May 6th, 2015
PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello called House Democrats behind closed doors on Wednesday for a caucus on budget matters and also an update on where plans for a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium in Providence currently stand.
With the doors to the House Lounge blocked to reporters and even the door window into the room from the House Chamber covered with paper, the session was, as intended, open to whatever the members wished to air.
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles senior quad-captain Mike Doody seemed unusually calm after sustaining a 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Wheeler School junior Danish Azam at No. 1 singles on Wednesday afternoon.
“He returned everything, and I have to give him credit for that,” Doody stated afterward. “He forced me to play his game. There were times I had opportunities to go for the winner, but that’s what he wanted me to do. He knew, in his mind, he’d track it down. He was really good at it.”
WOONSOCKET â€“ What a difference a year makes for Copswalk.
Last year, when city police officers marched to Washington, D.C. in the annual fundraiser for police officers killed in the line of duty, no one had ever heard of Michael Brown, Eric Garner or Freddie Gray.
The police-involved deaths of the three black men from Missouri, New York City and Baltimore set off a national debate about the use â€“ and misuseâ€“ of police force that many would say is fostering a climate of increased hostility for law enforcement.
WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles took advantage of a fine mound performance from junior southpaw Alex Lataille to claim an interesting 3-1 Division II-North victory over Scituate High on Tuesday afternoon.
Lataille yielded only five hits with four walks, but whiffed a quintet to help the Mounties move to 10-1 in league play. At the plate, sophomore Joe Sanchioni went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, while junior John Montani's two-run two-bagger in the third plated classmate Eric Abruzzi and Sanchioni to give the Mount a 3-0 cushion.
WOONSOCKET -- A fast moving fire took the life of a well-known city resident early Tuesday morning. Gennaro DeLuca, 66, was pronounced dead at the hospital following a blaze that consumed a triple-decker at 342 Logee St. Fire officials told The Call the fire started at about 5:30 p.m. and initial reports indicated that tenants and pets were trapped in the building. Nine other residents were able to escape the fire. Fire officials indicated to The Call that they responded to a fire at the same location last week.
BELLINGHAM â€“ Veteran Patrolwoman Stephanie Lemonâ€™s colleagues are calling her lucky after she was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic on Pulaski Boulevard Monday morning.
â€śShe went up and over the hood,â€ť said Lt. Kevin Ranieri. â€śShe was knocked off her feet and landed on the ground on her right side.â€ť Lemon was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center, where doctors determined she had suffered nothing worse than some serious bruising. Initially some paramedics thought she might have broken an arm.
â€śSheâ€™s lucky,â€ť said Ranieri.
WOONSOCKET â€” Ride down just about any city street these days and you are bound to find potholes, plenty of them.
But the recent winter was especially hard on the pavement of Cumberland Hill Road, a major route into Woonsocket proper, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt wants to see that taken care of as a priority this spring.
The state road is technically-state maintained, so getting it fixed is not as easy a project as one might think.
But as the mayor noted Wednesday, the travel conditions have deteriorated enough to have even the state backing a two-phase repair plan.
WOONSOCKET – The Villa Novans sent 13 men to the plate in the third inning, and scored a season-high 10 runs on Saturday as they battered Cranston East, 10-1.
Woonsocket High’s offensive onslaught was led by Frandy Sanchez, who went 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Austin Forget, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The eight-run third inning was decisive for the Novans, who put the rally together by stringing together a series of singles and walks.
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.