July 4th, 2011
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Magill has had a history of top-three finishes at the Arnold Mills Road Race, an event heâ€™s won a record five times.
The 38-year-old former St. Raphael Academy standout had every intention to make an attempt at a sixth crown in the 43rd edition of the Cumberland race Monday morning.
Those thoughts, however, were quickly erased after the first mile.
CUMBERLAND â€” He only weighs 39 pounds and stands about 47 inches tall.
When he was lined up at the start of the Arnold Mills Road Race on Monday, it was easy to overlook the fact that Jack Casey was among the field of more than 500 runners.
Once the race opened up near the mile mark on Abbott Run Valley Road, the eight-year-old Cumberland tyke certainly became noticeable, making more than a few heads turn in the four-mile event.
Casey, an elementary student at Community School, finished the race with an eye-popping time of 29 minutes, 29 seconds â€“ a 7:22 per-mile pace!
With various opinions coming from scouts and management alike, plenty of discussion and debate occurs when narrowing down potential choices leading up to draft day.
Sherard Clinkscales recalls such an instance in 2000. As the Assistant Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Clinkscales had an important voice regarding what the organization should do with the sixth overall pick. In the end Tampa wound up selecting Rocco Baldelli, but as Clinkscales recalled late last week, it took a while before everyone was in agreement regarding the Woonsocket native/Cumberland native .
GLOCESTER â€” The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.
Fireworks light up the night sky in Woonsocket Sunday during the city's Fourth of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tim Norton has spent the better part of his professional career battling back from countless injuries. His latest setback is akin to the baseball gods kicking a man when heâ€™s down.
The homecoming originally planned for this weekend never happened. Norton did not pitch at McCoy Stadium for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before friends and family hailing from Burrillville. Instead, the 28-year-old is toiling under the hot sun in Tampa, Fla., the Yankeesâ€™ spring-training facility â€“ Steinbrenner Field â€“ the scene of Nortonâ€™s latest attempt to rehab from shoulder woes.
WOONSOCKET â€” Richard A. DiPardo's working life has come full circle. He started out in teaching during turbulent times in the early 1970s and has remained involved with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild long enough to see those difficult times crop up once again.
This time, however, DiPardo will be counting on others to work though the new challenges as he accepts 40 years as an endpoint for his working career.
â€śIt is a decision I made with mixed emotions to be honest with you,â€ť DiPardo said while talking about his years with the Guild at its Cumberland Street office last week.
LINCOLN â€” At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the State Police Dive Team recovered the body of a missing teenager in the Old Jointa Lock Quarry off Rte 246, the Old Louisquisset Pike, according to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department.
The body was located in 75 feet of water and is that of an 18-year-old male from Central Falls, police said.
At the request of the victimâ€™s family, the teenâ€™s name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examinerâ€™s officer, according to police.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A police sting conducted around the city this week found a list of local stores illegally selling cigarettes to minors without conducting identification checks.
The compliance checks conducted Thursday involved teenagers working with city detectives entering local convenience stores and pharmacies and attempting to purchase a package of cigarettes without being checked for their IDs.
BURRILLVILLE - The Town Council Wednesday adopted a revised town operating budget for fiscal 2012, which now reflects a slightly lower tax rate than the one approved by the council on June 13.
When the council adopted the budget on June 13, the panel set a tax rate of $16.16 per $1,000 assessed valuation, which would have resulted in a 50-cent net increase per $1,000 of valuation over this year's $15.65 tax rate, and which would have equated to a roughly $250 annual tax bill increase on a home valued at $200,000.