Archive - Nov 2012
PROVIDENCE â As expected, the Providence College menâs basketball team will play Mondayâs intrastate contest against Bryant minus the services of senior catalyst Vincent Council.
Council sustained a hamstring injury in the early minutes of Saturdayâs season opener against NJIT, the result of the point guard slipping on The Dunk hardwood before falling awkwardly. His departure left head coach Ed Cooley with a razor-thin rotation featuring just six scholarship players and one walk-on.
KINGSTON â While her teammates arrived at Shea High to prepare for its trip to the University of Rhode Island's Keaney Gym to battle Mount Pleasant for the R.I. Division III Tournament title on Saturday morning, and again on the team bus, senior co-captain Kendra Vieira reminded the troops of three core philosophies to live by.
KINGSTON â Ever since East Providence seized its last Division I state championship in 2005, the Townies have had an awfully difficult time climbing back to the top of the volleyball mountain.
In fact, in four of the last seven years since that wonderful unbeaten season, the Townies have appeared in the state finals, only to come up short.
The first two of those four losses were five-set thrillers, and in their last title appearance, against Prout three seasons ago, the Townies played the Crusaders tough, only to lose in three competitive games.
PAWTUCKET â As is the standard after a football game, Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson walked to the midfield stripe behind his troops and shook hands with opposing players and coaches alike.
He congratulated all for a job well done, then hugged a few St. Raphael Academy assistants before speaking briefly with long-time Saints' mentor Mike Sassi.
Maybe four milliseconds later, he bolted to his squad and leaped into a few of his heftier players' arms, then â after a few choice words, naturally all positive â he led his kids in a classic Villa Novans' chant.
CUMBERLAND â How do you spell dominance? Try C-U-M-B-E-R-L-A-N-D on for size.
Cumberland kicked off its Division II playoff mission in emphatic fashion Friday evening, the Clippersâ 41-6 conquest of Westerly made possible by the usual cast of stellar performers. Erik Travers rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Brendan Guerin passed for two scores. Not to be outdone, Mitchell Baxter recorded two interceptions while teammates Joe Fine and Dan Stock also found the end zone.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley came to Providence College armed with the reputation of being a defensive, get-after-it coach. The five years he spent at Fairfieldâs helm suggested that after a seemingly endless run of witnessing the Friars languish in the bottom tier in Big East team defense, more than lip service would finally be paid to an area that statistically speaking has been a major deficiency.
PROVIDENCE â There was a time last spring and summer when Providence Friar fans were salivating at the promise surrounding the 2012-13 season. A highly-touted recruiting class coupled with a group of noteworthy holdovers seemed to signal clearance for takeoff in Ed Cooleyâs second year, giving off an aura that for the first time in a long while, Providence was a program on an up swing.
PROVIDENCE â The Senate leadership team of President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio both won unanimous support of the Democratic caucus to control the chamber for another two years on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â A health monitoring âcall centerâ based out of New York is moving to a vacant commercial building at 100 Freight Street and bringing with it the promise of 250 jobs.
KINGSTON -- It took Tolman 12 long seasons to get back to URIâs Keaney Gymnasium for a playoff match. It took Cranston West an hour and 45 minutes to end the Tigersâ bid for a berth in this weekendâs Division II finals.
Fueled by a dominant attack at the net, the Falcons earned their first trip to the finals since 2009 by overcoming an opening-set loss to defeat the Tigers, 3-1, and snap their impressive 10-match win streak in Thursday nightâs semifinal-round match.
Dino Campopiano and his Shea High gridders wonât get another crack at Cumberland or St. Raphael this season.
Conversely, if Brian Coteâs Mount Hope squad were to cross paths with Woonsocket once again, such a matchup wouldnât take place until the Division II Super Bowl.
JOHNSTON â Shea High head coach Chris Daily and assistant Carl McCurdy find it rather strange how their Raiders play so well on the road but are inconsistent at best at their own arena, âThe Cage.â
During the course of the Division III regular season, they managed only a 4-4 mark at home, but compiled a 6-2 record in foreign gymnasiums.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs hard to believe weâve already had a snowfall this early in the season. For many seniors, shoveling the white stuff may be beyond their physical capabilities or not advisable for a host of other reasons, and they may not have anyone else they can count on to do it for them.
Thatâs where the Youth to Senior Assistance Program comes in. Created last year to help seniors keep their sidewalks and the path to their mailboxes clear of snow to comply with city regulations, nearly 50 elders were aided last year, an historically mild winter season.
PAWTUCKET â With its linen tablecloths, stylish interior and impressive views of Slater Mill and the Blackstone River, the Cresta Bar and Ristorante was hailed as a welcome addition to the downtown when it debuted last fall. Yet, a little over a year later, the Italian restaurant has closed and its owner and proprietor is questioning what kind of market exists in the city and who his customer base is.
PAWTUCKET â With the tallies from all of the precincts now in, Democrat Timothy Rudd was declared the winner of the District 6 City Council race, and three incumbent Democratic senators, District 15's Donna Nesselbush, District 8's James E. Doyle, and District 16's Elizabeth A. Crowley, along with the incumbent Democratic representative in District 46, Jeremiah T. O'Grady, were also victorious in their respective races.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police said Wednesday they have identified a suspect in the shooting of a man who was found injured in front of 558 Smithfield Ave. on Tuesday morning.
KINGSTON â The match was ugly, but to East Providence, the end result was a thing of beauty.
The Townies nailed down their ninth victory in their last 10 matches on Wednesday night in one of their most important matches of the year â their Division I semifinal-round matchup with the Prout School at URIâs Keaney Gymnasium.
In a tightly-contested match that saw neither side bring out its best brand of volleyball, it was the Townies who shook off an opening-set defeat to down the Division I-South champion Crusaders, 3-1, and earn its first berth in the championship match in three years.
PAWTUCKET â The defending Governorsâ Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox will play their 2013 home-opener at McCoy Stadium on Thursday, April 11 against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m.
The PawSox 2013 season will actually start one week earlier on April 4th when they play the inaugural game at the newly-renovated PNC Field in Moosic, PA against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
CUMBERLAND - Francis "Frank" Reilly, 88, of Crowell Street, passed away Sunday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Mary E. (Giraldo) Reilly.
Richard Bruce Fairweather
PAWTUCKET - Richard Bruce Fairweather, 68, of Chaplin Street passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 at home.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Everett H. and Ivy (Robertshaw) Fairweather.
Richard graduated from Tolman High School in 1962. Following high school, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Rhode Island National Guard. He worked as a successful sales executive for many years before retiring in 2007.