September 6th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – Injury Fund scrimmages are little more than a dress rehearsal for the upcoming football season. Players get into their uniforms, board a bus and head to the scrimmage location, slug it out for two quarters with a rival school, and then head home, elated by the opportunity to block and tackle someone other than their own teammates.
WOONSOCKET â€” U.S. Rep. David Cicilline said Wednesday that he remains undecided on the Iran nuclear deal, even as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure that the deal survives in Congress.
Cicilline, during an interview with The Call and The Times staff at The Call, said that from his perspective, there are problems with the agreement, just as there are in rejecting the agreement.
â€śThis, I think, will be one of the most consequential and difficult votes I ever make in 20 years,â€ť Cicilline said, adding that he is â€śstudying to make all the right decisions.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” City schools will be the first in Rhode Island to implement COPsync911, an alert system that informs patrol officers of a potentially threatening situation.
The COPsync911 system is activated by school staff when an urgent, emergency, or violent situation arises and allows the staffers to send an immediate silent alert to all other school personnel, local law enforcement dispatch, and all patrol cars and on-duty officers, even if they are away from their patrol car.
PAWTUCKET â€” The exterior of the Resources for Human Development building on Commerce Street was a rather drab site, a dreary facade of brick devoid of much character.
However, that changed starting Thursday, as students from the Rhode
Island School of Design joined artists and staff from RHD-RI to paint murals that will hang from the building's exterior, providing the area with a much-needed dose of vibrant color.
PROVIDENCE â€” Lincoln native Brianna Brigidi had everything in her life aligned just right coming out of high school.
PAWTUCKET – New St. Raphael Academy head coach Andre Martins couldn't have been more succinct in describing his squad's satisfying 5-2 Division III-A victory over Cranston East on Friday afternoon.
“Good stuff!” he told the Saints as they relaxed on the home sideline grass at McKinnon-Alves Complex during the post-game chat.
That pretty much summed up St. Raphael's torrid attack on the Thunderbolts, one in which the hosts outshot their foes, 16-6, and in the process lifted the Saints to 1-1 in league action.
PROVIDENCE — Pawtucket on Monday declared itself a “bully-free” city, formally announcing a partnership with a California-based nonprofit organization to curb bullying and harassment in the Pawtucket School Department’s 17 schools.
PAWTUCKET – The outside of the Resources for Human Development building on Commerce Street was a rather drab site, a dreary facade of brick devoid of much character.
However, that changed starting Thursday, as students from the Rhode Island School of Design joined artists and staff from RHD-RI to paint murals that will hang from the building’s outside walls, providing the area with a much-needed dose of vibrant color.
PAWTUCKET â€” In one of the largest promotional ceremonies held in recent memory, the Pawtucket Police Department swore in new Major Tina Goncalves, the first woman to hold that position on the force; and newly promoted Capt. Kevin Santurri and Lt. Manny Maciel, as seven officers advanced in the ranks.
Also promoted were David Holden to detective sergeant, Robert Pickett to sergeant, and Carl Barovier and Trevor Lefebvre to detective.
PAWTUCKET â€” Seven members of the Pawtucket Police Department â€” including the first female member to ascend to the rank of major in the departmentâ€™s history â€” will be celebrated at a ceremony today at the Pawtucket Veteransâ€™ Amphitheater on Roosevelt Avenue.
PAWTUCKET – In the interest of accuracy, the conversation with PawSox manager Kevin Boles started out about the working relationship his father John had with Dave Dombrowski when the pair formed a manager-general manager tandem with the Florida Marlins.
For the purpose of this exercise, the original topic hardly seemed to matter, as it resulted in traveling down several roads that helped to shed light on Dombrowski’s relationship with the minors.
PROVIDENCE â€” Talks may be continuing on a plan to build a new $85 million stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox on vacant I-195 land in the cityâ€™s downtown, but that didnâ€™t stop a group of opponents to that plan from holding an anti-stadium picnic at the site Monday night.
A crowd of about 100 people showed up at the weedy gravel lot along the Providence River to fly kites, listen to The What Cheer? Brigade band perform, and munch their picnic dinners while supporting the grassroots effort to stop the stadium project.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just as students are readying themselves to return to school for the first day of classes on Tuesday, School Superintendent Victor Capellan is readying himself and the district for a new year of educational opportunities for Central Fallsâ€™ children.
PAWTUCKET – Now 22, Graham Watkins of Woodlawn has been relegated to a wheelchair since his toddler days, that due to a congenital spinal cord injury.
Still, he never allowed his physical disability to interfere with his love for sports. Over the years, he has taken part in a variety of wheelchair and like activities, among them skiing, hockey and track.
PAWTUCKET â€“ When kindergarten students arrive at Nathanael Greene Elementary School for the first day of classes next week, they will be greeted by teachers with a â€śhelloâ€ť as well as an â€śholaâ€ť as part of a brand-new dual language learning program.
Two classes of incoming kindergarteners at Greene Elementary School will be the first collection of students to participate in the dual language program, in which half of their education will be in English and half will be taught in Spanish.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” If anyone was wondering what Townie extraordinaire Kevin Robinson has been up to since retiring from the professional BMX circuit in the summer of 2013, even he has problems answering.
The 40-something Robinson last competed at the X Games in Los Angeles that season, but has remained busy â€“ swamped, actually â€“ in a variety of professions and programs.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Red Sox fans will be rooting for the home team â€” at McCoy Stadium â€” at least a year longer than expected, as a spokeswoman for the teamâ€™s ownership group confirmed that the PawSox will play their home games at the ballpark through at least the 2017 season.
LINCOLN â€” Due to an unexpected increase in student enrollment, two elementary schools are adding classrooms merely a week before the school year is set to begin.
The mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls are hopeful to establish an educational exchange with Arjona, Colombia, after making the nearly 2,200-mile journey south, and officials say they are coming back to the states having learned plenty from their South American colleagues.