November 10th, 2011
Rick Pitino, sage that he is, shared this little anecdote at last month‚Äôs Big East media day ‚Äď one that illustrates the waves new Providence College head coach Ed Cooley is making on the recruiting trail.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs already attracting ‚Ä¶ he beat us out on a player recruiting-wise,‚ÄĚ said Pitino point blank, his eyes lighting up as if they were filled with fire. ‚ÄúI would have said, when it got to Providence and us [Louisville], he would have had no shot in getting this player, but Ed got him. So he‚Äôs already made an impact.‚ÄĚ
They‚Äôve spent the past eight weeks working hard and overcoming some tough league opponents for the right to play in a meaningful game on Veteran‚Äôs Day weekend.
For neighboring schools Tolman, Cumberland, and St. Raphael, that weekend has finally arrived, and the meaningful games that they will participate in will be their quarterfinal-round games of the Division II playoffs.
Raymond R. Cookson
PAWTUCKET - Raymond R. Cookson, 95, of Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket died November 9, 2011. Mr. Cookson was the husband of Ruth (Nelson) Cookson.
Mr. Cookson was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Hull) Cookson. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army Air Corp where he served in the Philippines.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThis game is going to be like ‚ÄėThe Thrilla In Manila,‚Äô‚ÄĚ La Salle Academy soccer coach Mario Pereira was saying on Tuesday night. ‚ÄúThis is going to be a classic ‚Ä¶ two great teams trying to sort things out ‚Ä¶ two teams with a lot of skilled players ‚Ä¶ and kids on both sides who share an incredible passion for the game.‚ÄĚ
Pereira was talking about Saturday‚Äôs Division I state championship soccer game between his squad and Pawtucket‚Äôs Shea High. It is a heavyweight matchup between a private school and a public school, between the so-called rich kids and the city kids.
KINGSTON ‚ÄĒ For the first time in its long history, Cumberland will play for a state championship.
The Clippers earned a berth in Saturday‚Äôs Division II championship match on Wednesday night by surviving a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over a Central Falls team that was determined to spring its second upset victory of the playoffs at URI‚Äôs Keaney Gymnasium.
Senior standouts Micaela Malboeuf (13 kills, 25 digs) and Michelle Malboeuf (11 kills, 20 digs) had big games for the Clippers, who defeated the Warriors by scored of 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, and 27-25 to advance.
‚ÄúWith the benefit of hindsight, I wish I could have done more.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď Joe Paterno
Who would have thought it would end this way for the legendary Penn State coach of 46 years? Paterno, the man of high moral values, the guy who once vowed not to retire and ‚Äúleave college football to the Barry Switzers and Jackie Sherrills‚ÄĚ of his coaching fraternity, had failed the biggest morality test of his life.
Maurice A. Regan
PAWTUCKET - Maurice A. Regan, 94, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
He was the beloved husband of Helen A. (Phillip) Regan.
Mr. Regan was born in Lawrence Massachusetts, the son of the late John and Nora (Donovan) Regan.
He was a WWII Veteran serving in the United States Army Air Corps.
Mr. Regan graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor‚Äôs Degree and then earned his Master‚Äôs Degree at Boston University.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN ‚Äď You know that Mount St. Charles-Coventry final that would have been billed as a matchup pitting one unbeaten squad versus another? Apparently Ponaganset didn‚Äôt get the memo.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Thousands of unionized workers converged on the Statehouse Monday from all across Rhode Island for a ‚ÄúRally for Pension Security,‚ÄĚ railing against the pension reform legislation now before the General Assembly and booing and ridiculing General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the plan's authors.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa ‚ÄúMissy‚ÄĚ Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before he‚Äôs eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
Thomas A. Perron
PAWTUCKET - Thomas A. Perron, 56, passed November 7th. He was the husband of Diane L. (Cardinal) Perron.
He had been employed by Stop and Shop, IGA and Andreoni Market, then retired due to illness from Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Cherie Lee Perron of New Britain, CT, a son, Thomas A. Perron of Bellingham, MA, a sister, Joanne Cranshaw of Lincoln, a brother, Rev. Robert P. Perron of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews.
Piotr J. Budzyna
CENTRAL FALLS - Piotr J. Budzyna 74, of High Street passed away Tuesday November 8, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Halina (Kozaczka) Budzyna.
Born in Poland he was a son of the late Wladyslaw and Karolina (Rokocz) Budzyna. He lived in Central Falls for the past 8 years and was formerly of Cumberland.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator for the Seekonk Manufacturing Co.
Robert L. Pope
SEEKONK - Robert L. Pope, 83, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy M. (Weaton) Pope, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on September 18, 2011.
EAST GREENWICH ‚ÄĒ There are strength in numbers for sure on the soccer pitch, to which East Greenwich High will attest.
The Avengers consistently flooded the penalty box area with defenders, forming a protective cocoon that allowed goalie Oscar Goodwin to thrive while simultaneously left Tolman High‚Äôs array of skill players singing the blues.
CRANSTON ‚ÄĒ Shea High shook free from a determined Cumberland team on Monday night at Cranston Stadium and advanced to the Division I state finals for the second straight season with a 3-0 victory over the Clippers.
The Raiders, who lost in the 2010 finals to Barrington, will meet top-ranked La Salle in Saturday‚Äôs high noon showdown at Rhode Island College‚Äôs pitch. The two teams tied 2-2 during their only regular season meeting.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ After shaking off some rust in the first game, Cumberland High went into playoff mode and is now just two bigs wins from the school's first-ever state championship.
Fueled by an outstanding night from junior Sam Bertherman and a solid all-around effort from her teammates, the third-seeded Clippers swept by No. 6 seed Tolman, 3-0, in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday at the Wellness Center. Cumberland won with scores of 25-23, 25-4, 25-9.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Despite its modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the city's animal shelter is finding itself in the doghouse when it comes to heating and electrical costs.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Jury selection is expected to begin today in the Superior Court trial of a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in their Park Square apartment in March 2009.
But the victim‚Äôs mother, Jo-Ann Boyer of Pawtucket, said she is still hopeful that accused killer David P. Leite will cop a plea and spare family members the trauma of a trial.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôd like to have some closure after all this time,‚ÄĚ said Boyer. ‚ÄúBut none of us is looking forward to having to live through all this again.‚ÄĚ
Meredith A. Garon
CUMBERLAND - Meredith A. Garon 58 of Bryant St. died Sunday at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center, Pawtucket. She was the wife of Arthur J. Garon.
Born in Providence a daughter of the late Edwin and Mildred (Heaton) Elson. She was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Garon was a bus monitor for Laidlaw Company for nine years and also worked for Health -Tex for fifteen years.
Brian David Rigby
PAWTUCKET - Brian David Rigby, 41, passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2011 in Smithfield, NC. Brian was born in Pawtucket and resided in North Carolina for the preceding four years.
Brian was the beloved Son of Marsha (Hunt) and George Rigby, brother of Sharon Sexton-Brady and her husband Mickey Brady, brother of George T. Rigby, Jr. and his wife Gina (Palazio) Rigby. He was the former husband of Kerri (McKenna) Rigby.