January 25th, 2015
BURRILLVILLE – Junior center Riley Tupper admitted being amazed when Burrillville High mentor Bill Robinson approached his troops last week and told them The Call wanted to conduct an interview with his icemen.
Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Woonsocketâ€™s Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt shifting into weather emergency mode on Sunday as communities throughout the state geared up for what could be a demanding multi-day challenge to their resources.
Baldelli-Hunt received assurances from her director of public works, Steve Dâ€™Agostino, that the highway departmentâ€™s plows and sanders and their drivers would be ready for the many hours of work ahead, just as her executive peers in nearby communities were also informed.
THE CONVENTIONAL wisdom of Washington politics is that President Barack Obamaâ€™s proposal for a national plan to abolish the cost of tuition for a two-year college degree is dead on arrival.
Jim Purcell, the stateâ€™s new commissioner of postsecondary education, hopes that isnâ€™t true. But even if it is, Purcell says itâ€™s way past time for the state to do something on its own to make a college education more affordable.
PROVIDENCE â€“ At 16 years old, Zach Pope and Dan Calandro arenâ€™t exactly old salty dogs, but they do know a thing or two about boats.
Both juniors at the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center, a marine-themed magnet school in Connecticut, Pope and Calandro have studied maritime history, boat building and oceanography, yet even they were impressed with the sheer number of boats and watercraft that filled the Rhode Island Convention Center, where the 22nd annual Providence Boat Show opened Friday and continues today and Sunday.
WOONSOCKET – There are variety of reasons why a basketball team may wish to slow the game down. For Coventry head coach Tom Campbell, his primary reason was that he did not want to get into a track meet with a Woonsocket outfit that is all about the fastbreak.
“We like to run, but not as fast as they like to run,” said Campbell. “We wanted to control the tempo and get good shots in that tempo. We didn’t want the game to get crazy.”
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A local attorney and former policeman who retired on a disability pension in 2002 has been criminally charged with fraudulently obtaining $42,458 in tuition benefits to pay for his sonâ€™s and daughterâ€™s education at the University of Rhode Island.
Keith Heroux, 52, of 1172 Old Smithfield Road, was released on $25,000 personal recognizance Wednesday following his arraignment on state police charges of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500, a felony.
PROVIDENCE – The term “emotional rollercoaster” definitely applies to what took place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Thursday.<
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles first-year chief Henry Coleman provided his troops an earful after entering the break with a mere 29-21 advantage over winless Davies Tech on Wednesday night.
“I thought we settled too much for the outside shot when we could’ve been attacking the basket,” Coleman stated. “We were two for 10 with the three-pointer in the first half, but we also talked about doing a better job on screens, especially with their three-point shots.
PROVIDENCE – The warranty on Tyler Harris’ coming-off-the-bench experiment has officially expired.
Since the probability of the Providence College redshirt junior serving as a reserve for a ninth straight game against Xavier Thursday night is high, the time has officially come to dub Harris as the team’s super sub. When Ed Cooley made the decision to remove Harris from the starting five a month ago – Dec. 20 vs. UMass to be exact – the coach explained the move as a prime chance to bolster the Friars’ firepower off the bench.