July 21st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Former Gov. Bruce Sundlun died Thursday at the age of 91, leaving what is likely to be viewed as a significant but controversial impact on the state he headed for two terms in the Governorâ€™s office.
Sundlun, who ran three times to win his first term as Governor in 1991, put the wheels in motion for construction of the stateâ€™s modern T.F. Green Airport in Warwick by the time he left office.
But it was his decision to close the stateâ€™s credit unions and banks shortly after being sworn-in in January 1991 that drew the strongest emotions about him among city residents on Thursday.
GLOCESTER -- Glocester Little League captured the District IV championship with an 11-7 victory over Burrillville in a game that was suspended due to darkness after Glocester rallied to tie the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning.
When the game resumed last Tuesday, Glocester pulled away to its victory. Jimmy Greene got the hit that put Glocester ahead for good. Matt Taillon added a two-run single that drove in Greene and Drew Angell.
Relief pitcher Derek Faria pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning. Danny Keefe and Mike Wilkenson also pitched well in relief for the champions.
CUMBERLAND --- The Cumberland Major Division all-star teamâ€™s roads to the District IV and state championships were tough. The squadâ€™s next venture only promises to be a whole lot tougher.
Cumberland joined nine other ballclubs from the northern part of the country this weekend to take part in the Eastern Regional Tournament at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Plate discipline and strike zone recognition can be found on the first page of the hitterâ€™s manual. Knowing the pitches one can drive goes hand-in-hand with refusing to chase the ones that dance outside the strike zone, tempting as they may be.
One day Yale head baseball coach John Stuper passed along this nugget to Ryan Lavarnway, words of wisdom mentioned to him by Gene Tenace, a former teammate of Stuperâ€™s with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 80s.
Dave Egan's rose-red face glistened with sweat as he sought out a sliver of cool shade beside his box truck in Woonsocket to escape the fast-rising morning temperatures.
Foreman of an outdoor labor crew for Providence & Worcester Railroad, Egan was working in air that made breathing seem more like inhaling a bowl of flavorless, hot soup.
Throw in the dust kicked up amid the screaming whine of an asphalt-cutting power saw, and creosote fumes that mix with perspiration to create a solution that literally burns the skin, and it added up to a scorching day at the office.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Rescue personnel were called to a St. Paul Street home Wednesday evening after an elderly woman became pinned while moving her vehicle in the driveway at the residence.
The womanâ€™s lower leg became lodged between the car and the side of the house when she accidentally pulled forward while moving the car, according to rescue personnel.
As a Hall of Fame second baseman blessed with the ability to influence the game's outcome with his bat and glove, Ryne Sandberg appreciates the intangibles that present day second sackers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano bring to the ballpark.
To Sandberg, Lehigh Valleyâ€™s first-year manager, Pedroia and Cano are chips off the old block. For good measure, so is Chase Utley, who unlike Pedroia and Cano operates outside of the A.L. East caldron.
PAWTUCKET -- Hideki Okajima tossed two spotless innings Monday, his first appearance since July 8. The lefty lowered his ERA to 1.47 in 21 appearances, yet it hasnâ€™t been all fun and games, at least according to the pitcher himself.
â€śItâ€™s been very unsatisfying,â€ť said Okajima through interpreter Jeff Cutler when asked how he would quantify the season to date. â€śI havenâ€™t been able to enjoy baseball the way I would like to.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race.
Just donâ€™t mention it to PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
â€śI get excited about all of our wins,â€ť Beyeler said Wednesday after his PawSox moved to within one game of International League North division leader Lehigh Valley with a 2-1 walkoff victory, their third win in as many games with the IronPigs this week.
Pawtucket can move into a tie for first place with a win over Lehigh Valley in tonightâ€™s series finale.
PROVIDENCE â€” From humble beginnings nearly a century ago, through good times and bad, the Rhode Island Foundation has grown its endowment to a whopping $565 million.
But the state's leading philanthropic organization knows that no matter how much it grows the pot, it's never going to be big enough.
â€śThere are always more good ideas than we can fund,â€ť says Owen Heleen, RIF's vice president for grant programs. â€śThat's why we're always challenged to support more and more of the good ideas that come our way.â€ť