January 27th, 2011
The dual-meet season for R.I. boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ indoor track will officially wrap up by Tuesday of next week, barring another snowstorm (or two?).
Thatâ€™s just the warm-up.
Beginning late next week, teams will be duking it out at the Providence Athletic Facility in their respective divisional championships. A week later, theyâ€™re back on the oval in their class meets and then on Saturday, Feb. 19, schools statewide will compete on the big stage in the annual state championships.
For our local athletes and teams, a lot can happen in those next few weeks.
There was eight to 12 inches of snowfall on Thursday morning. Last Friday, it was about a foot. And for the season, close to 45 inches have hit the region.
Global warming? It doesnâ€™t seem that way.
The excessive snow this winter has certainly increased business at the chiropractorâ€™s office with the young and old alike getting their backs aligned after hours of shoveling the white stuff. But for high school athletics in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, it also has increased headaches for athletic directors, coaches and their athletes.
The state championships begin in less than a month at the Providence Career and Technical Academy and plenty of wrestlers, through their performances at in-state and out-of-state tournaments, have started to make their case as title favorites.
And with only a few big tournaments left this season (Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H. and the Methuen (Mass.) Invitational) Rhode Island wrestlers have represented themselves well on the New England stage.
Marjorie M. Bray
PAWTUCKET - Marjorie M. (Dickson) Bray, 85, of Liberty Street died Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Lucy(Barley) Dickson.
Mrs. Bray was a registered nurse in the operating room at the former Notre Dame Hospital in Central Falls before retiring.
She enjoyed golf and traveling.
Joanne S. Donnelly
BARRINGTON - Joanne S. Donnelly 79, of Atria Bay Spring, Bay Spring Avenue, formerly of Algonquin Road, Rumford, died peacefully on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Stephen F. Donnelly Jr.
Born in Fall River, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Marie (Blanchette) Smith, she lived in Barrington for 2 years, Swansea, MA for 10 years, Rumford for 30 years and wintered in Clearwater, FL.
Stasia J. Miller
PAWTUCKET - Stasia J. Miller, 87 of Pawtucket died Tuesday at the Oakhill Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Donald P. Miller. Born in Central Falls, Stasia was the daughter of the late Walter and Sophie (Dziowowski) Bobola. She was a Pawtucket resident most of her life.
Prior to her retirement in 1988, she worked at Digitronics in Cumberland.
Stasia is survived by five sisters; Julia Gauthier of Florida, Alice Kulig of Central Falls, Genevieve Bouchard of Pawtucket, Cecilia Pickett of Lincoln and Sue Perry of North Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” Is the city's manufacturing past coming back to life? Two companies that used to produce goods elsewhere in the state have recently purchased buildings and relocated to Pawtucket, bringing with them a combined total of about 50 jobs.
Philip Machine Co., a manufacturer of wire formed and stamped metal products, moved into a 21,000-square-foot building at 190 York Ave. in October and has been operating in its new location.
Jeremy Schupp of Pawtucket smokes a cigarette after his Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer crashed into the front of Louâ€™s Cafe on Summer Street in Manville shortly after noon Wednesday. Schupp said he lost control on the steep, slippery, unsanded hill while heading down to Railroad Street on his way to pick up a load on Flat Street. No injuries were reported, and only minor damage to the front of Louâ€™s Cafe.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For Ricky Ledo, itâ€™s games like Providence Collegeâ€™s 83-68 vanquishing of No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night that has the Providence native convinced he made the right call.
WOONSOCKET â€” If anything, the announcement that Rocco Baldelli is retiring after a seven-year pro career and eight months shy of his 30th birthday should be viewed as an outpouring of relief for the Woonsocket native.
What was Baldelli? A good player, who showed flashes of talent that bordered on the greatness, the modern day answer to Napoleon Lajoie and Gabby Hartnett, two Hall of Famers with firm ties to the Blackstone Valley.
This is truly the winter of our discontent when it comes to weather and high school sports schedules. The seemingly weekly snowstorms in Rhode Island have created a backlog of makeup games in all sports, none more so than in boysâ€™ basketball, where a compressed schedule this season necessitated a natural three-game week even before Mother Nature threatened to turn the month of February into an NBA-like marathon for high school student/athletes.
It may not be the Running Capital of Rhode Island, but Pawtucket is sure going to seem that way in the coming months.
Just a couple of months after an expected 3,000 participants invade the historic city for the inaugural Irish 5K on March 5, throngs of runners and walkers are predicted to be back on the downtown streets for another first-time event, the Cherry Tree Running Festival on May 21.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Fouad Shammo, 68 of North Providence died on Tuesday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence. He was the husband of Diana (Doumato) Shammo.
Born in Lebanon, a son of the late Ilbrahim and Nahiba (Salibi) Shammo, he had resided in North Providence for 17 years. Prior to retirement about 2001, he had been employed as a machinist at Electric Boat Yard. He was a member of the Masons, enjoyed cooking and was completely devoted to his family. He was a communicant of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church.
Denise M. DeRoche
PAWTUCKET - Denise M. DeRoche, 53, of Everett Street, Pawtucket died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Memorial Hospital of RI in Pawtucket. She was the longtime companion of the late Richard Howarth.
Denise was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Murray) DeRoche. She is survived by her son Richard DeRoche, her brothers Edward and Michael DeRoche and her sisters Catherine Auclair and Betty Jane Carlier, all of Pawtucket.
Owen J. Regan
CENTRAL FALLS - Owen J. Regan, 78, of Belmont Street, passed away Saturday in the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Pawtucket.
Born in Scotland, he was the son of the late John and Rose (Greer) Regan. He moved to this country at age 19, settling in Central Falls and later Warwick.
Mr. Regan was employed in the Maintenance Department of the Lincoln School for Girls of Providence for 20 years, retiring in 2003. He was also an avid gardener.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a game of runs, it was Shea High that had the big one at the end, and with it, a hard-fought Division II crossover victory.
The Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to ignite a 21-8 run in the final 7:48 of their duel with Cumberland High on Tuesday night and come away with a 73-62 win on their home floor that gave them their fifth victory in their last six games.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Newport Avenue Mediterranean bakery that currently sells pizza and gyros is looking to drum up business in two new ways: by selling liquor and offering flavorful puffs from a waterpipe.
The owner of Amy's Mediterranean Pizzeria & Cafe at 842 Newport Ave. has applied for a full liquor license from the city. The application, filed under the name of Nasser Enterprises Inc., will be considered at a public hearing of the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:45 p.m.
Mary T. Koussa
CUMBERLAND - Mary T. (Kahla) Koussa, 90, of Cumberland and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011. She was the wife of the late Michael Koussa Sr. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Moses and Jennie (Zammat) Kahla.
PAWTUCKET - Marguerite "Marge" Kelleher, 74, of Pawtucket, passed away January 24, 2011 at home. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Alcide and Jeanne (St. Pierre) Choquette. Mrs. Kelleher worked in the Jewelry Industry for many years before retiring.
She is survived by two sons, Scott Kelleher of North Carolina and Mark Kelleher of Providence. She was also the sister of the late Jeannette Grenier, Rita Lawson and Arthur Choquette.