May 3rd, 2015
WARWICK â€“ Every military veteran should have a day like Norm Gordon experienced on Saturday.
The 82-year-old Pawtucket resident, a signal corps communications specialist during the Korean War, was guest of honor at U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouseâ€™s eight annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, which was held inside the spacious R.I. National Guard Armory.
PAWTUCKET – Turns out I spent floods of nervous force over absolutely nothing.
Even though I had performed my official act as pitch-clock operator when I pushed the button that officially signaled that first pitch was exactly 60 minutes away – a mock cheer went up inside the McCoy Stadium press box once the countdown was underway – my palms were extra sweaty as the first game of the April 21 doubleheader between the PawSox and Buffalo Bisons drew closer and closer.
PAWTUCKET – Now comes the real test of Major League Baseball’s commitment to speeding up the game.
Starting with Friday’s Durham-Pawtucket contest and likewise at Triple-A and Double-A ballparks across the country, those in violation of letting the clock expire will be charged with a ball or strike – depending on the offending party. Whether or not these unprecedented efforts have a direct bearing on the game’s outcome will be closely monitored in the weeks and months ahead.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sixteen years after helping to plan the first Pawtucket Arts Festival, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss will be bestowed with the festivalâ€™s inaugural Medal of Excellence during a fundraiser and awards ceremony next week.
Weiss will receive the honor at the Arts Festivalâ€™s â€śCurtain Up!â€ť fundraiser and awards ceremony, which will be held on May 7 at Center by the Blackstone, located at 175 Main St.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Minutes after extinguishing a fire at an industrial laundry on York Avenue Thursday afternoon, fire personnel came upon what appeared to be a hand grenade on a shelf near a dryer, prompting firefighters to evacuate, officials said.
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college baseball and softball level. (Editor's note: all stats are current through Tuesday, April 28):
Lincoln High graduate Nick Zammarelli made some news Monday when the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) named the Elon University sophomore its Baseball Player of the Week. The recognition marks the first weekly conference honor of his Phoenix career.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ ownership group and state and city officials continue to discuss a proposed riverfront ballpark on I-195 land in downtown Providence that would serve as the PawSoxâ€™ future home, a group has proposed a new site as a â€śbackup alternativeâ€ť location for the teamâ€™s ballpark.
JAG Investment Realty LLC, which owns the Victory Place property near Davol Square, announced Tuesday that they are â€śwell positioned to be a backup alternative siteâ€ť for a new Triple-A ballpark if the plans for a ballpark on I-195 land fall through.
CUMBERLAND – One swing of the bat helped Lincoln High remain unbeaten at 5-0, and to no one’s surprise, the bat belonged to senior captain Stacey Mayer.
The St. Joseph’s University-bound talent blasted an inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the second inning, a frame which saw the Lions score six times, on their way to beating Division I-North rival Cumberland, 8-6, at Tucker Field on Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET – “Everything is out of my control. I just play ball.”
So said Jackie Bradley Jr. earlier this month at PawSox Media Day, but the outfielder most likely did in fact exert some control over his promotion to the major leagues on Tuesday, with his run of excellent play throughout the month of April.
PAWTUCKET – As promising as North Smithfield’s start was, St. Raphael still had 21 outs to work with.
Turns out the Saints needed just 18 outs in a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Northmen on Monday afternoon at Hank Soar Complex.
PAWTUCKET – The PawSox could welcome outfielder Rusney Castillo back to the lineup as soon as Wednesday night’s game.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In front of an audience that included about 25 protestors, members of the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ ownership group laid out their vision for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence to members of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday.
Prior to the start of the commissionâ€™s meeting, the protestors stood outside of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. office to voice their opposition to the proposal, particularly the net $4 million annual rent.
Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the cityâ€™s annual Earth Day celebrations.
Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturdayâ€™s city-wide cleanup was â€śa really great event on a nice day.â€ť
PROVIDENCE – A mini-celebration erupted at the intersection of Eaton St. and River Ave. the moment Providence College sent out a release regarding Kris Dunn’s desire to put the NBA on hold and remain a Friar for a little bit longer.
“I thought about not having him a lot,” said coach Ed Cooley. “It would have been a totally different team without him.”
Editor's note: This story first appeared in the Apirl 18, 2015 print edition of The Times
LINCOLN – It was rather by accident that Lincoln High senior soccer star Hailee Jarry discovered Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.
Before Feb. 11, she had planned on attending Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.; in fact, she already had given school officials an oral commitment to study and play there.
PAWTUCKET â€“ State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.
However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The U.S. Secretary of Labor joined congressmen and senators from Rhode Island on a tour of family-owned machinery and laser technology facilities Friday afternoon as part of an overall discussion on workplace flexibility for families.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez joined U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Jim Langevin, state Sen. Gayle Goldin, and state Director of Labor and Training Scott Jensen on a tour of Gold International Machinery and LNA Laser Technology on Newell Avenue Friday as part of the nationwide â€śLead on Leaveâ€ť tour.
PROVIDENCE – Turns out the most important 2015 recruit in Ed Cooley’s sights is staying put at Providence College.
The NBA can wait for Kris Dunn, who on Friday ended a month’s worth of speculation by announcing that he is returning to the Friars for his redshirt junior season. Dunn still has two years of playing eligibility remaining, but academically he will be a senior who in one year is scheduled to graduate with a degree in social science.