Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â Clayton Mortensenâs 2013 season has featured a wide range of emotions.
From making Bostonâs Opening Day roster to landing on the disabled list with a right groin strain to getting designated for assignment for the first time ever, the 28-year-old Mortensen is living baseball proof that what doesnât kill you makes you stronger. Moving past what seemingly must feel like a lifetimeâs worth of transactions that were compartmentalized into a short period has perhaps been reconcilable thanks to the right-handed pitcherâs new role with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Everyone has to start somewhere.
Beginning Monday, high school football coaches and players around Rhode Island will officially take the first steps â baby ones, mind you â in a journey that both parties hope culminates with the following symbolic gesture: Dumping a large bucket of ice water on the Super Bowl-winning coach come the first weekend in December.
High school students across Rhode Island are organizing a drive collecting school supplies for young children in need this fall. All collections from this drive will benefit Childrenâs Friend, a charity focused on assisting challenged children and families of Rhode Island.
The 20 students involved with the drive will all set up collection sites at their schools for classmates and teachers to drop off donations. Approximately 15 schools ranging across Rhode Island will be participating in the drive.
BLACKSTONE â Leaning on a wooden fence, Joe Wojcik watches a young Hereford calf prance alongside its mother, who is doing her best to ignore the calfâs playful gestures as she quietly grazes in the dew-covered pasture.
CENTRAL FALLS â Declaring that âthe skyâs the limit in this amazing square-mile city,â Mayor James Diossa launched his bid to be mayor for another three years on Saturday.
Diossa, who took his first oath of office on New Yearâs Day after winning a special election, grasped the helm of the struggling city as it tried to free itself from the shoals of a difficult bankruptcy, under the storm cloud of his predecessor, former mayor Charles Moreau, pleading guilty to federal corruption charges and preparing to go to prison.
WOONSOCKET â After nearly a decade of working in the business world for three WNBA teams and as the president of an NBA Development League franchise, Michael Reynolds has returned home to take on the next challenge of his professional career.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A long-standing question as to what will happen to a still-undeveloped parcel of land bordering the Dowling Village commercial development off Eddie Dowling Highway could be answered on Monday with the help of a $400,000 open space grant from the Department of Environmental Management.
The Town Council will consider the acquisition of a 40-acre parcel of land at Dowling Village using the state grant and another $525,000 in available local open space preservation funding when it meets Monday evening in the Kendall-Dean School cafeteria.
WOONSOCKET â Local voters will begin to learn the lineup for this yearâs city election for mayor and City Council as the period for formal declaration of candidacy opens at the Board of Canvassers office in City Hall on Monday.
Declarations for mayor and City Council will be accepted at the office from Monday until 4 p.m. through 4 p.m. on Aug. 27, according to Board of Canvassers Manager Estelle D. Corriveau.
GLOCESTER â Dr. Michael Barnes, school superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School system, is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its general membership meeting on Wednesday.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, his dedication to the education of all children, his commitment to the community, and his service to RISSA.
For Ryan Kalish, embarking on the comeback trail has featured an eerily similar narrative.
Thereâs the surgery aspect, which Kalish has down pat by now. Since diving for a ball in center field at McCoy Stadium on April 21, 2011 â a play the 25-year-old dubs âa stroke of bad luckâ â the onetime Red Sox outfield prospect has been subjected to one corrective procedure after another. Yearning to feel like his old self has proven a tough road to hoe, his left shoulder and neck never quite getting back in sync.