August 19th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” If the Washington Nationalsâ€™ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, itâ€™s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Daniel Bard admits thereâ€™s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how heâ€™s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances â€“ he remains very much on Bostonâ€™s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sundayâ€™s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucketâ€™s season to his advantage.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” An unaudited review of North Smithfield's finances shows the town ending the fiscal year with a $628,788 surplus in its general fund, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton and Finance Director Brian Silvia announced Friday.
A portion of the surplus is a result of town departments finishing the year under budget, Hamilton said. The remainder of the surplus was generated through various revenue sources exceeding budget projections.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 39-year-old city woman faces 33 criminal charges, including 18 felony counts, in connection with the fraudulent use of checks allegedly stolen from a neighbor's apartment, police said Friday.
Jennifer L. Bell, 39, of 19 Hamlet Ave., was charged after police investigated a complaint by a 53-year-old woman that someone had been writing checks to her checking account between June 4 and July 18.
The amounts were less than $500 per check but in total amounted to more than $3,000, police said.
Dodging raindrops on Main Street, Woonsocket residents (from left) Kayla Paquin, 4, Lauren Larson, Katelyn Erminelli, 14, Angela Erminelli, Brittany Jacques, 13, and Ashley Erminelli, 11, have a little fun on an otherwise dreary Saturday morning in the city.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.
BELLINGHAM â€” The Saint Blaise Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is participating in the â€œFriends of the Poor Walk," a national walk that provides an opportunity to raise funds for the local conference.
Started in 2008, the walk has grown each year, attracting over 18,000 walkers and raising over $1.4 million with over 1,000 conferences participating. This is the second year St. Blaise is participating.
Last year, St. Blaise had 26 walkers and raised $4,390. The group says it is looking to double the participation and funds raised.
Governor Lincoln Chafee visits one of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative sites on Friday â€” the Connecting for Children and Families' Chillin' & Skillin' summer program, held at the Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket. He witnessed a hands-on presentation by Save the Bay called "A Bay Experience" with live sea creatures such as starfish, crabs and perriwinkles. The governor was quite impressed, saying, â€˜It was an important opportunity for youth to be able to learn and be outdoors at the same time.
Margaret Mary Lovett
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Margaret Mary Lovett, 54, died August 16, in Woonsocket Heath and Rehabilitation Center with her family by her side after battling ALS.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Joan (Lynes) Lovett of Burrillville and the late Vincent Lovett of Florida.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case youâ€™re just joining us, Bardâ€™s latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.