April 17th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Julia Cloutier, an 18-year-old senior at North Smithfield High School, had a general sense of the difficulties faced by veterans returning home from war, but it wasnât until she attended a weekend-long retreat sponsored by Project New Hope Inc., a non-profit organization that helps veterans transition to civilian life, that she finally understood that the effects of war are felt far beyond the battlefield.
(Editor's note: this article first appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Woonsocket Call)
When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.
In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.
UXBRIDGE â Voters at the Special Town Meeting on May 12 will be asked to approve a plan to build a new central fire station on South Main Street.
If articles approving the plan pass muster at the town meeting, voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion for the project at the annual town election on May 19.
LINCOLN – For Lincoln High head coach Tim Potter, it’s a necessary ritual he undertakes every late February or early March.
PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.
On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium.
With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?
PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake.
WOONSOCKET â A city man was ordered held without bail at the state prison Wednesday following his arrest on arson charges for allegedly setting fire to a Cass Avenue lounge a day earlier.
Police announced the arrest of Jarrod Wilson, 29, in a statement released shortly after his arraignment in Sixth District Court but they provided few other details.
PROVIDENCE â Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.
PROVIDENCE – It’s been long rumored the Boston Red Sox were extremely interested in purchasing the Pawtucket Red Sox since owner Ben Mondor passed away in 2010.
A prominent player in Boston’s ownership cabinet is Larry Lucchino, whose official title is President/CEO. He added another title in February when he officially became the chairman of the PawSox.
CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t the prettiest one-hitter ever produced, but that meant little to Cumberland High freshman southpaw Jocelyn Bodington.
Already a household name on the youth softball circuit in town and around the region, Bodington hurled six innings of hitless ball, finally closed with that one allowance – courtesy of eight walks and nine strikeouts in seven full frames – and dominated Westerly, 9-2, in a Division I crossover tilt at Tucker Field on Wednesday afternoon.