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March 28th, 2011

Lanctot writes tell-all book about Roy Campanella

March 28, 2011

His father was Italian-American, his mother African-American. And even if he was the best catcher in baseball that was enough to keep Roy Campanella out of the major leagues.
But in 1956, things were changing fast. A savvy general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers named Branch Rickey had the audacity to challenge the gentlemen's agreement among big league powerbrokers that had kept black talent relegated to the Negro Leagues.
Within three years, Rickey would make Campanella part of a seminal group of African-American pioneers in major league baseball, changing the game forever.

March 27th

Woods still a top attraction despite declining career

March 27, 2011

At what point in Tiger Woods’s golf career will the media stop trailing the guy around like he’s still the No. 1 player in golf?
Even though Woods has been a non-factor in most tournaments since Thanksgiving of 2009, the long-time No. 1 player in the world still gets an inordinate amount of face time on television as he struggles to regain his old form. I guess the guy is news, no matter what he shoots each day. Or maybe we all just like to watch the golfing version of a train wreck unfold each time he plays.

BMR grad serves in Peace Corps, learns how others think outside the U.S.

March 27, 2011

BLACKSTONE - If there was ever a life-changing moment during Robert Fournier Jr.'s two-year mission in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, it was his new-found understanding of what he says are the most important things in life: family and friends.

March 26th

Group offers free D.C. Tour to WW II veterans

March 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Henry Stad is eager to spread the news about “Honor Flight New England” to his fellow World War II veterans.
“They treated us like royalty when we went to Washington, D.C. last October 24th,” Stad was saying recently. “World War II veterans are becoming a smaller group every day. I want all of the guys who are still alive to know about Honor Flight New England, which takes groups of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. several times a year, for free.

Send your veterans photos to The Call

March 26, 2011

The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: veterans@woonsocketcall.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
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Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
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Woonsocket North Stars claim youth hockey title

March 26, 2011

SMITHFIELD --- The Woonsocket North Stars Mite B Blue Team defeated a very strong Northern Rhode Island Vikings squad 3-0 this past Tuesday evening at the Smithfield Ice Rink to complete an impressive season and capture the Gold bracket Mite B State Championship.
The WNS Mite B Blue entered the round robin format playing their best hockey of the season fresh off impressive tournament wins as well as some fierce state league competition.

March 25th

Town enjoys 12.7-percent spike in population

March 26, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD - U.S. Census figures released Wednesday show that North Smithfield gained 1,349 people, or 12.7 percent, in the last decade, making it the town with the second highest percentage of population growth in the state.
Overall, the state's population grew slightly by 0.4 percent to 1,052,567. There were population declines in 16 municipalities.

Star of film 'Hachiko' to be celebrated with bronze statue

March 26, 2011

WOONSOCKET – For six weeks, the metal statue was hidden in the janitor's broom closet.
“It was a big secret,” say Robert Pilkington, principal of the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. “Very few people knew about it.”
But the secret's out now, and soon Hachiko – or at least a life-size bronze likeness of the famous dog – will be appearing at a train station near you, the mirror image of the original on the other side of the globe.

Novans chase Hendricken track dynasty

March 25, 2011

The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.

Cooley must speak to Keno's PC recruits

March 25, 2011

PROVIDENCE – When Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider signed on with Providence College, each player was under the premise that Keno Davis would be coaching them.

WOONSOCKET -- The opening game was one to erase from the memory bank. The next three showed why...
SCITUATE --- One third of its way through its Division II-North schedule, North Smithfield is...
BURRILLVILLE – Not long after Susan Burgess turned 17, back in the spring of 1978, someone asked...
WOONSOCKET – The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer...
WOONSOCKET – A man who was using a GPS device to hunt down his missing cellphone was threatened with a handgun after he...
BURRILLVILLE — Given that they have little or no experience in carpentry or the construction trades, the members of six...

 

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