Just because the Red Sox declined to pick up Dan Wheelerâs $3 million option for the 2012 season doesnât automatically spell the end of the partnership between the team and relief pitcher.
As Wheeler explained when reached Monday afternoon, the opportunity to return to Boston remains on the table. Itâs just that the process in doing so has completely changed.
The Division I playoff seeding race has changed shape several times over the past week.
A fortnight ago, it appeared as though La Salle Academy and Shea High would finish 1-2 in the overall points race. Now, thanks to a strong finish by Central Falls, the Warriors will be the No. 2 seed in the eight-team playoff field that begins action on Friday.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland missed a chance to improve its playoff seeding on Monday when it played a 1-1 tie with Hope High, which brought a 1-13-2 record into the regular season finale.
âWe didnât help ourselves today,â Cumberland coach John Lopes said afterwards. âWe had a chance to move up in the seedings if we won and got some help from someone else but we played flat for all but about five minutes of todayâs game.â
PAWTUCKET - Nedeh Kanakry, 91, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011. She was the wife of the late Habib "Hap" Kanakry.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Farrah) Sabbagh. Nedeh was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET: Phyllis (Lincoln) King, 81, passed October 29th at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late William S. King Jr.
She was the daughter of the late Milton Lincoln and Maryellen (Cole) Large.
She had been employed by Osram Sylvania for 25 years.
After retiring, she and her husband relocated to Florida for 17 years before returning in 2007. She was an avid New England Sports fan.
Rita S. Corneau
CENTRAL FALLS: Rita S. Corneau (86) passed away on Friday October 28th in Worcester, MA. Born in West Warwick, RI, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Marie Anne (Cantara) Brindamour, and was preceded in death by her husband George E. Corneau.
For the past eight years she lived with her daughter Claudette and son-in-law, Mickey Blyskal in Boylston, MA. She was a long time resident of Central Falls, and a former Communicant of Holy Spirit (St. Matthew Parish).
FOSTER â The state meet for cross country takes place next Sunday at Ponaganset High.
For some schools, such as the Lincoln boys' team, their âstate meetâ took place on Saturday at the class championships.
The Lions were among a handful of schools that needed a quality placement in their respective class meet to earn a trip to the states because they did not get an automatic berth by finishing among the top three in their division.
PAWTUCKET â When analyzing the Division II-B playoff picture, the idiom âdown to the wireâ comes to mind.
This past weekendâs slate of games resulted in such a shakeup that even the Richter scale went haywire. A number of alleged favorites went down, which in turn open the door for several teams that once upon a time were viewed as playoff onlookers, not playoff contenders.
A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.
SEEKONK â As a near-lifelong resident of Seekonk, Dan Horton well remembers the early 1960s, when he'd climb aboard the bus that would transport him and his young neighbors to Anne C. Greene School for grades 1-3 and Pleasant Street Elementary for grades 4-6.
He grew up on County Street, not far from the Rehoboth town line, and still resides in the same home with wife Linda.
âWe'd ride the bus through what were then farmlands, and we used to count the horses along the way,â Horton grinned Thursday afternoon. âNow, those farmlands are mostly plats, so I'm sure the kids count the houses.â
PAWTUCKET â Although the ambitious undertaking of renovating the cityâs aged school buildings is still on the horizon, school officials are forging ahead with obtaining an educational specifications report that would be necessary for any such construction.
At a special meeting on Thursday, the School Committee voted to approve the awarding of a contract for educational specifications to MGT of America, Inc. The $39,938 cost of the specifications report is to be paid by bond funds, said Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.
CUMBERLAND -â The pressure is off.
Cumberland High secured its first playoff berth in three years on Friday night, shocking previously-unbeaten Central, 19-6, at Tucker Field. Senior running back Ryan Gaumond scored twice for the Clippers, who evened their record to 3-3 in Division II-A and fourth place in the division. The Knights dropped to 5-1.
PAWTUCKET â Talk about throwing a wrench in oneâs plans.
Friday night saw West Warwick become the first Division II-B team to hang a defeat on Tolman since late in the 2009 season. Of even greater consequence, the Wizardsâ 33-19 victory created a logjam atop the standings, with West Warwick, Tolman and St. Raphael, which hosts Mt. Hope Saturday afternoon, all with one league loss apiece.
Robert J. Snow
EAST PROVIDENCE - Robert J. Snow, 89, of Allerton Avenue, died peacefully on October 27, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Edna M.(Coogan) Snow.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Aborn and Mary (Burns) Snow, he lived in East Providence for 51 years.
Before Tolman can set its sights on a repeat Division II-B regular-season title, the Tigers are going to have to overcome a tall order tonight -- namely one of the biggest and best defensive teams in all of Division II in West Warwick.
The Wizards, who are 4-1 and a game behind Tolman (5-0) in the standings, boast plenty of size in their front seven with veteran linemen Aaron Koehler and Cesar Jimenez and two defensive ends that clearly have the attention of Tolman head coach Dave Caito.
LINCOLN â Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is âthis closeâ to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
âNobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but â trust me, itâs not just in Rhode Island, all across the country â municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.
SMITHFIELD --- The rematch was just as competitive as their first meeting, but the end result wasnât the one that Tolman had hoped for in its Division II-North regular-season finale and battle of unbeatens with Smithfield.
Joe Pateâs goal off a rebound 1:48 into the second half allowed the Sentinels to eke out a 1-0 triumph over the Tigers and repeat as II-North champions on Wednesday night before a packed house on Smithfieldâs âSenior Nightâ at the Boyle Athletic Complex.
CENTRAL FALLS â The city of Central Falls' bankruptcy situation and closure of the Ralph J. Holden Community Center affected numerous social services, but one of the most painful losses was the Central Falls Food Pantry.
However, two months later, the Central Falls Food Pantry has found a new home and a new beginning at Progreso Latino at 626 Broad St. A grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday morning in the renovated pantry, which is located on the second floor of Progreso Latino.
Frances D. Pisarek
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Frances D. (Hodgkins) Pisarek, 86, of Urban Ave., passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2011. She was the wife of the late Alfred Pisarek. Born in Keene, New Hampshire, a daughter of the late Ernest and Louise (Austin) Hodgkins, she resided in Pawtucket before moving to North Providence 26 years ago. Frances was a member of The Devine Mercy at the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Paul L. Gamache
SEEKONK - Paul L. Gamache, 52 of Marlaine Drive Seekonk, died Wednesday at the Home and Hospice Care of RI.
He was the husband of Kathryn "Kasey" ( Rogers ) Gamache.
He was born in Central Falls, RI a son of Roland & Therese (Jarest) Gamache of Seekonk MA.
Paul was a Creative Director for over 25 years, for the Pharma International Company.
He was a graduate of RI College Class of 1981 with a B.S. in Communication.
He has lived most of his life in Seekonk, also living in Syracuse, NY, as well as various other states before moving back to Seekonk.