposite Westerly, the eventual state champion.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Tolman High erupted for five runs in the second and three more in the third, eventually coasting to a 10-0 mercy-rule triumph over West Warwick in the rubber game of a best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal set at Pierce Field on Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Visitors to City Hall are noticing that the building is a bit brighter and a little more colorful thanks to the â€śBeyond Barriersâ€ť art gallery exhibit on display.
Through August, the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, as a gallery showcasing works created by local artists with disabilities adorns the second-floor walls at City Hall.
PAWTUCKET – As an outstanding, three-sport athlete at Tolman High School in the early 1990s, Joey Wilson often would peer into the stands during the heat of competition, secretly hoping his mom and dad would surprise him by being there, witness him carry the pigskin into the end zone or hit a fastball over the fence.
It didn't happen, and it both hurts and irks him to this day.
PAWTUCKET â€“ When Pawtucket Police Detective Linda Bachand-Jackson is not busy being a policewoman, thereâ€™s a good chance sheâ€™s running a marathon somewhere â€“ in costume.
Bachand-Jackson has gotten a lot of attention for the crazy getups sheâ€™s worn en-route to the finish line, decked out as Abe Lincoln, Princess Leia from â€śStar Wars,â€ť or one of those hairy dudes in hunting camouflage from â€śDuck Dynasty.â€ť
But the 20-year police veteranâ€™s Newport 10 Miler went national when she ran the June 7 race wearing a white wedding dress, just a few hours before she tied the knot for real.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission this afternoon will showcase works created by local artists with disabilities during an exhibit at City Hall.
Mason Williams is now a major-league outfielder for the New York Yankees, a move the team made official on Thursday.
The 23-year-old native of Pawtucket put himself on the radar by batting .318 with a .397 on-base percentage along with a .795 OPS. Serving as the leadoff hitter for both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Williams has stolen 13 bases in 54 games.