July 25th, 2015
WARWICK â Nick Toro had a penchant for pounding home runs in the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament, one in which the Lincoln All-Stars swept with relative ease, and he picked up where he left off Saturday afternoon.
The congenial Toro, who already had walloped a three-run dinger, ripped what proved to be the game-clinching blast in the top of the seventh inning to deliver to Lincoln an absolutely thrilling 5-4 triumph over District II champ Portsmouth in the opener of the state tourney at Warwick Continental Little Leagueâs Louis M. DâAbrosca Memorial Field.
PAWTUCKET â When heralded PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero â known for his innate skills with the leather â was called up to the parent club back on June 25, he was naturally elated with the opportunity ahead of him.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Miami, Fla. and former star at Arizona State University didn't fare too well with the bat in five appearances with Boston, manufacturing a .143 bating average (1-for-7), though did record his first major-league hit and run scored against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hurler Mike Morin on July 28.
LINCOLN â As always after the capture of a R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship, the Lincoln All-Stars were back at practice Tuesday evening with their manager, Charlie Hien, and his mammoth coaching staff of at least five.
WOONSOCKET â Opponents of the proposed RISE Prep Mayoral Academy won big in the first round of their bid to kill the controversial school Friday when a Superior Court judge rejected the stateâs motion to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at preventing it from opening next month.
The plaintiffs are now poised to argue a motion to do just that during a hearing set for Aug. 11, according to attorney William Wray, who represents the City Council.
âYes,â said Wray. âIt was definitely a win for the plaintiffs.â
WOONSOCKET â A group of Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) students from Woonsocket High School are gaining some training this summer in what could be a future career in the emergency response field.
The program offered under a partnership between the RiverzEdge Arts ELO program at the school and the Woonsocket Fire Department has a group of six students taking on training tasks they might one day experience when seeking a real job in the field. This summerâs class is the second group of Woonsocket High School students to participate.
WOONSOCKET â After years of delays that date back to 2005, the city is finally ready to go out to bid for one of its biggest public works projects in decades, a new water treatment plant that will carry a price tag in the range of $40 million.
But before that happens, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will hold an open briefing on the project at Bernon Heights Elementary School Wednesday at 6 p.m. The public is invited and welcomed to ask questions after a brief presentation on the history and status of the project.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – When Jacob Decelles’ parents dropped him off at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. back on July 1 – the first day of what’s known as “Plebe Summer” – he didn’t seem nervous whatsoever, according to his father, Jim.
WOONSOCKET – Encouraged by the City Council’s reaction to the proposal, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt intends to solicit bids to demolish the old municipal trash incinerator, a glaring eyesore on a heavily traveled entryway into the city.
WOONSOCKET â The state is offering the city a chance to own the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3.1 million state grant, but that did not draw an overwhelming round of support from the City Council Monday night.
At best, members of the council indicated they want to know more about the proposal, and there is also a sentiment for not taking on ownership of a state-constructed school that has not been properly funded over the years.