February 7th, 2011
LINCOLN â€” The Police Department has a new friend to aid in their pursuit of service, integrity and justice, the qualities named on every officer's badge.
It's called a UTV, or utility terrain vehicle, and the department purchased it recently courtesy of a federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant â€” one available through the U.S. Department of Justice â€” worth $13,784. Chief Brian Sullivan indicated the all-electric side-by-side Transport Pro Police UTV would be used to trek to areas ordinary cruisers can't.
Some high school hoop-related tidbits to pass along â€¦
You could say the three divisional tournaments in boysâ€™ basketball are suffering from the same symptoms normally associated with middle child syndrome. Blame such thinking on our minds being somewhere else, the focus instead on the chaos and suspense hovering over the squeeze-everything-in gauntlet needed to complete the regular season. Thereâ€™s also a great deal of buzz in the air surrounding the open state tournament, the new frontier that will lead to the crowning of one champion.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Jimmy Brennan graduated from St. Raphael Academy in 1936 at the height of the Depression. Four years later, as Hitlerâ€™s army overran much of Europe, the United States revived its military draft.
â€śI was going to beat the draft,â€ť Brennan, now 91 years old, said last week. â€śI enlisted in December of 1940. The way the draft worked in those days, if they drafted you, you could end up in the army for 10 years, either active or in the reserves. So I enlisted in the army for three years.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Voters would get to decide whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry in Rhode Island if legislation that Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien filed this past Thursday passes.
Brien wants a referendum question on the 2012 ballot asking voters to approve or reject a constitutional amendment specifying that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the State of Rhode Island."
A self-proclaimed conservative Democrat, Brien says he believes the issue of what constitutes a marriage is very important because marriage "serves as a societal cornerstone."
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island ACLU has asked a federal judge to rule as unconstitutional â€”and therefore without need for a trial -- the city's alleged longstanding practice of giving preferential treatment to parochial schools over public schools when granting permits for the use of city athletic fields, as a lawsuit contends.
PAWTUCKET â€” Councilor-at-large Albert Vitali Jr. responded on Friday to questions that were raised by a local TV station about his involvement in an Armistice Boulevard spa that is alleged to have been offering illicit sexual acts to customers along with massages.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Austin Silva scored two baskets in the closing 20 seconds as Shea High rallied for a dramatic 51-50 victory over Lincoln on Friday night.
â€śWe were down three points with 20 seconds left,â€ť Shea coach Matt Pita said. â€śAustin hit a two-point basket and we put a full-court press on. Lincoln turned the ball over with 13 seconds left. With 1.1 seconds left, Austin drove the lane and hit a layup for the winning basket.â€ť
Silva finished the game with 21 points. Guard Malik Moody added 14 for the Raiders, who are now 10-5 in Division II action.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€“ Avalanches are known for their fast-moving nature. They are also quite destructive, which Tolman High can attest to.
The rumbles of eventual ruin transpired in the opening five minutes of the second half, host North Providence High going on a game-changing run that made all the good work Tolman had put forth in the opening half a distant memory. By the time the last bit of debris fell onto the hardwood on Friday night, the Tigers found themselves tunneling out from an 80-66 defeat.
FLORIDA - Julie Laliberte, 25, formerly of Fairlawn, passed away in Tampa, Florida. Survivors include her mother Annette; sister Michelle both of Florida; brother Robert of New Orleans; grandmother, Beatrice and uncle David Giammatteo both of Rhode Island. Julie was preceded in death by her father Judge Gerard Laliberte, and grandfather Henry Giammatteo.
Wanda H. Rollo
WARWICK - Wanda H. Rollo 85, of Arlington Avenue passed away Wednesday February 2, 2011 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Fred Rollo.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Frank and Stefania (Kozel) Shottek. She lived in Warwick for the past 31 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring she was employed as a Receptionist for the former Jack & Harry's Home and Auto Stores.
PAWTUCKET â€” Concern about the snow and ice build-up on the roofs of the city's schools has prompted the schools superintendent to call off school today so the matter can be addressed.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said she made the decision after consulting with both the city's building official and a structural engineer who had been asked to assess the load bearing weights of each of the schools' roofs in the current snow and ice conditions.
CRANSTON â€” Two of the four heavyweight programs in Division I squared off on Thursday night. Cumberland and Cranston West threw haymakers at each other all night with the defending state champion Clippers getting off the deck to win a 36-28 slugfest.
Cumberland scored five pins, worth six points each in the team scoring, to a pair of deck jobs for the Falcons. Those pins, especially the ones scored by Brandon Ferreri and Tom Lacroix after Cranston West had taken a 25-21 lead after 160 pounds, proved the difference in this topsy-turvy match.
Roland E. Desmarais
ATTLEBORO - Roland E. Desmarais, 88, of North Avenue, Attleboro Ma, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Irene (Lenzini) Desmarais. They were to celebrate their seventieth wedding anniversary in July.
Helena J. Michonski
PAWTUCKET- Helena J. Michonski 92, formerly of Grand Avenue passed away Wednesday February 2, 2011 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles P. Michonski.
Born in Lynn, MA she was a daughter of the late Stanislaw and Helena (Wesolowski)Cudnik. She lived in Pawtucket for 69 years.
Before retiring Mrs. Michonski was employed as a Mender in the Blackstone Valley Area Textile Industry for many years.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Central Falls Holy Rosary Society.
Shirley A. Martin
LINCOLN - Shirley A. (Anderson) Martin, 71, of Lincoln passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence.
Born in Cumberland, she was a daughter of Helen C.(Janeczka) Anderson of Central Falls and the late Anders G. Anderson; she had lived in Lincoln for most of her life.
Mrs. Martin was a receptionist at Samuel Steel, formerly American Steel, of Cumberland for the past 35 years. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
PROVIDENCE â€” By no means was Providenceâ€™s 68-63 win over South Florida Wednesday night a work of art. Not that anyone in the Friar locker room is about to complain about style points.
PC did not play anywhere near its best but won for the third time in four games to improve to 3-7 in the Big East and 14-9 overall.
â€śWeâ€™re a high-paced team, but (last night) we didnâ€™t score a lot of points,â€ť noted senior big man Ray Hall. â€śWe had to rely on our defense, and our defense really came through.â€ť
Thereâ€™s a scene in Jerry Maguire in which Jerry, the do-anything-at-all-costs agent, is going over the particulars with Matt Cushman, father of quarterback and surefire top pick Frank. Besides appeasing his pseudo clients with dollar figures and draft stature, Jerry aims for some reassurance from the Cushman camp that he will be entrusted with the negotiations with the NFL team that selects Frank.
Matt Cushman closes the discussion with a firm handshake along with the following: â€śWhat you have is my whole word, and itâ€™s stronger than oak.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Story of this winter: Another bad weather day, another round of postponed boysâ€™ basketball games to be added to the â€ścompressed schedule.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” If you liked yesterdayâ€™s weather, youâ€™re going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave â€” a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain â€” is expected to whack the region by nightfall.