Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď It is that time again ‚ÄĒ time to buy your Autumnfest button.
Tim Paul, chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee, was putting out that message on Friday, even as the city cleaned up from a big and successful Main Street Block Party celebrating the city‚Äôs 125th anniversary.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and it‚Äôs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.
BLACKSTONE ‚Äď Steven J. Seagrave of North Smithfield has worked in the high-tech industry and managed a major construction project, but these days it‚Äôs the Firehouse Tavern and Smokehouse, 200 Main St., that has most of his attention.
Seagrave has owned the Broad Street Tap in Cumberland for five years and decided to try his hand a running a full-menu sports pub by taking on renovation of the former Station House and Archie‚Äôs Firehouse business in the town‚Äôs original firehouse building off Main Street.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Even though a taxpayers group has challenged the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, collections of the one-time tax are filling city coffers at roughly the pace officials always expected, if not a little better.
Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce said that at the close of business on Thursday, the due date for the bill, the city had taken in at least $1.25 million.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ When Dave Houle returned from a vacation to Florida's East Coast back in the fall of 1990, he greeted fellow Gator's Pub co-owner Tom McGee with what he deemed a ‚Äúfantastic idea‚ÄĚ to bolster interest in their new venture.
‚ÄúHe had watched some beach volleyball down there outside a restaurant, and he thought it'd be great to start one of our own,‚ÄĚ McGee explained recently of his former partner's notion. ‚ÄúHe just raved about it. What sold us was there was nothing like it in our area at the time. We were out here in the boonies, and we needed to put ourselves on the map.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The city‚Äôs Main Street business district was largely back to normal routines on Friday and someone would have to have been at the big Block Party celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the city‚Äôs incorporation Thursday evening to know just how big a change that was.
The 12 stages where bands and performing acts entertained a sea of local and out-of-town people flowing like a tide from Market Square to Monument square were dissembled and all the booths and temporary facilities of the city‚Äôs one-night birthday party extravaganza taken away.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Forget the 10-minute drive to the High Ridge courts in Lincoln. Mount St. Charles only had to walk across Logee Street and step onto its brand new six-court complex for its Injury Fund Tennis Challenge.
Joined by the teams from La Salle Academy, the Prout School, and the Wheeler School, as well as a large gathering of fans and alumni, the Mounties, head coach Marissa Pitrone-Marsh, and athletic director and former coach Richard Lawrence conducted a small ceremony opening the courts on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, ‚Äúhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but he‚Äôs one of the best teammates out there.‚ÄĚ
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that night‚Äôs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
‚ÄúTonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,‚ÄĚ said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. ‚ÄúThat was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.‚ÄĚ