February 16th, 2015
EAST PROVIDENCE â The city could be looking for real estate developers to purchase and redevelop a strip of land on the corner of Fenner Avenue and Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside Square, located in the heart of the cityâs planned Main Street arts district.
The city is looking to revitalize Main Street (Bullocks Point Avenue) as an arts district consisting of galleries, restaurants, music venues, small first-floor retail, work/live-in space, and dynamic public spaces.
WOONSOCKET â Deep snow and high winds made the Blizzard of 1978 an area benchmark for bad winter weather, but some may soon view the recent weather track of multiple storms as an even more difficult challenge in the long run.
Both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Cumberland Mayor William Murray on Sunday pointed to the ever-growing piles of snow across the area as an increasing burden on municipal services, local businesses and their residents.
CUMBERLAND – Nancy Belisle passed away Friday evening, The Times has learned. Nancy was the wife of Mount St. Charles and Cumberland Little League Coach David Belisle, and the mother of their four boys.
Belisle was 50, and had battled cancer since 2013.
Nancy was seen supporting her husband and the Cumberland Little League team throughout their World Series run last summer despite her illness, and Dave Belisle cited her as his inspiration in life.
PAWTUCKET – This was the calm before the next snowstorm.
Tolman High cruised past Lincoln 58-45 on Friday night in its final home game of the regular season. The Tigers got 20 points from Steve Otis and 15 more from fellow senior Luis Pagan to lead the way on Senior Night.
“Both of those guys gave up their starting spots so that two other seniors could start tonight,” Tolman coach Mike Kayata pointed out. Reserve guard Edgar Torres and sixth man Derek Ashley were able to start because of this gesture from the team’s two top scorers.
“Everyone cheats, so why pick on this team?”
This was the question, more or less, from the lineup of apologists who rose out of their rhetorical dugouts this week to defend the Jackie Robinson West team, after Little League Baseball announced the reigning U.S. champions were being stripped of that and every other honorific bestowed upon them during the 2014 season.
PAWTUCKET â A 21-year-old man was arrested in Seekonk and will face a charge of first-degree murder for Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a local man outside of a Benefit Street store, authorities said.
Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Matthew S. Marcotte, 21, who was identified by images captured by surveillance cameras, police said.
Read the full story in Saturday's newspaper.
PROVIDENCE – It will be a homecoming for Kyle Ivey-Jones on Friday night as the former Woonsocket High boys’ basketball coach brings his Providence Sky Chiefs to Saravia Gymnasium for key ABA matchup against the Baltimore Hawks. Game time is 7 o’clock.
Ivey-Jones coached the Villa Novans for eight seasons before moving to take a coaching position with the Sky Chiefs last fall. His best season on the bench was the 2007-08 campaign when Woonsocket advanced to the Division I title game before falling to Bishop Hendricken in overtime.
PAWTUCKET — Shea High senior forward Leandro Alves enjoyed an interscholastic boys’ season like very few have seen around these parts.
That’s why to no one’s surprise, Alves was tabbed the Gatorade Rhode Island boys soccer player of the year. The announcement was made Thursday.
CENTRAL FALLS â Four local residents were arrested for multiple narcotic and firearm violations after police conducted three separate search warrants at apartments in the city, authorities said.
On Wednesday, members of the Central Falls Police Detective Bureau â in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit, the Central Falls K-9 Unit, and the North Smithfield K-9 Unit â executed three court-authorized search warrants.
Two teams of detectives executed simultaneous search warrants at first- and third-floor apartments at 61 Washington St., police said.
PROVIDENCE – The most valuable lesson in the aftermath of Ed Cooley’s health scare is that sometimes less is more.
All too often, we take our health for granted and then something unforeseen happens that challenges it. In the blink of an eye, we go from feeling bulletproof and invulnerable to a fragile place that also doubles as a wakeup call. We all want to live a quality life. It’s just ironic that our health seems to take on a greater sense of urgency only after we brush up against a scary situation.
CUMBERLAND – It’s not that Dave Belisle has any regrets over Cumberland American Little League losing to a team that on Wednesday was stripped of the national title.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating the city's first murder in nearly a year, after a 53-year-old local man died after being stabbed with a âsharp, edged weaponâ Tuesday, authorities said.
At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified of an assault that took place in the vicinity of 151 Benefit St. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for treatment of wounds âpossibly caused by a sharp instrument,â police Maj. Arthur Martins told The Times.
In response to the seemingly never-ending heavy amounts of snowfall, Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials huddled up with high school basketball coaches last week and opted to extend the regular season by two days.
Good thinking, as Monday’s snowstorm brought with it a slew of postponed games and more headaches as far as rescheduling.
A dozen people were arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence, state police announced.
As a result of the Rhode Island State Police's efforts to âcontinue to make our roadways safer,â state police arrested 12 people for driving under the influence over the weekend, state police Superintendent Col.
Steven G. O'Donnell announced in a press release. Additionally, there
were 52 other arrests on miscellaneous charges from Friday, Feb. 6
through Monday, state police said.
Read the rest of the story in Wednesday's newspaper.
CENTRAL FALLS – At long last, Kashif Montgomery’s chance to play professional football has arrived.
PAWTUCKET â Hunched over and leaning heavily on a walker, Mary Kane slowly makes her way across the living room and peers out a window at the mountain of snow that covers the sidewalk outside her first-floor apartment on Coyle Avenue.
Disabled since 2000, Kane, 59, has had lumbar spinal fusion surgery and a total hip replacement, both of which have done little to improve her mobility.
âI canât even bend over to tie my own shoes, let alone shovel a sidewalk,â she says.
And sheâs not alone.
PAWTUCKET – In an ideal world, the Triple-A starting rotation is a cross between veterans and youngsters whose ceiling has yet to be officially defined.
PAWTUCKET – Pictured from left, pitcher Keith Couch, manager Kevin Boles, director of player development Ben Crockett, assistant director of player development Brian Abraham, hitting coach Rich Gedman and pitcher Robby Scott, pose for a photo with the Governors’ Cup on Friday at the media portion of the PawSox' annual Hot Stove event.
The team brought the cup home to McCoy last year as champions of the International League, for the second time in three years.
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles mentor Ray Leveille couldn’t have more blunt after his club stole a thrilling yet nail-biting, come-from-behind 40-38 triumph over Tolman High on Thursday night.
“We didn’t deserve to win that game,” he explained after his Mounties improved to 14-3 overall and 11-2 in Division III-North. “We missed too many free throws, we had too many turnovers; Tolman is a difficult matchup for us because of its size. It has a daunting front line, and that forces you to take outside jumpers.
PAWTUCKET â State police have verbally informed city officials that the criminal investigation into a Pawtucket Police major has indicated that they found no criminal culpability, the city's Public Safety Director said Thursday.
While city officials are still waiting for state police to provide a written review of the investigation, âthey have verbally indicated to us that the criminal investigation they conducted âŠ could find no criminal culpability,â Public Safety Director Tony Pires told The Times on Thursday.
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