Saturday, May 25, 2013
The signs along East Main Road say it all — there's a polo match this weekend!
It may not be the official start of the Newport polo season, but this weekend's chukker is sure to get the ball rollin' and crowds cheering before the season begins. The Newport Rotary Club's annual benefit match will take place at the polo grounds of Glen Farm on Saturday, May 25. Gates open at 4 p.m. Hosted by the Newport Polo Club, the match features the home team, Newport, playing against a regional challenger in a classic six-chukker dual. All proceeds from the event will go to the Rotary club's many charitable initiatives. A faithful Rotary Polo Committee of volunteers organizes this annual benefit match, selling $10 general admission tickets. (Kids 12 and under are free.) There are no advanced ticket sales for this event and no …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Newport woman, who lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, threw out the first pitch.
Saturday was Rhode Island Day at Fenway Park and a special Rhode Islander threw out the first pitch. On her way from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to her Newport home, Heather Abbott stopped by Fenway Park and walked out to the pitcher's mound. The last time she was at Fenway Park had been Monday, April 15, Patriot's Day. After she left the stadium, Abbott and friends went to the see the finish of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. She was caught in the second bombing and lost part of her left leg as a result of her injuries. According to The Providence Journal, Abbott got out of her wheelchair and walked out to the mound at Fenway Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday. "She braced herself on her right foot and…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A Narragansett High School senior hopes to raise money and awareness in the fight to find a cure for Rett Syndrome.
Narragansett High School Senior Andrew Morvan, along with 161 Boxing owner Ryan Carlson, hosted the Fight for Grace in the high school gymnasium this past weekend. Morvan developed the event as part of his senior project. The Fight for Grace was organized in honor of Grace Reddington, a Narragansett Elementary School student suffering from Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmenal disorder affecting almost exclusively girls. With Carlson's direction, Morvan planned an extreme workout circuit focusing on balance and core strength. He also created informational pamphlets detailing Rett Syndrome as part of his project. Participants paid $20 to work out, with all proceeds going to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. The IRSF mission is to …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Former URI basketball player Jonathan Holton has committed to West Virginia, but two felony video voyeurism charges are still pending in Rhode Island.
Former University of Rhode Island men’s basketball player Jonathan Holton has committed to West Virginia University for the 2013-14, following a year at a Florida junior college, according to multiple media reports. However, Holton still has two felony charges of video voyeurism pending in Rhode Island, following more than a year of pretrial conferences and hearings. According to MetroNews of West Virginia, the 6’9” forward is expected to shore up the frontcourt of West Virginia. He spent his 2012-13 season playing at Palm Beach State Community College after leaving URI. Based on an arrested affadvait filed by URI Police Major Stephen Baker, Holton is accused of filming two sexual encounters with two different women without their …
Friday, April 26, 2013
A North Kingstown High School graduate recalls her experience at the Boston Marathon last week.
The energy from the crowds and fellow runners was exhilarating for Erica Denhoff as she ran in her second Boston Marathon last week. The weather was just right, not blazing hot like the year prior, and she was feeling good as she approached Heartbreak Hill. But as Denhoff came down the hill, things looked very different than it did last year when she hit mile 24 of the marathon. Police were telling runners to stop and that the race stopped. Word spread that there had been an explosion near the finish line two miles up the road. A few minutes later, the story changed and a new word was crossing everyone's lips - bombings. With nothing on her but her running clothes and her bib number, Denhoff searched for a way to contact her family who …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The proceeds from this year’s Nooseneck run will be donated Boston Marathon relief efforts.
Thursday, April 25
All proceeds from this year’s Nooseneck 18k and 5k will be donated to relief efforts for the Boston Marathon bombings, according to organizers from the Narragansett Running Association. The race starts at Nutz on Nooseneck – 809 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich. There is no formal entry fee, but the suggested donation is $20, with number pick-up at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The race starts at 5 p.m. The course goes through West Greenwich and Exeter, with an unmanned water station at mile five. The course is measured, and results are posted on CoolRunning.com. There will be a post-race gathering at Nutz, with a 50/50 raffle and other fundraising efforts. For more information on the race, shoot an e-mail to Nooseneck18k@gmail.com. …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The annual Beast of the East Tournament will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Portsmouth's Glen Farm on East Main Road.
Glen Farm will swarm with rugby fans this weekend as players from up and down the Atlantic coast battle for the Beast of the East 2013 Collegiate Rugby Tournament Title. In its 15th year in Portsmouth, it is expected to draw a large crowd. With more than 70 teams competing, it is known to be the largest college rugby tournament in the country and most likely the world, according to director Chris Palombo. Shuttles to and from the event will be made available at the Portsmouth Middle School. Among the school teams to compete this weekend are Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, University of Rhode Island, UMass Amherst, Boston University, Providence College, Yale and Princeton. Both men's teams and women's teams will compete…
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran have family members in Narragansett.
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Thursday, April 18
Two Lowell, MA residents with family ties to Narragansett are recovering and in stable condition after the Monday afternoon bombings at the Boston Marathon left both with severe injuries. Sydney Corcoran, 18, had already had one severe health scare in the past. In June 2011, she was hit while crossing the street, the accident fracturing her skull. According to The Lowell Sun, Sydney made a full recovery and planned to attend Middlesex Community College in the fall. However, that changed with Monday’s explosions. Sydney and her mother, Celeste, were both injured severely by the explosions. Celeste’s legs had to be amputated below the knees, according to several media reports, and Sydney had shrapnel lodged in both of her legs. According to …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jimmy Williams bowled three perfect games in a row Tuesday night, making him only the 21st person to accomplish the feat.
Wednesday, April 17
If you were one of the lucky people at Old Mountain Lanes on Tuesday night, you witnessed some incredible bowling. And if you weren’t there, thanks to YouTube, you can pretend you were. According to employees from Old Mountain Lanes, bowler Jimmy Williams had a 900 series – three perfect games of 300 in a row. The feat is a rare occurrence in bowling, as Wikipedia only has 21 of them logged, dating back to 1997. Williams’ 900 series is believed to be the first one ever in Rhode Island. If its certified, Williams’ feat would be the first 900 series validated during league play in New England. The video has also been posted to Reddit, as people are attempting to let it go viral. Again, congrats to Jimmy Williams!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Massachusetts Patch sites are updating as new information is released, and locally, let us know if you have info about the status of South County runners.
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Monday, April 15
Dozens of people were injured by two explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line shortly after 3 p.m. There are multiple reports of victims with missing limbs, bloodied heads and other extremely serious injuries. WBZ-4 reported at least a dozen victims with "grave injuries." Back Bay Patch in Massachusetts is providing running updates here. Earlier today, we spotlighted some local runners taking part in the Boston Marathon. If you’ve heard from them and know that they’re safe, please send an e-mail to Stephen.email@example.com, or leave a comment below. Their names again: ****** Senator Jack Reed has released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and our heartfelt thanks go out to those first …