November 2nd, 2011
A not-so-funny thing happened to St. Raphael and Ponaganset on their way to sewing up the Division II-Bâs final two playoff spots.
The Saints and Chieftains, who were each just one victory away from clinching berths last weekend and taking on two teams with paper-thin hopes of reaching the playoffs, were instead the victims of two mild upset losses.
Last Friday night, the Chieftains (3-3), who were visiting a Pilgrim team (3-3) that got socked in its three losses to Tolman, West Warwick, and SRA, found themselves dropping a 26-12 verdict.
The R.I. Interscholastic League boys soccer playoffs get under way this afternoon with a Division I quarterfinal matching visiting Portsmouth and Shea High at the McKinnon/Alves Complex in Pawtucket.
The game pits two rivals from the hard-fought East, which Shea won with a final record of 11-3-4. Portsmouth, which defeated Shea once and tied the Raiders in their other meeting, took third place in the East with a 10-5-3 record.
The Division II tournament kicks off on Friday with North runnerup Tolman (13-1-2) hosting Middletown (11-4-1 in the South) at 6 p.m. at McKinnon/Alves.
LINCOLN â Normand and Evelyn Olean sat at their dining room table conversing and laughing with Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester early Wednesday afternoon.
Just 28 hours before, the senior couple and the chief spent time together for a vastly different reason; Sylvester maintains the Oleans, who have been married 56 years, are lucky to be alive after massive levels of carbon monoxide were discovered inside their Sherman Avenue home Tuesday morning.
John F. Babiarz
PAWTUCKET - John F. "Sam" Babiarz, 92 a lifelong resident of Pawtucket died Saturday at the Pawtucket Health Center. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Wollen) Babiarz and the son of the late John and Ann (Keilbasa) Babiarz.
Mr. Babiarz was a Machinist for the Leesona Corp and Brown & Sharp retiring in 1981. Sam was a Eucharist Minister for the former Sacred Heart Church for over 30 years. He held membership in the American Legion. He enjoyed gardening, bowling and traveling with the Royal Travelers.
LINCOLN â Destinee Santos is only four, but she knows what she likes: horses.
The little girl exhibited a huge, lasting smile when her pre-kindergarten teacher's assistant, Cindy Flaxington, hoisted her out of her wheelchair and carried her over to meet âLittle Joeâ â a half-Clydesdale, half-Percheron who stands 18 hands tall (six feet) and weighs 1,800 pounds â stationed outside Lonsdale Elementary School early Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKETâMayor Donald Grebien is all for pension reform â he's spearheaded some big proposed changes for the city's public safety employees â but he thinks the plan presented by state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee does not do enough to help the locally-funded pensions plans like Pawtucket has.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â When it gets to the end of the league season and the seedings are essentially assured for the playoff-bound teams, it's all about momentum for the postseason.
That's what neighboring Division II-North rivals North Smithfield and host Lincoln were playing for on Tuesday night at the Northmen's Athletic Field.
After 80 minutes of well-played soccer by both squads, the end result was a more-than-fair scoreless tie.
Dreamers can always dream big. Itâs a birthright that canât be stripped away, regardless if this figment of oneâs creative tanks comes off as either practical or far-fetched.
How do dreams take flight? Obviously we donât fit the description of a neuroscientist, yet weâll let you in on the origin behind this particular thought process.
Go back to last week and the exhibition contest between Providence College and Assumption that was played at Alumni Hall. As the game progressed, the more serious we started lending support to this: What if the Friars played a handful of games on campus?
Mary E. McCann-Chatigny
PAWTUCKET - Mary E. McCann-Chatigny, 99, a resident of the St. Jeanne Jugan Residence passed away Saturday at The Residence. She was the wife of the late Wilfred Chatigny and the late George R. McCann. Born in Blackstone, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Laliberte.
Mrs. Chatigny was a longtime communicant of St. Theresa Church in South Attleboro and a member of the Christian Mothers group of the church. She was a member of the Piel Club and an active volunteer at LaSalette.
PAWTUCKET â Reyes Contreras was happy to show off his spacious, two-bedroom apartment on the corner of Dexter and Barton Street to local officials and media representatives. Large windows that let in natural light, gleaming wood floors, and a roomy, open kitchen/dining/living room area were just some of the stylish features of the modern unit. âIt's great. I love it,â exuded Contreras, who shares the apartment with his wife and mother-in-law. âIt's clean, new, quiet, and everything is convenient.â
Just because the Red Sox declined to pick up Dan Wheelerâs $3 million option for the 2012 season doesnât automatically spell the end of the partnership between the team and relief pitcher.
As Wheeler explained when reached Monday afternoon, the opportunity to return to Boston remains on the table. Itâs just that the process in doing so has completely changed.
The Division I playoff seeding race has changed shape several times over the past week.
A fortnight ago, it appeared as though La Salle Academy and Shea High would finish 1-2 in the overall points race. Now, thanks to a strong finish by Central Falls, the Warriors will be the No. 2 seed in the eight-team playoff field that begins action on Friday.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland missed a chance to improve its playoff seeding on Monday when it played a 1-1 tie with Hope High, which brought a 1-13-2 record into the regular season finale.
âWe didnât help ourselves today,â Cumberland coach John Lopes said afterwards. âWe had a chance to move up in the seedings if we won and got some help from someone else but we played flat for all but about five minutes of todayâs game.â
PAWTUCKET - Nedeh Kanakry, 91, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011. She was the wife of the late Habib "Hap" Kanakry.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Farrah) Sabbagh. Nedeh was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET: Phyllis (Lincoln) King, 81, passed October 29th at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late William S. King Jr.
She was the daughter of the late Milton Lincoln and Maryellen (Cole) Large.
She had been employed by Osram Sylvania for 25 years.
After retiring, she and her husband relocated to Florida for 17 years before returning in 2007. She was an avid New England Sports fan.
Rita S. Corneau
CENTRAL FALLS: Rita S. Corneau (86) passed away on Friday October 28th in Worcester, MA. Born in West Warwick, RI, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Marie Anne (Cantara) Brindamour, and was preceded in death by her husband George E. Corneau.
For the past eight years she lived with her daughter Claudette and son-in-law, Mickey Blyskal in Boylston, MA. She was a long time resident of Central Falls, and a former Communicant of Holy Spirit (St. Matthew Parish).
FOSTER â The state meet for cross country takes place next Sunday at Ponaganset High.
For some schools, such as the Lincoln boys' team, their âstate meetâ took place on Saturday at the class championships.
The Lions were among a handful of schools that needed a quality placement in their respective class meet to earn a trip to the states because they did not get an automatic berth by finishing among the top three in their division.
PAWTUCKET â When analyzing the Division II-B playoff picture, the idiom âdown to the wireâ comes to mind.
This past weekendâs slate of games resulted in such a shakeup that even the Richter scale went haywire. A number of alleged favorites went down, which in turn open the door for several teams that once upon a time were viewed as playoff onlookers, not playoff contenders.
A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.
SEEKONK â As a near-lifelong resident of Seekonk, Dan Horton well remembers the early 1960s, when he'd climb aboard the bus that would transport him and his young neighbors to Anne C. Greene School for grades 1-3 and Pleasant Street Elementary for grades 4-6.
He grew up on County Street, not far from the Rehoboth town line, and still resides in the same home with wife Linda.
âWe'd ride the bus through what were then farmlands, and we used to count the horses along the way,â Horton grinned Thursday afternoon. âNow, those farmlands are mostly plats, so I'm sure the kids count the houses.â