March 14th, 2011
The great unknown turned into the great success for boysâ€™ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” â€śWe stayed at a high level,â€ť deadpanned Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, â€śYou could never relax.â€ť
That in a nutshell summarizes SRAâ€™s journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentineâ€™s crew rose to the occasion.
PORTSMOUTH â€” Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbeyâ€™s rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasnâ€™t nearly as close as the score indicates.
LINCOLN â€” Caroline Moore seemed to know immediately she had added a â€śuâ€ť where it didn't belong.
In the seventh round of the annual Rhode Island Spelling Bee Championship held Saturday morning at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, the Wheeler School eighth-grader had just been asked to spell â€śthoroughbred.â€ť
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Most veterans know that the Disabled American Veterans organization exists. Many of them do not know that the DAV can be their best friend and a major advocate when they seek benefits later on in life from disabilities that can be linked to their time in the U.S. military.
â€śThe sad part is a lot of veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, donâ€™t know whatâ€™s available to them (in terms of benefits from the Veterans Administration),â€ť said Rick Vaccari, a DAV supervisor.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following a several months' long undercover investigation by Pawtucket Police, two women were arrested on prostitution charges at two local massage parlors/spas.
PAWTUCKET â€” A city long known for its prodigious use of radar details to capture speeders is considering following Providence's lead and installing cameras at traffic signals to catch red light scofflaws.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Rick Ledford, vice president of sales for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) outlined how the camera system works as both a means of improving the safety at intersections and generating revenue from fines.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Behold the skill set of Charles Correa.
St. Raphaelâ€™s talented point guard couldnâ€™t have picked a better time to showcase his talents. With a berth in the finals of the open state tournament on the line, Correa did his part in SRAâ€™s 66-48 quarterfinal win against North Providence Friday night at URIâ€™s Ryan Center.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Bob Driscoll is back on the clock, and this time the Providence College athletic director is bringing some important friends along for the ride.
For the second time in three years, Driscoll finds himself making an important assessment of the menâ€™s basketball program. PC parted ways with Keno Davis on Friday after three turbulent seasons, a tenure that was marked by tough times on and away from the court. Speaking from inside his Alumni Hall office late Friday afternoon, Driscoll mentioned he plans on forming a search committee in his quest to find the next Friar coach.
Officially, the Keno Davis Era at Providence College ended Friday, when the school severed its working relationship with the head coach, one many perceived upon his hiring three years ago was the missing link in bringing respectability to the menâ€™s basketball program.
Technically, Davisâ€™ fate at PC was sealed last May 18, when star player Jamine â€śGreedyâ€ť Peterson was expelled after an undisclosed incident in a dorm room on campus. The incidents that came before and after Petersonâ€™s ouster were a further death knell to a situation that Davis was never able to recover from.
CUMBERLAND - Mary "May" (Drukas) Roberts, 89, formerly of Meadowcrest Drive died Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the loving wife of the late Omer W. "Bud" Roberts.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Gus and Christina (Ayoub) Drukas, she had lived in Cumberland for over 40 years.
Mrs. Roberts was a jewelry worker before retiring.
She is survived by one niece, Christine King; two nephews, Christopher and Nicholas Beck; and several cousins. She was the sister of the late Sophie Beck and Rena Lebeau.
Mary F. Allcock
PAWTUCKET - Mary F.(Sherry) Allcock died Monday in Gresham, Oregon at the home of her daughter, Maureen. Born in Pawtucket Ms. Allcock was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (McKitchen) Sherry.
She was an Office Manager at the former Hord Tool & Dye Co. for over 30 years retiring in 1985.
There are times when Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine probably wishes he had a traffic light on the bench. Instead of making tiresome gyrations with his hands and feet and straining his vocal cords, Sorrentine could simply stand and rely on the signaling device to get the message across.
PAWTUCKET â€” About 20 pro-life supporters, many carrying handmade signs, attended a rally Thursday morning in front of the former Pawtucket office of Congressman David Cicilline to protest his vote against the Pence amendment that would have halted federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
Irene M. Gagne
PAWTUCKET - Irene M. (Kaloostian) Gagne, 71, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Laura(Finley) Kaloostian. Irene was a Licensed Practical Nurse at Heritage Park YMCA, Pawtucket for the past 10 years, and was previously employed by Harvard Pilgrim Health for 10 years and Cranston General Hospital for 35 years. She was a member of the Rhode Island School Nurses Association.
James B. Dixon
PAWTUCKET - James B. Dixon, of Pawtucket died Wednesday March 9, 2011. He was the husband of Donna (Guilmette) Dixon.
Mr. Dixon was born in Pawtucket the son of Theresa A. (Simonelli) Dixon of Pawtucket and the late James B. Dixon. He was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving during the Vietnam War.
Rita M. Hughes
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. (Bedard) Hughes, 90, of Booth Ave. died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of RI. She was the wife of the late Lawrence Hughes to whom she had been married for over 50 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Gedeon and Emilia (Rousseau) Bedard.
She was a solderer for Robbins Co. of North Attleboro, MA retiring in 1982 and had previously worked at Royal Electric as a Plastic Moulder for 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Convinced that there were no other realistic options to avoid the state taking over control, the City Council voted 7 to 1 Wednesday night to allow for the borrowing of up to $11.6 million in Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) to address its current fiscal year budget deficit.