March 7th, 2011
An open letter to Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll:
When the search for the next menâ€™s basketball coach commences, do not make the same mistake you did the last time. Many people were leery when Keno Davis was given the keys to the schoolâ€™s primary means of visibility and exposure. Not just because Davis had all of one year of coaching experience under his belt, but also for the simple reason that he was far from the top choice to replace Tim Welsh.
PAWTUCKET â€” During the final stretch of the inaugural Irish 5K on Saturday morning, Brendan â€śBuzzâ€ť Doyle watched as two runners passed him the last few yards.
That was something that may have bothered him when he was a standout runner at St. Raphael Academy, located up the street from the Pawtucket race. It certainly wouldnâ€™t have sat well when he continued to excel with his running career at Iona College and later on the local road-racing circuit.
Not this time, however.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine admits that it was by design that he honed in on West Warwick. After all, St. Raphael Academy had already played Coventry twice, which presented more than enough of a sample for the coach to devise an adequate game plan should his Saints cross paths with the Knotty Oakers for a third time.
PAWTUCKET â€” David Lemmel and his seven-year-old twins â€” David Jr. and Faith â€” had just strolled out of the city's YMCA when they heard the commotion occurring down the hill. Wondering what the hubbub was about, they chose to investigate.
Not quite an hour later, little David â€” wearing a Boston Celtics' hat and green T-shirt under his winter jacket â€” found himself break-dancing on Roosevelt Avenue. That came at the behest of Pawtucket native Paris Fisher, who knows the boy from Underground 101, a youth ministry group out of the North Providence Assembly of God.
WOONSOCKET -- He's 87 years old now and the war he fought lies almost a lifetime away in the past. But to Raymond A. Noury the day over the skies of Europe when his damaged B-24 succumbed to a final attack by German fighters is still just a moment behind him.
Anyone would have trouble forgetting what Noury went through on Feb. 22, 1944, when the break-up of his plane left him falling through the sky harnessed to a tattered parachute.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Anthony Stanis can still look back clearly over the years, back to when he was young and a soldier in World War II.
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Anthony Stanis was within 20 yards of Ernie Pyle when the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent was killed on the small island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa on April 18, 1945.
â€śHe shouldnâ€™t have been out there with us,â€ť Stanis admitted. â€śErnie had been on Okinawa for a couple of weeks and he was resting up, just sitting on a ship out in the water. He came ashore for a couple days and spent time with our colonel (Lt. Col. Joseph Coolidge).
PROVIDENCE â€” Former Pawtucket resident Emanuel G. Baptista was found guilty Tuesday by a Providence County Superior Court jury of child molestation and child abuse charges in which the victim was a four-month-old girl.
The jury declared the 21-year-old Baptista guilty on two counts of first degree child molestation and two counts of first degree child abuse stemming from the 2009 case. The jury deliberated for four days and concluded after a six-day trial that was presided over by Superior Court Justice Netti Vogel, according to a press release from Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
PAWTUCKET â€” When Diana Davis ran up the steep incline during the first mile of the inaugural Irish 5K in Pawtucket, she didnâ€™t just see the top males in the field.
Davis, a third-year PhD student at Brown University, also saw some green.
â€śI want to go to Ireland,â€ť she said.
The 25-year-old runner took the first step to making that trip to the Emerald Isle a reality Saturday morning when she was the first woman to cross the line in front of City Hall, placing ninth overall among the 849 finishers with a time of 18 minutes, 25.1 seconds.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Four people escaped harm after a fire broke out at a two-story tenement house at 41 Hedley Ave. early Friday morning, but the house sustained extensive damage, stated Central Falls Deputy Fire Chief John Garvey.
Two CFFD firefighters did suffer minor injuries, one a tweaked knee and the other lacerations to his face, but they didn't require hospitalization.
â€śWe saw a person living out of a box right near the White House. This was sad, knowing all of his worldly belongings were in this small area. While strolling through (Washington) D.C., I also noticed some people scavenging for food in nearby trash bins. It got me thinking how unfortunate they were to live outside with snow, and in extremely cold weather, and that they didn't know where their next meals were coming from.â€ť
â€“ Michael Pariseau, 15, Seekonk High sophomore
CRANSTON --- Cranston East had the numbers, the size, and fewer mistakes than Tolman on Friday night, and that helped the â€™Bolts seize the first game of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series with the Tigers.
Cranston East scored twice in a 13-second span in the second period to claim a 3-0 command and held off a late Tolman comeback to secure a 5-2 triumph at the Cranston Vets Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For a team that had not won a game in exactly three weeks, or captured a playoff contest of any kind in three years, Friday night seemed as good a time as any for the St. Raphael Academy hoopsters to exercise some demons.
Edward A. McDonald
PAWTUCKET - Edward A. McDonald, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011. He was the husband of the late Agnes (Adam) McDonald. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph and Edna (Johnson) McDonald. Mr McDonald was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from the East High School (Tolman) in 1952, where he was Swim Boy of the Year. He was a maintenance man for the former Haskell Co. of Pawtucket and later for the former Holiday of Attleboro, MA for several years before retiring. He was an air force veteran of the Korean War.
Luz Maria Sostre
In loving memory of Mrs. Luz Maria Sostre who passed away March 2nd 2011 at the age of 84. Mrs. Sostre was born on June 26th 1926 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
Robert Leo Maitland
LINCOLN - Robert Leo Maitland, 91, of Lincoln died peacefully on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center after a two month illness.
Born in Pawtucket to Robert J. Maitland and Ellen (Fogarty) Maitland, he lived in Lincoln most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy M. (Walsh) Maitland and their two daughters, Joan E. Ayotte and Mary Ann Mayer.
PAWTUCKET - Rene Berthelette, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, March 04, 2011 after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Alice (Laramee) Berthelette.
SCITUATE â€” Hinting broadly that he may soon return to public life, perhaps as a political candidate, State Police Col. Brendan Doherty announced Thursday that he is retiring effective April 1.
Both Doherty and Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s office denied that friction between Doherty and Chafee â€” who were at odds over the Providence Police Departmentâ€™s decision to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program â€” led to Dohertyâ€™s seemingly abrupt decision to step down.
PAWTUCKET â€” Davies Tech baffled Shea High with its matchup zone defense on Wednesday evening en route to a 32-25 victory over the Raiders in a Division III quarterfinal-round playoff contest.
The Patriots trailed 16-10 at halftime, then went on a 15-2 run to take a 25-18 lead with 3:58 left in the game. Sheaâ€™s only two points during the first 12 minutes of the second half came on free throws.