January 29th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Maurice E. Berube has spent the better part of 11 years trying to promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But it wasn't until last month, when he found himself the recipient of a simple act of kindness by an 11-year-old city girl, that he really understood what it meant to be an Elk.
Berube, Grand Exalted Ruler of Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, says it happened in December when he was helping deliver 227 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.
Why not Jose Iglesias?
More than a week has gone by since the Red Sox traded shortstop Marco Scutaro. The exchange with Colorado marked the second time this offseason that general manager/budget balancer Ben Cherington has shipped away a potential starting shortstop, last monthâ€™s Jed Lowrie-to-Houston swap officially re-catalogued as the first domino to fall.
PAWTUCKET â€” Brandon Speight popped in a pair of first-period goals on Sunday afternoon to lead Tolman past Scituate 4-0 in a makeup game played at Lynch Arena and the third contest in a 48-hour span for the Tigers.
Kody Casavant and Jared Pedro finished the scoring for Tolman with second-period goals, and goaltender Stephane Meunier stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
Tolman improved to 7-4 in Division III with an overtime loss to unbeaten Johnston/North Providence on its ledger. Those 15 points place the Tigers second in the division behind JNP (10-0-0).
WOONSOCKET --- Tolman sure didnâ€™t look like a team that hadnâ€™t played a game in 21 days on Friday night.
The Tigers, who received three-goal games from Kody Casavant and Jared Pedro, scored five goals in the first 10 minutes of play and cruised to a 10-1 win over winless Woonsocket in their Division III matchup at Adelard Arena.
The Tigers, who improved to 6-3, also received a pair of assists from Kevin Tracey and Casavant, who currently leads the league in scoring with 19 goals and 10 assists.
PAWTUCKET --- At halftime, this has all the makings of an impressive blowout victory by Shea over a quality Division II-South opponent.
But when the Raidersâ€™ win over Westerly on Friday night was in the books, they found themselves holding on for a too-close-for-comfort triumph.
Ahead by a cool 20 points at the break, the visiting Bulldogs found a way to battle back and slice their deficit to five points with 5:06 to play and four on three occasions before busing home on the wrong end on a 77-74 verdict before a packed gym.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Living on the edge finally caught up with St. Raphael Academy on Friday night.
A deep and determined La Salle squad became the first Rhode Island-based squad to knock off SRA this season as the Rams grinded out a 74-69 double-overtime triumph before an enthusiastic throng of followers at Alumni Hall. Two of La Salleâ€™s primary catalysts were reserves Michael Clark and Dexter Thompson, the pair combining to score all but three of the 15 points the visitors managed between the two extra sessions.
WOONSOCKET â€“ On a night in which she was honored for scoring her 1,000 career point earlier this season, senior Kailey Fugere and the rest of her Woonsocket High teammates cooled off a resurging St. Raphael Academy program Friday night with a 41-36 decision at Savaria Gymnasium.
Fugere, who was recognized for her milestone during a halftime ceremony, finished with 17 points. The game was hardly the Villa Novans best effort, however, as St. Rayâ€™s overcame a 14-point deficit before the break and made their host sweat it out until the final buzzer.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Friday signed into law legislation that allows Pawtucket to borrow $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANS) and pay them back from next yearâ€™s budget.
The House passed its bill on Wednesday and the Senate voted its version Thursday, when each chamber also passed the otherâ€™s bill. All the votes were unanimous.
The measure allows Pawtucket to avoid a payless payday that had been looming for employees on the second week in February.
Last year Pawtucket borrowed $11.5 million in TANS and paid them back this year.
PAWTUCKET â€” From an unassuming, fourth-floor office in downtown Pawtucket, plans are underway to begin a national campaign to promote research on mental illness.
John F. Boyle
PAWTUCKET - John F. Boyle, 69 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late John P. and Barbara E. (Collins) Boyle. John worked many years at Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan, and more recently as a Manager for Cumberland Farms. In his free time John was an avid fly fisherman, spending many hours fly fishing in various local streams and rivers.
Loretta A. Bessette
PAWTUCKET - Loretta A. Bessette, 80, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 surrounded by her husband and six children. She was the beloved wife of Leo Bessette Jr. They were happily married for fifty six years.
Jeannette Rose Marie Royer
EAST GREENWICH - Jeannette Rose Marie Royer, 86, of Royal Court, entered into eternal rest Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Robert Royer.
Jeannette was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maria (Dargie) Houle. She lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to East Greenwich, She had been employed at the former Balfour Co. as an inspector. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs(St. Mary's) Seekonk.
If the shaky futures of the Tolman and Woonsocket hockey teams didnâ€™t need to receive any additional bad news, they indirectly got some at Monday nightâ€™s meeting of the R.I. Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics in Providence.
Among the developments that transpired during this session was the matter of extending the periods in Division III, as well as girlsâ€™ hockey, from 12 to 15 minutes. This was put to a vote and narrowly (and surprisingly) approved by a 6-to-5 vote.
LINCOLN â€“ Head coach Tom Diiorio doesnâ€™t care too much about dual-meet records. When it comes to his Lincoln High boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ teams, his main concern is that his athletes are swimming well with a fair share of them qualifying for next monthâ€™s state championships.
Both those objectives are being met this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.
PAWTUCKET â€” The issue of some Fire Department employees continuing to take home city vehicles despite the overturning of an arbitrator's ruling has fueled a small stand-off between the mayor and the City Council.
Howell J. Smith Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Howell J. Smith Jr., of Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He was the husband of Janet Cosimini Smith for 62 years. Howell was born in Central Falls the son of the late Howell and Margaret (Little) Smith, Sr.
As a founder of Howell Smith Druggist, he has been serving the Pawtucket community since it opened in 1938 by his father. In 1966, Howell and his wife, Janet, modernized the pharmacy to what it is today, and his son, Howell Smith III, will carry on the family business.
Albert A. Montminy, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Albert A. Montminy, Sr. of Pawtucket died January 25, 2012 at home after a long illness. He was the husband of Dorothy D. (Mahoney) Montminy. They had been married for over 30 years.
He was a member of the United States Marine Corps., serving in the Korean War.
Mr. Montminy was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Abraham and Rose Montminy. He was employed by Broudere Windows for many years before he retired in 1991.
Arnie J. Carello
PAWTUCKET - Arnie J. Carello of Pawtucket died January 23, 2012 at his home. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the Anthony J. and Alice (Soares) Carello. He was employed for many years as a chef in Florida at the Marriott. Most recently, he was employed at Shaw's Market in East Providence, RI.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ In a very-competitive Division III this season, North Smithfield and Shea are among a crowded bunch that will be fighting for the four playoff spots.
Even though the postseason is still more than a month away, there was a playoff-type atmosphere taking place on Wednesday night when the two teams collided at Lovett Gymnasium.