June 30th, 2015
BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have captured this summer’s version of the CVS Health Charity Classic, the tournament the two gracious Rhode Islanders co-founded back in 1999 to raise much-needed money for local charities.
It would have been most appropriate if they had. After all, in the previous 16 events, they – with the help of CVS and other sponsors – have collected and doled out over $18 million to organizations who desperately need financial aid to survive.
PROVIDENCE – Members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group say they will embark on a summer-long road trip to all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to tout their proposal for a riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence.
From the site on the former Interstate 195 land Monday afternoon, Charles Steinberg – senior adviser to PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino – said that the purpose of the tour is to have an “open conversation with as many people in Rhode Island as we can.”
BURRILLVILLE – Three former Burrillville High School students returned to their alma mater Monday to tell their heartrending stories of addiction and their uplifting accounts of recovery during a roundtable discussion on the issues of addiction and overdose deaths.
The discussion in Burrillville High’s media center was hosted by the Pawtucket-based Anchor Recovery Community Center.
Burrillville has been hard-hit by drug-related deaths, with six residents dying of drug overdoses this year.
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday.
CUMBERLAND – Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.
When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.
“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”
PAWTUCKET â€” Tucked away near the border with Massachusetts, thereâ€™s a small street where residents with green thumbs have brought color and life to the neighborhood.
A rotary was installed in the middle of Kirk Drive in the early 1950s, and resident Susan Curren explained that in that era, the rotary itself was much larger, with a lawn to be mowed and hedges to be clipped. While it has decreased in size over time, the crabapple tree and colorful plants are still vibrant.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Hunter Stewart, the All-American from Vanderbilt University, made it look easy on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a four-shot victory at the 54th annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.
WOONSOCKET – Friday’s Supreme Court ruling establishing a national right to same-sex marriage struck close to home to many in Rhode Island.
In a state that was the last in New England to legalize same-sex marriage, the decision was reason for celebration for gay marriage advocates such as Rhode Island Pride, which hosted a rally at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence on Friday evening.
PAWTUCKET – From the damaging flood waters of the spring of 2010 rose an opportunity to reinvent an area in the rear of City Hall. On Friday, the years of work were commemorated as city and state leaders cut the ribbon, formally welcoming a river wall and bike path to Pawtucket.
The bulk of the funding for the project came as a result of the flooding Rhode Island received in April 2010. That flood, and similar ones over the years, severely damaged the river wall behind City Hall.
CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director.
Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.
PROVIDENCE — Their cries rang out Thursday evening, echoing down Smith Street.
“Stop this stadium deal!” they shouted. “Keep the PawSox in Pawtucket!” the crowd clamored. “Listen to taxpayers!”
The approximately 150 in this chorus of concerned residents were gathered together in front of the State House to demand that the Pawtucket Red Sox stay put at McCoy Stadium, and that taxpayer money not be used to pay for a new riverfront ballpark on former Interstate 195 land in downtown Providence.
WOONSOCKET — A journey of more than two years may be close to an end as a sentencing reform bill inspired by the early parole of “Thrill Killer” Alfred Brissette Jr. was forwarded to Gov. Gina Raimondo for her consideration after the measure was passed by the House and Senate this week.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Wannamoisett Country Club appeared ripe for the taking during Thursday’s second round of the Northeast Amateur, especially when early starter Michael Johnson checked in with a five-under par round of 64 as the clock struck noon.
“I didn’t really hit the ball all that well off the tee,” Johnson, a rising senior at the University of Auburn, admitted after missing a short birdie putt on No. 18 that would have made his round even more special.
EAST PROVIDENCE — Playing in the same twosome, Taylor Funk and John Hayes IV both went on birdie binges during the first round of the Northeast Amateur Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Wannamoisett Country Club.
The son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk made six birdies and an eagle (along with three bogeys) to take the first-round lead with a round of 64. The rising sophomore at the University of Texas started his round on the back nine and went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from No. 17 through the second hole on the front nine.
CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland Fourth of July tradition for more than 80 years, the Arnold Mills Parade steps off Saturday, July 4.
This year’s 87th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line.
Cumberland educator J. Richard “Dick” Charland is grand marshal of this year’s parade.
The parade association is also honoring his wife of many years, Betty Charland, for her yearly contributions as a volunteer on the parade committee.
PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. can relate somewhat to fellow outfielder Rusney Castillo’s being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 25-year-old usual center fielder for the PawSox had spent a day in mid-April with the parent club, then 12 more in Boston before being optioned back on May 22 – in favor of Castillo.
PLAINVILLE, MASS. – Thousands of people flocked to the new Plainridge Park Casino for its grand opening at noon on Wednesday. Route-1 traffic rivaled that of a Patriots home game, stretching far as eyes could see and the four stories of the parking garage filled up so quickly that it took nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot upon arrival. People poured in from the parking garage, the elevators and the main entrance in bunches all before 2 p.m.
PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.
Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.
First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.
PROVIDENCE – An $8.7 billion state budget hailed as pro-business and pro-education is now a done deal as the Senate overwhelmingly approved the spending plan last night, wrapping up the biggest piece of the 2016 legislative session.
The budget, which was approved by the House on a unanimous vote in record time one week ago, sailed through the Senate in similarly speedy fashion on a vote of 35-3.
Along with a raft of plaudits from supporters of the budget, praise came from some unexpected corners of the Senate chamber.
BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have...
CUMBERLAND – Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Hunter Stewart, the All-American from Vanderbilt University, made it look...