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March 10th

Council OKs borrowing $11.6 million in tax anticipation notes

March 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Convinced that there were no other realistic options to avoid the state taking over control, the City Council voted 7 to 1 Wednesday night to allow for the borrowing of up to $11.6 million in Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) to address its current fiscal year budget deficit.

Police arrest three for Cumberland home invasion

March 10, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Three local men who allegedly committed the Overhill Road home invasion last month in which a 66-year-old man was injured are in custody after what police called “an intense investigation.”
Christopher Duffy, 18, Kyle English, 20, and Christopher Pascale, 22 — all Cumberland residents — are facing a combined 17 charges, including assault on a person over 60, assault with a deadly weapon in a dwelling house, robbery, conspiracy and receiving stolen goods — a .45-caliber handgun that belonged to the owner of the home.

March 10th

North Providence next test for SRA

March 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Mike Kayata and Matt Pita aren’t about to tell Tom “Saar” Sorrentine anything he doesn’t already know. On Monday the longtime St. Raphael Academy coach was present as North Providence ushered top seed Cranston West out of the state tournament behind a reverse lay-in in the dying seconds from one of the Cougars’ chief threats, Austin Van Bemmelen.

Arthur J. Gillooly

March 10, 2011

Arthur J. Gillooly
PAWTUCKET - Arthur J. Gillooly died March 7, 2011. For full obituary please visit www.manningheffern.com

Louis F. Parker

March 10, 2011

Louis F. Parker
N. ATTLEBORO - Louis Francis Louie Parker, 63, of N. Attleboro, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the constant companion of Patricia Costa.
Born in Attleboro on May 23, 1947, Louie grew up and was educated in N. Attleboro and graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1965. He lived for many years in Central Falls, RI.

Robert J. DeGrafft

March 10, 2011

Robert J. DeGrafft
ATTLEBORO - Robert J. DeGrafft, 57, of Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on March 5, 2011.
Born in Attleboro on July 18, 1953, he was a son of Herbert S. DeGrafft of North Attleboro and the late Marion Mae (Wright) DeGrafft. Raised and educated in North Attleboro, he was a 1971 graduate of North Attleboro High School. He later attended Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. DeGrafft was employed as a quality assurance engineer for Senior Aerospace in Sharon for ten years.

Chafee touts 'wise financial decisions'

March 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien liked a lot of what he heard from Gov. Lincoln Chafee's first major presentation — a combined State of the State address and budget speech.
“It means $800,000 for Pawtucket this year and $1.6 million next year,” Grebien said in the House of Representatives chamber after the governor spoke. “It comes with some strings attached, but in this tough economy, this benefits the city and education.”

Three local boys teams in hockey semifinals

March 9, 2011

Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valley’s boys’ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.

Girls' hoop tourney features tight games

March 9, 2011

Whether it’s at the high school or the collegiate level, it doesn’t matter. Coaches will be the first to admit that when the postseason arrives, anything can happen.
Cinderella has made its way to the Ball on numerous occasions where an underdog that has no business to be on the same court or field as a top-seeded squad somehow pulls off a miracle and produces a victory or at least a legitimate scare to their favored opponent.

Public schools dominate R.I. wrestling

March 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Wrestling is one high school sport in Rhode Island where the public vs. private school debate holds no water. Public schools have won 29 of the last 30 state team championships in wrestling.
Bishop Hendricken sneaked in to grab a state title back in 2004. Cumberland then ruled the state in 2005. Cranston West won the next four titles before the Clippers returned to the top in 2010. Warwick Vets prevailed in 2011.
Back in 1999, Johnston High won the state title, proving that even smaller public schools can reach the top in wrestling.

March 8th

Walter Sullivan

March 9, 2011

Walter Sullivan
CUMBERLAND - Walter "Chick" Sullivan, 78, formerly of Hopkins Terrace, passed away February 28, 2011 in the Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, FL. He was the husband of Geraldine A. (Pate) Sullivan and the late Elizabeth A. Carr.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Raymond and Gladys (Cameron) Sullivan. He resided in Port Charlotte, FL for the past 8 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Sullivan was a United States Army Veteran.

Margaret R. Vanasse

March 9, 2011

Margaret R. Vanasse
CUMBERLAND - Margaret R. "Peggy" Vanasse, 83, of Cumberland, died February 23rd at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond F. Vanasse and a daughter of the late John C. and Flora A. (Departhy) Bradley. She had been employed as a molding machine operator for Hasbro Manufacturing prior to her retirement. Her sister Eileen Couturier of Cumberland, her brother Joseph Bradley of Cumberland and nieces and nephews survive her. She was the sister of the late George Bradley, John Bradley and Rosemarie Kieffer. Her funeral and burial were private.

Saints sail into hoop semifinals

March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – All Charles Correa kept thinking about was the next shot – even on a night in which his touch was off.

Davies girls edged by Middletown, 30-29

March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – There were not too many onlookers that figured Monday night’s Division III semifinal contest would be a close affair.
The late game pitted top-ranked Middletown, a team with just one loss on its record, versus No. 5 seed Davies Tech, a .500 ballclub.
Add the fact that the Islanders defeated the Patriots by 26 points in their last meeting on Feb. 24.
A blowout certainly seemed inevitable, but head coach Gerry Suggs and his gutsy squad never let it happen.

Cumberland skates into D-II semifinals

March 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland High and the Division II semifinals have gone hand-in-hand for the better part of last decade, and that trend’s going to continue this weekend.
Michael Kinch’s multiple-goal night and goalie Michaelangelo Federici’s 33-save effort were the keys to success for the Clippers on Monday night in their 4-2 victory over Pilgrim High in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.

March 8th

O'Donnell named head of State Police

March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Just days after Col. Brendan Doherty announced his resignation as Superintendent of the State Police, Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected U.S. Marshal Steven O’Donnell as his replacement.
Chafee introduced O’Donnell as “a leader who has not only met expectations, but continuously exceeded them during a long and distinguished career.” He recalled that, in 1996, then-President Bill Clinton named O’Donnell as one of the nation’s 10 “Top Cops.”

John Eugene Webb

March 8, 2011

John Eugene Webb

Edward B. Hebden

March 8, 2011

Edward B. Hebden
Friendly Guy at the Melvin Village General Store
MELVIN VILLAGE, N.H. - Edward (Ted) B. Hebden, 86 of Sodom Rd., Melvin Village died March 4, 2011 in Franklin, NH.

Eufemia Constantino

March 7, 2011

Eufemia Constantino
CUMBERLAND - Eufemia Constantino, 96, formerly of 109 High St. died Saturday in Waterview Villa, East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Adelino Constantino.
Born in Esmolfe, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Secondina de Jesus Marques. She resided in Cumberland for 47 years. She was also a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.

PC officials should look into forming search committee for next coach

March 7, 2011

An open letter to Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll:

When the search for the next men’s basketball coach commences, do not make the same mistake you did the last time. Many people were leery when Keno Davis was given the keys to the school’s primary means of visibility and exposure. Not just because Davis had all of one year of coaching experience under his belt, but also for the simple reason that he was far from the top choice to replace Tim Welsh.

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