July 17th, 2015
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.
After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.
The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Jonathan Goyer recalls the day his life almost ended. He had overdosed on opioids in June 2013 and was found unconscious, ghostly pale, and barely breathing.
This overdose, which came after six months of being clean, was the wake-up call that has since changed his life.
‚ÄúThere was no more using for me. Just this realization that I don't want to die,‚ÄĚ he said. Had it not been for life-saving Narcan that day, Goyer may not be here to tell his story.
PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.
“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The head of a grassroots campaign to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket said that he felt intimidated by a letter from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea‚Äôs office that sought to remind him of the state‚Äôs lobbyist regulations.
However, a communications director with the Secretary of State‚Äôs office said that the purpose of the letter was to make its recipient aware of the lobbying statute ‚Äúso they can make the determination if their activity falls under the definition,‚ÄĚ adding that the letter was ‚Äúpurely informational.‚ÄĚ
A little of this, a little of that …
Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, offered “we prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.”
Dan Donnelly, Chukwu’s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, “he just wasn’t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.”
LINCOLN – Rhode Island’s biggest player in the casino industry is about to double down.
Twin River Management Group announced recently that it has completed the acquisition of Newport Grand Slots following approval from the state Department of Business Regulation and the Division of Lotteries.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Local firefighters battled a fire at a 69 Taunton Ave. gas station Sunday that was started by flames erupting from a car driving to the business with an engine problem.
Battalion Chief David Rave said firefighters found the vehicle fully involved upon their arrival at the Exxon station at about 1:50 p.m.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď After starting its operations several years ago in a small office on Main Street, New England Search and Rescue began looking for a larger headquarters to accommodate its future growth.
The organization unveiled that new home on Sunday, with the help of Mayor Donald Grebien, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cookout at 27 Summer St., next door to the Pawtucket Public Library.
On hand were also representatives of Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue, who handle specially-trained dogs that help searchers locate victims either on land or below the water.
PROVIDENCE – While Upper Deck Post 86 of Cumberland maintains complete control of the R.I. American Legion's Senior Division standings at this “mid-point” of the campaign – it's 15-1 – the boys of Collette Vacations Post 79 continue to rack up victories, ever so quietly.
CUMBERLAND – Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.
They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.
EAST PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.
Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schools’ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Fourteen recruits became correctional officers during a graduation ceremony Friday afternoon, with many of the guest speakers welcoming 14 new family members to the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.
The graduation ceremony for Class 36 ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThe Wolverines‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ was held in front of a standing-room only crowd of friends and family members inside the Wyatt Detention Training Facility on High Street.
David A. Caruso, director of training and staff development, welcomed the guests and the recruits who would soon receive their diplomas and badges.
PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. spent the Fourth of July holiday returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox after a nine-day stint, his third of the season, with the parent club.
That designation came following fellow outfielder Shane Victorino's activation the day before.
Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series
Mike Roncarati was one of the keys in helping the Golden State Warriors reach the NBA Finals, but the Cumberland native and 2005 Bishop Feehan graduate didn’t hoist a single jumper, nor was tasked with the difficult assignment of guarding LeBron James.
His capacity as the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach is rooted in altruistic principles.
“Your job is about making them stay in peak condition throughout the year,” Roncarati said.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Police searching for a shoplifting suspect got a little help from their Facebook friends, as members of the public who follow the Pawtucket Police Department on the social media site were able to assist in identifying a woman who allegedly stole more than $800 in cosmetics from a pharmacy on Cottage Street.
LINCOLN – When Lindsay Mayer’s phone buzzed with a text from her Fordham University softball coach shortly before noon on Thursday, June 18, the content astonished her.
The note from Bridget Orchard went something like this: “How would you like to represent a college All-Star team against Team USA in New Jersey?”
Naturally, she had to double-check the offer.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Police have a suspect in custody nearly one year after an East Providence barbershop owner was gunned down while cutting someone‚Äôs hair, according to Channel 12 news in Providence.
City police announced Wednesday that Thomas Mosley was arrested in the area of Broad Street in Providence Tuesday for the murder of 42-year-old Yusef A‚ÄôVant.
A‚ÄôVant was the owner of Krazy Kuts on Pawtucket Avenue. He was shot while working at about 2 p.m. on August 13 of last year, and later died at Rhode Island Hospital.
LINCOLN ‚Äď One of the most historic buildings in town was planned to be moved from the corner of Angell and Whipple roads on Wednesday. But according to Town Administrator Joseph Almond, that move is being postponed.
Reggie Cooper and his crew from Aquidneck Building Movers and Riggers were on site last Monday, preparing for the upcoming move of the town‚Äôs original one-room schoolhouse. The old school, known affectionately as the ‚ÄúHot Potato School,‚ÄĚ will be placed on a foundation that has already been built at Chase Farm Park and will be restored to its original condition.