February 28th, 2011
As the regular season winds down, the discussion for postseason awards and other laurels heats up. Suddenly the office water cooler or neighborhood establishment becomes the spot to discuss and dissect the merits of potential candidates, while those given autonomy to cast a vote sit down with pen, paper and DVD player, study tea leaves and rub the Magic 8-Ball before filling out the ballot.
PAWTUCKET -- When Steve Reynolds took over the reins as Tolman Highâs hockey coach in the winter of â08, he inherited a team that not only graduated a talented senior class that reached the Division II quarterfinals the previous season, but was short on upperclassmen and bodies.
He also had his share of first-year players on his 16-player roster that season, and one of them was a familiar name who starred for the Tigersâ football and wrestling teams the past couple of seasons, Kyle Coutu.
Roland Carroll never liked to talk about his World War II experience as a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in the early months of 1945 while U.S. forces closed in on Japan.
âWho am I to talk?â the 88-year-old veteran was saying last week when put on the spot. âI figured I wasnât the only guy who went in the service. We all had to go fight the war. I realize now how important it was. We had to win that war or Hitler and the Japanese were going to take over the world.â
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LINCOLN â Just over a week after submitting his Fiscal Year 2011-12 recommended municipal and school operating budget of approximately $70.4 million to the Budget Board â his deadline, per order of the Town Charter, was Feb. 15 â Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond called the number âvery fairâ to both sides.
PAWTUCKETâWith the state of the local economy and a spate of convenience store robberies making news, Pawtucket Police admit that crime is on the rise. However, they say it didn't increase in 2010 over the previous year as much as another local newspaper had indicated.
LINCOLN â It was rather by accident how Lincoln Prevention Coalition Coordinator Pam Shayer discovered John Mattson, a Providence-based consultant who has served as a trainer, curriculum developer and evaluation advisor for numerous U.S. groups, including the National Crime Prevention Council, Center for Civic Education and Youth Crime Watch of America.
She doesn't care.
PAWTUCKET --- If Tolman High and the Johnston/North Providence co-op team end up meeting in two weekends in the Division III semifinals, it should make for a truly entertaining best-of-three series.
For the second time in seven days, the two teams battled tooth and nail in an exciting high school game, but unlike their meeting last Saturday, this contest didnât end with a winner or a loser.
Adrien R. Houle
PAWTUCKET - Adrien R. Houle, 85, a Professional Photographer, passed away Friday, February 25, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Yvonne (Beauchemin) Houle.
Gensy V. Vanterpool
PAWTUCKET - Gensy V. Vanterpool, 42, of Coyle Avenue, passed away on Tuesday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence after an illness. He was the husband of the late Ivette(Figueroa) Vanterpool.
He was born in the Dominican Republic, a son of the late Montero Vanterpool and Gladys Correa and has lived in Pawtucket for the last 4 years. He had been employed as a service manager at Quirk VW of Quincy, MA. before retiring due to illness.
Annette A. Goodwin
PAWTUCKET. Annette A. Goodwin, 68, of Main Street, passed away on Sunday after an illness. She was the wife of William Johnson and was recently married.
Born in Boston, a daughter of the late Rocco and Rose (Melchione) DeMaria. She has lived in Pawtucket for the last 8 years.
Oscar G. Marchand
PAWTUCKET - Oscar G. Marchand, 86, of Pawtucket passed away Thursday, February 24, 2011. He was the husband of Jeannette (Grenier) Marchand. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Theodore and Yvonne (Bricault) Marchand. Mr. Marchand was a Veteran of the Coast Guard serving during WWII and was Production Manager at the former Paulis Silk Co. in Pawtucket for many years retiring in 1986.
George J. Steele
CUMBERLAND: George J. "Phantom" Steele, 67, died February 21, 2011 at Pine Grove Health Center in Pascoag, RI.
George was born November 10, 1943 in Boston, MA, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas and Pawtucket, RI. He was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Salvas) Steele. He is predeceased by a baby sister, Helen Steele, his brother Walter Steele Jr., and sisters Mary Robitaille and Rose Robitaille all of Pawtucket, RI.
Marion G. Dineen
PAWTUCKET - Marion G. Dineen, died Thursday, February 24, 2011. She was the wife of the late Thomas Dineen and the mother of Thomas Dineen Jr.
There will be a Memorial Mass for Marion Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Martyr Church, Coyle Drive, Seekonk Ma. For full obituary please visit www.manningheffern.com
Jean R. Lambert
PAWTUCKET - Jean R. Lambert, 84, of Pawtucket, died Wednesday at home. He was the husband of Mariette C. (Goulet) Lambert. Born in St. Edmond de Grantham Quebec Canada, he was a son of the late Donat and Bethe (Houle) Lambert. He worked as a dry wall finisher for Atlantic Contracting until his retirement.
Albert B. Cordeiro
NORTH PROVIDENCE: Albert "AL" B. Cordeiro, 71, passed February 23, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Soper) Cordeiro. Born in So Miguel, Portugal, a son of the late Jose and Maria (Botelho) Cordeiro. AL was a member of the Allied Craftsman Union Local 1, Boston. He worked as a cement finisher at Hart Engineering for 25 years and retired from JL Marshall & Sons in 2001. In his retirement AL enjoyed fishing, boating, working in his garden, and spending time with friends and family.
CUMBERLAND â The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. Johnâs High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their stateâs Division IA âSuper Eightâ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.
Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there wonât be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boysâ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didnât make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Notre Dame appeared to be in total control, then all of a sudden the Fighting Irish were lucky time ran out on Marshon Brooks.
Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 as No. 9 Notre Dame hung on for a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Brooks.
The Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start ever in 11 seasons under coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame, in second place in the conference, has won eight of nine.