September 3rd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Summarizing the 2012 Pawtucket Red Sox, just one word springs to mind.
Yes, this seasonâs club will be remembered for earning a second straight postseason berth, a first for this proud franchise since 1996-97. Yet the route that manager Arnie Beyeler along with his coaches and merry band of interchangeable parts followed in order to play baseball beyond Labor Day is, putting it mildly, unique.
CUMBERLAND â Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
PAWTUCKET â Augusto Rojas and the Pawtucket Red Sox got everything they could ask for and more from their inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk at McCoy Stadium.
A sunny morning. A strong turnout. Plenty of positive feedback.
And a fantastic finish for first place.
In a thrilling conclusion that had the fans scattered along the stadiumâs lower box seats cheering wildly, Geoff Nelson survived a frantic sprint with Nathan Petesch around the warning track by nipping him at the finish line near the PawSoxâs dugout by less than a second.
LINCOLN â John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
WOONSOCKET â Michael Moniz, whoâs running for a seat in the state legislature, has moved out of House District 49, which he intends to represent.
Moniz moved from St. Germain Manor on East School Street to Crepeau Court on Front Street â both publicly-managed high-rises â on July 9, according to Robert Kulik, director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority.
Kulik said Moniz relocated because the housing authority is converting a portion of St. Germain Manor in which he lived to assisted living.
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WOONSOCKET â When Sarah Rose Beaudoin was attending art school in Boston, her artistic pursuits included ceramics and stained glass design.
It wasn't until a couple of years after her four-year education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts that she discovered her true artistic calling: giving vintage pieces of furniture new life.
WOONSOCKET â The state-appointed Budget Commission in charge of city affairs has begun work on lowering the city's healthcare costs with closed-door meetings with officials from the city's labor unions.
A preliminary session of that effort was held Thursday in the City Council's second-floor conference room after the commission concluded its weekly public session upstairs in Historic Harris Hall.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next weekâs Democratic National Convention.
âI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â Chafee said in a written statement. âPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I â a former Republican â and lots of people like me are supporting the Presidentâs re-election.â
WOONSOCKET â A picturesque Victorian in the Globe section will become a new shelter for homeless male war veterans this fall.
Listed on the National and Rhode Island Registers of Historic Places as the Himes Getchell House, the 2Âœ-story dwelling at 492 South Main St. was built in 1875 and will be rechristened the Ballou Harris House when it opens this fall, said Frank DiMaio of the Fogarty Center in North Providence.
PAWTUCKET â Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-handerâs radar gun readings have proven most dramatic â not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucketâs bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.