PROVIDENCE â With the Blizzard of 2015 shaping as one of the most damaging on record, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday declared a state of emergency until further notice, banishing vehicular travel as of midnight as crews prepared for a multi-day chore of restoring power and clearing roads.
Raimondo struck a tone of dire urgency during a briefing at the Statehouse, strongly advising storm preppers to get their business finished and get off the roads voluntarily by 8 last night, but she said that by midnight a travel ban would be strictly enforced by the state police.
Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and state officials preparing for the worst on Sunday.
on Sunday in a statement in which she advised the stateâs residents to prepare for severe winter weather.
PAWTUCKET â The long, dark journey of the legendary Silver Top Diner appears to be coming to an end, and maybe â just maybe â there may be some light at the far side of the tunnel.
Recently freed from a legal limbo in which it had been mired nearly seven years, the 1930s dining car is heading for the auction block. Though itâs in poor condition, despite efforts to protect it from the elements, City Planner Barney S. Heath is optimistic that some nostalgic, diner-loving savior might be interested in reviving the landmark as a going business.
PAWTUCKET – The pipeline between the PawSox radio broadcasters and Major League Baseball has pumped out another talented personality. On Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that Jeff Levering, Pawtucket’s No. 1 broadcaster for the past two seasons, has been hired as the play-by-play broadcaster for select road games on the Brewers Radio Network.
PAWTUCKET – Sometimes, basketball can be a pretty simple game.
St. Raphael Academy put on a clinic for five minutes in the first half of Thursday night’s 70-47 victory over West Warwick, going off on a 24-0 run that featured superb passing and brilliant shooting. The Saints ran their offense and found the open man time after time while breaking this game open midway through the first half.
PAWTUCKET â Paul and Susan Graseck of Pawtucket got a first look at the proposed plans for a commuter rail station in the city between Goff Avenue and Barton Street Thursday night at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St., and liked what they saw.
âWe would very much like a commuter rail station to be approved for Pawtucket,â Paul Graseck said while explaining the new transportation opportunity would be accessible from their home.
âIt would really make a difference for Pawtucket and Central Falls and help revitalize the area,â Susan Graseck added.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High took advantage of a 16-4 flurry at the start of the final stanza and sailed to a 73-61 Division II victory over Tiverton at the James W. Donaldson Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
Head coach Mike Kayata learned senior swing Prince Johnson would be unable to play as he suffered from the flu, but classmate Derek Ashley mustered a premier performance in his absence. At the small forward spot, Ashley delivered a game-high 22 points with three treys, but that wasn’t the half of it.
PROVIDENCE – The warranty on Tyler Harris’ coming-off-the-bench experiment has officially expired.
Since the probability of the Providence College redshirt junior serving as a reserve for a ninth straight game against Xavier Thursday night is high, the time has officially come to dub Harris as the team’s super sub. When Ed Cooley made the decision to remove Harris from the starting five a month ago – Dec. 20 vs. UMass to be exact – the coach explained the move as a prime chance to bolster the Friars’ firepower off the bench.
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PAWTUCKET – Tigers junior center Fenda Konte was force to be reckoned with on Tuesday, notching a triple-double with 16 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocks, as Tolman held on to beat crosstown foe Bishop Keough, 54-45.
Tolman had held a 17-point lead (35-18) over the Koalas with 11:42 left in the final period, and a 16-point advantage (39-23) with less than eight minutes left in the game.
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PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox have been an institution at the venerable McCoy Stadium for more than 40 years, playing host to countless future All-Stars, walk-off home runs, no-hitters, perfect games, championships, and the longest game in professional baseball history.
However, with recent reports of the teamâs potential sale to the Boston Red Sox ownership group, rumors are beginning to swirl that have people questioning the teamâs future in the city.
CENTRAL FALLS âMayor James A. Diossa has put his campaign hat back on and is looking to raise money on behalf of the two City Council candidates he is expected to officially endorse this week.
Diossa sent out an email Thursday to supporters, local businesses and organizations on a campaign email list looking for financial assistance to promulgate the non-partisan primary to be held on Feb. 5, which will be followed by a special election featuring the top two vote-getters on Feb. 19.
PROVIDENCE â As the new General Assembly session got under way recently with the traditional swearing in and first-day sessions in both the House and the Senate on Jan. 7, several new legislators joined their veteran counterparts to consider state business in the months ahead.
The following is a listing of area state senators and portions of their biographies listed with the legislative pages at http://www.rilin.state.ri.us.
PAWTUCKET – Brendan W. McGair, a veteran sportswriter and columnist who covers the Pawtucket Red Sox, college and high school sports for the Call/Times, has been named Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). This is his third NSSA honor in the past five years.
Scott Anderson has taken the concept of wearing your favorite team colors to a whole new level.
Forget the jerseys and hats. Anderson, 38, of Woonsocket, is showing off his team spirit by getting the Patriots logo shaved into the back of his head. And as Sundayâs AFC Championship between the Patriots and Colts approaches in Foxboro, Anderson says heâs getting lots of smiles and thumbs-ups as Patriots fever grips the Blackstone Valley.
âItâs my team and I have to support my time,â says the lifelong Pats fan.