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June 25th, 2015

Northeast Amateur | Crowded leaderboard through 36 holes at Wannamoisett CC

June 25, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Wannamoisett Country Club appeared ripe for the taking during Thursday’s second round of the Northeast Amateur, especially when early starter Michael Johnson checked in with a five-under par round of 64 as the clock struck noon.

“I didn’t really hit the ball all that well off the tee,” Johnson, a rising senior at the University of Auburn, admitted after missing a short birdie putt on No. 18 that would have made his round even more special.

June 24th

Northeast Amateur | BRINGING THE FUNK: Texas product setting the pace at Wannamoisett CC

June 24, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — Playing in the same twosome, Taylor Funk and John Hayes IV both went on birdie binges during the first round of the Northeast Amateur Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Wannamoisett Country Club.

The son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk made six birdies and an eagle (along with three bogeys) to take the first-round lead with a round of 64. The rising sophomore at the University of Texas started his round on the back nine and went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from No. 17 through the second hole on the front nine.

Cumberland gearing up for 87th Arnold Mills Parade

June 24, 2015


CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland Fourth of July tradition for more than 80 years, the Arnold Mills Parade steps off Saturday, July 4.

This year’s 87th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line.

Cumberland educator J. Richard “Dick” Charland is grand marshal of this year’s parade.

The parade association is also honoring his wife of many years, Betty Charland, for her yearly contributions as a volunteer on the parade committee.

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox OF Bradley can relate to Castillo’s predicament with BoSox

June 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. can relate somewhat to fellow outfielder Rusney Castillo’s being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 25-year-old usual center fielder for the PawSox had spent a day in mid-April with the parent club, then 12 more in Boston before being optioned back on May 22 – in favor of Castillo.

Plainridge Park Casino opens as Massachusetts’ first gambling hall

June 24, 2015


PLAINVILLE, MASS. – Thousands of people flocked to the new Plainridge Park Casino for its grand opening at noon on Wednesday. Route-1 traffic rivaled that of a Patriots home game, stretching far as eyes could see and the four stories of the parking garage filled up so quickly that it took nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot upon arrival. People poured in from the parking garage, the elevators and the main entrance in bunches all before 2 p.m.

June 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Barnes returned to PawSox with a few things to work on

June 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.

Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.

First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.

State budget sails through Senate passage, 35-3

June 23, 2015


PROVIDENCE – An $8.7 billion state budget hailed as pro-business and pro-education is now a done deal as the Senate overwhelmingly approved the spending plan last night, wrapping up the biggest piece of the 2016 legislative session.

The budget, which was approved by the House on a unanimous vote in record time one week ago, sailed through the Senate in similarly speedy fashion on a vote of 35-3.

Along with a raft of plaudits from supporters of the budget, praise came from some unexpected corners of the Senate chamber.

Local artists grace City Hall with their paintings, poems and powerful stories

June 23, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Some of the artists whose work decorates the walls at City Hall came together late last week to celebrate the art gallery exhibit.

Members of groups including Resources for Human Development – Rhode Island and Flying Shuttle Studios came to City Hall on Friday afternoon to adore their works while also describing the tremendous honor they felt in having their art hanging for all to see.

June 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox open homestand with 3-2 loss to Red Wings

June 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Prior to Monday night’s game against Rochester, the Pawtucket Red Sox had manufactured 16 come-from-behind triumphs, including nine in their final at-bat and five of the walk-off variety.

During their 2014 Governors’ Cup championship run, they amassed 36 in all and 22 in their last at-bat.

Pawtucket had its fair share of opportunities to extend those positive numbers on Monday, though squandered all but one during a disgruntling 3-2 loss to the Red Wings before a fan base of 5,060 at McCoy Stadium.

Goff Junior High's Andrews honored at Statehouse

June 22, 2015


State Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) honored a student of his district in the House of Representatives last Thursday while noting her success in a Pawtucket school essay contest. 

Ariana Andrews, a seventh-grader at Goff Junior High, was one of the student winners in the “Why Veterans Are Important to Me,” a contest that was organized by Pawtucket veterans volunteer Ken Postle and the Pawtucket School Department.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Red Sox catcher Hanigan kicks off rehab assignment with PawSox

June 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Ryan Hanigan is back in the fold, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The 34-year-old resident of Andover, Mass. stood by his locker in the Pawtucket Red Sox’ clubhouse on Monday afternoon, chomping at the bit to get some playing time. He received his wish when he discovered he would start and bat third for the PawSox in their homestand opener against Rochester on Monday night.

R.I. High School Football | Seniors to take one final bow in annual All-Star Game

June 22, 2015

CUMBERLAND – When Toll Gate High head coach Jim Stringfellow came calling, Josh Lima, who holds the same position at Cumberland, couldn’t and wouldn’t say no.

Stringfellow had asked him back in April to serve as his offensive coordinator for the East team of the third annual Rhode Island All-Star Football Game, slated for Saturday, June 27, at Johnston High School, and Lima jumped at the chance.

June 21st

Viva São João: Lusitana Club’s annual Feast of St. John none the worse for weather

June 21, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Around noon on Sunday at the Lusitana Club, cloudy skies and slight rain threatened the entertainment that was scheduled for a weekend of celebration.

“Come back around two or three,” volunteers said as stragglers walked up to the entrance and turned around again.

June 20th

Commentary | McGair: Five years later, Cumberland Little League teammates challenge for high school supremacy

June 20, 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.

June 19th

Broadway comes to Pawtucket school

June 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Flora S. Curtis Elementary School on Friday was transformed into a scene out of Manhattan’s Theater District, as students entertained a standing-room only audience with “The Best of Broadway.”

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.

VIDEO: 'Frozen' Softball Team Will Melt Your Heart

June 19, 2015

June 18th

WEB EXTRA: House passes bill boosting fiscal oversight of charter schools

June 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE — The state House of Representatives voted 64-8 Thursday evening to approve a bill submitted by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) that adds a new requirement to state law allowing the creation of independent charter schools.

O’Grady’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.

Cumberland Baseball | Clippers comes up short in epic Game 3 against Hendricken for D.I title

June 18, 2015


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.

June 17th

St. Raphael Softball | Saints take Div. II championship with 5-0 victory over N. Providence

June 17, 2015


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.

Woman dies in East Providence fire

June 17, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – 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 somebody’s car alarm had gone off.