August 12th, 2012
Donâ€™t tell area high school football coaches that these truly are the dog days of summer. They donâ€™t want to hear about such talk.
Monday marks the commencement of preseason training camps across the state and to suggest that teams are seeking to hit the ground running would be a gross understatement. The importance of the coming week cannot be underscored â€“ albeit for a myriad of reasons.
WOONSOCKET â€” Summer vacation is winding down for local students and that had Jacqueline Dowdy back before the School Committee this week talking about the annual Back to School Celebration in the city.
Dowdy is the Woonsocket coordinator for the statewide Back to School program that has put free school supplies in the hands of students for the past 13 years. Woonsocket has participated for the past eight years.
WOONSOCKET -- Kings Row, dubbed â€śNew Englandâ€™s #1 Oldies Band,â€ť in conjunction with sponsor The Call, are putting on a free fundraising concert for the benefit of Autumnfest 2012.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. â€” By no means should Navigant Credit Union Post 85 feel blue after the local ball club saw its season come to an end Saturday in the Northeast Regional American Legion Baseball Tournament.
Sure, no one wants to lose, but even after a 4-2 setback to Barnstable, Mass., Navigant has much to celebrate. For a team that a week ago came out of nowhere to capture the R.I. Senior Division championship, the local lads enjoyed a storybook ride that saw them put forth quite the fight right up to the bitter end.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Gary Fernandes is thinking big again at his River Falls Complex at Market Square.
You can see just how big from the fence overlooking the lower Woonsocket Falls section of the Blackstone River where it curves around the corner of the former Falls Yarn Mill, which is home to the Complex' River Falls Restaurant and CitySide nightclub.
Fernandes and his development company have been hard at work completing a long-planned patio and walkway around the back of the early-1800s mill building that he had started planning more than six years ago.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Six polling places voters have been using for at least a decade have been permanently retired as part of a statewide redistricting effort earlier this year.
As a result of the remapping of voting districts, the cityâ€™s total number of polling places has shrunk from 16 to 11, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
In addition to losing six polling places, one new one was added â€“ Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, 60 Florence Drive.
Craig Moretto and Nora Martel, both of Fitchburg, Mass., hang prizes as they set up the Punk Rack game prior to the start of the 22nd Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday evening. Severe thunderstorms and even a brief tornado watch threatened to cancel the opening night, but skies cleared in time for festivities to get underway after 6 p.m. The festival continues today, tomorrow and Monday. Visit cumberlandfest.com for a complete schedule of events.
Hazel O. Zifcak
JOHNSTON- Hazel O. (O'Leary) Zifcak, 92, died Thursday Aug. 9, 2012 at Home & Hospice Care of RI, Providence.
A resident of Johnston, she lived for many years in Burrillville. Wife of John H. Zifcak for nearly 75 years.
Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of the late Truman and Madeline (Wile) O'Leary.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. â€” The R.I. American Legion Senior Division champs from Navigant Credit Union/Fairmount Post 85 picked the wrong time to play kick the can.
Navigant committed six errors that led to three runs for the opposition in a disheartening 4-1 setback to Portland, Me. Thursday in the opening game of the double-elimination Northeast Regional tournament at The Ballpark.
Post 85 will look to remain alive when it faces Essex, Vt. Friday at 9:30 a.m.
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Bailey doesnâ€™t know when he may return to the Boston Red Sox, but heâ€™s more than anxious to do so.
In Pawtucketâ€™s 6-3 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Bailey relieved starter Billy Buckner in the sixth inning and allowed just one hit (without a walk and fanned a pair in his one-frame stint.
That, coupled with a solid outing the night before when he hurled one inning of flawless ball (with a strikeout), the 28-year-old from Cherry Hills, N.J. likes how heâ€™s feeling.