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April 15th, 2015

70 firefighters battle flames, toxic smoke

April 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – A four-alarm fire tore through a garage on Washington Street Tuesday morning, with its thick smoke prompting the cancellation of classes at a nearby middle school, fire officials said.
The fire was reported prior to 6 a.m. Tuesday at the small, one-story garage at 96 Washington St., Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy brown and black smoke emanating from the garage.

April 14th

Boys' Volleyball | SET TO SPIKE: Stiffer competition awaits Tolman; new coaches at Lincoln, SRA

April 14, 2015

 

With the boys’ volleyball season in full swing, here’s an early-season lookout relating to our local entries. 

April 13th

A place to contemplate ‘Misery’

April 13, 2015

CUMBERLAND — The town’s historic Nine Men's Misery monument drew visitors to the Monastery property on Sunday, including Kathy and Michaela Crawley.

Kathy Crawley, wife of town Recreation Director Michael Crawley, said she had never had a chance to stop at the monument until Sunday’s Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monastery’s trails, but didn’t know that much about the site.

Lincoln-Mount St. Charles Softball | Mayer's big offensive day helps Lions double up Mounties

April 13, 2015

LINCOLN – Given the brutal winter and rainy early spring, neither Lincoln High nor Mount St. Charles had spent much time practicing outside. In fact, both programs have seen their fair share of several disappointing postponements.

Yet it sure was hard to tell on Monday afternoon, as the two teams seemed happy to finally take Sullivan Field for their Division I-North season opener.

Commentary | McGair: Success of hoops, hockey, soccer programs a feast for Friar fans

April 13, 2015

Editor's note: This column appeared in the Friday, April 10 edition of The Times

BOSTON – Being affiliated with the Big East Conference and having all their games televised, Providence College men’s basketball is one of biggest windows into the institution.

People tend to focus on Ed Cooley’s program more than any other sport to the point that it becomes the barometer about how fans and alumni alike feel about PC.

April 12th

Pawtucket Red Sox | Sox start 2015 season on high note despite dropping 16-inning marathon Sunday

April 12, 2015


ALLENTOWN, Pa – Pawtucket left Coca-Cola  Park late Sunday afternoon with an opening-weekend series in their pocket.

However, their last game certainly wasn’t easy.

The PawSox had what appeared to be a comfortable 3-1 lead in their grasp at the top of the seventh inning, and a series sweep appeared inevitable. Starter Eddie Rodriguez had just left the game with an impressive 84-pitch showing in which he retired the final 11 batters he faced.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Right-hander Barnes back to starting after spending spring in pen

April 12, 2015


PAWTUCKET – “I’m preparing in spring training to be a starter,” stated Matt Barnes in February, not long after the official report date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers. 

When reminded of what the hard-throwing right-hander said during follow-up phone interview late last week, Barnes came across as open-minded individual. 

Raimondo defends cuts to BVTC, regional tourism agencies

April 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is leaving millions of tourist dollars on the table and missing an opportunity to create thousands of jobs by clinging to an ineffective strategy of promoting tourism through regional districts at the expense of a unified, statewide campaign.

No other state in New England dedicates nearly as much of its statewide tourism budget to regional districts, yet Rhode Island has consistently been losing its market share of the nation’s tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.

April 11th

Pawtucket Red Sox | THE VOICE: Broadcaster Will Flemming following family footsteps

April 11, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox officials have traveled down many different roads to bring in top-flight radio broadcasters. To fill the most recent vacancy, you might say they’ve gone home again.

CF students go green

April 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.

April 10th

Girls' Softball | Clippers, Lions, Mounties, Tigers set to take on R.I.’s best on the diamond

April 10, 2015


PAWTUCKET  –  Tolman High head coach Craig Giarusso admitted he’s never seen such a horrendous winter, one that has so greatly affected his ability to practice with his girls outside.

Proposal for police unit gets quick response

April 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Department’s Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the council’s Finance Committee.
The three-member public safety committee voted 2-1 in favor of sending the resolution to the Finance Committee, with At-Large Councilor and Committee Chairman Thomas E. Hodge and District 5 Councilor Mary E. Bray voting in favor, while District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer cast the lone dissenting vote.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Mixed Bag for Tiger Woods in Masters Return

April 10, 2015

April 9th

FIRE AWAY: PawSox get council OK for fireworks

April 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council's Board of License Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the Pawtucket Red Sox' petition to conduct a fireworks display at the conclusion of seven home games this season.
According to the PawSox' application for a special event license, the
seven dates of the fireworks displays will be May 25, June 13, June 27, July 2, July 3, Aug. 8, and Sept. 6.
The board during its March 25 meeting tabled a discussion and possible
vote after District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer made a motion to

April 8th

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon proves major success

April 8, 2015

LINCOLN -- Outfielder Rusney Castillo is besieged with autograph requests as he enters Kirkbrae Country Club Wednesday for the annual PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon. The PawSox open the 2015 season tonight at Lehigh Valley with lefty Brian Johnson on the hill.

Traffic pattern to change on city street

April 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A one-way section of Main Street between Pine Street and
Mineral Spring Avenue next week will be converted to two-way traffic, city officials have said.
Construction has been ongoing at that section of Main Street - adjacent
to Mineral Spring Avenue - for some time, and the intent is to go live

April 7th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke's Fantastic Freshmen Lead the Blue Devils to the National Title

April 7, 2015

April 6th

Tourism groups, municipal leaders scoff at Raimondo budget cuts

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to divert some $2 million in hotel taxes from regional tourism councils to bankroll a statewide marketing campaign spearheaded by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.

The mayors and town administrators of Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland are among those who have signed a letter to the governor, asking her to reconsider the plan.

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox owner shares hopes for upcoming season at Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club

April 6, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington, new president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, might be the most excited fan around about the team’s on-field potential this year.

“This may well be one of the best and most talented teams we’ve had in the history of the franchise – and it’s a storied history,” Skeffington said on Monday prior to presenting a $25,000 donation on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation to the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke vs. Wisconsin: Breaking down the matchup

April 6, 2015

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