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June 5th, 2015

Mount St. Charles Baseball | Lataille's arm, Dixon's bat lift Mounties over Ponaganset, 5-2

June 5, 2015


WOONSOCKET – The second-seeded Mounties strung together five consecutive hits in the first inning, racing out to a 4-0 lead and holding on to a 5-2 victory over the seventh-ranked Chieftains on Friday afternoon at the MSC diamond.

Junior lefty Alex Lataille earned the win with a four-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts in a complete-game performance.

VIDEO: 16 Donuts To Die For

June 5, 2015

June 4th

Head of the class: NS educator named RI Teacher of the Year

June 4, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD – In what was perhaps the most elaborate ruse ever staged in the town’s history, North Smithfield Elementary School teacher Tracy L. Lafreniere was crowned Rhode Island Teacher of the Year during a school assembly disguised as a ceremony to honor the school for its community involvement.

It was an honor a shocked Lafreniere never saw coming.

North Smithfield Softball | Northmen break out the bats in 16-8 win over Davies in Division II playoffs

June 4, 2015

LINCOLN – North Smithfield High skipper Paul Mercier admitted he never knows how how his contingent will perform on a given day, and that inconsistency drives him crazy.

Will it be the one which can’t hit it a lick and makes embarrassing miscue after miscue? Or the one that rips the ball throughout the lineup, the pitchers do their jobs and the defense backs them up with superlative plays?

COLUMN: It's okay if you don't do a lot of the things you dwell on

June 4, 2015

I feel inadequate. And there’s not much I can do about it. Or even want to do about it. I actually like the feeling.

I had a lunch today with a guy who worked in the mailroom at Hannah-Barbera, which made all my cartoon favorites from the 70s: “The Flintstones,” “Scooby-Doo,” “The Jetsons,” and so on.

He used to pitch ideas every day to Joe Barbera. “I was working in the mailroom but I kept coming up with ideas for cartoons. I would send them up to Joe Barbera and I had no idea if he would like them or not. Then eventually he pulled me over, and I started helping on all the scripts.”

June 3rd

Mount St. Charles Softball | Mounties drop extra-inning heartbreaker to East Providence

June 3, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews naturally was disappointed after his squad battled for 11 innings before suffering an emotion-packed 10-9 loss to East Providence on Wednesday afternoon/evening.

After all, a win in this R.I. Division I Tournament prelim would’ve pushed the Mounties into the double-elimination phase of the event. Instead, the Townies claimed that berth after tying it at 9-9 with a run in the back half of the 10th, then clinching it in the 11th.

Council approves tightened budget

June 3, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The City Council has approved a fiscal 2016 spending package that cuts nearly $800,000 from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s proposed $135.7 million spending plan, shrinking the amount of increase from 3.04 to 1.74 percent.

After chipping away at the spending plan for some eight hours over two late nights in Harris Hall, the council unanimously approved a new bottom line of $134,947,084 at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

June 2nd

In the nick of time: North Smithfield officer saves life with recently-issued OD prevention drug

June 2, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Less than a month after officers began carrying Narcan, the department’s rookie saved a life with the overdose prevention drug.

It happened on May 27, police said, when Patrol Officer Nicholas Pistacchio responded to a residence on Metcalf Marsh Drive for a possible drug overdose. 

North Smithfield Boys Volleyball | Northmen sweep West Warwick to earn spot in Div. II finals

June 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE — By the time the No. 2 West Warwick volleyball team used its first timeout Tuesday night, it became pretty clear which team was going to make its first trip to the Division II final.

Undefeated top-seed North Smithfield took advantage of the Wizards’ biggest deficiency this season – passing – to score 13 of the first 18 points in the Division II semifinals at Brown’s Pizzitola Center.

Pawtucket Red Sox | McGair: PawSox in dire need of offensive injection

June 2, 2015

Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.

That’s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.

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