June 2nd, 2013
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€“ State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket) disclosed Friday that sheâ€™s reached an agreement with state environmental officials to restore and transfer ownership of long-neglected World War II Memorial State Park to the city.
Under the pact, the state Department of Environmental Management would begin releasing $2.6 million it already has on hand to rebuild the park, which DEM all but abandoned some four years ago.
WARWICK â€“ The Division I winnersâ€™ bracket contest that took place under sunny yet windy conditions at Winslow Field was your classic Cinderella matchup.
Occupying one dugout was Mount St. Charles, a No. 12 seed responsible for eliminating fourth-seeded Cumberland from the postseason equation. Certainly what the Mounties accomplished qualifies as a shocker, but they werenâ€™t the only underdog to send a heavy favorite packing.
LINCOLN â€“ After watching Bay Viewâ€™s Shannon McArthur bloop a shot that hugged the left-field foul line, Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan got up from his dugout perch and asked the home plate umpire to grant him time.
With the infielders and star pitcher Lindsay Mayer gathered around him on the mound, Ryan conveyed the following decree â€“ donâ€™t let the Bengals bring the potential tying run to the plate. If the hitter that was next in line to face Mayer was fortunate enough to blast one out of Sullivan Field, the Lions would remain ahead by one run.
Dr. Art Canestrari, of Cumberland, and his friend Claire DiSpirito, of Lincoln, check out one of the units at 2 Monument Square during a Main Street Open House on Saturday. Dr. Canestrari stated he was interested in seeing the buildings on Main Street and their potential. The office space at which he is looking is one of six units available in the building.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee voted to rehire another 28 of its laid-off teachers following a special meeting in the Middle School on Thursday.
School Committeeman Christopher Roberts said the rehired teachers were in a mix of positions in local schools including physical education, math, family and consumer science, and counseling that were issued notices of layoffs this spring.
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.