April 1st, 2012
You often hear the expression â€śwhat a difference a year makes,â€ť particularly when referencing the turnover rate in high school sports. In the case of the respective boysâ€™ volleyball outfits at Tolman and Mount St. Charles, if the shoe fits, wear it.
To say the past two weeks have been hectic for area baseball teams would be like saying thereâ€™s no such thing as rush hour traffic in this state. Ever try to squeeze in tryouts followed by roster decisions followed by several scrimmages into a tightly confined window of time? Thatâ€™s a lot to digest!
Ready or not, like or not, the regular season beckons. Are some skippers wishing they had more time to iron out items of importance like rounding out the pitching staff or settling on a lineup? No doubt, but as those same coaches are already well aware, itâ€™s go time.
Dust off those rods and reels and break out the tackle box.
The 2012 trout and general freshwater fishing season begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys â€“ for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.
SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High Schoolâ€™s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grantâ€™s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.
PAWTUCKETâ€”While there are those who look forward to retiring and â€śdoing nothing,â€ť there are many who feel like this is the time in their lives to give back. On Friday, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held a breakfast to recognize the contributions of the many individuals who participate in its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In each of the last three years, Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth sponsored legislation that would require doctors to offer to show and explain fetal ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. The bills died with little media or public fanfare.
MacBeth has introduced the bill again, but this year pre-abortion ultrasounds have become a red-hot button nationwide controversy as state legislatures across the country have passed or are considering a variety of bills mandating the procedure in various forms
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Last winter, Kevin Robinson, his wife, Robin, and numerous others came together to organize the first-ever Ride With KROB/Family Fun Festival. They did so to raise money for the pro BMX tricksterâ€™s KROB Foundation, one that strives to provide East Providence youths with the opportunity to take part in sports they covet.
The foundation collected approximately $20,000, and with that money helped needy children afford registration and equipment for a variety of athletics, including football, baseball, soccer, even karate.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Legendary BMX professional and multi-X Games medalist Kevin Robinson considers it a phenomenal gift from his sponsor, Target Inc.
Back in November, Robinson had flown to Minneapolis to take care of some business at Target headquarters, and thatâ€™s when officials approached him, requesting he find a group of 15 children, those who revel in the sports of BMX and skateboarding.
Florence Dora Young
LINCOLN- FLORENCE DORA (SEXTON) YOUNG, 93, went to be with her Savior, Lord and Friend, Jesus Christ from her home in Lincoln, R.I. on March 30, 2012. She was the wife of the late William Sexton Jr. and, later in life, the wife of Charles Young, also deceased.
Born in Niagra, Falls, New York, on October 12, 1918, a daughter of Robert and Mary (Beswick) Pope.
A little of this, a little of that as the spring season for high school sports draws near â€¦
Spring is a time devoted to rebirth, renewal and revitalization. At Lincoln High School, the ushering in of the season immediately on the heels of winterâ€™s wicked and sometimes disruptive nature has been greeted by winds of wholesale change.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city's arts high school was on the itinerary of a visiting group of students from Japan this week as part of an effort to give them a snapshot of American culture.
Thirty-two 16- and 17-year-olds from the Happy Science Academy in Tochigi, Japan spent a day â€śshadowingâ€ť students from the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The boarding school, affiliated with the Happy Science religious organization, houses students in grades 7 through 12.
CUMBERLAND- Antonio Silvestre, 86, of Forest Avenue, passed away Thursday in the St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. He was the husband of the late Isaura (Cristina) Silvestre.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Manuel and Rosalina (Amaral) Silvestre.
Mr. Silvestre was a self-employed carpenter for many years until retirement.
He loved to read, watch television, especially soccer.
Joseph D. Cardosi
MINDEN, NV- Joseph D. Cardosi, of Minden, NV, passed away on March 21 after a sudden illness.
A memorial service was held on March 29 at 10.00 am at Saint Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville, NV followed by burial at Eastside Cemetery in Minden.
Mr. Cardosi was born on February 13, 1943 in Pawtucket,
PAWTUCKET â€” When it comes to the Pawtucket Slaterettes Baseball League, Sarah Feeley's daughters never had a chance.
They were going to play â€“ no ifs, ands or buts.
â€śI don't mind at all; I think it's cool,â€ť said eight-year-old Sabrina Angulo, whose mom â€“ call her â€śPresident Feeleyâ€ť â€“ has already registered her to play in the Minor Division (for those ages 8-11) this season, incredibly the Slaterettes' 39th.
A new study released today by HousingWorks RI says Central Falls, Woonsocket and Pawtucket ranked among the top four communities with the highest foreclosure rates from 2009 through 2011, with multi-family homes bearing the brunt of the blow.
By DONNA KENNY KIRWAN
PAWTUCKET â€” Central Falls Police say it was â€śall in the familyâ€ť with a drug operation that was allegedly being operated out of an apartment on Darling Street.
According to Major James J. Mendonca, members of the Central Falls Police Department's Special Investigative Unit executed a search warrant late Tuesday morning at 97 Darling St., first floor.
The focus of the investigation was 32-year-old Glenda Alamo, who rents the apartment, and her 17-year-old son. Also present in the apartment was Alamo's boyfriend, Jose Diaz, 30.
Robert F. Masterson
PAWTUCKET- Robert F. Masterson, 64, passed away March 24, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital. Born in Cambridge, MA a son of the late Robert and Patricia (Holston) Masterson. Robert had been employed as a fork-lift operator for NECCO candy company for several years. He had lived in Providence before moving to Pawtucket a few years ago.
He leaves a sister, Patricia Velez of East Boston and formerly of No. Smithfield. He was the brother of the late Janice Smith.
PAWTUCKET â€” In what has been a busy week for school administrators, the transformation plan for Shea and Tolman high schools has been finalized and was expected to be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) today, while the process is underway to hire new principals at both troubled schools.
Itâ€™s hard to believe Kyllie Magill, the former St. Raphael Academy All-State softball catcher, is now in her final semester at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
It seems like only yesterday she had been drilling doubles and blocking the plate for the Saints, who always were in contention to win the Division I state title.