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June 2nd, 2015

McKee, municipal leaders speak out against move to limit city, town authority in fire dept. scheduling

June 2, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.

McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.

June 1st

A memorial just across the street: Pawtucket field dedicated to Warnock

June 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward “Ted” Warnock this past Sunday.

Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnock’s daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.

Pawtucket Red Sox | McGair: PawSox in dire need of offensive injection

June 1, 2015

Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.

That’s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.

May 31st

Public gets say on budget tonight

May 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the city’s proposed annual operating budget of $227,847,201 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Among the proposed amendments includes a $272,000 decrease in expenditures and a $272,000 decrease in revenues from Mayor Donald R. Grebien’s proposed budget.

Cumberland Boys' Lacrosse | Prout rains on Clippers’ parade, captures Div. II championship

May 31, 2015


PROVIDENCE  –  Cumberland High senior goalkeeper Mike Stock believed he and his teammates could pull off an upset of top-ranked Prout School in the R.I. Division II Lacrosse Tournament championship final at Brown University’s Stevenson Field on Sunday afternoon.

May 29th

Tobon pushes for rail station

May 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A state representative whose district includes Pawtucket is seeking a fast track that would bring a commuter rail station to the city.

District 58 state Rep. Carlos Tobon introduced a bill this week that would authorize the General Assembly to appropriate $20 million for the establishment of a commuter rail station on Barton Street, near the border with Central Falls – provided Pawtucket voters approve the matter.

VIDEO: National Spelling Bee B-r-e-a-k-d-o-w-n

May 29, 2015

May 28th

PawSox chairman indicates interest in meeting Grebien

May 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is “very interested” in meeting with Mayor Donald R. Grebien in the near future.

This comes days after Grebien penned an open letter to Lucchino, reiterating his request to the PawSox owners to release a feasibility study that says renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million.

Cumberland Boys' Lacrosse | With 12-8 win over Wheeler, Clippers face Prout in Sunday’s title game

May 28, 2015


CUMBERLAND – The board inside the Cumberland boys’ lacrosse locker room tells the story of what is needed to become Division II champions.

Three wins.

Pawtucket River Bridge was long, costly project

May 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – There is little dispute about the poor condition of Rhode Island’s roads and bridges and even less of a dispute about the need to repair the state’s infrastructure.
The last time a city or town in the Blackstone Valley saw a major bridge construction project, was when the new Pawtucket River Bridge was designed, built and unveiled.
Now, a proposed toll on commercial vehicles would pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair the rest of the deteriorating bridges, state officials announced Wednesday.

COLUMN: Young and cash-strapped

May 28, 2015

She said “No” to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. I’d hand them the paper and say, “Want to go to a movie?”
They all said “No.”
Well, one girl said, “Yes” but then the next day her brother told me she really meant “No.”
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, “one day you’re going to rule the world!”

May 27th

PawSox | Eddie Rodriguez to make big league debut Thursday at Texas

May 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – At some point you knew the Red Sox were going to call on one of the PawSox’ prized left-handed starters.

The organization has deemed that now is the time for Eddie Rodriguez – arguably the most advanced in the current class of Triple-A arms, that also includes Brian Johnson and Henry Owens. Thursday night in Texas, the 22-year-old Rodriguez will make his big-league debut against the Rangers, who entering Wednesday had scored the fourth-most runs in the American League (210). 

May 26th

PawSox | Yankees' $175-million-man Tanaka to make rehab start at McCoy Wednesday

May 26, 2015


PAWTUCKET – As is the custom, the scouting report for the next day’s opposing starting pitcher showed up in manager Kevin Boles’ email box.

Mind you the PawSox on Wednesday are not scheduled to face your garden-variety Triple-A pitcher. This particular arm comes with a heavy price tag and perhaps holds the fate of his major-league team’s chances in his hand. 

Passages | As husband, father, and coach, George Patrick Duffy had a love affair with life

May 26, 2015


PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy left this world on Saturday night, clutching a baseball in one hand while feeling the love of family caressing his faltering heart. 

May 25th

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox honor late president Skeffington, unveil 'JJS' patch

May 25, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Playing their first home game since the passing of Jim Skeffington, the Pawtucket Red Sox held a brief but poignant tribute for their late team president prior to Monday’s game against Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.

International League | Pawtucket native Mason Williams plays in hometown with S/WB RailRiders

May 25, 2015


PAWTUCKET – In order to enjoy a homecoming befitting a native son, Mason Williams had to demonstrate to the Yankees that he was worthy of a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Thanks to strong numbers in Double-A Trenton, coupled with an injury to Jacoby Ellsbury that set off an organizational chain reaction, Williams found himself promoted to Scranton last Thursday, filling the void created for the RailRiders when Slade Heathcott was assigned to the major league club.

May 24th

Youngsters get lesson in service and heroism

May 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Eighth-grade students from Samuel Slater Junior High School on Friday gave back to their community while receiving a lesson in the city's history as they partnered with a volunteer to flag the graves of veterans buried at Mineral Spring Cemetery.

Ken Postle, a Pawtucket cemetery volunteer, explained that the work being performed by the students Friday was vital, because “if they don't keep up, it'll all be forgotten.”

FONDEST OF MEMORIES: Impression made by late Pawtucket sports icon George Patrick Duffy not lost on MLB catcher Chris Iannetta

May 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy reportedly was watching the Angels-Red Sox game on Saturday night when he passed away at age 94.

In many ways, it was a fitting ode for one of the city’s legendary sports figures. Duffy spent over seven decades as a coach, mentoring countless youngsters who probably went forward in life remembering the messages or words of wisdom he imparted.

May 23rd

Tolman Softball | Tolman, Cumberland, Lincoln all notch wins to keep pace in Div. I-North race

May 23, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With just a few games left on the schedule, the competition has been heating up along with the weather, as local teams jockey for position during the final stretch in Division I-North  softball.

All five teams were in action on Saturday, with division leader Tolman High showing how they got there with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Mount St. Charles Academy.

Skeffington’s exuberance remembered

May 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE – A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.

The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.

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