THE FIRST PITCH: Kemar Belle of Randolph has never been to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. But he’s done something else that most fans haven’t: He threw out the first pitch of a Boston-St. Louis preseason game at JetBlue Park, Boston’s spring-training site in Fort Meyers, Fla.
“It was awesome,” said Belle, 20, who was there with Ablevision, a television program of Malden-based Triangle, which provides a variety of services for people with disabilities. “I really want to be a sports announcer on NESN some day.”
Prior to the game, Belle was part of an Ablevision crew interviewing fans on Yawkey Way South. Once inside, Belle, who graduated from Randolph High School in 2012 and takes part in Triangle programs in his hometown, took to the mound for the first pitch.
“I wasn’t nervous at all,” he said about being in front of thousands of people, with his name announced over the PA system. “I was saluting fans, waving my arms, and, after the first pitch, they gave me a standing ovation.”
Belle is a huge Boston sports fan in general, he said, and counts slugger David Ortiz as his favorite Sox player, although second baseman Dustin Pedroia isn’t far behind.
“I interviewed Dustin,” Belle said in a phone interview, “plus, he signed the ball I threw and other stuff, shirts and a hat. He was a real nice guy.”
Though he’s not been to Fenway for a game, he once did tour the historic park, he said. He also works for the Randolph Recreation Department and Dave & Buster’s in Braintree, doing cleaning work for both.
Belle is part of Triangle’s “School-to-Career South Shore,” said program coordinator Maureen Nicholson, a program that trains youths with disabilities to help them get jobs.
“Kemar is a great kid, polite, respectful, and has a great work ethic,” she said by phone. “All our kids do; they all have a desire to get a job and will do anything. They’re very strong workers.”
Belle’s interviews in Florida were to start airing Friday, the home opener for the Red Sox. Ablevision currently airs in 53 communities in Massachusetts and 18 nationwide, and can be found at www.youtube.com/ablevision.
Belle also said he’d love to work full time at TD Garden in Boston, home to the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics.
“I’m a huge sports fan,” he said. “I love all Boston sports.”
CAPS HOLDING MEET AND GREET: If you want to meet and take photos with radio hosts Loren Owens and Wally Brine from WROR-FM, TV newscaster Susan Wornick, and Boston Herald columnist and radio host Jaclyn Cashman — not to mention one very cute basset hound — check out the Cohasset-based Companion Animal Protection Society’s April 30 event. The society’s MBTA ad campaign launch party is being held that day at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with advance tickets priced at $25, or $30 at the door.
The national ad campaign is designed to educate the public about puppy mills and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops supplied by those facilities. The ads, featuring professional models and rescue dogs, appear on MBTA commuter trains and at 20 train stations.
At the launch party, attendees can take pictures not just with human hosts but also with CAPS “spokesdog” Beatrice, a basset hound puppy-mill survivor and canine star of the ad campaign. The party will also feature free drinks and appetizers, gift bags, a silent auction, and a raffle.
The organization was founded by Deborah Howard of Hull, who owns Beatrice and other rescued animals. For information and tickets, visit www.caps-web.org.
STONEHILL HONORING LEADERS AT COMMENCEMENT: Former Hill Holiday ad executive and current Boston Globe CEO Michael Sheehan will deliver the keynote address at Stonehill College’s 63d commencement on May 18 and receive an honorary degree, along with Irving Fradkin, founder of Dollars for Scholars; Sister Bridget Haase, spiritual coordinator at The Boston Home; and Stonehill trustee Marsha Moses ’75, director of the vascular biology program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
BUSINESS BRIEFS: The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has earned reaccreditation as a 5-Star Chamber by the US Chamber of Commerce, the highest designation from the national group. South Shore is one of 81 chambers nationwide to earn it, establishing itself among the top 1 percent of such groups in the country. South Shore Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Peter Forman, as well as Ray Belanger, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, received the accreditation certificate from Geoff O’Hara, regional director of the national chamber. . . .
Joel Carpente of Scituate has taken over as sole managing partner of Boston-based Sullivan & Worcester, a law firm. He was co-managing partner with William J. Curry, and both men had led the firm since 2002. Curry has returned to his corporate practice and now takes on the role of the firm’s general counsel and serves on the management committee. Carpenter is a tax lawyer, having joined the firm in 1979 as a paralegal, and has spent his entire career at Sullivan & Worcester, becoming a law clerk in 1981, an associate in 1984, a partner in 1992, and co-managing partner in 2002.