May 7th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Sliding in baseball can be a necessary and useful thing, but Ray Pendergast says itâ€™s happening too often for reasons that have nothing to do with stealing bases or scoring runs at some of townâ€™s fields.
Itâ€™s happening because players are stepping in dog poo, says Pendergast, the townâ€™s public works director and a coach with North Smithfield Little League.
â€śI know one thing â€“ Iâ€™m tired of is watching kids going out on the field and sliding in this stuff,â€ť he says. â€śAnd Iâ€™m not the only coach who feels this way.â€ť
WOONSOCKET – Cruising to wins by nine points or better in their last four games, the Clippers achieved another easy triumph on Thursday, this time 16-7, at Mount St. Charles.
In a Division II-North clash at Wheeler way back on April 24, Cumberland High allowed 10 goals in the first half and eventually suffered a 17-15 defeat. Head coach Scott Carpenter called that the turning point of his team’s Division II-North campaign.
PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello called House Democrats behind closed doors on Wednesday for a caucus on budget matters and also an update on where plans for a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium in Providence currently stand.
With the doors to the House Lounge blocked to reporters and even the door window into the room from the House Chamber covered with paper, the session was, as intended, open to whatever the members wished to air.
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles senior quad-captain Mike Doody seemed unusually calm after sustaining a 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Wheeler School junior Danish Azam at No. 1 singles on Wednesday afternoon.
“He returned everything, and I have to give him credit for that,” Doody stated afterward. “He forced me to play his game. There were times I had opportunities to go for the winner, but that’s what he wanted me to do. He knew, in his mind, he’d track it down. He was really good at it.”
WOONSOCKET â€“ What a difference a year makes for Copswalk.
Last year, when city police officers marched to Washington, D.C. in the annual fundraiser for police officers killed in the line of duty, no one had ever heard of Michael Brown, Eric Garner or Freddie Gray.
The police-involved deaths of the three black men from Missouri, New York City and Baltimore set off a national debate about the use â€“ and misuseâ€“ of police force that many would say is fostering a climate of increased hostility for law enforcement.
WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles took advantage of a fine mound performance from junior southpaw Alex Lataille to claim an interesting 3-1 Division II-North victory over Scituate High on Tuesday afternoon.
Lataille yielded only five hits with four walks, but whiffed a quintet to help the Mounties move to 10-1 in league play. At the plate, sophomore Joe Sanchioni went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, while junior John Montani's two-run two-bagger in the third plated classmate Eric Abruzzi and Sanchioni to give the Mount a 3-0 cushion.
WOONSOCKET -- A fast moving fire took the life of a well-known city resident early Tuesday morning. Gennaro DeLuca, 66, was pronounced dead at the hospital following a blaze that consumed a triple-decker at 342 Logee St. Fire officials told The Call the fire started at about 5:30 p.m. and initial reports indicated that tenants and pets were trapped in the building. Nine other residents were able to escape the fire. Fire officials indicated to The Call that they responded to a fire at the same location last week.
BELLINGHAM â€“ Veteran Patrolwoman Stephanie Lemonâ€™s colleagues are calling her lucky after she was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic on Pulaski Boulevard Monday morning.
â€śShe went up and over the hood,â€ť said Lt. Kevin Ranieri. â€śShe was knocked off her feet and landed on the ground on her right side.â€ť Lemon was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center, where doctors determined she had suffered nothing worse than some serious bruising. Initially some paramedics thought she might have broken an arm.
â€śSheâ€™s lucky,â€ť said Ranieri.
WOONSOCKET â€” Ride down just about any city street these days and you are bound to find potholes, plenty of them.
But the recent winter was especially hard on the pavement of Cumberland Hill Road, a major route into Woonsocket proper, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt wants to see that taken care of as a priority this spring.
The state road is technically-state maintained, so getting it fixed is not as easy a project as one might think.
But as the mayor noted Wednesday, the travel conditions have deteriorated enough to have even the state backing a two-phase repair plan.