June 28th, 2015
CUMBERLAND â€” Seven area youths on Saturday celebrated years of diligent, dedicated hard work, as they joined an elite class of young men by receiving the Eagle Badge, the highest achievement given by the Boy Scouts of America.
The young men received the honor during a ceremony attended by family, friends, and fellow scouts at St. John Vianney Parish on Diamond Hill Road.
BURRILLVILLE -- Itâ€™s been a tradition in these parts for decades, where the townâ€™s police cruisers and fire trucks, sirens blaring and lights flashing, escort a newly-crowned state championâ€™s team bus around the villages so residents can share in the glory.
To be honest, for years upon frustrating years, it didnâ€™t occur that often for Burrillville Highâ€™s athletic programs â€“ maybe once or twice every decade. But that all changed, and then some, during this remarkable 2014-15 school year.
BURRILLVILLE – Way back in October, Sydney Blais decided more or less on a whim to travel to Southern New Hampshire University for an open house. She had heard it maintained a respected program in Baking and Pastry Arts, a passionate interest of hers.
When the Burrillville High senior first set eyes on the campus just outside Manchester, she fell in love with the quaint, small-school atmosphere, and chose to further her academic and athletic careers there.
WOONSOCKET – Friday’s Supreme Court ruling establishing a national right to same-sex marriage struck close to home to many in Rhode Island.
In a state that was the last in New England to legalize same-sex marriage, the decision was reason for celebration for gay marriage advocates such as Rhode Island Pride, which hosted a rally at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence on Friday evening.
WOONSOCKET – The two Market Square mills that operated until last year as the Le Moulin arts village have been purchased by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley for $1 million.
NeighborWorks also secured an additional $850,000 in financing to repair the roof, electrical system and make other code-related repairs to the site, which was condemned last April, temporarily displacing the award-winning RiverzEdge Arts youth development program, and at least a dozen other small arts-based businesses and gift shops.
CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director.
Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.
WOONSOCKET – Jim Smith of Avenue A says it was almost impossible to drive on most of the street without landing in what he calls “a really big hole.”
But the ride’s soon going to be smooth as silk now that Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has launched the 2015 construction season’s road-rebuilding jobs.
Smith watched happily from the sidewalk opposite Globe Park Thursday as a massive milling machine scraped a ribbon of pitted pavement off Providence Street, first on the list of repair jobs.
PROVIDENCE — Their cries rang out Thursday evening, echoing down Smith Street.
“Stop this stadium deal!” they shouted. “Keep the PawSox in Pawtucket!” the crowd clamored. “Listen to taxpayers!”
PAWTUCKET â€“ If anyoneâ€™s wondered how Allen Craig is faring in his prolonged tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he has an answer: Just fine, thank you.
After a less-than-productive 2014 debut with Boston, not to mention more of the same this spring â€“ then being demoted from Boston back on May 10 â€“ the 30-year-old outfielder/first baseman is hell-bent on making a demonstrative return to the Red Sox. Heâ€™s hoping it will happen sooner than later.
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