April 2nd, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ With the snow peeling away to reveal the gritty residue of winter, city officials have deployed a new weapon in the war on sand, silt and grime.
Say hello to the Sweepex SWB-480, a nimble little power sweeper designed for sidewalks and other tight spaces where a traditional road sweeper wonâ€™t fit.
The city bought two of them of them from Norfolk Power Equipment in Burrillville for $4,250 each, but officials say the machines will pay for themselves in reduced labor before the springtime sweeping season is over.
PROVIDENCE – In the month of Jim Skeffington’s tenure as principal owner/ president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the city-based attorney has been conducting “due diligence” regarding the ownership group’s proposal for a new stadium.
Along with identifying the downtown Providence land “that would accommodate the type of ballpark we want to build,” Skeffington said that he has been visiting other newly-built minor-league ballparks along the Atlantic coast, with more trips on the horizon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Facebook entry allegedly posted by Zoning Board member Richard J. Fagnant depicting a Marine holding a gun to the head of President Barack Obama has prompted calls for the zonerâ€™s resignation â€“ and a recent visit to his home by the Secret Service.
Paul Murphy had spent over a quarter-century as a Cumberland High baseball coach, the last 17 at the helm, and he admits he’s never seen a winter quite like this one.
Now in his first “spring” as Woonsocket High’s varsity mentor, Murphy hasn’t had the opportunity to conduct practice sessions at his new Renaud Field home, the reason being most of the infield dirt and outfield grass remains blanketed with some of the record-breaking snow accumulations inundating the state the past two-plus months.
PROVIDENCE – With a championship medal draped around his neck and a beaming smile on his face, Burrillville’s hat trick extraordinaire Riley Tupper gave up the secret to how the Broncos captured the Division I/Eccelston state championship.
Tupper said the key was to trust the style of play that first-year head coach Bill Robinson prescribed.
PROVIDENCE – The two nights that finished their season short of their ultimate goal may doesn’t diminish what Mark Andreozzi’s Clippers accomplished this winter.
Competing in Division I/Eccleston for the first time, Cumberland announced their presence with authority with their run to the state championship finals at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.
WARWICK â€“ The late James F. â€śJimâ€ť Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.
The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organizationâ€™s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didnâ€™t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.
PROVIDENCE – There were still two seconds on the Meehan Auditorium scoreboard clock when North Smithfield High junior Kyle Evangelista finally realized the inevitable. He skated past his own blue line, threw his stick and gloves into the air and raced toward senior netminder Mark Pasquariello, who followed suit.
PROVIDENCE – Wherever Riley Tupper goes, championships seem to follow.
In the fall, Tupper served as a pass-catching extraordinaire on a Burrillville High football team that went on to achieve a perfect season that culminated with the Division IV Super Bowl. The change in seasons proved just as fruitful with Tupper on Sunday night at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium finding himself part of a season-concluding celebration.