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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-12-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 19 Worcester happy to have PawSox In response to Arlene Violet's col- umn, "Better Worcester than Us," I'll say many Rhode Island voters may have been concerned that elected officials would agree to a similar nightmare deal that went amuck through celebrity association leaving the people holding the bag. Worcester is now under a favor- able electorate renaissance. With the Hanover Theatre District a success, coupled with an enthusiastic work base, there is much to cheer about. Worcester politicians and residents truly wanted this and are willing to take the risk. Go WooSox! SANDRA J. ABRAJANO Charlton, Mass. Loss of history, field, will sadden young ballplayers I have followed the saga surround- ing the efforts of many to keep the PawSox in Rhode Island. Would the state be at risk? Should the owners pay more? What a mess! As a sports enthusiast, I have enjoyed many opportunities to attend many different sporting events at many venues across our state over the years. McCoy Stadium was a special place (even with its crumbling infra- structure). It was special because of the game, because of the players and because of everything that went along with spending a warm summer eve- ning at the ballpark, right down to the popcorn, the hot dogs and those little plastic helmets brimming with our favorite ice cream. It was also a special place for Rhode Island high school baseball players. Each year the PawSox wel- comed our teams and hosted our state championship playoff series. What a thrill for these kids! I remem- ber Rocco Baldelli (yes, the Rocco Baldelli who played professional base- ball and made Rhode Island proud) playing at McCoy and hitting not one, but two home runs while lead- ing Bishop Hendricken High School to the state title. And he wasn't the only one. Other great R.I. high school players, such as Jeff Beliveau, Shawn McGill, Anthony Meo, Jeff Diehl, and most recently Mike King and Tom Pannone to name just a few, show- cased their talents in the champion- ship series at McCoy before going on to the big leagues. But, more importantly, it was a great opportunity for high school athletes to play on a Field of Dreams. To play on the very same field where Roger Clemens, Carlton Fisk, Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Dustin Pedroia and other baseball greats refined their skills. Even if their team did not come away with the state championship, for these high school players, having the chance to play at McCoy Stadium was a crowning moment in their base- ball careers. It was also a place where families and young kids had the opportunity to watch their heroes, both the pros and the high school stars alike, and to visit a place where the grass was green, the infield was pristinely mani- cured, and their hometown team was displayed in bright lights on the giant scoreboard. Unfortunately, for all of us, this historic and nostalgic ballpark will be gone – and with it all of those great memories. I don't know who to blame. The owners? The politicians? But the sad truth of the matter is that I and many other disappointed Rhode Islanders must now watch as we are about to lose a part of our history. TOM MEZZANOTTE Warwick Mezzanotte is executive director of the R.I. Interscholastic League. IN BRIEF PAWTUCKET NEWS Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee announces 2018 inductees PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee has announced this year's list of 2018 Pawtucket Hall of Fame induct- ees. The public is invited to its annual Pawtucket Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m., at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 173 Exchange St. This year's 2018 Pawtucket Hall of Fame inductees are: civic activ- ist Joseph Asermely; youth men- tor/umpire Andrew H. Avakian; psychologist/author Dr. Christine Courtois; columnist/therapy dog activist Dawn Goff; Adjutant General of Rhode Island, the late Major Gen. Leonard Holland; superior court judge/active volun- teer The Hon. Joseph A. Keough, Sr.; former city planner/preserva- tionist Paul Mowrey; EMT leader/ community volunteer the late Raymond F. Murray; comedic entertainer/author Robert Perlow; and veteran educator/former water board chairperson Mary Tetzner. Also being recognized as an "his- torical inductee" is the late Thomas P. Giblin, who was an inventor. In addition to these inductions, this year's recipient of the tradi- tional "Person of the Year Award," given to recognize the person the committee believes has made an outstanding contribution over this past year, will be Donna Houle, champion of the Looff Carousel in Slater Park. Tickets are $65 per person (cash or check only). Tickets may be purchased at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., which is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Checks should be made payable to Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee. Sign up for September Book Club for Kids PAWTUCKET – Young read- ers are invited to sign up for the September Book Club for Kids pro- gram at the Pawtucket Children's Library. This month's title is "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key," by Jack Gantos. The first 15 youngsters to register for the program will receive a free paperback copy of the book. Best for students in grades 3-5 but all young readers are welcome. Once the reader is signed up and has the book, he or she can read it on their own or with someone else. Readers are invited to attend the Book Club for Kids program on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., in the Children's Caidin Room, to talk about favorite parts and play trivia games. Email rperron@pawtucketlibrary. org or call 401-725-3714, ext. 209. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fi ll 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865.

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