Archive - 2013
BURRILLVILLE â€“ They rest in sections of local cemeteries that donâ€™t often draw visitors but the townâ€™s old soldiers of the Civil War still have stories to tell.
Betty Mencucci, president of the Burrillville Historical Society and a local history expert, hopes to put those stories in peopleâ€™s minds this weekend while offering a tour of the townâ€™s Civil War grave sites today beginning at 2 p.m. at Pascoag Cemetery and St. Patrickâ€™s Cemetery off Route 107, Pascoag.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A year away from the road racing circuit and temperatures in the mid-80s couldnâ€™t zap the electricity of the Northmen 5K Challenge on Saturday morning.
Nearly 300 runners and walkers braved the hot weather to take part in the 3.1-mile race at North Smithfield High and the final fundraiser of the school year for the North Smithfield Athletic Association, the boosters club for the townâ€™s scholastic and community athletic programs.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fresh off a 5-3 road trip that saw them take over first place in the North Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox kept the good times rolling Friday night.
It may have taken some time, yet Pawtucket was able to outlast Syracuse courtesy of a 9-8 contest that took 12 innings and lasted four hours, 20 minutes. The hero was Jonathan Diaz, who blooped a ball into shallow right-center to score Justin Henry with one down in the 12th.
Diazâ€™ third base hit of the game went in the books as a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up his third victory after tossing a scoreless top-of-the 12th.
For a change of pace, the R.I. high school baseball playoffs are neither rushed nor condensed.
The 16-team field in Division I and II takes center stage Saturday, with the first game of the double-elimination regional qualifying round. In years past, a loss on Day 1 placed players and coaches squarely behind the eight ball. Teams were forced to start their battle for survival in the losersâ€™ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his stay in the major leagues expanded from days to weeks to months, Alex Wilson resisted the temptation to feel comfortable.
ON THE BLACKSTONE RIVER â€“ Back in the 1980s the late U.S. Sen. John H. Chafee knew the best way to get people to support his namesake Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor was to get them into boats so they could see the historic area from the waters of the river.
CUMBERLAND â€” Next year is supposed to be the season Mount St. Charles storms through the first round of the Division I playoffs and gets ready to make some noise in the double-elimination portion of the state tournament.
But somebody forgot to fax that memo to this yearâ€™s Mounties.
Armed by a 15-hit attack, solid defense, and a rare complete game from junior Kylie Finnerty, the 13th-seeded, senior-less Mounties sprung arguably the upset of the postseason on Thursday afternoon with a stunning 7-2 triumph over fourth-seeded Cumberland at Tucker Field.
LINCOLN â€“ The more things change for the Lincoln High softball team, the more they stay the same.
Gone are the days when head coach Dick Ryan can sit back and watch his squad pile up the runs and achieve mercy-rule status in the blink of an eye. This yearâ€™s Lincoln edition is conditioned to win low-scoring, fist-clenching affairs that largely hinge on the effectiveness of Lindsay Mayer and her powerful right arm.
The Rhode Island Association of Realtors is calling the spring housing market one of the strongest since the 2008 price bust that triggered the nationâ€™s foreclosure crisis.
Sales of single-family homes rose seven percent in April 2013 compared to the same month a year ago, and the median sales price of $180,000 was also three percent higher, the trade group said in a report released yesterday.