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March 30th, 2015

Homeless advocates honor late Times columnist at annual luncheon

March 30, 2015

WARWICK – The late James F. “Jim” Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.

The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organization’s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

College Basketball Round Up- Sweet 16 Edition

March 30, 2015

Midwest Region

The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didn’t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.

March 29th

Cumberland Boys' Hockey | Clippers fall to Burrillville in Div. I championship final

March 29, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Wherever Riley Tupper goes, championships seem to follow.

In the fall, Tupper served as a pass-catching extraordinaire on a Burrillville High football team that went on to achieve a perfect season that culminated with the Division IV Super Bowl. The change in seasons proved just as fruitful with Tupper on Sunday night at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium finding himself part of a season-concluding celebration.   

B&GC, PawSox back at bat for kids

March 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Sponsorship opportunities are available to help the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket hit a home run for area children.

The 2015 Homers for Kids Campaign, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Red Sox, has been launched, with sponsorship opportunities available. Homers for Kids is a summer-long corporate donor program that benefits area children and teenagers through the support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.

March 28th

Cumberland Boys' Hockey | TRUE BLUE: Clippers' senior core looks to go all the way one more time

March 28, 2015

 

CUMBERLAND – From instructional to peewees to interscholastic competition to ... possibly a second straight championship?

It’s been a long road for five senior members of the Cumberland High hockey program. They’ve savored every moment together and have called one another teammates for so long that it’s not a surprise to learn that they think of each other as extended family.

March 27th

Two local men indicted

March 27, 2015

A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a Central Falls man for first-degree robbery earlier this year, and a Pawtucket man for first degree arson in connection with a fire in August of last year.

Dennis Renaud, 49, of 109 Montgomery St., Pawtucket, was indicted on one count of first degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 7 robbery of American - Colombian Liquors on Broad St. Police say Renaud brandished a knife during the robbery. The store clerk told police that the assailant threatened him with a knife and left the scene with an undetermined amount of cash from the register.

PawSox | Field of memories: Ken Ryan’s connection to PawSox and McCoy are unlike any other

March 27, 2015


LINCOLN – Ken Ryan has enough McCoy Stadium memories to last a lifetime, or maybe 33. The former big-league pitcher has also stockpiled enough PawSox memorabilia that it’s easy to confuse his Higginson Ave. indoor baseball facility as a shrine that still carries much significance.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?

March 27, 2015

March 26th

Grow houses shut down

March 26, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Rhode Island State Police, along with members of the Central Falls Police Department, arrested a Smithfield medical marijuana caregiver on marijuana distribution charges, state police announced Thursday.

On Wednesday, the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from Central Falls Police, executed two court-authorized search warrants for indoor marijuana growing operations in Central Falls and Smithfield.

High School Sports | Tolman, Shea High honor winners of winter sport Key Spirit awards

March 26, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Student-athletes who participate in interscholastic winter sports at Tolman and Shea high schools were recently recognized and awarded The Key Player Spirit Award.

March 25th

Pawtucket man admits to being pimp

March 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A city man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Boston to Pawtucket last summer to be used as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, and transportation of a minor for sexual activity; and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.

March 24th

Providence College basketball | Dunk game for Friars icemen no quid-pro-quo

March 24, 2015


PROVIDENCE – No, Providence College fans. There was not an ounce of pity in the NCAA’s decision to send the men’s hockey team to a tournament game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center after the men’s basketball team was subjected to a quasi-home game in Dayton’s backyard.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

March 23rd

Lincoln High Unified Sports | TEAMWORK: Jarest honored as coach of year by athletic administrators

March 23, 2015


LINCOLN — It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.

Health club on target for fall opening

March 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.

The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, “It’s not the snow, it’s the frost that was the issue.”

March 22nd

Pawtucket native fights kids’ cancer mile by mile

March 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET — If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.

Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.

Lincoln High School Athletics | TOTAL DEVOTION: Lions' Jarest honored for coaching commitment

March 22, 2015

LINCOLN – It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.

March 21st

Robots teach teamwork to Central Falls students

March 21, 2015

SMITHFIELD – Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.

Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the school’s intercom system about constructing “human-sized robots,” and it piqued her curiosity.

“It really interested me,” Mulford said.

March 20th

School seeks to help family left homeless by fire

March 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.

Two sisters – one current student and one alumni – lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.

Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

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