PROVIDENCE — Their cries rang out Thursday evening, echoing down Smith Street.
“Stop this stadium deal!” they shouted. “Keep the PawSox in Pawtucket!” the crowd clamored. “Listen to taxpayers!”
The approximately 150 in this chorus of concerned residents were gathered together in front of the State House to demand that the Pawtucket Red Sox stay put at McCoy Stadium, and that taxpayer money not be used to pay for a new riverfront ballpark on former Interstate 195 land in downtown Providence.
WOONSOCKET — A journey of more than two years may be close to an end as a sentencing reform bill inspired by the early parole of “Thrill Killer” Alfred Brissette Jr. was forwarded to Gov. Gina Raimondo for her consideration after the measure was passed by the House and Senate this week.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Wannamoisett Country Club appeared ripe for the taking during Thursday’s second round of the Northeast Amateur, especially when early starter Michael Johnson checked in with a five-under par round of 64 as the clock struck noon.
“I didn’t really hit the ball all that well off the tee,” Johnson, a rising senior at the University of Auburn, admitted after missing a short birdie putt on No. 18 that would have made his round even more special.
EAST PROVIDENCE — Playing in the same twosome, Taylor Funk and John Hayes IV both went on birdie binges during the first round of the Northeast Amateur Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Wannamoisett Country Club.
The son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk made six birdies and an eagle (along with three bogeys) to take the first-round lead with a round of 64. The rising sophomore at the University of Texas started his round on the back nine and went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from No. 17 through the second hole on the front nine.
CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland Fourth of July tradition for more than 80 years, the Arnold Mills Parade steps off Saturday, July 4.
This year’s 87th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line.
Cumberland educator J. Richard “Dick” Charland is grand marshal of this year’s parade.
The parade association is also honoring his wife of many years, Betty Charland, for her yearly contributions as a volunteer on the parade committee.
PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. can relate somewhat to fellow outfielder Rusney Castillo’s being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 25-year-old usual center fielder for the PawSox had spent a day in mid-April with the parent club, then 12 more in Boston before being optioned back on May 22 – in favor of Castillo.
PLAINVILLE, MASS. – Thousands of people flocked to the new Plainridge Park Casino for its grand opening at noon on Wednesday. Route-1 traffic rivaled that of a Patriots home game, stretching far as eyes could see and the four stories of the parking garage filled up so quickly that it took nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot upon arrival. People poured in from the parking garage, the elevators and the main entrance in bunches all before 2 p.m.
PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.
Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.
First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.
PROVIDENCE – An $8.7 billion state budget hailed as pro-business and pro-education is now a done deal as the Senate overwhelmingly approved the spending plan last night, wrapping up the biggest piece of the 2016 legislative session.
The budget, which was approved by the House on a unanimous vote in record time one week ago, sailed through the Senate in similarly speedy fashion on a vote of 35-3.
Along with a raft of plaudits from supporters of the budget, praise came from some unexpected corners of the Senate chamber.
PAWTUCKET – Some of the artists whose work decorates the walls at City Hall came together late last week to celebrate the art gallery exhibit.
Members of groups including Resources for Human Development – Rhode Island and Flying Shuttle Studios came to City Hall on Friday afternoon to adore their works while also describing the tremendous honor they felt in having their art hanging for all to see.
PAWTUCKET – Prior to Monday night’s game against Rochester, the Pawtucket Red Sox had manufactured 16 come-from-behind triumphs, including nine in their final at-bat and five of the walk-off variety.
During their 2014 Governors’ Cup championship run, they amassed 36 in all and 22 in their last at-bat.
Pawtucket had its fair share of opportunities to extend those positive numbers on Monday, though squandered all but one during a disgruntling 3-2 loss to the Red Wings before a fan base of 5,060 at McCoy Stadium.
State Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) honored a student of his district in the House of Representatives last Thursday while noting her success in a Pawtucket school essay contest.
Ariana Andrews, a seventh-grader at Goff Junior High, was one of the student winners in the “Why Veterans Are Important to Me,” a contest that was organized by Pawtucket veterans volunteer Ken Postle and the Pawtucket School Department.
PAWTUCKET – Ryan Hanigan is back in the fold, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
The 34-year-old resident of Andover, Mass. stood by his locker in the Pawtucket Red Sox’ clubhouse on Monday afternoon, chomping at the bit to get some playing time. He received his wish when he discovered he would start and bat third for the PawSox in their homestand opener against Rochester on Monday night.
CUMBERLAND – When Toll Gate High head coach Jim Stringfellow came calling, Josh Lima, who holds the same position at Cumberland, couldn’t and wouldn’t say no.
Stringfellow had asked him back in April to serve as his offensive coordinator for the East team of the third annual Rhode Island All-Star Football Game, slated for Saturday, June 27, at Johnston High School, and Lima jumped at the chance.
CUMBERLAND – Around noon on Sunday at the Lusitana Club, cloudy skies and slight rain threatened the entertainment that was scheduled for a weekend of celebration.
“Come back around two or three,” volunteers said as stragglers walked up to the entrance and turned around again.
CUMBERLAND – Given the success of the town’s two Little League programs over the past half-decade, it seems appropriate to label Cumberland a pure baseball community in the summertime – a town that rallies around its all-star squads and takes pride in each league’s accomplishments.