September 9th, 2011
LINCOLN â Lincoln and Shea opened their respective 2011 seasons with a non-league tilt at Ferguson Field on Friday night, a game that validated why these team were once Thanksgiving Day rivals.
The Raiders erased a 14-point halftime deficit with a pair of rushing touchdowns and two-point conversions to edge the Lions, 22-20.
The teams played on Thanksgiving from 1968-2001, with the Lions holding a 17-16-1 advantage in those games. Shea rolled to a 29-14 victory over Lincoln in last yearâs season opener, but this one was much more competitive.
PAWTUCKET â In a contest that went down the final snap, Barrington High held on for a 19-13 non-league win against Tolman High Friday night at Max Read Field.
It was a game in which no lead was completely safe. The Tigers pulled ahead 13-12 with 1:03 left after Rodney Jean-Pierre plunged in from a yard out.
All the good vibrations running up and down the Tolman sideline quickly went out the window, as Barringtonâs Adam Hadley took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. --- For the second night in a row, the Pawtucket Red Sox struggled with runners in scoring position and it proved to be their undoing as they fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-2 in 10 innings.
The loss puts the PawSox down two games to none as the International League Semifinal Series shifts back to McCoy Stadium.
Ex-PawSox prospect Brandon Moss had a big night, knocking in all three runs with a homer, double and single in the 10th inning that brought home the game-winner off reliever Randy Williams.
Veterans groups, first responders and civic officials from around the Valley will mark 9/11 with special Masses, prayer services and tributes on Sunday. Here is a roundup of the planned observances, arranged by the community.
â The Major Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306 will conduct a ceremony at the post home, 171 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, Sunday at 11 a.m. Coffee and pastry will be served.
PAWTUCKET â Under a bright moon and with the Blackstone River gushing mightily over the dam by Slater Mill, hundreds of people ate, drank and danced at the kick-off Gala for the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival.
âThe weather today has been great, and with so many nights of rain, I think it really energized people,â commented John Baxter, chairman of this year's Pawtucket Arts Festival. âThe turn-out has been amazing, and I think the entire event is well put-together to offer a mix of not only food and music but culture as well.â
EAST PROVIDENCE --- Jalin Braxton and East Providence High ran away with this season opener.
The Second-Team All-State fullback picked up 153 yards and a pair of long touchdowns on 11 first-half carries on Friday night to guide the Townies to a convincing 42-0 non-league victory over Woonsocket High at Pierce Field.
The Townies scored on each of their first four possessions of the contest and ended the opening half with 255 yards on the ground and a 28-0 command.
William P. Bailey, Jr.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - William P. Bailey, Jr., 79, of Lincoln Avenue died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at home. He was the husband of the late Barbara L. (Ebner) Bailey. Among his survivors is his daughter, Linda S. Mullaney of Warwick
Barbara Mae Sullivan
LINCOLN - Barbara Mae (Gorman) Sullivan, 83, passed into Eternal Life on September 8, 2011 after a brief illness.
Dylan Joshua Cote
LINCOLN - Dylan Joshua Cote, beloved one day old son of Melissa Walker and Joshua Cote of Lincoln, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Women & Infants Hospital, Providence.
Keith E. Davey
WEST WARWICK - Keith E. Davey, 49, of Kimberly Lane, West Warwick, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011. He was the longtime companion of Robin Fredette.
He was born in Providence, the son of Kathleen (Wolfe) Ferrucci and the late Richard Davey. Mr. Davey was a Registered Pharmacist and General Manager of Infusion Services for Walgreens Home Care in East Providence.
Keith is survived by his son, Tyler Davey of Warwick and a brother Richard Davey of Farmington, NH.
CENTRAL FALLS - Hilda Gonsalves, 91, formerly of Madeira Avenue, passed away Thursday at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation in Providence. She was the wife of the late John Gonsalves Sr.
Born in Insua, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Francisco and Maria Pinto. She resided in Central Falls for several years, previously residing in Valley Falls.
She leaves her son, John Gonsalves Jr. of Boston, MA.
The family would like to thank Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation for their compassionate care of Hilda.
LINCOLN â When the town's six public schools opened Tuesday morning, they did so with teachers and administrators ready to tackle several initiatives the Lincoln School Administration team either adopted new this year or will continue to address.
In fact, some initiatives also have been adopted by the Cumberland and Woonsocket public school districts. Those three municipalities have formed a consortium to institute what's known as the Charles A. Dana Center Project, one based at the University of Texas at Austin.
ALLENTOWN, Penn. â Coming into Thursday nightâs game, the IronPigs had gone a franchise-high 88 2/3 innings without a home run.
Pawtucket starter Matt Fox also had a streak of 26 straight innings without giving up a home run, so obviously, it would be home runs that would sink the PawSox 4-2 in their International League semifinal-round series opener against Lehigh Valley.
If Bruce Guindon and his high school football officiating brethren had their druthers, the installment of a fifth member to the longstanding four-man, on-field crew would have transpired years ago.
What was once a plea is now part of the Interscholastic Leagueâs pigskin fabric. Beginning this season an additional pair of eyes will be called upon to aid specifically in the judgment of pass plays and blocks downfield, two areas that in the past have been tough calls a for group colloquially called âzebrasâ to accurately decipher.
The two-a-days are history. So are the scrimmages and Injury Fund games.
This weekend, the regular season for high school football gets under way with non-league games scattered throughout the state.
Eight of the Blackstone Valleyâs 11 teams kick off tonight, and the big games of the bunch will feature two-time Division II champion Woonsocket taking on East Providence at Pierce Field and former Thanksgiving Day rivals Shea and Lincoln playing each other at Lincolnâs Ferguson Field.
Gary W. Loiselle
PAWTUCKET - Gary W. Loiselle, 53 of Pawtucket died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at his home. Born in Pawtucket Gary was the son of the late Gordon Loiselle and Evelyn(Sinnett) Rummery.
Gary was a self employed Marble Master. Prior to returning to Pawtucket in 2000, he spent 10 years in Hawaii and 12 years in Oregon.
Besides his mother Gary is survived by a brother, Brian Loiselle of Massachusetts; three sisters, Donna Narciso of Westport, MA, Sharon Coyle of Cumberland and Charlene Rummery of Pawtucket, and many nieces and nephews.
Marion D. Jackson
BEVERLY, MA - Marion D. (Thurston) Jackson, 97, of Beverly, formerly of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, died peacefully Wednesday night September 7, 2011 at Salem Hospital with her devoted granddaughters at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Harry A. Jackson.
William P. Bailey, Jr.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - William P. Bailey, Jr., 79, of Lincoln Avenue died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at home. He was the wife of the late Barbara L. (Ebner) Bailey.
Born in Cumberland, a son of the late William P. and Delia (Crowley) Bailey, he had lived in North Providence for the past 56 years.
Annie L. Billeri
SOUTH ATTLEBORO: Annie L. Billeri, 93, passed September 8th at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence, She was the wife of the late Tindero R. Billeri. Born in Norton, MA, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Josephine (Russo) Spiezio.
She had dedicated her life to her family. Annie was a member of the Leon A. Mathieu Center, Main St, Pawtucket.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. â A brief period of clearing skies provided some false hope that the PawSox may be able to play the opener of their Round One Governorsâ Cup Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, the clearing skies disappeared and another heavy downpour forced the postponement of the game.
The series will now be pushed back by one day, with the opener being played Thursday night at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will keep the same pitching rotation in effect, with Matt Fox (10-4, 3.96) going up against Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91) in the opener.