July 17th, 2015
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.
After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.
The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council will hear a presentation on the planned acquisition of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3 million state grant when the panel meets in special session on Monday.
The proposed transaction would see the city acquire ownership of the state-owned and city-operated center while also receiving the grant funding to complete needed building improvement and program upgrades.
The city would, in turn, take on responsibility for the structure built off Aylsworth Avenue in the late 1970s and any future updates it might require.
PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.
“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”
WOONSOCKET â€“ Unemployment in the city is well over the state average, but the operators of an award-winning sandwich shop on Cumberland Hill Road say theyâ€™re having so much trouble finding decent, reliable help they reluctantly shut down this week.
Jâ€™s Deli owner Jim Hallal locked the doors on Monday and slapped a sign in the window with this unsettling message:
â€śDue to our repeated unsuccessful efforts to hire a full team of associates to join us at this location we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at this location only.â€ť
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticutâ€™s Fairfield Prep, offered â€śwe prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.â€ť
Dan Donnelly, Chukwuâ€™s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, â€śhe just wasnâ€™t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.â€ť
Obviously, the trail grew cold in a hurry.
BELLINGHAM – The smell of motor oil hung in the air at Picard’s Auto Service as proprietor Ronald Picard peered through wire-rimmed glasses at a newspaper story about his daughter, Doreen Picard, and the man accused of murdering her more than 33 years ago, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.
“Tempest murder conviction vacated,” the headline read.
On a wall behind him there was a framed, yellowed tear-sheet of another newspaper story, written decades ago.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. has spent more than 23 years behind bars for the brutal 1982 slaying of 22-year-old Doreen Picard.
But a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that it wasnâ€™t the truth that got him there â€“ it was a railroad. And it ran on false testimony from witnesses who were wrongfully manipulated by the police, and the improper suppression of exculpatory evidence, by police and prosecutors.
LINCOLN â€” If it was a success the first time around, why not go to the Worldâ€™s Fair again?
That was the logic the Friends of Hearthside followed to put on its second annual 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair festival at the National Registry of Historic Places home at 677 Great Road on Sunday, and one that brought even more people to the fundraising event than attended last year.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.
They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.
Reynolds nevertheless admits he's been floored at the squad's success so far this summer both within and outside the R.I. American Legion Senior Division slate, and he has dozens of reasons.