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June 3rd, 2015

Lincoln High Baseball | Palmieri shines on the mound, at the plate in Lions' 4-1 win over Middletown

June 3, 2015

LINCOLN – To exhibit how calm 6-5 senior righthander Mason Palmieri seemed prior to his Lincoln High contingent’s R.I. Division I Tournament prelim tilt opposite Middletown on Wednesday afternoon, teammate Alex Levin coaxed him into a little fun.

Palmieri, holding two bats to his head to portray a bull’s horns, galloped at Levin, who waved a warm-up jacket to resemble a matador.

Those crazy antics drew laughs galore from their teammates.

Minor leagues’ CEO pitches for Providence

June 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Pat O’Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, on Wednesday stopped by the offices of the Locke Lord LLP law firm to hold a discussion with city and state leaders about the Pawtucket Red Sox’ proposed move to the capital city.

A 31-year veteran of professional baseball and president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, O’Conner said his role was to “try to put the facts out there and dispel rumors or innuendo.”

Tolman Softball | Tigers roar past East Greenwich in Div. I playoff opener

June 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  If there was any question whether Tolman High’s bats would be ready for a R.I. Division I Tournament prelim against East Greenwich on Wednesday afternoon, they answered it but fast.

The Tigers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first, then bludgeoned the Avengers for nine more in the second to coast to a 19-1 “mercy-rule” triumph at Slater Park’s Bailey Field.

St. Raphael Softball | SRA makes quick work of Warwick vets in Div. II playoff opener

June 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy took care of business in the preliminary round of the Division II playoffs, dispatching Warwick Veterans by a 9-0 score on Wednesday afternoon at Hank Soar Park.

“It gets harder from here,” Saints coach Ron LaBree said after the game ended. “We’ll play the winner of West Warwick-Portsmouth in the next round and we also have (unbeaten) Moses Brown in our side of the bracket.”

June 2nd

McKee, municipal leaders speak out against move to limit city, town authority in fire dept. scheduling

June 2, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.

McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.

June 1st

A memorial just across the street: Pawtucket field dedicated to Warnock

June 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward “Ted” Warnock this past Sunday.

Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnock’s daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.

Pawtucket Red Sox | McGair: PawSox in dire need of offensive injection

June 1, 2015

Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.

That’s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.

May 31st

Public gets say on budget tonight

May 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the city’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. Grebien’s proposed budget.

Cumberland Boys' Lacrosse | Prout rains on Clippers’ parade, captures Div. II championship

May 31, 2015


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.

May 29th

Tobon pushes for rail station

May 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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 – provided Pawtucket voters approve the matter.

VIDEO: National Spelling Bee B-r-e-a-k-d-o-w-n

May 29, 2015

May 28th

PawSox chairman indicates interest in meeting Grebien

May 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is “very interested” 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 Boys' Lacrosse | With 12-8 win over Wheeler, Clippers face Prout in Sunday’s title game

May 28, 2015


CUMBERLAND – The board inside the Cumberland boys’ lacrosse locker room tells the story of what is needed to become Division II champions.

Three wins.

Pawtucket River Bridge was long, costly project

May 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – There is little dispute about the poor condition of Rhode Island’s roads and bridges and even less of a dispute about the need to repair the state’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.

COLUMN: Young and cash-strapped

May 28, 2015

She said “No” 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. I’d hand them the paper and say, “Want to go to a movie?”
They all said “No.”
Well, one girl said, “Yes” but then the next day her brother told me she really meant “No.”
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, “one day you’re going to rule the world!”

May 27th

PawSox | Eddie Rodriguez to make big league debut Thursday at Texas

May 27, 2015

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). 

May 26th

PawSox | Yankees' $175-million-man Tanaka to make rehab start at McCoy Wednesday

May 26, 2015


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. 

Passages | As husband, father, and coach, George Patrick Duffy had a love affair with life

May 26, 2015


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. 

May 25th

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox honor late president Skeffington, unveil 'JJS' patch

May 25, 2015


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.

International League | Pawtucket native Mason Williams plays in hometown with S/WB RailRiders

May 25, 2015


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.

 

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