September 15th, 2015
LINCOLN – New head football coach Sean Cavanaugh doesn't know exactly how many starters Lincoln High has returned from a squad that finished fourth (5-3) in all of Division III last season – and earned a rare playoff bid.
He has two reasons for that: First, he wasn't involved with mentor Dave Waycott's staff a year ago; and, second, he's more intent on looking ahead.
CUMBERLAND – It's a new era for girls' tennis at Cumberland High, with long-time head coach John Jasionowski now mentoring at Tolman and Fore Court professional/instructor Kevin Hartmann taking the reins, but the Clippers haven't missed a beat.
They continue to win, as evidenced by Cumberland's 5-2 victory over Mount Hope in a Division II/Met B showdown at the Tucker Field courts on Tuesday afternoon.
With the verdict, Hartmann's bunch raised their league mark to 4-1, and is looking forward to greater things later this fall.
WOONSOCKET – If you’re traveling by motor vehicle through the downtown area tomorrow, be on the lookout for Hollywood production crews – and possible traffic delays.
As the makers of the thriller “Purge 3” set up shop in Kwik-Mart, a Main Street convenience store, traffic could be rerouted or delayed between High and Arnold streets, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The street will be closed to through traffic on Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., and more interruptions are expected next week.
WOONSOCKET – After trying to get the attention of local officials for more than two years, skateboard activist Susan Kirwan finally senses an opening at City Hall – and she couldn’t be happier.
It came late last week when Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt unexpectedly announced that the city would study the feasibility of building a facility for skateboarders, BMX bikers, scooter-riders and rollerbladers.
NORTH SMITHFIELD — Late last November, after North Smithfield High had compiled a 5-3 record in Division IV and tied for fourth place with North Providence, head coach Wes Pennington's bunch earned a playoff spot due to a head-to-head victory over the Cougars.
As the fourth seed, however, the Northmen had to travel to top-ranked and unbeaten Burrillville, which manufactured an easy quarterfinal triumph en route to a perfect 13-0 mark and the D-IV state championship.
The Blackstone Valleyâs water supply outlook seemingly improved with the arrival of a steady rainfall on Thursday and again overnight Saturday.
The immediate relief will likely be a greening of heat-dried lawns and vegetation, but water officials were also looking to the rains to recharge aquifers and reservoir water supplies.
âThere is a drought right now, and the state is in the middle of it,â Marc Viggiani, water superintendent for the City of Woonsocket, said after the rains finally appeared late last week.
WOONSOCKET – With his size, command and pitch arsenal, it’s hard to imagine many Atlantic 10 batters will be looking forward to facing Alex Lataille.
Yet as Mount St. Charles baseball coach Tom Seaver noted, Lataille’s future destination of higher learning should prove beneficial for both the individual and the in-state college his player has selected.
“We think URI is a great fit for Alex and will be a great place for the 6-foot-6 lefty pitcher to reach his potential,” said Seaver.
WOONSOCKET — Five of the city’s biggest not-for-profit, social service and parochial education institutions, including Mount St. Charles Academy, are facing property tax bills for the first time after the City Council voted to add them to the tax rolls Tuesday.
WOONSOCKET – The news a patient fighting cancer will have to undergo intense treatment options such as radiation and chemotherapy can be devastating and almost overwhelming.
And although the patient is the one who must find the strength to meet their treatment challenges head-on, Marie Zajas, the Southern New England Regional Cancer Center’s regional administrator for Rhode Island and Massachusetts, has found they usually do.
LINCOLN – Over the past several weeks, former Lincoln High soccer star Jack Bacon has discovered he will, in fact, attend the school of his dreams – Boston College – on a partial athletic scholarship, and is on the watch list to represent the East squad in the annual National High School All-American Soccer game on Dec. 5 in Raleigh, N.C.
As for the latter laurel, he found out about that rather by mistake.