October 2nd, 2011
St. Raphael Academy has enough big-play weapons on offense to stick with the more potent teams in Division II this season.
Head coach Mike Sassi is most comfortable running a Wing-T offense. This yearâ€™s team has the personnel to make that formation work cohesively. It begins with quarterback Julian Diaz, an efficient playmaker who can throw the ball on the run and downfield when needed.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When the city's state-appointed receiver decided not to fund the programs and operations of the Adams Memorial Library back in April, Carol Basile's heart broke.
Hers wasn't the only one.
â€śI felt terribly,â€ť she said. â€śThe children were disappointed and disgusted, and the parents were, too. The Children's Room is downstairs, and they came not just to be read to but read themselves. They had other things to do; they'd play with blocks or puzzles, and the older ones would go on the computers. Their moms would sit on the couch so they could keep an eye on their children.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” By being able to piggy-back on the Pawtucket Water Supply Board's water main replacement project, 14 local roads have been newly repaved at no cost to the city.
Central Falls DPW Director Joseph Nield said that the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) earlier this year embarked on a program to replace water mains and pipes in the water district that were 25 years old or beyond. The replacement project involved sections of 14 roads that were dug up and fitted with new pipes and mains.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on complaints about suspicious behavior, Pawtucket Police made two significant drug arrests on Tuesday that involved alleged dealing, one outside of a local elementary school on Newport Avenue.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. Pawtucket Police said they received a call that there was a man parked in the teacherâ€™s lot at Potter-Burns Elementary School attempting to sell pills. The caller reported that the man was in a blue colored vehicle.
CRANSTON â€“ First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husbandâ€™s re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.
PAWTUCKET â€“ This is what contending teams are supposed to do when facing a weaker sister â€“ remove the drama early.
There was no debate regarding who the better team was Friday night at Pariseau Field. Tolman High scored on four of its five offensive possessions in the opening half en route to a 55-6 pasting against a Pilgrim High outfit that was left seeing stars.
Despite spending all night waltzing down Easy Street, Tolman head coach Dave Caito refused to take anything for granted. In fact, Caito had a simple message for his players as they returned to the sideline following each score.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Mount Pleasant extended its Division IV win streak to 12 games on Friday night, but Central Falls made it awfully tough for the defending champions to pick up their latest victory.
The Kilties overcame a whopping 18 penalties for 129 yards and huge games offensively from Warrior running back Josh Brandon and quarterback Brandon Canuto to pull out of Macomber Stadium with a 14-12 victory in this battle of early-season unbeatens.
CUMBERLAND â€“ For opposing Division I schools, thereâ€™s no secret strategy to beat Cumberland High.
While the Clippers possess a talented squad this fall, if the opposition can keep multiple all-stater Stephanie Ribeiro away from the ball the odds are favorable that a victory will come its way.
East Greenwich witnessed that on Friday.
Despite blanket coverage all afternoon, Ribeiro managed to still score three goals in their crossover match. And that was all that was needed to upset the previously-unbeaten Avengers, 3-1, at the Tucker Field complex.
LAKELAND, FL - Larna Cummins, formerly of Riverside, RI and the beloved wife of Robert Cummins for 44 years, passed away on August 31 in Lakeland Florida.
She leaves her mother Dorothy Azevdo, her son Daniel Cummins, grandchildren Daniel and Michael Cummins, a sister Laura Mae Shelburn, brothers Ed and John Azevdo and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was the sister of the late Nita Andressen.
Richard J. Joseph
PAWTUCKET - Richard "Rich" J. Joseph, who would have celebrated his 39th birthday on Sunday, passed away last Monday from an apparent heart attack, in Nantucket.
He was born in Pawtucket, a son of Richard Joseph and Linda (Greenwood) Daigle and step-son of William Daigle of Lincoln. Richard was a self-employed landscaper and was educated and lived most of his life in Lincoln.
Michael W. Newman
Michael W. Newman, 56 of Pawtucket died Tuesday, September 27 at Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Henry and Lillian (Shaw) Newman. He was a Pawtucket resident his entire life.
Debra J. Spooner
JOHNSTON - Debra "Debbie" J. Spooner, 51, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 30, 2011. She was the beloved fiancĂ©e of Michael Desrosiers with whom she resided. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Raymond J., Sr. and Sonia N. (Austin) Spooner, she resided in Johnston since 2005. Debbie had been a Customer Service Representative at Bank of America.
PAWTUCKET â€” In its first regular meeting since the start of the new school year, the School Committee discussed the mixed enrollment figures and outlined an ambitious set of district-wide goals aimed at improving student performance.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mayor Don Grebien and City Solicitor Frank Milos met Thursday morning to review State Police documents regarding the fact that Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester housed and registered at least one personal vehicle at the district's Station 1 on Great Road for approximately 23 years.
After that meeting, Grebien indicated his administration is in the process of researching just how much Sylvester may owe the city in back taxes, and that it may pursue them.
PAWTUCKET â€” If Thursdayâ€™s Division II-North showdown between unbeaten Tolman and once-tied Smithfield is any indication, the postseason playoffs are going to be fun to watch.
Defending D-II champion Smithfield dominated the first half of this matchup with Tolman, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Mark Marino and Tim Cabral. The Sentinelsâ€™ defense held the high-powered Tigersâ€™ offense to one shot in the first half.
The baseball season provides each team with 162 opportunities to either right wrongs or sink further into the abyss. Each day yields a fresh set of results in need of analysis and dissection, hence why itâ€™s sometimes difficult to locate a specific turning point â€“ the one game or one injury that led to the dynamic being altered.
PAWTUCKET â€” Playing at Max Read Field before a boisterous crowd, Shea High lived up to the high expectations surrounding this club with a decisive 3-0 victory over 2010 Division I champion Barrington on Wednesday afternoon.
Emerson Barros figured in all three scoring plays for the Raiders, setting up forward Joao Cardoso for the first two goals and then scoring the final one with a brilliant run from the left side of the goal.
Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Jen Brodeur had one of those seasons that doesnâ€™t come around too often for a first-year coach.
Inheriting a strong nucleus of players from previous years, the North Smithfield coach watched her Northmen lose just one league match en route to capturing the Division III state championship.
Eight senior starters have since graduated from that squad. While she wouldnâ€™t label it a rebuilding year, Brodeur wasnâ€™t expecting a similar scenario this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on information gleaned from a traffic stop, Pawtucket Police arrested one of the two suspects who robbed a Providence teen at gunpoint on Sunday during a supposed Craigslist transaction.