High school football and basketball seasons tend to blend together these days. Super Bowl games are contested in early December while basketball teams practice without a few key players, waiting for point guards and forwards to put down the pigskin and pick up the roundball.
When Woonsocket and St. Raphael Academy met in the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament championship game on Saturday night, several football players from each school were trying to shake off the rust and get into the flow of their winter sport.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Minutes before the Central Falls Fire Department's Engine 2 arrived in front of the Holy Spirit Parish at approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday â€” with Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu's American flag-draped casket laying on the hose bed â€” State Rep. Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť Crowley stood on the church steps, explaining exactly what he meant to her.
Seven-month-old Jack Crossley, of Cumberland, doesn't quite know what to make of his very first visit with Santa during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee at Cumberland Town Hall Friday evening. Family and friends gathered around to take pictures. Little Jack didn't seem to mind all the attention.
PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s very good to be Marshon Brooks these days.
To the Providence College senior, the basket must seem as large and as inviting as Narragansett Bay on a summerâ€™s day. The prodigious scoring outputs are quickly becoming a regular feature, as Saturday saw Brooks once again torch the strings with great frequency.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury on Thursday handed up several indictments involving local residents, including one for a Pawtucket man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend last summer.
Armando Garcia, 31, of 468 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, is accused of killing 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia last June in a violent domestic disturbance at her house at 17 Rufus St. in Pawtucket. Verdoia's two-year-old child was asleep in the house at the time of the incident.
PAWTUCKET â€” Tolman and Shea put on quite a show for the fans on Friday night during the championship game of the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament.
The Tigers and Raiders went toe-to-toe in the second half as Shea rallied to take a 44-43 lead with 1:42 left in the game. Tolman responded with a pair of steals that iced a 48-45 victory.
SMITHFIELD - Francisco Lopes, 83, of Smithfield and beloved husband of Maria de Lourdes Almeida Lopes for 58 years, passed away peacefully Thursday morning surrounded by his loving family.
Born on February 8, 1927 in Esmolfe, Penalva do Castelo, Portugal, he was the son of the late Jose Lopes and Miquelina de Campos.
Elsie E. Evans
LINCOLN - Elsie E. Evans 95 died Wednesday at the Hallworth House, Providence. She was the wife of the late Irving E. Evans. They were married for seventy years.
Born in Cumberland a daughter of the late Daniel and Sarah Jane (Peters) Partington. She resided in Cumberland most of her life moving to Lincoln in 1978.
Lillian C. Emery
CUMBERLAND - Lillian C. Emery, 91, of Cumberland, formerly of Central Falls and Florida passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2010. She was the wife of the late Maurice Emery. Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late George and Alice (Turcotte) Caouette.
Shirley L. Driscoll
PAWTUCKET - Shirley L. Driscoll, 90, passed away Friday, December 10, 2010. She was the wife of the late Daniel Driscoll. Born in Attleboro, MA, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Veronica (Lamb) Cobb. Mrs. Driscoll was a Certified Nursing Assistant for Paquette Nursing Home of Central Falls before retiring. She is survived by seven children, Robert and Gary Bears, Daniel, Sharon, and Paul Driscoll, Angela Gasbarre, and Robin Hulme, eleven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Susan Kennedy.
Lois F. Jackson
CUMBERLAND - Lois F. (Rainey) Jackson, 75, of Mendon Road died Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Albert A. Jackson.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Charles and Isabelle (Pollock) Rainey, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Cumberland 12 years ago.
Mrs. Jackson was a bookkeeper at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket for 12 years, retiring in 2005.
She was a graduate of Pawtucket West High School.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It will be two former division rivals squaring off for Lynch Memorial Tournament supremacy come Saturday night.
Woonsocket fought back from a 48-42 deficit with less than three minutes remaining to post a 53-48 triumph over defending champion Central Falls Thursday night in opening round action at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. Woonsocket will now take on St. Raphael, which ran past Providence Country Day, 71-45.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It wouldnâ€™t have felt the same had Tolman not been playing Shea in the championship of the Donaldson Memorial Tournament. Before such a scenario could be crystalized, Tolman had to get past Pilgrim in Thursdayâ€™s opening round.
LINCOLN â€” This time of year always concerns Dave Sale, not only Lincoln's Recycling Coordinator/Facilities Manager but also the one in charge of the town's special projects.
One such project is the Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, and a sub-section of that is â€śThe Giving Tree.â€ť That's where residents are asked to stop by Town Hall, pluck a tag with the gender and age of a needy child in town from a bulletin-type board, purchase an appropriate Christmas/holiday gift for him or her, then place it under the lavishly-decorated pine in the main foyer.
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If you want to scare the daylights out of a Yankees fan, mention that A.J. Burnett might have a few problems dealing with Bostonâ€™s revised 2011 batting order. Now that the Red Sox have added lefty hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup, sidearming right-handers like Burnett will be in big trouble against the Sox, who already have J.D. Drew and David Ortiz around as legitimate lefty power hitters.
Shirley M. Venturini (NO PHOTO)
PAWTUCKET - Shirley M. Venturini, passed away Tuesday at her home in Pawtucket surrounded by her family after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Victor J. Venturini, Sr. Born in Cumberland, RI, she was the only child of the late Eugene and Rita (Carr) Dugas.
She is survived by her children; Francine, Rita, Robert, Dale, Gary, Kevin and William; as well as her 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Shirley was the mother of the late Victor Venturnini, Jr. and Paul Venturini.
Eva M. Palardy
JOHNSTON - Eva M. Palardy, 86 of Johnston died on Wednesday at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Joseph Palardy. Born in Central Falls, she had been a resident there until 1960, then of Providence for 27 years and later of Johnston. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. Mrs. Palardy had been the owner of the former Eva's Lunch in Providence and also had been employed at the former Merit Glasses and Universal Opticals in RI.
Francis M. Donais
PAWTUCKET - Francis M. Donais, 78, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 3, 2010. Born in Fall River, a son of the late John and Rose (Roppe) Donais, he resided in Pawtucket since 1938. Francis was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by the former Corning Glass Works and GTE, now Osram-Sylvania of Central Falls for 30 years before retiring in 1994. He was the brother of John P. Donais with whom he resided and the late Marie Lorraine Warzeka. He also leaves two nephews, Thomas W. Warzeka of West Warwick and John F. Warzeka of Cranston.