April 3rd, 2011
Baseball Prospectus is in the business of projecting big-picture truths. Through a series of trained eyes and statistical inputs, the publication dishes out bold predictions designed to shed serious light on the performance players and teams can expect.
Letâ€™s start with a simple premise: Realistic baseball fans donâ€™t get upset over what their team looks like in the first week, or month, of the season. They know that playoff berths are achieved over a 162-game season, and that 11 postseason victories are required to rule the world.
Baseball season is a long haul, lasting from March 31 (this yearâ€™s Opening Day) through late October. Smart baseball fans just sit back and relax, knowing that players and teams will eventually achieve their normal production goals as the games pile up.
CUMBERLAND â€” Rick Verfaille has a new home for his Rickâ€™s Music business at 2352 Mendon Road and is settling in after a busy winter moving there. Rickâ€™s offers quality performance instruments, rent to own instrument purchases, repair services, and lessons by professional music instructors.
Verfaille started the business 29 years ago while doing repair work on wind instruments after college out of his parents Ovila and Doris Verfailleâ€™s Woonsocket home and has seen it become ever more popular with the music crowd in the years since.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Esther Lebron, an early childhood education teacher at Connecting for Children and Families, is the recipient of one of 50 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Childrenâ€™s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher awards selected from a pool of nationwide applicants.
Lebron will receive $1,000 during a ceremony at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia on April 14, according to the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.
NORTH SMITHFIELD -- Running in the Boston Marathon has been on Elisabeth C. Nangle's "bucket list" for a long time, but being only 23, she figured she had plenty of time to accomplish that goal.
That is, until she realized about five months ago that the organization she works for - Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) - had two spots left on a six-member team to run in this year's marathon and raise money for the Special Olympics.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. â€” Woonsocketâ€™s Joe Gardner got exactly what he wanted on Friday night -- a very competitive fight against a former world title challenger in front of a near sellout at Foxwoods Resort Casinoâ€™s Fox Theater and a nationally-televised ESPN â€śFriday Night Fightsâ€ť audience.
Unfortunately for Gardner, he got something he didnâ€™t want -- a left rib injury in the middle of the third round that hindered him in the fourth round and saw him unable to answer the bell for the fifth of his six-round super middleweight bout against Elvin Ayala of New Haven, Conn.
The pay, some estimate, works out to about two dollars or less an hour. The days are often long, coming after a hard day at work. Family parties are missed, vacations are delayed and dinners often are eaten at odd hours of the night, if at all.
What is it that keeps high school coaches coming back each year? What draws them back to the fields, courts or track ovals? For a few area coaches, those frequent seasons have added up to 25 years to more than four decades of lending their expertise in their respective sports.
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) â€” A vehicle designed to protect soldiers from armor-piercing roadside bombs has rolled over in Afghanistan, fatally wounding a member of the Massachusetts National Guard from Cumberland.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, the officer in charge of the Massachusetts National Guard, says Spc. Dennis Poulin died Thursday in Germany, where he was evacuated for treatment.
Poulin's "mine resistant, ambush-protected" vehicle rolled over on Monday in Afghanistan's Konar Province.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It's been called the wise man's religion and the root of all evil. It can be cold and hard and still burn a hole in your pocket. It's bread, dough and cabbage all at the same time, unless you're bringing it home, in which case it's bacon.
Money can be confusing, even for grownups who are used to obsessing over it. Imagine what it's like for a child.
Melissa Bavoux does. And then she does something about it.
The toughest division in high school softball just got a whole lot tougher.
Yes, the heavyweights are back in Division I-North -- state finalist Mount St. Charles, Cumberland, and Lincoln -- and with each team only losing a couple of key players to graduation, they should again be forces to be reckoned with this spring.