June 14th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A motor vehicle stop by R.I. State Police units on Route 146 in North Smithfield Friday night led to the arrest of two men on charges of possessing 850 grams of heroin.
As a result of an investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) task force, approximately $55,000 worth of heroin was seized, according to Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
PROVIDENCE – You create your own luck, and that’s exactly what the North Smithfield softball team tried to do Sunday afternoon with a spot in the Division II finals on the line.
North Providence responded in calm and cool nature, making defensive plays that took the air out of the Northmen’s attack. It was a scene that repeated several times and represented a major reason why the Cougars emerged from the losers’ bracket with a 2-1 victory.
PROVIDENCE â€” Jen Pasquariello can almost be described as North Smithfield head coach Paul Mercierâ€™s pet project.
â€śSheâ€™s not a starter. Sheâ€™s somebody who needed to be pushed and kind of wake up a little bit,â€ť said Mercier. â€śYouâ€™ve got to show the coaching staff during practices that you want to be out there.â€ť
It reached the point where Mercier sat down with Pasquariello as the regular season drew to a close. Since the coach-to-player moment, the naturally skilled Pasquariello has done everything within her power to reward Mercierâ€™s faith in her.
With the kids finishing up their last few days of school and the temperature on the thermometer rising every day, local beaches and town pools are preparing for the busy summer season.
PROVIDENCE â€“ General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is a step closer to winning his first major policy initiative â€“ one he says will create jobs and save millions in energy costs for cities like Pawtucket and Woonsocket, as well as private property owners.
The draft of the $8.6 billion state budget approved by the House Finance Committee a few days ago includes some $7 million worth of funding to rebrand the longtime Clean Water Finance Agency as a new entity, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.
BELLINGHAM â€“ When Dawn Costa met Jose Antonio Mangual Jr. last month, it was as if her prayers had been answered.
Mangual, a professional fundraiser and founder of the Milford, Mass.-based non-profit organization â€śA 2nd Chanceâ€ť â€” which claimed to raise money to help those who need "a second chance" in life â€” volunteered to raise money to benefit Costaâ€™s 2-year-old granddaughter, Brooklynn Rondeau, diagnosed with childhood leukemia in April.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ According to Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver, the starting pitchers for Thursday nightâ€™s Division II Regional Pod II final know each other quite well. MSCâ€™s Alex Lataille and his counterpart from Prout, Mason Feole, are teammates on the same summer baseball team.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Now that state education officials have granted final approval to RISE Prep Mayoral Academy, there is a move afoot to file a lawsuit in Superior Court to prevent the school from opening in the fall.
Council President Albert G. Brien said a lawsuit may not be necessary, because there are at least two bills pending in the General Assembly that could prevent the school from opening. But Brien said that if state lawmakers fail to act, he is prepared to ask the City Council to partner with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild as plaintiffs in a suit.
PROVIDENCE – When ex-House Speaker Gordon D. Fox is sentenced in federal court tomorrow on corruption charges, his fall from grace will be complete.
And whatever else he may have accomplished as a state legislator, this may be his crowning achievement: He’ll have given average Rhode Islanders one more reason to believe that it’s virtually impossible to hold the most powerful seat in state government without going bad at the core.