February 26th, 2012
Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.
Call it a case of good things happening to good people. Realistically, perhaps we should step back, take a big-picture view, and draw the conclusion that Mike Roose is so adept at his chosen profession that no one should be shocked by the Cumberland nativeâ€™s meteoric rise through the Boston Red Soxâ€™s player support chain.
PROVIDENCE â€” When the final second ticked off the clock in the 195-pound championship final, Cumberland High senior grappler Tom LaCroix broke free of his opponent's last-ditch clutch, leaped into the air and pumped his fist in jubilation.
His teammates, most of whom were on the mat's borders anxiously watching, immediately mobbed veteran head coach Steve Gordon, then did the same to LaCroix.
WARWICK â€” Tolman head coach Mike Kayata didnâ€™t mince words when asked about how Bishop Hendricken transformed a one-point halftime lead into a 63-42 final Saturday night. Simply put the Hawks were cooking with gas while the Tigers, who with the loss were eliminated from the open state tournament, were just trying to stay afloat.
â€śThey exploited us,â€ť Kayata deadpanned.
KINGSTON â€” Cumberland High junior Courtney Kent explained Saturday afternoon that she hadnâ€™t really â€śtaperedâ€ť for these R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships.
In essence, that just means she hadnâ€™t cut down on the amount of practice yardage she swims day-in and day-out as a member of Crimson Aquatics, based out of Cambridge. A slice in distance, a swimmer always hopes, results in faster times due to the bodyâ€™s ability to recuperate.
Pawtucket artist and garden designer Mike Bryce, whose studio is located at 1005 Main St., paints colorful tiles for his painted garden called "Serenity" - a Rhode Island day trip from historic Providence to the tranquil shores of Block Island, at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center in Providence Friday. The show runs through Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â€” In an effort to encourage reuse of more of the city's vacant mills or underutilized commercial buildings, the City Council is supporting legislation that would expand the â€śarts and entertainment districtâ€ť that offers an exemption from sales tax on original works sold by individuals working in arts-related fields.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To borrow from the office supply story Staples, â€śThat was easy.â€ť
Almost too easy if youâ€™re Shea High, which in its playoff opener rolled to a 84-50 final at the expense of an overmatched Johnston High squad Friday night at â€śThe Cage.â€ť The 34-point drubbing vaults Shea, the No. 8 seed in the 30-team open state tournament, into the Round of 16 on Tuesday night at CCRI-Warwick. There the Raiders will face Rogers, which defeated Middletown, 69-43.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine had just watched his St. Raphael outfit stifle playoff foe Narragansett High, displaying LoJack tendencies in a 63-29 blowout Friday night at Alumni Hall. Next up for Sorrentine & Co. is a Sweet 16 matchup on the docket for Wednesday night at Bryant University against the survivor of Smithfield-Classical, two Division I squads set to do battle Saturday night in Providence.
Richard R. Fournier
CUMBERLAND- Richard R. Fournier, 55 of Cumberland died Tuesday at home.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of Raoul Fournier and the late Janette (Pelletier) Fournier.
Richard worked as a shuttle operator at Anchor Subaru of North Smithfield. He was an avid sports fan and history enthusiast.
CUMBERLAND- Juvenala Bisordi, "Judy" 86, passed February 23rd. She was the wife of Edward "Fred" Bisordi. They have been married for 61 years.
Judy had been employed by Heathtex for 20 years before retiring in 1988.
Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Robert Bisordi of Smithfield, Michael Bisordi of Cumberland and David Bisordi of Warwick.
Two sisters, Deolinda Medeiros and Maria Souza, 4 granddaughters, Tina Gamache, Briana, Desiree and Emily Bisordi. She was the sister of the late Zulmira Delpivo.
WOONSOCKET â€” Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,â€ť Chafee said. â€śLetâ€™s hope those May numbers continue the positive trend theyâ€™re on.â€ť
Kathryn R. Breault
PAWTUCKET- Kathryn R. Breault, 74, of Anthony Avenue, Pawtucket died Thursday, February 23, 2012 at home after a three year courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Louis Breault.
Mrs. Breault was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Martin and Ceceila (Coyne) O'Brien. She was employed by the Pawtucket School Department for many years.
Mrs. Breault was the secretary for the Parish Council at St. Jean-Baptiste Parish in Pawtucket as well as the Past President of the Women's Guild there.
PLAINVILLE, MA- Janice (Pollard) Goyette, 76, long time resident of Plainville passed away Tuesday February 21, 2012 surrounded by her loving family in Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Goyette.
Born May 25, 1935 in Cumberland, Rhode Island daughter of the late George Pollard and Alice (Eccles) Pollard Gonyeo and her husband William Gonyeo
She grew up in Cumberland and was a graduate of Cumberland High School.
The unknown variable pertaining to the 30-team boysâ€™ basketball open state tournament is a mystery no more.
On Thursday the Interscholastic League released where the corresponding regions will be heading for the Round of 16 should they safely navigate out of this weekendâ€™s first-round slate of games. The North region will dock at CCRI-Warwick next Tuesday; the South region will play out at Bryant University next Tuesday; the East region heads to Bryant University next Wednesday; the West region is set for next Wednesday at CCRI-Warwick.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sportsâ€™ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ And so, Alex Butler and his East Providence High squad was left with this: With nothing left to play for other than pride and principle, the Townies played free and easy Wednesday night while at the same time providing defending state champion St. Raphael Academy with all sorts of fits.
By no means did E.P. run away from the challenge at hand. The Townies stood toe-to-toe with the defending champs until the very end of an eventual 58-55 Saints win that demonstrated to Butler that his team was not ready to enjoy the rest of its February vacation.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council at its meeting of Feb. 8 approved several appointments, including that of renewing the terms of the municipal judge and associate municipal judge.
By a unanimous vote, the council elected former state Senator John M. McBurney to a three-year term as municipal judge and current Sen. Donna M. Nesslebush to a three-year term as associate municipal judge.
John T. Barry
LINCOLN- John T. Barry, 77, of Williams Street, Lincoln passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of James and Alice (Knowles) Barry, Sr.
Mr. Barry grew up in Pawtucket, graduating from St. Edwards School and Pawtucket West High School. He was a lifelong Communicant at St. Edward's Church and a volunteer at LaSalette Shrine.
CENTRAL FALLS- Paula Tierney, 44, passed on February 20, 2012.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Francis and Joan (Hennesey)
She had been employed as a Telemarketer for many years.
Paula is survived by a daughter, Melissa Brooks of Central Falls, a sister, Diane Mayer of Riverside, two brothers, Kenneth Smith of Johnston and Steven Smith of East Providence and several nieces and nephews. She was the former wife of Dennis Brooks.