For many high school boysâ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season â a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
In the case of defending state champion St. Raphael Academy, maintaining the status quo will do just fine. The dawn of a fresh campaign also signifies the arrival of two Pawtucket-based high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. â Lincoln High alum Anthony Joyce has earned a starting job at heavyweight for the Norwich University wrestling program.
Joyce finished fourth last weekend in the Rochester Institute of Technology tournament to continue a strong start to his sophomore season.
âI have a 14-10 record so far,â Joyce admitted over the phone on Monday night. âIâm a more well-rounded wrestler now than I was in high school. I hurt my hand in football in my freshman year of college and this year I decided to just focus on wrestling.â
PAWTUCKET â Although the timing of the event sometimes changes, the spirit is always the same at the Mayor's Holiday Dinner: to bring some nutritious food and a little extra joy to those who need it.
George T. Leonard
CENTRAL FALLS - George T. Leonard, 84, passed December 5th at home with his wife by his side. He was the husband of Jeannette Leonard. They were married for 60 years.
George attended Holy Trinity School and Central Falls Trade School. He worked for 30 years at Collyer Wire of Pawtucket and Lincoln as an electrician. George was a Navy veteran of WWII.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Leonard of Central Falls and Joanne Greene of Clearwater, FL, a cousin Helen Gilligan of Pawtucket, and nephews. He was the brother of the late Clifton Leonard.
PROVIDENCE â Every coach has his or her own way to get the team ready. For Ed Cooley, that means leaving no stone unturned.
Following Providenceâs 80-49 runaway performance against an overmatched Brown team on Monday night, Cooley took the media inside the preparation his team goes through leading up to tip-off time. Focusing on the opponentâs tendencies is one area thatâs obviously stressed â PC was going up against a Brown squad that prefers to play at a much slower tempo â yet thereâs a little thing called self-scouting that Cooley believes is just as vital to the cause.
Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.
PAWTUCKET â If there is no contamination found on the property, it looks as though the middle school for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school will be established in a former manufacturing building located at 1135 Roosevelt Avenue.
PROVIDENCE â Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Childrenâs Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last yearâs election, Kilmartin said he noted that âwe have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.â
Carmen D. Ribeiro
STERLING, CT - Carmen D. Ribeiro (Gouveia) went to be with the Lord, Friday December 2nd, 2011. She was 89 years old and loved the Lord, loved life, loved her family, church family, friends, and animals. She loved music and to dance and sing, and also had won best dancer at 83 years of age, in a Sterling CT dance contest.
Esther B. Laverdiere
TIVERTON - Esther Beatrice (Day) Laverdiere, 89, passed away on November 27, 2011. She was a 1 year resident of Tiverton, and previously a Cumberland resident for 57 years.
She was the wife of the late Joseph Laverdiere; they had been married for 63 years.
Born August 4, 1922 in New Brunswick, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Esther (Kalman) Day. She is survived by 2 daughters and 1 grandson. Services were private.
Stella A. Rarus
ATTLEBORO - Stella A. Rarus 92, of Bacon St. passed away Friday December 2, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Rarus.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Bronislaw and Adolfina (Zamoida) Iwuc. She lived in South Attleboro most of her life.
Before retiring she was employed as a Housekeeper at St. Joseph's Rectory in Central Falls. She was also employed as a Seamstress at the former Health-Tex Mfg. Co.
Dale J. Moore
LINCOLN - Dale J. Moore, 62, of John Street, Lincoln passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 2, 2011.
Mr. Moore was born in Providence the son of the late William J. Moore and Constance H. (Goyette) Moore.
He was a shipper and receiver for the Old Castle Building Envelope Company in Warwick for many years.
Mr. Moore is survived by his brother Michael W. Moore and his wife Ruth Ann of Lincoln. He also leaves his nephews William and Stephen Moore and his niece Alyssa Moore all of Lincoln, as well as his beloved dog Lacey.
Warren T. Fortune Jr
PAWTUCKET - Warren T. Fortune Jr, 62, passed December 2nd.
Warren had been employed as a paralegal before retiring due to illness. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving two years each in both the Army and Marine Corp.
He is survived by a son, David A. Fortune of Bristol, a granddaughter, Belle F. Fortune and was the former husband of Norma J. Daviau.
Services will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
CRANSTON â Just like it has done throughout the season, fourth-seeded Central Falls showed plenty of heart in its Division IV Super Bowl contest with defending champion Mount Pleasant Sunday afternoon.
But spurred by a couple of big plays that they were able to turn into a pair of touchdowns, it was the second-seeded Kilties who were able to walk out off the field with their second straight title, courtesy of a 22-13 win in front of about 400 at Cranston Stadium.
CUMBERLAND â Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.
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WEST WARWICK -- Senior captain Ryan Barry scored twice and set up two other goals on Friday night to lead East Providence to a 4-3 victory over West Warwick in the Division III opener for both teams at the West Warwick Civic Center.
Matt Hall and Paul Lukas added the Towniesâ other goals, and freshman Ryan Costa had a pair of assists, and goalie Shawn Medeiros turned away 20 shots.
PAWTUCKET â Facing what is going to be a sad Christmas season anyway with the loss of her son, Danny, Doris Poulin was hit with another blow Thursday evening when an accidental fire forced her out of her home.
LINCOLN â Back on May 21, Armed Forces Day, Ed Fox couldn't believe his eyes when nearly 400 folks from all over the southern New England trekked to the Senior Center to witness the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The outing was held on a sunny Saturday, and an impressive list of state and military leaders took part. Fox admitted being so moved, he had to fight back tears at the event's solemn beauty.
CENTRAL FALLS â They had a plethora of gifted athletes. The offensive and defensive line resembled (and provided) a brick wall with an average weight of 240 pounds.
The 2005 Division IV state champion Central Falls football team was something special, compiling a 7-2 league mark and defeating Narragansett, 30-13, for its one and only team title.
Leighton W. Cunha
PAWTUCKET - Leighton "Lee" W. Cunha, 70, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Carleeta J. (Taylor) Cunha. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late John C. and Rita E. (Burns) Cunha.