August 29th, 2011
The third week of preseason football practice offers high school coaches and players a chance to narrow their focus.
EAST PROVIDENCE â We end this summerâs Golf Spotlight series in an appropriate location: Wannamoisett Country Club, a most prestigious par 69 test of subtle skills that has hosted the Northeast Amateur Invitational for 50 years, dating back to 1962.
When Ricky Ledo reneged on his verbal commitment to Providence College back in January, the Providence native did so with the full backing of his high school coach.
Now that all signs indicate that Ledo plans to unveil his college of choice Thursday afternoon in the Capital City â sources tell Blackstone Valley Sports that Ledo will announce his intentions to become a Friar once again â this same coach believes that the ensuing months Ledo spent on the open market only aided the highly-touted recruit in researching and ultimately rendering a decision.
Maria N. Rodrigues
CUMBERLAND - Maria N. Rodrigues, 67, passed away August 26th peacefully at home with her family beside her.
Born in Terceira, Azores, and a longtime resident of Cumberland, Rhode Island, she was a dedicated wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband Manuel G. Rodrigues and her two children, Manuel A. Rodrigues and Sandra M. Rodrigues, and six grandchildren, Zachary, Emily, Amanda, Tara, Louise and Anthony.
Maria R. Neves
CUMBERLAND - Maria R. Neves, 87, of Clark St. passed away Sunday in the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Joaquim A. Neves.
Born in Taunton she was the daughter of the late Abilio and Maria (dos Anjos) Pires. She resided in Cumberland most of her life.
She was a weaver employed by the Arbeka Webbing Co., Pawtucket for 18 years retiring in 1988. She was previously employed by the Hope Webbing Co., for 22 years.
Raymond W. Faulkner Jr.
LINCOLN - Raymond W. Faulkner Jr., 49, of Lincoln, died Saturday at home. Born in Providence, he was a son of Ellen (Conroy) Faulkner of Lincoln and the late Raymond W. Faulkner Sr.
Mr. Faulkner had been employed by Cross Insulation. He is also survived by his brothers John J. Faulkner of Plainville, MA, Kevin Faulkner of Plainville, MA and Brian Faulkner of Lincoln; his sister Sheila M. Costa of Cumberland; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
High winds and waves pummel the south coast of Rhode Island as Hurricane Irene makes its closest pass early Sunday morning.The National Weather Service in Taunton, Ma. issued a flood warning for the Blackstone River in Woonsocket from late Sunday night to Monday afternoon or until the warning is cancelled, after heavy rains due to the storm that fell Saturday night and Sunday. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the stage was 5.9 feet. Flood stage for the river is 9 feet, and minor flooding is forecast.
Hurricane Irene hits the south coast of Rhode Island with hurricane force winds, heavy rains and a storm surge which inundated Salty Brian State Beach and the parking lot near George's of Galilee early Sunday morning. The breachway between Galilee and Jerusalem, behind, had 4-6 ft. waves during the incoming high tide and the water contributed to flooding on Great Island, and the docks in and around the state piers.
STORM SURGE-Waves from Hurricane Irene crash into the seawall at Narragansett Pier at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, flooding nearby Beach St. which runs in the foreground of the photo. High winds, heavy, pelting rains and high waves pounded the south coast of Rhode Island, resulting in numerous power outages and many trees being blown down as the storm made it's closest pass before being downgraded to a Tropical Storm later in the morning.
MIAMI (AP) â Weaker but still menacing, Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
PROVIDENCE â State Rep. William San Bento and Matthew Gunnip, both of Pawtucket, are the two northern Rhode Island representatives on the 18-member commission that will redraw the stateâs 75 representative districts and 38 Senate districts in advance of the 2012 election.
Sen. Michael McCaffrey, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Stephen Ucci will be co-chairman of the panel, officially called the Special Commission on Reapportionment.
FOXBORO, Mass. â Even Bill Belichick knows that training camp is a grind.
On Wednesday night, the Patriots coach treated his players to a viewing of âThe Fighter,â the critically acclaimed 2010 film that tells the inspiring real-life story of boxer Micky Ward, a native of Lowell, Mass.
The Patriots were joined by Ward himself for the show, which was held at the theater inside Gillette Stadium typically utilized for film sessions.
PAWTUCKET --- The last memory Shea High soccer fans have of last yearâs magnificent season was a cruel, unpleasant one.
It was on a cold November night at Rhode Island College, and Shea had just suffered a 2-1 loss to Barrington High in the Division I championship game. It was a duel that saw Shea allow a couple of easy goals in the opening half and come very close to tying the score on a few occasions during the second half.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â Call this a tale that will tug at your heart strings. If not, your mouth, for sure, will water.
Chris Gomes has such love for his daughter, 24-year-old Crystal Gomes, he not only helped her buy the Original Tom's Deli & Catering, LLC, located at 1137 Charles St., but also found someone to help teach her about the business.
That expert just happens to be Tom Procaccini, the same man who turned his small variety store into this âHome of Italian Specialties.â
PAWTUCKET â Anyone looking to âeat, drink, and be merryâ should head to the Slater Mill site in downtown Pawtucket on Friday, Sept. 9, when the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival officially gets underway with the opening night Gala. The event, held rain or shine, will run from 6 to 11 p.m.
The main event will be the annual âTaste of Pawtucket,â where, for a $10 entry fee, participants can sample food specialties from over 50 local restaurants, markets and vendors. Beverages are also available for purchase a la carte and include various soft drinks, beer and wine.
Rachel J. Botelho
LINCOLN - Rachel J. Botelho, 92, of Sales Hill Road and formerly of One Mendon Road, Cumberland died Tuesday in The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the wife of the late Herman Botelho.
Born in Switzbeurg, Canada she was the daughter of the late Homer and Mariana (Bonneau) Menoche. She resided in Manville for the past 11 years previously living in Cumberland and Pawtucket.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is finishing up an excellent first season in the New York Yankeesâ farm system.
Mason, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, is batting a league-leading .353 for the Staten Island Yankees team that plays in the Class A New York/Penn League. A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Williams just turned 20 years old on Sunday. He has been ranked the No. 6 prospect in New Yorkâs farm system by the River Avenue Blues website.
The Williams family lived in Pawtucket for around 10 years until moving to Florida in 2004.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler got me thinking the other day when he was asked about the âhypeâ surrounding new third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who at the time had gone 0-for-11 in his first three games for Pawtucket after hitting .302 for Class AA Portland with 18 home runs.