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July 27th

Baseball HOFer takes different swings

July 28, 2011

By ERIC RUEB
erueb@ricentral.com

WARWICK – Joe Hassett is usually the most famous player in the field when he takes part in a Rhode Island Golf Association event. After an eight-year NBA career that including a title with the Seattle Supersonics in 1979, Hassett – the radio color man for Providence College basketball – has earned the honor.
At this week’s 28th Rhode Island Stroke Play Championship, however, Hassett knew where he stood in the pecking order.
“I’m a distant No. 2,” he said. “Mike Schmidt, he was a Hall-of-Fame player and was a great player to watch.”

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July 28, 2011

Bruce Sundlun was, perhaps, one of the biggest names in Rhode Island in the past 50 years and his death this week sent shockwaves around the Ocean State as friends, families and longtime political counterparts weighed in on the man who became a legend.
This week, the Standard Times takes a special look back at Sundlun as Martha Smith examined the former governor's Jamestown ties.
In addition, we've got all the latest news on both the Wickford Train Station project and newly-appointed Interim Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger's goals for the district.
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School Committee takes legal action

July 27, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – While still at a standoff with NEASK over whether the Basic Education Plan and the Human Capital policies are a mandatory subject of bargaining, the school committee filed a complaint last Thursday in the Washington County Superior Court against NEASK and the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents.

Consolidated resource plan passes

July 27, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho Regional School Committee approved the new Consolidated Resource Plan for the upcoming school year at a meeting held in the Chariho High School library on Tuesday.

July 26th

Politics as Usual: The grand pension experiement begins this week

July 27, 2011

This week, it all starts to hit the fan.
Central Falls, the state’s smallest city, is going to be the test tube for the experiment of what the hell are we going to do about pension funds we can’t afford to maintain anymore. Next to that will be the Petri dish growing a culture to determine whether bankruptcy is a solution for fiscally crippled municipalities.

Coventry 11's claim District 3 crown

July 26, 2011

BRANDEN MELLO
bmello@ricentral.com
COVENTRY — Coventry Little League 11-year Old All-Star Cam Reid had had a brilliant offensive performance against Narragansett in Friday night’s District 3 final.
Reid had already delivered a two-run home run, a two-run double, eight RBIs and three runs scored through six-and-half inning.

Wakefield man arrested for three break-ins in SK, Narragansett

July 26, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a Wakefield man was arrested in Narragansett for robbing a Dunkin Donuts, the suspect admitted to three break-ins in South Kingstown Tuesday morning, including the Subway at the Towers, the Sea View Market Place and Pier Cleaners.

Henley wins Rotarian of the Year

July 26, 2011

HOPKINTON - While the waiting room at Wood River Health Services in Hope Valley is crowded with people seeking a wide range of different medical services, Dave Henley scurries about the building putting up flyers for an upcoming blood drive.

July 25th

Rita Perry, 91, was the Energizer Bunny of her time

July 26, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Rita Perry, 91, a mover and shaker in many community activities, who, with her friend of seven decades, Helen Beaven, started the town’s first Girl Scout troop and headed up numerous PTAs, passed away last Wednesday at Kent Regency, in Warwick, after a period of declining health.

EG’s Summer’s End to feature Pagnano

July 25, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

The featured performer for this year’s Summer’s End concert can boast of having spent the past 15 years working with a music legend…and having received his big break in show business from a boxing legend.
John Pagano, a Providence native whose repertoire ranges from pop chestnuts to rhythm and blues, will be performing with the R.I. Philharmonic at the town’s annual concert, to be held Friday, Sept. 2, at Eldredge Field. Rain date for the show is Saturday, Sept. 3.
Pagano, who began his career in the ’80s as an R&B singer, has been a featured vocalist since 1997 with Burt Bacharach, the pianist and songwriter responsible for many entries in the canon of pop music standards over the past 50 years. Along with two female singers and an 11-piece orchestra (including his brother Vinny, its drummer), they have toured throughout much of the world, most recently a six-date swing through Italy.
“The girls cover many of his hits, and I do all the male songs,” says Pagano, who usually performs “This Guy’s In Love with You,” “What the World Needs Now (Is Love Sweet Love),” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Any Day Now” and “God Give Me Strength.”
Now living in southern California, Pagano returns roughly every three months to visit his family, and tries to work in a shown or two while he’s in the area.
Before meeting Bacharach, and before recording a CD on MCA, however, came his “discovery” by that noted musical talent scout…Mike Tyson (yes, the former world heavyweight champion).
“I played in a band called Xpo around Albany with my brother. Mike trained about a half-hour away, and he came and saw us and took a liking to my band and my voice. He said I ought to sing the national anthem at one of his fights,” Pagano remembers.
In 1989, Pagano stood in the center of the ring as the Las Vegas Hilton and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Tyson’s successful title defense against Frank Bruno.
In the audience that night was an assistant to Irving Azoff, one of the recording industry’s giants, then chairman of MCA records.
“She saw me in the elevator on my way to the afterparty, and I met Azoff two days later,” Pagano says. While he had been discussing a record deal with Warner Brothers at the time, he ended up signing with MCA, which led to his first encounter with Bacharach and his then-wife, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager.
“Azoff took me over to see him because he was looking for material for my album, but Burt didn’t have anything that fit,” says Pagano.

 

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