Archive - 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes itâ€™s only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.
When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox â€¦ letâ€™s just say thereâ€™s a cloak and dagger element in play.
â€śI donâ€™t know when Iâ€™m leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,â€ť said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. â€śIâ€™ll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.â€ť
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.
WOONSOCKET â€“ State and local officials of the cash-strapped city took action on two fronts this week to bolster its authority to pry from Landmark Medical Center some sorely needed tax revenue for the first time.
John C. Gould
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY- John C. Gould of Rockville Centre, NY, born in Woonsocket, RI on December 5, 1960, died tragically April 11, 2014.
The beloved son of Charles and Lucille Gould, loving brother of Charlotte MacKillop, Thomas and Paul Gould all of Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET -- The opening game was one to erase from the memory bank. The next three showed why Mount St. Charles is perfect in the Division I-North ranks and could be one of the teams to beat come tournament time in June.
After watching a 24-16 lead evaporate in a first-game loss to La Salle, the Mounties came out for the next game firing on all cylinders and never took their foot off the accelerator in fashioning a 3-1 victory over their visiting rivals.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer envisions the use of any classroom space at the Woonsocket Middle School complex, officials say.
Joseph Spagna, business manager for the Woonsocket Education Department, said initial forecasts that full-day kindergarten would result in a one-time increase of $688,000 in state aid next fiscal year were far too conservative and based on an inaccurate reading of education reimbursement schedules provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Thomas Lloyd Ryan
WOONSOCKET- Thomas Lloyd Ryan, 73, of Woonsocket, formerly of Warwick, died Monday evening at Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Paul and Irene (Lyons) Ryan. He was raised in Woonsocket and Blackstone. During his life Lloyd resided in Boston, New York City and Warwick before returning to Woonsocket.
Lloyd was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the 1960s. He was stationed in Korea with the Medical Corps and received the National Defense Service Medal.
SCITUATE --- One third of its way through its Division II-North schedule, North Smithfield is looking like not only the team to beat in the North, but also one of the elite squads in the entire division.
The Northmen continued their spectacular start on Monday afternoon by winning for the fifth time in as many games, defeating Scituate by a 5-1 score at Manning Field behind an 11-hit attack and another masterful outing by ace pitcher Karissa Carlton.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Not long after Susan Burgess turned 17, back in the spring of 1978, someone asked her to coach an Uxbridge â€śLassie Softball Leagueâ€ť team of 12- and 13-year-olds.
She really didn't know what to expect, but â€“ as an athlete â€“ she knew all about a variety of sports and what the girls needed to learn, so she acquiesced.
Still, she was only 17 so enlisted some help.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man who was using a GPS device to hunt down his missing cellphone was threatened with a handgun after he followed the trail to a Second Avenue apartment, police said.
Kelvin Trovon Eason, 22, allegedly pointed a .177-caliber, gas-powered pistol directly at the victimâ€™s head from a doorway on the third floor of 89 Second Ave.
A second man was allegedly pistol-whipped when he tried to help the first, but police said they brought no charges in that case because the victim was unable to identify his assailant.