Archive - Feb 2012
PROVIDENCE â Steven Vazquez came, he saw, he conquered.
The indoor high jump state title â one that prior to Saturday's R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house could be described as elusive â is now the property of the Central Falls senior.
He posted a winning leap of 6 feet, 8 inches, one actually equaled by his chief rival, Divon Bailey of Rogers. The tale of how Vazquez ultimately struck gold was based on pure technicality with the C.F. jumper hitting the bar fewer times than his counterpart during the final showdown.
In NCAA Tournament speak, Selection Sunday is a day for fist clenching as teams wait on hands and knees to see if they made it or were denied admittance. Taking a page from how the field of 68 is unveiled to the viewing public, the Interscholastic League plans to replicate at least some of the drama by conducting a live broadcast of the releasing of boysâ basketball tournament pairings.
Ann L. Hogan has always believed that not only should a person strive to achieve personal success in their own lives, they must go out and serve others. Service to others, she says, not only gives meaning to your own life, it makes life better for others.
âService should be an element of everyone's life. People need to have that experience of giving to others,â says Hogan, 83, a retired school teacher from Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â Hoya Destroya, indeed.
A Georgetown team that figures to be a tough out come NCAA Tournament time slowed the Providence College Friars to a virtual crawl Saturday night in a 63-53 Hoya win that wasnât even as close as the final score indicates. PC shot 25.9 percent for the game after compiling a 4-for-28 horror show in the first half. Such a frigid display made the task of trying to shock the 10th-ranked team in the country even more of a tall order, one that PC coach Ed Cooley openly acknowledged during his postgame meeting with the press.
WARWICK â Nearly two weeks have elapsed since Will Blackmon found himself engulfed in a sea of confetti at Lucas Oil Stadium, the first true sign that the Providence native was officially a Super Bowl champion.
Needless to say, the feeling associated with âGiants 21, Patriots 17â is one that hasnât completely sunk in, at least not right now. Blackmon appeared at a rally at his old high school Thursday, the Bishop Hendricken student body and faculty packing the gym to catch a glimpse of the newly minted champ.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley claims he had no idea that Wednesdayâs loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
âTo be honest with you, I didnât even know that,â Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, âIf you worry about your record, then youâre not concentrating on the right things.â
PAWTUCKET â Minutes before the Division II-Central clash between archrivals Tolman and Shea highs, Tigers coach Mike Kayata seemed even more intense than usual, and that's hard for him.
âWe're playing to win this one,â he said as his players warmed up, âand the answer is going to be defense. We have to take care of the ball and limit their fast-break points. If we do that, we should be OK. They're tough. They're 13-3 for a reason, and we know that. These guys all know each other, so this is about pride and respect. We just have to take care of the ball.â
PROVIDENCE â Common Cause Director John Marion, a government watchdog and frequent critic of the General Assembly, found himself standing with Gov. Chafee and legislative leaders at the Statehouse Thursday, hailing what he called âa big improvementâ in the stateâs campaign finance laws.
PROVIDENCE â The pain started in her lower back and slowly migrated toward her ribcage.
Kristen Dubois thought she was passing a kidney stone.
She was giving birth in the bathroom of her fianceâs Willow Street apartment in Woonsocket.
âI was like, âOh my God. I canât believe it,â says Dubois. âI started yelling for my boyfriend. âHeâs coming out! Heâs coming out!ââ
Joan F. Patricio
CUMBERLAND- Joan F. (Griffin) Patricio, 80, of Castle Gate Road died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Evergreen House Health Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late Joaquim "Jack" Patricio.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James and Emma (Shea) Griffin, she had lived in Cumberland all of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan's Church, Cumberland.
LINCOLN â Thereâs no room for confusion or interpretation when youâre that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelliâs mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.
PAWTUCKET â The leaking City Hall tower is being studied by an architectural firm in an effort to root out the source of the problem and find ways to remedy it.
City Public Works Director Lance Hill said the Providence-based firm of Robinson Green Beretta Corp., has been hired as a consultant to inspect the tower and make recommendations and cost estimates on how to fix the leaking. He said he expects the study to be completed within the next couple of weeks.
PAWTUCKET â For a team thatâs been somewhat sidetracked in its pursuit of a high playoff berth, St. Raphael picked the perfect time to have one of its finest games of the season.
Junior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Rybecca Gonzalez teamed up to score 30 points and help the Saints give a strong showing on the boards that paved the way for a key 52-44 triumph over red-hot Lincoln on Wednesday night at the Saintsâ Alumni Hall.
WARWICK â Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
âOnce we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.
PAWTUCKET â The city employees' largest union, Council 94, AFSCME Local 1012 has won two jobs back through arbitration that had been lost last year through lay-offs. However, a broader attempt to have the city rescind 18 lay-offs and provide back pay and benefits to the affected employees was not supported by the arbitrator.
Natalia J. Zeferino
PAWTUCKET- Natalia J. Zeferino, "J" 42, passed February 12th.
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, on Christmas Day, a daughter of Verissimo Zeferino and the late Zulmira Fontes.
She been previously been employed as a Dry Cleaner and for Interpack Fabricators for several years.
She is survived by a son, Manuel DeBurgo and a daughter, Sandy DeBurgo,
Five brothers, Tony, John, Jose, Carlos and Libertino Zeferino, two sisters, Lucinda Witt and Elisa Zeferino and 4 grandchildren, Lavon, Jayvon, Camron and Caralyse DeBurgo.
Alice B. Kulig
CENTRAL FALLS- Alice B. Kulig, 92, of Cross Street, passed away on Tuesday at Hopkins Manor in No. Providence after an illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Kulig.
Alice was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Walter and Sophie (Dzialozska) Bobola and lived most of her life in Central Falls. She had been employed as a weaver in the local textile industry for many years.
PAWTUCKET: Isabelle Pouliot, 86, of Buffum St, passed February 13th. She was the wife of the late Gerard J. Pouliot Sr.
She is survived by 3 sons, Gerard Pouliot Jr, Donald and Joseph Pouliot, 5 daughters, Theresa Jordan, Linda Keough, Diane Melanson, Kathleen Pedro and Lori-Ann Pouliot, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Pearl Martin.
LINCOLN â You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes thatâs not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday nightâs Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lionsâ Den.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman Highâs âsleeping giantâ of a basketball team is still sleeping.
The Tigers slumbered through the opening eight minutes of Tuesday nightâs clash with Division II-Central leader North Providence, falling behind 27-8 before essentially playing the Cougars even for the rest of the game, finally losing by an 87-72 margin.
North Providence saw a 15-point halftime lead shrink to 10 with 10:30 left in the game. The Cougars hardly blinked. They just took the ball to the basket and got fouled, making 24 of 31 free throws in the game.