June 26th, 2011
BELLINGHAM â New England Country Club is a hidden jewel among public golf courses in the Blackstone Valley.
âWeâre located just on the edge of Woonsocket,â said golf pro Mark Copithorne. âIn fact, part of our second hole is in Woonsocket, behind the Sears store on Diamond Hill Road. When I first came here, I couldnât believe you could be driving through Woonsocket and then within three blocks you are in this wooded area where a championship course was built.â
PAWTUCKET â From individuals and small business owners to leaders in the non-profit community, over 100 people gathered at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center on Tuesday for a federal grant workshop on health care funding hosted by U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).
The focus of the workshop was to provide information about the competitive funding opportunities just made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the new health reform law.
The 1998 New York Yankees were a take-no-prisoners juggernaut, a team not to be trifled with. Perched high above in their pinstriped ivory tower, those Yanks achieved a 125-win season (including playoffs) that culminated in outstanding style â a World Series title.
LINCOLN â If Lincoln was playing nervous during Saturdayâs District 4 tournament opener, it sure didnât show.
The perennial power looked right at home â literally and figuratively â in coasting to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over East Woonsocket at Hien Field, the first of four pool play games for each team.
Seeking its 16th District IV title in the past 21 years, a stretch of dominance that dates back to 1991, Lincoln pounded out eight hits and capitalized on sloppy defense from East Woonsocket, which committed five errors.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Peter Uihlein looked a little bit like Secretariat running away from the field while galloping to a tournament-record score of 261 on Saturday en route to victory in the 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Uihlein opened up a six-shot lead midway through the final nine before bogeying No. 17 and finishing at 15-under for the tournament, breaking Dan Woltmanâs existing mark of 11-under set in 2009.
Runnerup James White also broke the tournament record with a score of 262. The Georgia Tech rising senior played one group ahead of Uihlein and closed with a 64.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Golf is never as easy as Luke Guthrie made it look when he shot a tournament record round of 61 in the opening round of the 50th Northeast Amateur on Wednesday.
Guthrie came back to earth during Thursdayâs second round, shooting a 71 that left him with a one-shot lead over Georgia Techâs Kyle Scott and Florida Stateâs Michael Hebert heading into todayâs third round.
âThere are so many great players in this tournament,â Guthrie said after finishing early. âI expect by the end of the day, I might not even have the lead.â
PAWTUCKET -Walter Gravello, 87, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Avis P. (Nicholson) Gravello for sixty-three years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alex and Rose (Fostyk) Gravello.
PAWTUCKET â Due to some further spending cuts, including a reduction in staffing at the administrative levelâand an optimistic gamble in the amount needed for medical reserves in the coming yearâschool administrators managed to achieve a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012.
The School Committee voted to approve the $91.3 million spending plan at its June 14 meeting. By state statute, the School Department is required to have a balanced budget in place by June 30, which is the start of the new fiscal year.
PROVIDENCE â Twelve years ago, Joanne Quinn sat in a parking lot, arguing over the telephone with her insurance company, which had just told her that her then-4-year-old son, Patrick, diagnosed a week earlier with autism, was eligible to be covered for just six weeks of speech and language training.
Quinn, of the RI Autism Project, choked up at a lectern in the RI House of Representatives Lounge Wednesday as she and others celebrated passage of a bill that requires autism spectrum disorders to be covered by health insurance and other medical plans.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The 50th annual Northeast Amateur got off to a rousing start on Wednesday when University of Illinois standout Luke Guthrie broke the tournament scoring record for 18 holes with an opening round of 61 that vaulted the Big Ten champion into a five-shot lead after one rainy day of action.
PAWTUCKET â Josh Gilkenson is not what you consider a pessimist, but three years ago he kind of knew his fate the first time he ever placed his racing flats in a set of starting blocks.
After already showing promise as a freshman for the football team at the Moses Brown School, the Pawtucket native competed in the 45-meter dash in his inaugural track meet for the Quakers just a few short weeks later against rival Barrington High at the CCRI-Lincoln Fieldhouse.
âIâve seen the old videos from the parades (when the Boston Bruins won titles in â70 & â72) back when they were held at City Hall Plaza. You definitely donât want to put the horse before the cart, but you canât help but think what the celebration would entail. They would have to break out the duck boats.â
â Dave Goucher, May 2009
Florence L. Cooke
PAWTUCKET - Florence L. (PAULL) "Shorty" Cooke, 86 died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Married to Joseph D. Cooke, they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 6. Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John and Elva (Bassette) Paull.
BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
PROVIDENCE â A new wrinkle has been added at the last minute to a bill that would allow Lincoln's Twin River to operate casino table games. The facility wants the authorization to conduct online gambling, if the federal government passes a law to allow it.
That is one of several changes to a bill introduced by Pawtucket Rep. William San Bento that the House Finance Committee held for further study on Tuesday but which committee Chairman Helio Melo of East Providence suggested could become part of the 2012 budget the House plans to pass on Friday.
PAWTUCKET â In a tough economic climate and with a deficit to cut down, city leaders are leaving no stones unturned in trying to find more cash. One of the line items that appeared to be flush with cash was a perpetual care fund for city cemeteries containing about $503,000.
Nicholas R. Magnuski
PAWTUCKET - Nicholas R. Magnuski, of Broad Street, Pawtucket died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at home.
Mr. Magnuski was born in Newport, the son of Raymond J. Magnuski Sr. and Josephine (Pasquale) Magnuski, both of Pawtucket. He was a self employed in the telephone marketing business for many years.
Besides his parents, Mr. Magnuski is survived by his brother, Raymond J. Magnuski Jr. of Pawtucket.
Catherine Hunt Dube
GLENMOORE, PA - Catherine Hunt Dube, 92, of Glenmoore, PA, formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2011 at St. Martha Manor in Downingtown, PA.
She was the beloved wife of the late A. Maurice Dube, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 1986.
Born in Central Falls, Catherine was the daughter of the late Michael and Honora (nee Hunt) Hunt. She lived in Cumberland for 46 years before moving to PA to live with her daughter Cathy and her family.
BARRINGTON â Matt Kuchar admitted he felt a little beat up after finishing in a five-way tie for 14th at the U.S. Open this past weekend.
But the 33-year-old PGA veteran still had plenty left in the tank to team with playing partner Zach Johnson to manufacture enough good shots to take the first-round lead at CVS/Caremark Charity Classic on Monday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â This weekâs 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational, which begins Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett Country Club, boasts one of its strongest fields in recent years, according to tournament director Dennis Glass.
Oklahoma Stateâs Peter Uihlein, the No. 1 amateur in the world, heads the field. However, the tournament took a slight hit on Saturday afternoon when second-ranked amateur Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, made the cut at the U.S. Open.