September 18th, 2011
The first weekend of league play in Rhode Island football provided a hint of what to expect in the season ahead from local teams.
In a most evenly-matched contest, Tolman High outlasted St. Raphael Academy 22-14 on Friday night. The Tigers are coming off a 2010 season in which they lost in the Division II Super Bowl to two-time champion Woonsocket.
The Villa Novans, meanwhile, laid an egg in their opener on Saturday, losing to Pilgrim, 18-7.
FOXBORO â€” Vince Wilfork was having a playful conversation with Pepper Johnson a couple weeks ago when a most unlikely topic arose.
â€śMan, I might end my career without an interception,â€ť Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if heâ€™d ever reeled in a pick.
â€śNope, never had one,â€ť the teammate replied.
Well, in addition to the Patriotsâ€™ 35-21 victory over the Chargers at Gillette Stadium, Wilfork had extra cause to celebrate on Sunday.
When it comes to that first NFL interception, heâ€™s officially off the schneid.
PROVIDENCE â€” The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what heâ€™s accustomed to.
Nursing a knee injury for the better part of the year, a stress fracture that has derailed his training targeted towards a possible trip to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Roland Lavallee wasnâ€™t looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sundayâ€™s race to help his teammates and test his legs on the five-kilometer course.
The results were satisfying.
CUMBERLAND â€” "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and closes out later today (Sunday).
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.
LINCOLN â€“ The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, â€śThat was outstanding.
â€śIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â€ť noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family â€śA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ€ť at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A full 45 minutes before TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility attorneys were to appeal a May 27 zoning violation before the Zoning Board of Review, at least 60 residents conducted a vociferous rally in front of City Hall on Thursday night.
Most members of the congregation, including men, women and children, wore red T-shirts with the catch phrase â€śEnforce The Law & Protect Usâ€ť in white on the front, while others carried signs reading, â€śStop Pond View Now!â€ť and â€śHold Pond View Accountable!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to grant money and a local physician's unique idea, the â€śdoctor is inâ€ť at Shea High School.
Dr. Tanya Becker, a pediatrician who has practiced in Pawtucket for the past seven years, has set up a satellite office in the lower level of Shea High School. Here, on certain days and during scheduled hours, she will see students who are ill or in need of medical exams or other treatment in the same way she would at her regular office 59 Prospect St.
PAWTUCKET â€” This is a victory that Cumberland High soon wonâ€™t forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond â€“ one of two in the contest â€“ before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.
PAWTUCKET â€” In one of the greatest games ever played between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy during their 82-year rivalry, the Tigers rallied on Friday night for a 22-14 Division II victory over the Saints at Pariseau Field.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lincoln High was a state runner-up last year in Division II and lost five players from that squad, but it has a solid nucleus that has come back.
After back-to-back state crowns in Div. IV, Woonsocket was moved up two divisions last fall and struggled with just one victory. This seasonâ€™s team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.
Margaret C. Paradis
PAWTUCKET - Margaret C. Paradis, 86 of Pawtucket died September 15 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was was the wife of the late Raymond Paradis. Born in Pawtucket and a lifelong resident of the city, a daughter of the late John and Haple (Yarzede) Metfooney, she had been employed at the former Miller Electric Company in Woonsocket for about forty years prior to retirement in 1987. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Consolation Church.
James D. Ainsburg
PAWTUCKET - James D. Ainsburg 68, passed away on Wednesday at RI Hospital after injuries suffered in a fall at home. He was the husband of the late Patricia Ainsburg.
He was born in Amhurst, Nova Scotia, a son of the late Warren and Margaret (Keddy)Ainsburg. He has lived in Pawtucket most of his life and had been employed at Major Electric Company for more than 30 years.
Jose A. Lopes
CENTRAL FALLS - Jose A. Lopes, 65, of Walnut St. died Thursday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of Maria Ester (Costa) Lopes.
Born in Santa Comba de Villa Nova de Foz Coa, Beira Alta, Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel J. and Guilhermina J. (Cruz) Lopes. He came to this country in 1973 and had lived in Cumberland settling in Central Falls.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.
FOXBORO --â€“ Devin McCourty heard the same question a year ago.
â€śDo you think theyâ€™ll challenge you deep?â€ť
Even after a Pro Bowl rookie season from the cornerback out of Rutgers, it seems McCourty will once again be a target of opposing offenses in 2011.
The Patriotsâ€™ 2010 first-round draft pick totaled seven interceptions last season, tied for the second most in the NFL and one behind the Ravensâ€™ Ed Reed for the league lead.
It would stand to reason, then, that quarterbacks might not be so eager to throw passes in McCourtyâ€™s direction this year.
Think again, McCourty says.
Most folks around Pawtucket are expecting Tolman High to handle crosstown foe St. Raphael Academy with ease on Friday night in their Division II-B opener at Pariseau Field, and those people have their reasons.
They remember last seasonâ€™s 37-0 regular-season stomping by the Tigers and Tolmanâ€™s two-touchdown triumph over the Saints in the playoffs. They know that the Tigers have a seasoned junior- and senior-ladened team and the Saints lost quite a few key players to graduation.
PROVIDENCE - Besides looking at the thousands of runners and walkers lined on Francis Street for the start of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, thereâ€™s something else that puts a smile on the face of race director Charlie Breagy.
Itâ€™s good weather.
Lorraine G. Desjean
FLORIDA - Lorraine G. (Cormier) Desjean, 85 of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Cumberland, RI and Fitchburg, MA, passed away 9/5/11.
OSTERVILLE, MA - James "Jim" Peacock, 77, longtime resident of Osterville, passed away peacefully Saturday September 3, 2011 at Cape Cod Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Claire (Harmon)Peacock for 53 years.
Jim was born in Pawtucket, RI and graduated from Pawtucket West High in 1954 where he was a star football and basketball player and held the school javelin record for many years. He then joined the US Army for 2 years and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.
Carnell Henderson is aware of the burden heâ€™s placed on his Woonsocket assistant coaches. The head coach, who continues to come along after undergoing surgery in early August to repair a torn tendon in quadriceps muscle of his left leg, knows that just like the players have to step up their game whenever thereâ€™s an absence, so too does his staff.
The idea is to keep things as close to the status quo as possible until Henderson returns to the sidelines, which he is optimistic will happen this season.