May 15th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade â€“ radar guns, stopwatches and â€ścheat sheetsâ€ť that record the data of players down on the field.
â€śThe radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,â€ť Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. â€śIâ€™ve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€” The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Islandâ€™s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Islandâ€™s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasnâ€™t learned to mince his words since moving out west.
LINCOLN â€” It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial â€“ which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty â€“ during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.
Woon Tax 2 9 2 0 2 â€“ 15
Cercle Laurier 4 0 0 0 0 - 4
Woon Tax Pitchers: Mat Letourneau, Harrison Blais, Jared Briere
Cercle Laurier Pitchers: Zachary Harnois, Jean Santana
Matt Letourneau led Woon Tax on the mound and at the plate with a 15-4 win over Cercle Laurier, bashing two doubles, a single and 4 RBIâ€™s, Letourneau also tossed a 3 hitter over 3 innings, striking out 6.
Jared Briere added a triple and a single with 4 RBIâ€™s for the Taxmen.
WOONSOCKET -- The St. Josephâ€™s Veterans Cardinals had a monster week, grabbing a pair of wins and taking over first place in East Woonsocket Little League Major Division.
In the first game, the Cards edged out the Rotary Club Red Sox 6-5. Jimmy Cabral threw the first two innings for the Cards, striking out four batters and allowing just one hit.
PROVIDENCE -- Woonsocket High sophomore Jalen Evans made some history on Saturday at the Classical Classic, setting a new school record of 51.0 seconds while winning the 400-meter Large School race. John Wilburâ€™s previous record of 51.2 seconds had been set way back in 1982.
Portsmouthâ€™s Tyler Oliveira won the Small School 400 in 49.90 seconds, giving Evans something to shoot for as the championship meet schedule begins this coming Saturday with the Class meets.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Move over dynamites and meat pies. Make room for aloo palak, malai kofta and maybe even a little dal chana.
Those are just a few of the tasty treats you'll find on the menu at new Tandoori Restaurant at 114 Main St. Even if you can't pronounce the menu, you're going to love the exotic flavors that fill your colorful plate.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city might be forced to raise taxes by as much as 4.25 percent next fiscal year to make ends meet, the most allowed by state law without a waiver from the auditor general.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said he is still making cuts and hopes to propose a budget next week calling for a hike not quite so steep.
â€śOur goal is to come in at or under the cap,â€ť said the mayor. â€śWe've got most things nailed down, but we're still going through the budget to make a last round of cuts before we submit this budget to the City Council.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The twins are going off to college. And thatâ€™s big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.
Gene K. Wall
BELLINGHAM- Gene K. Wall, 59, of Bellingham, MA, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 23 years of Margaret A. (Haynes) Wall.
Born in Boston, MA on May 18, 1951, he was the son of Helen V. (Nickerson) Wall Chicoine of Bellingham and the late Troy W. Wall.