September 28th, 2011
Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valleyâs teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Jen Brodeur had one of those seasons that doesnât come around too often for a first-year coach.
Inheriting a strong nucleus of players from previous years, the North Smithfield coach watched her Northmen lose just one league match en route to capturing the Division III state championship.
Eight senior starters have since graduated from that squad. While she wouldnât label it a rebuilding year, Brodeur wasnât expecting a similar scenario this season.
PAWTUCKET â Based on information gleaned from a traffic stop, Pawtucket Police arrested one of the two suspects who robbed a Providence teen at gunpoint on Sunday during a supposed Craigslist transaction.
PAWTUCKET â Back in 1951, Rev. Newell J. Smith decided that the numerous young married couples and adult single folks who belonged to the Woodlawn Baptist Church were not adequately being served with parish social activities as they existed. So, on Sept. 30 of that year, the pastor and his wife, along with another couple, Deacon and Mrs. Kenneth Arnold, who served as counselors, organized a fellowship.
David C. Higgins, Sr.
LINCOLN - David C. Higgins, Sr., 78, of Smithfield Avenue, died Tuesday, September 27, at the Philip Hulitar In-Patient Center, Providence. He was the former husband of the late Joan Preston Smith.
Born in Saylesville, a son of the late Theodore R. and Marion (Chace) Higgins, he was a lifelong resident of Lincoln.
Mr. Higgins worked as a wire drawer for Collyer Wire, and later as a security guard at Roger Williams Park, Providence.
He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry, 5th Infantry Division.
Rita J. Dusza
PAWTUCKET - Rita J. Dusza 80, formerly of Field Street passed away Saturday September 24, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Matthew Dusza.
Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Peter and Meri (Ramutenas) Mazika. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Before retiring she was employed by The United Food Co. of Pawtucket as a Packer.
Mrs. Dusza leaves 1 brother Alex E. Mazika of Cranston and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Walter and James Losiewicz and the sister of the late Peter,William and Walter Mazika.
Bernadette M. Nadeau
EAST PROVIDENCE - Bernadette M. (Boise) Nadeau, 104, of East Providence and formerly of Pawtucket passed away September 21, 2011 at Chestnut Terrace in East Providence.
Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Ubold and Eliza (Laliberte) Boise. She was predeceased by her son Joseph H. Nadeau and her sister Louise M. Walsh. She is survived by four grandsons; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â The Barton Street Tot Lot, a slice of land that was once a weed-choked eyesore and is now a cheery play area for youngsters, served as a fitting backdrop for Monday's ceremony honoring recipients of the 2011 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award.
The MetLife Foundation recognized the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC), the Pawtucket Police Department and the Central Falls Police Department for their creative efforts to improve quality of life and build a strong multi-city and multi-agency partnership to address crime in the Barton Street area.
PAWTUCKET â Ho-hum.
Another game, another one-sided victory for St. Raphael Academy, one made entirely possible by the dominating Ivey-Jones sisters.
Tuesday afternoon saw Shea High become the latest Division III team to be brought to its collective knees by SRAâs 1-2 scoring punch, senior captain Kytresa Ivey-Jones tallying two goals with little sister Kyanna recording a hat trick while also delivering an on-target assist that directly led to another goal. Blend the stats together and itâs clear why the Saints coasted to a 7-0 verdict at Max Read Field.
LINCOLN - Maryann Buben, a woman of style, grace and beauty, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Rose (Lucas) Buben.
PAWTUCKET- Tady "TED" Czyzewicz 86, entered into eternal peace on Monday September 26, 2011, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Frances V. (Czupryna) Czyzewicz.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Jan and Pauline (Szerlag) Czyzewicz. He was predeceased by his four older brothers, John, Adolph, Chester and Thomas.
Before retiring he was employed by Jordon Marsh/ Macy's in Warwick in the Men's Fine Clothing department for 20 years.
LINCOLN â Under the watchful eyes of instructors Deb Reddy and Paula Paluch, a group of perhaps a dozen Northern Elementary School students performed an assortment of body moves on a classroom floor early Monday afternoon.
âOK, we're doing the 'Down Dog,'â Paluch announced to the girls as the tune âTownship Krishna,â sung by Krishna Das, blared from a small CD player. âNow, swing to the 'Warrior 1.'â
A few seconds passed, and Paluch asked the kids to move to the âWarrior 2,â then to the âWindmillâ and âCobraâ before switching back to the âDown Dog.â
WOONSOCKET â The offense of Tolman High, spearheaded by high-scoring sophomore Manny Wongen, has been a major contributor to its undefeated record so far.
But you got to give credit to the Tigersâ defense, too.
Just like its previous seven tilts in Division II-North, the âDâ was at the top of its game on Monday afternoon as the Tigers held off upset-minded Woonsocket, 2-1, at Barry Field.
LINCOLN --- Lincoln controlled the clock, but Rogers ruled the scoreboard.
The Vikings only had the ball on offense for approximately 10Âœ of the first 31Âœ minutes of Monday nightâs Division III game at Ferguson Field, but that didnât prevent them from producing 35 points and 228 yards of real estate and cruising to a 41-6 victory.
Father Gerald A. Dorais
GARDNER, MA - Father Gerald A. Dorais, 83, was peacefully born into eternal life on Friday, September 23, 2011 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, on the Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and the eve of his fifty-sixth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He was in the company of a brother priest, family and friends.
Fr. Dorais was born in Central Falls, RI on February 9, 2011, the son of the late Armand and Jeannette (LeClerc) Dorais.
Nancy A. Gagnon
CENTRAL FALLS - Nancy A. Gagnon, 69, passed September 26th. She was the wife of the late Roger Gagnon.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Emile and Nora (Daniels) Daunais.
She had previously been employed by the Pawtucket Times and Ann & Hope for many years before retiring. Nancy enjoyed crafts, her two dogs and spending time with family and friends.
She was the mother of the late Bruce A. Gagnon.
Nancy is survived by her daughter in law Sandy Gagnon and several cousins.
WOONSOCKET â Before officially closing the books on the 2010 football season for Tolman High, please, pass the lemons.
A half-healed wound is in need of one final squeeze.
Itâs about the lessons head coach Dave Caito and his Tigers learned from the way Woonsocket took over, and was allowed to take over, supremacy in last seasonâs Division II Super Bowl that was, by the end, not nearly as close as the 28-14 final score would have you believe.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Central Fallsâ âDâ earned an A-plus from its head coach on Friday night.
The Warriorsâ defense forced five turnovers, recorded six sacks, and limited Hope to just 12 yards of offense en route to an impressive 21-0 victory in their Division IV meeting at rain-drenched and mud-covered Macomber Stadium.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brandon Canuto tossed a pair of touchdown passes and senior running back Joshua Brandon had his first career 100-yard game on the ground by picking up 111 yards on 21 carries, but the night clearly belonged to the defense.
CRANSTON â Taking care of the ball on a rainy night proved to be too tall an order for East Providence High.
Five E.P. turnovers paved the way for three Cranston West High scores in a 19-10 triumph for the Falcons on Friday night. Trailing by three with just over two minutes remaining, East Providence quarterback Brandon Peters was picked off by Nicholas DeMarco in front of the Townie bench and ran 28 yards into the end zone for a score that iced game for the Falcons.
PAWTUCKET â Two City Councilors are raising questions about some expenditures made by the Grebien Administration for municipal jobs and even the spending philosophy behind the budget itself.