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September 27th, 2015

St. Raphael Football | Saints lock down first win in lopsided fashion

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Given the way St. Raphael Academy dropped its Division II-A opener last week, a 21-20 heartbreaker to crosstown rival Shea High, head coach Mike Sassi wanted his club to start quickly in its home debut against Coventry on Friday night.

Exactly a week before, immediately after the Saints' had registered the late touchdown to pull within a point of the Raiders, Sassi opted for the two-point conversion – and it failed.

September 25th

Local family thanks God after crash almost halts trip to see Pope Francis

September 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A Pawtucket family’s date with the pope was nearly canceled by a car crash Thursday morning.

Lucky for the Elsingers, only their front end was smashed, not their faith. 

“We’re all right,” said Jeremiah Elsinger as he pulled into the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in his crumpled SUV. “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Man who unraveled mystery of C.F. war vet buried in Belgium visits city

September 25, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – It began with a walk in a cemetery in Belgium, and after a lot of research work and special tributes, the story of WWII flyer Gilbert A. Malrait led Belgian Philippe Vanderdonckt and his wife Cathy all the way to a local World War II memorial on Central Street this week.

High School Football | Several area teams looking to avoid 0-2 start in league play

September 25, 2015

One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2. Since the inception of the 12-team playoff format in 1990, only 23 of the 204 teams that started the season with a donut and two defeats ultimately righted the ship and made the playoffs.

September 22nd

Shea High Boys' Soccer | Raiders eye showdown with rival La Salle

September 22, 2015

PAWUCKET – It’s late September and one big question looms on the horizon for Shea High’s enigmatic soccer team: Can the Raiders run with the big dogs in Division I?

The biggest pedigree of them all belongs to La Salle Academy, which won its first five league games by a combined scoring margin of 25-2. The Rams will visit the Raiders for a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday at Max Read Field.

Local students pumped to see Pope Francis

September 22, 2015

Sixteen students from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket and Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket are hitting the road today for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and witness history in the making as the pontiff delivers a speech to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning.

September 21st

Rhode Island buzzes after Central Falls native Viola Davis wins Emmy as top dramatic actress

September 21, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Acclaimed stage and screen actress Viola Davis sent waves of pride rippling through her hometown haunts as she broke through the women’s race barrier at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Incredible as it seems, Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for a lead role in a television drama in the 67-year history of TV’s version of the Academy Awards.

Commentary | McGair: Red Sox missing out on chance to honor Orsillo

September 21, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …

Give the Red Sox credit. The A.L. East bottom dwellers are making every effort to keep the turnstiles turning during the final homestand – a seven-game stretch that kicked off Monday night.

Shea High Cross Country | FROM THE GRIDIRON TO THE TRAILS: Raiders' Gomes claims indvidual crown at Slater Park

September 21, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Shea High senior Helder Gomes chose to forego playing football this summer to move back to his roots – that is, represent the usually-terrific soccer team.

After talking to harrier teammate Rob Postle over the summer, he discovered he also could run cross-country, so opted to do so, and his decision paid dividends on Monday afternoon.

September 20th

School officials urge caution after head lice report

September 20, 2015

LINCOLN — A letter sent home to parents from the high school concerning a case of head lice (Pediculois) served as a reminder that the troublesome parasitic infestation can crop up just about anywhere and frequently among school children in any school district.

Tolman High Girls' Tennis | ALL THAT 'JAZ': New head coach showing Tigers how to succeed

September 20, 2015

PAWTUCKET -- Life as a Tolman High tennis player is sort of surreal nowadays for senior co-captain Aly Alonzo.

Over the previous two seasons, Alonzo knew before she entered most matches that neither she nor her teammates would win – for a variety of reasons. Among them a carousel of girls quitting, a lack of quality depth or simply issues attracting student-athletes interested in competing.

Pawtucket mayor still hoping to keep PawSox in city

September 20, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien in a letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo requested to meet with the governor's office, the Pawtucket Red Sox organization, and other stakeholders to develop “a comprehensive plan” that would preserve the PawSox in Pawtucket and “best serve the needs of Rhode Island.”

Teen arrested after alleged online threats to police

September 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – A local 16-year-old with 11 previous arrests in Central Falls was arrested Thursday after a picture of him with a handgun and ammunition was posted to a social media site, also indicating in text a threat that he would do harm to police officers, police said.

September 18th

Pawtucket woman’s writing class gives a voice to an unusual group of students

September 18, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Her career has taken her around New England and the world and she has taught students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. But Meghan Kallman is now educating an entirely different group of students: prisoners at the Adult Correctional Institutions, whom she teaches writing and civic engagement.

VIDEO: Actors who have won Emmy Award hat-tricks

September 18, 2015

September 17th

Beyond 12 steps, Anchor Recovery is there every step of the way

September 17, 2015

Upon walking into the Anchor Recovery Community Center on Main Street, it won’t take long to be reminded of the battle everyone there is fighting to overcome.

The center, founded in 2010 by Jim Gillen, was created as a way to not just treat people suffering from substance abuse, but create a community of them, by them and for them.

A man in a blue shirt spoke at an Alcoholics Anonymous session in front of about 50 people, all of whom have been affected by substance abuse. As he spoke to his peers, his voice trembled with sincerity.

Shea Football preview | Raiders eye return trip to Division II Super Bowl

September 17, 2015


St. Raphael Football preview | Questions about interior lines aside, Saints should once again contend in Division II

September 17, 2015


September 16th

Forum slated tonight on benefits of public art installations

September 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Public art will be up for discussion this evening as a public art curator from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston will discuss how communities benefit from large-scale creative installations.

Cumberland rolls out new and improved Web site

September 16, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The technological revolution has made its impact on just about every industry possible in recent years from banking to newspapers to public libraries. Now, Mayor Bill Murray is looking for his local government is getting in on the mix.