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July 17th, 2015

Council considers purchase of WACTC building

July 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The City Council will hear a presentation on the planned acquisition of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3 million state grant when the panel meets in special session on Monday.

The proposed transaction would see the city acquire ownership of the state-owned and city-operated center while also receiving the grant funding to complete needed building improvement and program upgrades.
The city would, in turn, take on responsibility for the structure built off Aylsworth Avenue in the late 1970s and any future updates it might require.

July 15th

Pawtucket Red Sox | ANSWERING THE CALL: PawSox radio announcer Josh Maurer thrilled to broadcast Red Sox games on NESN

July 16, 2015

 

PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.

“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”

Deli owner's looking for a few good workers

July 15, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Unemployment in the city is well over the state average, but the operators of an award-winning sandwich shop on Cumberland Hill Road say they’re having so much trouble finding decent, reliable help they reluctantly shut down this week.

J’s Deli owner Jim Hallal locked the doors on Monday and slapped a sign in the window with this unsettling message:

“Due to our repeated unsuccessful efforts to hire a full team of associates to join us at this location we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at this location only.”

Commentary | McGair: MOVING VIOLATION: College athletes shouldn't be allowed to transfer whenever they want

July 15, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …

Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.

Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, offered “we prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.”

Dan Donnelly, Chukwu’s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, “he just wasn’t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.”

Obviously, the trail grew cold in a hurry.

July 14th

Picard not swayed after verdict overturned for man accused of daughter’s murder

July 14, 2015


BELLINGHAM – The smell of motor oil hung in the air at Picard’s Auto Service as proprietor Ronald Picard peered through wire-rimmed glasses at a newspaper story about his daughter, Doreen Picard, and the man accused of murdering her more than 33 years ago, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.

“Tempest murder conviction vacated,” the headline read.

On a wall behind him there was a framed, yellowed tear-sheet of another newspaper story, written decades ago.

VIDEO: Texas kicker nails an 80-yard field goal

July 14, 2015

July 13th

Tempest conviction vacated

July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE – In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. has spent more than 23 years behind bars for the brutal 1982 slaying of 22-year-old Doreen Picard.

But a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that it wasn’t the truth that got him there – it was a railroad. And it ran on false testimony from witnesses who were wrongfully manipulated by the police, and the improper suppression of exculpatory evidence, by police and prosecutors.

July 12th

A day at the fair, 1904-style

July 12, 2015

LINCOLN — If it was a success the first time around, why not go to the World’s Fair again?

That was the logic the Friends of Hearthside followed to put on its second annual 1904 World’s Fair festival at the National Registry of Historic Places home at 677 Great Road on Sunday, and one that brought even more people to the fundraising event than attended last year.

American Legion Baseball | Loaded with experience, first-place Upper Deck Post 86/14 continues to surge

July 12, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.

They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.

Reynolds nevertheless admits he's been floored at the squad's success so far this summer both within and outside the R.I. American Legion Senior Division slate, and he has dozens of reasons.

High school athletics | Cumberland's Wasson hired as athletic director at Bay View

July 12, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.

Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schools’ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.

LINCOLN – At 11 o’clock this morning, the players and coaches representing Upper Deck Post 86/14...
BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox on Sunday placed right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello on the 15-...
PAWTUCKET – The weekend news of Larry Lucchino stepping down as president and CEO of the...
PROVIDENCE – It still appears likely that Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. will be eligible for...
PROVIDENCE – Labor union members clashed with environmentalists protesting Tuesday outside the Providence...
WOONSOCKET — A squirrel is being fingered as the culprit for a power outage that struck parts of Woonsocket early...

 

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