NORTH SMITHFIELD â In a very-competitive Division III this season, North Smithfield and Shea are among a crowded bunch that will be fighting for the four playoff spots.
Even though the postseason is still more than a month away, there was a playoff-type atmosphere taking place on Wednesday night when the two teams collided at Lovett Gymnasium.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Det. Capt. Richard Frazier admitted it may have been one of the dumber crimes he's seen in his lengthy career.
Police have arrested Jeremy Schmidt, 20, of Newman Avenue, Rumford and two juveniles after they forced a Chinese food delivery man to the ground and stole $100 cash, his cellphone and car keys, not to mention the food, on Jan. 19.
According to Frazier, Schmidt is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
SEE Thursday's edition of The Times for complete coverage.
CUMBERLAND â Every game is important for head coach Gary Reedy and his Cumberland High squad, but Tuesdayâs Division II crossover matchup with host Barrington could have been listed under the must-win category.
The Clippers and Eagles each went into the contest with matching 6-3 league marks, putting them just two victories away from a berth in the open state tournament in March. For Cumberland, it also has the strongest part of its schedule the remaining eight games so a win would certainly give it some added momentum.
PROVIDENCE â Realigning the stateâs high school football landscape wasnât the only matter discussed at Mondayâs meeting of the Interscholastic Leagueâs Principalsâ Committee on Athletics (PCOA). Below are a handful of noteworthy developments that came about during the 90-minute open session.
â In boysâ soccer, the PCOA unanimously approved an alignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons that results in Tolman and Woonsocket moving up to Division I. The Villa Novans competed in Division I as recent as 2009, while the Tigers have predominantly resided in Division II.
WEST WARWICK â We hear the phrase âforce to be reckoned withâ from those involved in athletics so often that sometimes the exact meaning gets lost in the wash.
Tuesday nightâs Division II showdown against Shea High saw West Warwick High clarify matters. Save for the late scare the Raiders provided, the Wizards provided concrete examples why they figure to be a tough out when the time comes for the open state tournament. With usual suspects John Morrison and Ryan Lawton directing the attack, West Warwick scored a 78-68 win to improve to 10-0 in II-South.
CUMBERLAND â Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.
CENTRAL FALLS â After officially becoming a member of President Barack Obamaâs cabinet just last Friday, SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited Rhode Island Monday for a series of meetings in the Blackstone Valley.
Mills and her host, Rep. David Cicilline started the day at Tolman High School, meeting with local mayors and town administrators from Cicillineâs 1st Congressional district to tell them how her agency works with local cities and towns to strengthen their business community.
Lucene G. Hennick (nee Jones)
Alexander H. Messier
PAWTUCKET - Alexander H. Messier, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012. He was the husband of Geraldine (Moseley) Messier. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alexander and Emily (Garreau) Messier. Mr. Messier was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. He was a navy veteran of World War II.
He was a sales representative for Ford Aluminum Products for many years, retiring in 1991. He later worked as a starter at Stone E. Lea Golf Course for over twenty years.
George A. Robichaud, Jr.
CHEPACHET - George A. Robichaud, Jr., 56, of Chepachet passed away Monday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the beloved husband of Kate M. (McIlmail) Robichaud for 33 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late George A. and Rita G. (Martel) Robichaud.
George was a Quality Control Manager for New England Paper Tube Co. in Pawtucket for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a great sense of humor and a generous heart.
Agnes E. Snow
PAWTUCKET - Agnes E. Snow, 93, of Pawtucket passed away Monday, January 23, 2012, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Francis J. Snow.
Mrs. Snow was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Shanley) Kirk. She was a kindergarten teacher in the Pawtucket School System at the Elizabeth Baldwin School for many years.
G. Kenneth Juckett
PAWTUCKET - G. Kenneth Juckett, 85, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Oliver H. and Ethel M.(Mason) Juckett. Ken was a World War II and Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. He was a machinist for over thirty years at New England Machine and Electric, Pawtucket until retiring. Ken was a life member of the American Legion; member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS.
PROVIDENCE â The Woonsocket High School football program is staying put in Division II. In the case of Tolman High, Division I beckons after a successful stint in Division II.
Divisional alignments for several fall sports were ratified and approved at Mondayâs meeting of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Principals' Committee on Athletics. In the case of football, Woonsocket will remain in Division II, a league where the Villa Novans have resided since the 2006 season.
BURRILLVILLE --- After suffering its two most lopsided losses of the year late last week, Burrillville got back on track in a big way on Monday night in its Division II-North matchup against Tolman at the Broncodome.
Sophomore forward Victoria Libby overcame a bloody nose she suffered at the start of the second half to pour in 11 points, contribute 12 rebounds and four steals, and help the Broncos produce a foul-plagued 52-43 victory.
PROVIDENCE â Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon â in this case, his shod foot â the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.
PAWTUCKET â Having found her own path to a rewarding career in social work since immigrating from her native Colombia, Gloria Cardenas is now focusing on helping those less fortunate in her adopted hometown of Pawtucket.
With that in mind, Cardenas, along with family members and their friends, will be hosting a âWinter Clothing and Snackâ event on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Crown Collision Center, 180 Broadway, Pawtucket.
Anyone in need of winter clothing or shoes is invited to come by. Coffee, biscuits and other snack items will be available.
Francis M. White, Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Francis M. White, Sr., 67, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at home. He was the beloved husband for 39 years of Florence A. "Flo" (Chase) White. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Lester and Adeline (Whitman) White.
Francis worked in the food industry for many years before retiring.
Eduino S. Escobar
PAWTUCKET - Eduino S. Escobar, 87, passed away January 22nd. He was the husband of the late Adelina (Pires) Escobar. Born in Cedros, Fayal, Azores, he came to the United States in 1969 and was employed as a maintenance man at Elizabeth Webbing Company. He was the son of the late Jose Silveira de Escobar and Filomena Emilia de Lacerda.
PAWTUCKET - Joseph Medeiros, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away on January 21, 2012 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Jeanne (Debooserie) Medeiros and daughter Jo Anne Medeiros of Pawtucket, sons Michael and wife Kim Medeiros of Cumberland, Paul Medeiros of Cranston, Jon Medeiros of Exeter and James Medeiros of New York. He leaves two grandchildren, Alyssa and Matthew Medeiros of Cumberland, as well as niece Kathy Pattison and nephew Joseph Medeiros.