June 18th, 2015
In recent years, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority offered free bus service on Air Quality Alert days, giving riders the opportunity to take the bus at no cost on days when extra-high concentrations of ground-level ozone were predicted.
While that program has been discontinued this year, RIPTA will soon offer an alternative for riders â€“ a new program that is designed to encourage Rhode Islanders to improve air quality by leaving their cars at home and opt instead for public transportation.
PAWTUCKET – It was right there for Cumberland’s taking.
On two separate occasions Thursday night, the Clippers had three-time state champion Bishop Hendricken against the ropes. There was a surefire double-play ball in the ninth inning that instead was a throwing error resulted in the Hawks scoring the tying run.
That was hard to watch, but then came the 10th inning where Cumberland loaded the bases with no outs and failed to capitalize. It was a huge chance squandered.
PROVIDENCE – Immediately after senior southpaw Colin Murphy had fielded Eriberto Collado’s grounder and tossed to first for the final out on Wednesday evening, he turned to his Burrillville High infielders, threw his glove in the air and allowed them to tackle him.
It took mere seconds for Murphy, now under a whole lot of poundage, to fall to the turf closest to the Broncos’ third-base dugout, and he had no qualms with the pile-on.
PAWTUCKET – For his final high-school act this year before turning his attention to the summer baseball travel circuit, Alex Lataille turned in flawless performance on the mound that on this particular day was championship caliber.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council and the Woonsocket Teachers Guild could jointly file suit in Superior Court as early as next week in attempts to prevent RISE Mayoral Academy from opening later this summer.
Council President Albert G. Brien and Jeffrey Partington, president of the WTG, said the council and the teachers union will be co-plaintiffs in the suit because the city and the teachersâ€™ union have a shared interest in preventing the school from opening.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island House on Tuesday unanimously approved an $8.67 billion state budget proposal.
"We put out a pro-jobs, pro-economy budget," Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said. "The members rallied around it."
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican, voted for a budget for the first time since being elected in 2008. He praised the tax cuts, changes to the Medicaid system and other initiatives to help businesses.
"This budget is as good as you're going to get in a Democratic state," he said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Cumberland High skipper Andy Tuetken knew long before the start of this R.I. Division I Tournament championship set that upsetting top-ranked and unbeaten Hendricken would be a tall order.
He nevertheless understood his never-say-die squad was peaking at the right time, especially after producing a pair of impressive semifinal wins against a Lincoln team that had been rolling.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Rhode Island School Superintendents and members of local School Committees assembled at the Statehouse on Tuesday to voice support for General Assembly legislation that would give the cities and towns more say on whether a new charter school should serve their community.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.
Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Anyone who has stopped in at Chanâ€™s Fine Oriental Dining, at 267 Main St., Woonsocket, can tell you how much its owner, John Chan, loves jazz and blues music.
Photographs and paintings of the greats of jazz and blues cover the walls of the restaurant, and also of the adjoining dinner theater that has helped build Chanâ€™s reputation as an advocate and promoter of the music genres.
His reputation in that role was recognized in a very special way Monday night as Chan received the 2015 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts at Trinity Repertory Co. in Providence.