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March 16th, 2015

Teacher suspension prompts pickets

March 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.

Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.

Community Sports | GREENER PASTURES: Young ballplayers taking advantage of indoor facilities while they wait for the snow to go

March 16, 2015

 “I don’t think you’re going to be on the field this week or even by the first of the month.”

March 15th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | St. Raphael took eventual champs Bay View to the wire in semi

March 15, 2015


KINGSTON – Fifteen minutes after the final horn had sounded, St. Raphael Academy veteran mentor Fred Saunders walked out of his girls’ locker room, saw a few media types waiting for him and immediately raised one hand before turning back to compose himself.
 
The gesture spoke volumes.
 

State rep's bill would enable restoration of Pawtucket’s pit bull ban

March 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Four months after a Superior Court judge’s ruling effectively ended the city’s 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.

The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.

March 14th

EXCLUSIVE: Pawtucket officer admits dozing off on duty

March 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.

Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.

The officer “indicated it was him and that he was very contrite about

March 13th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | TRIPLE THREAT: Gonzalez, Shittu, Oliver take Saints to new heights

March 13, 2015


KINGSTON – Fred Saunders knows that he’s been in a fortunate position. For the past two seasons, the St. Raphael head coach has been able to put the same three girls in his Saints’ starting lineup.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Listen To The New Song From Disney's 'Frozen Fever'

March 13, 2015

March 12th

Schools, jobs the priorities in Raimondo's first budget

March 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the first woman to present a state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly, did so on Thursday evening with a forceful call for cooperative work on change.

The governor’s proposed budget of $8.6 billion includes full funding for the state’s existing aid formula for public schools, calls for the institution of all-day kindergarten statewide, and sets up an initial round of $20 million to restore state support for school construction.

Providence College basketball | Dunn, Henton and defense stifle St. John’s 74-57, PC to Big East semi

March 12, 2015


NEW YORK – Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Providence put the college basketball world on notice Thursday that they are not a team to look past, suffocating St. John’s with defense on their way to a 74-57 win in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament.
 

March 11th

Central Falls students will receive laptops to use at home

March 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Students in third grade through the high school this month will be loaned Chromebook laptop computers, which school and city officials believe will aid students as they grow and transition to college and careers.
Classrooms in grades 3 through 12 in Central Falls Public Schools will become 1:1 computer-to-student learning environments, which city officials say supports an “equitable distribution and access to technology.”

March 10th

Cumberland Boys' Track | Kabba taking his running talents to UMass Lowell

March 10, 2015

CUMBERLAND — Abdullah Kaba was getting nervous. The Cumberland High senior had repeatedly emailed the UMass Lowell cross country and track & field head coach to stoke the recruiting fires, but had no luck in receiving a reply back.

Turns out a simple typographical error was preventing Kaba from properly connecting with River Hawks mentor Gary Gardner.

Cumberland Boys' Hockey | Moving up to higher division didn't faze Clippers in the slightest bit

March 10, 2015

CUMBERLAND – It's more than fair to say Cumberland High varsity head coach Dr. Mark Andreozzi never anticipated the kind of dream season his Clippers have enjoyed.

Because his icemen captured the R.I. Division II Tournament championship a year ago with a near-perfect 22-1-0 overall record (against league opponents), Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials chose to bump his program up to Division I/Eccleston.

There they'd be forced to take on the best public school squads in the state, and Andreozzi knew it would be a big, difficult leap.

Parking space dispute ends in arrest

March 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A Massachusetts man was charged with felony assault and disorderly conduct after getting loud and then physical over a parking spot on Hatfield Street, authorities told The Times on Tuesday.
According to a police report, on Monday afternoon, 71-year-old Flaminio Lanzillo of Salisbury, Mass., drove to a house on Hatfield Street to assist a family member with a heating unit, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.

March 9th

Providence College basketball | Friars' Dunn had plenty of help en route to winning Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year

March 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE – For all that he endured injury-wise in his first two seasons in a Providence College uniform, the news of Kris Dunn being named co-winner of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year laurel should be viewed as an organizational achievement.

Wrong-way crash victim identified

March 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The woman who died in a wrong-way accident on Route 95 North Sunday was identified by State Police yesterday as 25-year-old Flory Hernandez of Henry Street in Central Falls.

College Basketball Round Up

March 9, 2015

Saturday, March 7

(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50

Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.

(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59

March 8th

Wrong-way crash kills passenger

March 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A 23-year-old Providence man faces charges of causing a fatal motor vehicle crash and driving under the influence, death resulting, after a wrong-way driver incident on Route 95 North early Sunday morning.

Jeremy Leiva, of 25 Edgemere Ave, Providence, was expected to be arraigned Sunday on charges related to the death of a 26-year-old woman passenger of his vehicle, according to Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the R.I. State Police.

March 6th

Mount–Lincoln/Cumberland Girls Hockey | Lions struggle to solve MSC defense, Mount takes 2-1 win

March 7, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD  –  Minutes after this epic Friday night tilt had ended, Mount St. Charles’ girls mentor Tony DiLorenzo peered at an onlooker, gave a mammoth “Whew!” and smiled weakly.
 
That’s what happens when you eke out an entertaining, not to mention thrilling, playoff triumph.
 

Commentary | McGair: PawSox fans should take themselves out to the ball game while they can

March 7, 2015


An open letter to PawSox fans:
 
The 2015 home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. Clear the schedule and come on down to McCoy Stadium.
 
There’s also a game at the venerable ballyard the next night, and the following day, and the day after that and … you get the idea.
 

State rep wants feasibility study of McCoy area

March 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A state representative whose district contains McCoy Stadium has submitted a request to the state Department of Administration's Division of Statewide Planning and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to conduct a feasibility study of the ballpark.

The study would be conducted on McCoy Stadium and adjacent municipal
facilities with respect to their continued and future use as a
recreational venue, an entertainment center, or as a site for potential
commercial, industrial, or technological services development.