August 14th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â In this town, Pawtucket Country Club is to golf as Fenway Park (or Yankee Stadium) is to baseball.
Legends have long resided on this plush piece of greenery located on the cityâs border with Seekonk. Caddy master Jim Tanner has been working the room since 1952. You can still find him downstairs almost any day of the week, taking care of clubs and caddies.
The Cumberland American team that waltzed its way to Bristol, Conn., had gone missing in action.
Sure, the pitching and defense were still present, but the merciless offensive attack that became the theme of Cumberlandâs state title run was nowhere to be found. The Rhode Island champions dropped two of their first three pool-play games in the New England regional tournament, standing perilously close to the end of a memorable summer.
But just when manager Dave Belisleâs club needed them most, Cumberlandâs bats awoke from their ill-timed slumber. The rest, as they say, is history.
Members of the Cumberland American Little League team representing Rhode Island celebrate their 13-7 victory Saturday over Massachusetts on Breen Field in Bristol, Conn. Having now won the New England Championships, the locals play later this week in Williamsport, Pa. See SPORTS for complete coverage of Saturdayâs victory.
WOONSOCKET â The news last Saturday that 30 American servicemen had been killed when their helicopter was brought down by enemy fire in Afghanistan touched home with Louise Desrosiers.
She has a son, Luke, 23, deployed with the military overseas, a nephew in special operations, and her brother, Robert Marcotte, is a master chief petty officer in the Navy.
GLOCESTER â Only a week ago, work on the $1.2 million Chestnut Hill Road Bridge rehabilitation project appeared to be progressing on schedule with a targeted completion date of September.
But a recent snafu involving the contractor for the project now has town and state officials, including Sen. Paul W. Fogarty, worried the bridge will not be completed on time.
Fogarty said Thursday that the low bidder on the project, Shire Corporation, was abruptly pulled from the project when their insurance company placed them in default. A new contractor must now be found for the project, he said.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. â On paper, the PawSox four-game enterprise against the stingy Gwinnett Braves pitching staff ought to have gotten gradually easier after they got the better of Julio Teheran on Friday.
Manager Arnie Beyeler wanted no such notion inhabiting his clubhouse, as evidenced by his thoughts between Friday and Saturday nightâs bouts and the outcome of the latter game.
BRISTOL, Conn. â It was only fitting.
The shutdown pitching. The relentless hitting. The comeback.
They were all on display in Saturdayâs New England regional final. And that is why the Cumberland American players circled Breen Field in jubilation, their championship banner in tow, with Kool & the Gangâs âCelebrationâ blaring over the sound system.
Next stop: South Williamsport, Pa.
Down three runs before taking a swing, Cumberland erupted in an eight-run bottom of the first inning that set the tone for its 13-7 victory against Andover (Mass.) National.
WOONSOCKET â It's taking longer than he hoped, but Police Chief Thomas Carey is still pushing the police department toward full accreditation by a national organization known as CALEA â the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
The department has already devoted significant resources toward laying the groundwork for accreditation by overhauling its massive catalog of policies and procedures.
Now the department is ready to move on to the next phase by hiring a worker to manage the trek toward accreditation, says Carey.
LAWRENCEVILE, Ga. â The PawSox mustered just enough to deny the International Leagueâs winningest pitcher, Julio Teheran, another decision Friday night. The Gwinnett Braves ace, who entered with a 12-2 record and a sparkling 1.11 ERA, nearly preserved a 2-1 lead through seven innings, but instead left with a 2-2 deadlock at hand.
âI thought hockey was tough.â
BRISTOL, Ct. â Dave Belisle, who along with his dad Bill Belisle, was part of 26 state titles won by the Mount St. Charles Academy hockey team the last four decades, couldnât help but make that analogy on Thursday night. Those five words were the first to come out of his mouth after the Cumberland American manager watched his squad hold on for an 8-7 semifinal win over Fairfield American in the New England Championship of the Eastern Regional Tournament.