January 28th, 2015
CUMBERLAND — As a history teacher at Cumberland High School, Andy Tuetken has seen firsthand the passion that this tight-woven community has for interscholastic sports.
The opportunity to climb on board and join in the fun came when the Clippers’ varsity baseball head coaching position opened up. To work and coach in the same locale meant that the 28-year-old Tuetken would have to bid a fond farewell to a place that for a myriad of reasons was near and dear to him.
With the Blizzard of 2015 headed out to sea, the clouds gave way to partial sun just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, a welcome respite for residents slowly digging out from a powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Southern New England.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island lifted statewide driving bans at midnight on Tuesday, and trains, buses and subways were back to normal service Wednesday, although there were plenty of delays for the morning commute.
PROVIDENCE – This much is known: Providence College will not be hosting DePaul in a key Big East Conference men’s basketball matchup Tuesday night.
Whether the rescheduled game takes place Thursday, which PC officials have announced as a tentative date ... your guess is as good as athletic director Bob Driscoll’s
“We have plans, but they could change depending on the weather conditions and their ability to get a charter flight,” said Driscoll. “The weather the way it is, it could be hard to get a plane.”
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.
BURRILLVILLE – Junior center Riley Tupper admitted being amazed when Burrillville High mentor Bill Robinson approached his troops last week and told them The Call wanted to conduct an interview with his icemen.
Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Woonsocketâ€™s Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt shifting into weather emergency mode on Sunday as communities throughout the state geared up for what could be a demanding multi-day challenge to their resources.
Baldelli-Hunt received assurances from her director of public works, Steve Dâ€™Agostino, that the highway departmentâ€™s plows and sanders and their drivers would be ready for the many hours of work ahead, just as her executive peers in nearby communities were also informed.
THE CONVENTIONAL wisdom of Washington politics is that President Barack Obamaâ€™s proposal for a national plan to abolish the cost of tuition for a two-year college degree is dead on arrival.
Jim Purcell, the stateâ€™s new commissioner of postsecondary education, hopes that isnâ€™t true. But even if it is, Purcell says itâ€™s way past time for the state to do something on its own to make a college education more affordable.
PROVIDENCE â€“ At 16 years old, Zach Pope and Dan Calandro arenâ€™t exactly old salty dogs, but they do know a thing or two about boats.
Both juniors at the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center, a marine-themed magnet school in Connecticut, Pope and Calandro have studied maritime history, boat building and oceanography, yet even they were impressed with the sheer number of boats and watercraft that filled the Rhode Island Convention Center, where the 22nd annual Providence Boat Show opened Friday and continues today and Sunday.
WOONSOCKET – There are variety of reasons why a basketball team may wish to slow the game down. For Coventry head coach Tom Campbell, his primary reason was that he did not want to get into a track meet with a Woonsocket outfit that is all about the fastbreak.
“We like to run, but not as fast as they like to run,” said Campbell. “We wanted to control the tempo and get good shots in that tempo. We didn’t want the game to get crazy.”