WOONSOCKET – Jim Smith of Avenue A says it was almost impossible to drive on most of the street without landing in what he calls “a really big hole.”
But the ride’s soon going to be smooth as silk now that Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has launched the 2015 construction season’s road-rebuilding jobs.
Smith watched happily from the sidewalk opposite Globe Park Thursday as a massive milling machine scraped a ribbon of pitted pavement off Providence Street, first on the list of repair jobs.
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!”
PAWTUCKET â€“ If anyoneâ€™s wondered how Allen Craig is faring in his prolonged tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he has an answer: Just fine, thank you.
After a less-than-productive 2014 debut with Boston, not to mention more of the same this spring â€“ then being demoted from Boston back on May 10 â€“ the 30-year-old outfielder/first baseman is hell-bent on making a demonstrative return to the Red Sox. Heâ€™s hoping it will happen sooner than later.
WRENTHAM – An EF-0 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 80 miles per hour whipped through the downtown area Tuesday afternoon, uprooting an 80-foot-tall maple tree in the town common and snapping tree tops and limbs in the brief time it was on the ground.
While much of the Blackstone Valley was spared the brunt of the storm, straight-line wind gusts Tuesday afternoon knocked down a tree and ripped branches from trees on a portion of Milk Street in Blackstone.
PAWTUCKET â€” As far as heâ€™s concerned, Shane Victorino made an auspicious start to his comeback to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
In his initial contest with Pawtucket after being sent for a 20-day rehab assignment to nurse a left calf strain, the 34-year-old BoSox outfielder played left and batted twice in his short, four-inning stint against Rochester.
He didnâ€™t field a ball and went 0-for-2 at the plate, but those numbers didnâ€™t matter much to him. Instead, this was just about getting back and conditioning himself for the road ahead.
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.