March 1st, 2012
SMITHFIELD â St. Raphael Academyâs reign as defending state champs has come to an end â an abrupt one at that.
It was Classical springing the upset Thursday night at Bryant Universityâs Chace Athletic Center, the 13th-seeded Purple receiving multiple contributions up and down the lineup in a 69-61 âRound of 16â victory over the Saints. Classicalâs Ismael Batista was virtually unstoppable in second half where he netted 16 of his 26 points. Charles Correa led SRA with 26 points on six 3-pointers.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A state project to replace the Ten Mile River Bridges at the intersection of Broadway, Roger Williams Avenue, and Centre Street is under way, but members of the City Council say they want to see the $2.8 million project finished well ahead of the state's estimated completion date of November 2013.
PHILADELPHIA â Pawtucketâs Brittany Wilson, a junior guard on the La Salle University womenâs basketball team, recently earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team as a Third Team All-Conference pick.
Wilson has helped power La Salle to its best Atlantic 10 season since the 2006-07 season. The Explorers went 7-7 in league play and earned its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berth and the No. 8 seed in this weekend's tournament.
Three months of regular-season games have now boiled down to three weeks of state tournament action.
And for five of the six Blackstone Valley teams that qualified for the playoffs, the âsecond seasonâ commences tonight at arenas throughout the state.
While the opening weekend of the postseason had long been reserved for the quarterfinal-round series, that wonât be the case this winter in the new State Championship playoffs, which along with the Division I tourney, jumps right into its semifinals this weekend.
Emily C. Washburn
SEEKONK- Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn, 91, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. She was the beloved wife of George J. Washburn. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November 2011.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late William E. and Gladys (Crandall) Weaton, she resided in Seekonk most of her life.
Emily was a medical secretary for the late Orland F. Smith, M.D. for over thirty-five years. She was a 1938 graduate of Pawtucket High School; former member of the North Seekonk Grange and the Attleboro Emblem Club.
PROVIDENCE â Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
âBasically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,â she said. âThey try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.
Shirley S. Morris
BURRILLVILLE- Shirley S. (Vose) Morris, 84, of Burrillville, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Burrillville. She was the wife of the late Francis R. Morris, whom she married October 5, 1946.
Born in Cumberland, RI, she was the daughter of the late Ornando F. and Madeline (Slocum) Vose. Shirley lived in Cumberland Hill for 19 years, Berkeley for 39 years and in Burrillville for 26 years.
Robert C. Hale, Sr.
ATTLEBORO- Robert C. Hale, Sr., 79, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL and South Attleboro, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012.
He was born Dec. 12, 1932 in Somerville, MA, the son of Leslie and Helen (Harris) Hale.
He proudly served in the US Navy from 1952-1956. He worked for Texas Instruments for 38 years. In his earlier years, he was involved in coaching and umpiring for the South Attleboro Baseball League and was an avid bowler.
WARWICK â There were a few critical reasons why Shea High suffered a disappointing 63-52 loss to Rogers High in the R.I. Open Tournament's âRound of 16â at the Community College of Rhode Island-Warwick's Vincent A. Cullen Field House on Tuesday night.
Heart and will weren't among them.
Instead, the eighth-seeded Raiders issued 19 turnovers, including eight in the initial seven minutes of the final stanza, and dropped only 13 of 21 free throws (61.9 percent), as they closed their campaign at 18-6 overall.
PROVIDENCE â In preparation for Tuesdayâs game against the Jim Calhoun-less UConn Huskies, Ed Cooley took his club to the movies. The screening didnât include popcorn and soda, rather visual evidence to demonstrate just how far Cooleyâs PC Friars have come from a mediocre showing in an exhibition game to this past weekendâs last-second escape job at DePaul.
PROVIDENCE â Itâs just not the players who burn with desire, clamoring to face the very best. Coaches too relish the opportunity to match wits and strategies whenever thereâs a noted leader of the pack residing in the opposite corner.
EAST PROVIDENCE â For 29 years, the city-owned Weaver House on Grove Avenue sat vacant, shuttered by the city in 1983 because of its age and need for major repairs.
"The 29 years the Weaver House sat dormant was a great loss to the city. Today, it's a beautifully restored building that is a vital part of the community once again," East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers told a gathering of city and state officials Tuesday at a public open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Weaver House restoration project.
James W. Drape
PAWTUCKET- James W. Drape, 65, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012. He was the husband of Jeannine (Pariseau) Drape.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Gordon and Catherine (Hogan) Drape.
He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a utility worker for Neptco for twenty years, retiring in 2011.
Theresa M. Morin
CENTRAL FALLS- Theresa M. Morin, "Marie" 85, of 466 Hunt St, passed February 28th. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Morin.
Born in North Providence, a daughter of the late Domenic and Philomena (DeSaint) Maio.
Theresa was a member of the Wilfred Manor Association.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald J. Morin of Pawtucket and Albert E. Morin of Pascoag, a twin brother, Nicholas Maio of East Providence, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Richard P. Morin and sister of the late Anna McAllister and Patrick Maio.
Olive N. Bowker
SMITHFIELD- Olive N. (Bardsley) Bowker, 90, of Log Road died Monday, February 27, 2012 at Hebert Health Center, Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Albert S. Bowker.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Matthew and Alice (McAlpine) Bardsley, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Smithfield over 5 years ago.
David A. Silva
FLORIDA- David A, Silva, 77 passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a son, David of Florida, 3 daughters, Jacquelyn and Donna of Pawtucket, Diane Violo of Cranston, a brother, Paul Silva of Smithfield, a stepson, Barry Kessler of Seekonk, Ma, a stepson, Wayne Kessler of Westwood, Ma, a stepdaughter, Rhonda Kessler of Smithfield, a stepdaughter Lori Krawetz of Lincoln, 8 grandchildren,and 3 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Roy Silva.
LINCOLN â A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.
PAWTUCKET â The Ocean State now has a musical shrine to call its own. On Sunday night, a ribbon-cutting was held at the Hope Artiste Village at 999 Main Street to debut the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldnât take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the Northâs Moses Brown (17-1) and the Southâs Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.