July 18th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ Ever since George Lucasâ€™s legendary movie â€śStar Warsâ€ť came out in 1977, people around the globe have wondered what it would be like to see a battle between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance in person.
Youngsters got the chance to unleash their inner Obi-Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader at the Harris Public Library Friday afternoon, when they stepped foot inside Ed Fuquaâ€™s Jedi Academy.
WOONSOCKET – Perhaps the most amazing – and disappointing – statistic for the Woonsocket All-Stars in this R.I. Little League District IV Major Division Tournament losers’ bracket final late Friday night came in the “LOB” category.
Through the first four innings alone, the locals stranded seven, with five in scoring position and two at third base.
One of the struggles that cross-country and track & field teams often encounter during their seasons is coming up with ways to raise funds to pay for expenses that are generally not covered through the school’s sport budget; those much-needed expenses that are often used for such things as uniforms and/or equipment as well as travel and entry fees for important, out-of-state meets.
CUMBERLAND– An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.
Michael F. Morin Jr., 56, of Woonsocket, was pronounced dead at the scene after the truck in which he was driving rolled over. Robert A. Choiniere, 36, of Lincoln, the driver of the other vehicle, was uninjured.
WOONSOCKET – Lincoln High varsity hoop head coach Kent Crooks was disappointed when the annual North Providence Summer Boys’ Basketball League folded in late spring.
“This is my 13th year at Lincoln, and we played in the old Pawtucket/Central Falls league years ago, then in North Providence, which had one for over 40 years before it shut down,” he stated. “I was worried, ‘Where will the kids get a chance to hone their skills?’ but when this came about, I was thrilled.”
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.
After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.
The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council will hear a presentation on the planned acquisition of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3 million state grant when the panel meets in special session on Monday.
The proposed transaction would see the city acquire ownership of the state-owned and city-operated center while also receiving the grant funding to complete needed building improvement and program upgrades.
The city would, in turn, take on responsibility for the structure built off Aylsworth Avenue in the late 1970s and any future updates it might require.
PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.
“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”
WOONSOCKET â€“ Unemployment in the city is well over the state average, but the operators of an award-winning sandwich shop on Cumberland Hill Road say theyâ€™re having so much trouble finding decent, reliable help they reluctantly shut down this week.
Jâ€™s Deli owner Jim Hallal locked the doors on Monday and slapped a sign in the window with this unsettling message:
â€śDue to our repeated unsuccessful efforts to hire a full team of associates to join us at this location we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at this location only.â€ť
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticutâ€™s Fairfield Prep, offered â€śwe prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.â€ť
Dan Donnelly, Chukwuâ€™s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, â€śhe just wasnâ€™t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.â€ť
Obviously, the trail grew cold in a hurry.