November 10th, 2010
LINCOLN â€“ You could say the elements helped even the playing field between Lincoln and North Smithfield. With a steady rain sweeping across Chet Nichols Field, Tuesdayâ€™s Division II quarterfinal match became a matter of survival.
Thanks to two goals in the final nine minutes, the Lions emerged from this mud bath with a 2-0 victory over the Northmen, who played the game minus the services of head coach Steve DeMeo. DeMeo was relived of his coaching duties after Mondayâ€™s arrest for allegedly transmitting inappropriate messages to a minor.
Boston Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that the process to find Pawtucketâ€™s next manager is already under way. The vacancy was created when Torey Lovullo left to become Torontoâ€™s first base coach on Monday.
â€śWeâ€™ve already started to put together a list,â€ť Hazen said via cell phone. â€śCertainly within the list you have to stay somewhat flexible because of (potential coaching shifts at the major league level). As a result more candidates could become available as those situations play out.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Some 17 months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the Twin River gaming facility and its new owners announced Tuesday that they have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue, Division of Lotteries have issued the final necessary approvals, and documents announcing the company's emergence from bankruptcy have been filed with the bankruptcy court, according to a press release.
Kenneth E. Hoyas, Sr
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth E. Hoyas, Sr., 83, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice M. (Marshall) Hoyas.
CENTRAL FALLS --- City Council President William Benson Jr. admitted being stunned when he discovered early Monday morning that Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the city's receiver, had â€ślaid offâ€ť four council members, including himself.
PAWTUCKET â€” In ceremony heavy on both family and tradition, Paul King was sworn-in on Monday afternoon as the cityâ€™s newest police chief.
The former Pawtucket Police major was pinned with his new badge by his father, retired Pawtucket Police Captain Theodore â€śTedâ€ť King as his mother, Eileen, looked on. Kingâ€™s wife, Roberta, and the coupleâ€™s five children, witnessed the special event, along with a large gathering of state and local officials and police chiefs and public safety personnel from throughout the state.
PAWTUCKET -- In the end, Torey Lovullo could not say no to his mentor and close friend John Farrell.
A partnership that took flight as teammates with the California Angels in 1993 and later working side-by-side in the player development ranks with the Cleveland Indians was rekindled Monday, as Lovullo was hired to join Farrellâ€™s coaching staff in Toronto. The former Pawtucket Red Sox manager will serve as the Blue Jaysâ€™ first base coach.
Nobody said the format to crown a single champion for the 2010-11 high school boysâ€™ basketball season would be perfect. The event, which calls for a 16-team bracket, is the first of its kind, meaning it should be viewed as a litmus test by administrators, coaches and players.
But that hasnâ€™t stopped some coaches from the lower divisions in voicing concern on how everything is arranged. The field is broken down so that the first eight slots are awarded to Div. I teams, the next five belong to Div. II, and the last three spaces are set aside for entries from Div. III.
It was great to see Joe Paterno collect his 400th career victory at Penn State on Saturday. I was in the neighborhood for many of the first 120 back in my college days and early sports writing years. It wasnâ€™t always easy dealing with a man who set such high standards for himself and his program. Paterno kept everyone on their toes, beginning with his players and going right down the list, all the way down to the lowest creatures on earth â€¦ the sports writing fraternity.
PAWTUCKET - Edilia Vasconcelos (Spinola) 80, of Pawtucket died Nov. 5, 2010. She was the wife of the late Abraham Soares.
She was born in Brava, Cape Verde Island a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Lopes) Spinola.She came to this country 37 years ago settling in Pawtucket.
Roland A. Palin
LINCOLN - Roland A. Palin, 89, of 10 Franklin St., Lincoln, died Saturday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Estelle (Jacques) Palin.
He was born in Central Falls, a son of the late Oscar and Louise (Charpentier) Palin. He had lived most of his life in Pawtucket.
Raymond A. Trudel
PAWTUCKET - Raymond A. Trudel, 84, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence.
Josephine M. Beauchemin
CENTRAL FALLS - Josephine M. Beauchemin, 89, of Central Falls, died Thursday. She was the wife of Oliva "Bushy" Beauchemin and the late Ambrose Luoni.
John F. Grieve
PAWTUCKET: John F. "Jack" Grieve 67, died unexpectedly on November 6, 2010. He was the devoted husband of Patricia(Flynn) Grieve.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Archiebald and Catherine (McDade) Grieve. He was a lifelong Pawtucket resident.
He had been employed by Motorola for 30 years and after his retirement worked for RI Resource Recovery.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph "Boss" Antunes, 74, of Roland Street, passed away Saturday at home. He was the husband of Cristine (Tina Machado) Antunes. They had been married for 42 years.
Born in Cumberland he was the son of the late Luiz and Eliza (Gomes) Antunes.
He was a life long Cumberland resident.
Mr. Antunes was employed as a bolt forger for the former Standard Nut and Bolt Company for many years retiring in 1987.
He was a member of the United States Army during peace time.
LINCOLN â€” One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where â€” at age 14 â€” he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night â€” March 1, 1974 â€” and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.
Eight teams will square off today-- weather permitting -- in the Division II playoffs. And perhaps six of them could actually win the state title that will be decided this coming Sunday at Rhode Island College.
â€śOur division is very close,â€ť Lincoln coach John Dâ€™Aloisio admitted over the weekend. His Lions host North Smithfield at 4 p.m. today.
A day-long rain is in the forecast. Any games postponed today likely would be made up on Tuesday.
Welcome to the Division II football playoffs, home of the complex algorithms.
For those who remember the unprecedented five-way tiebreaker of two years ago that tabulated Woonsocket as the odd team out, a refresher course on the wording of the tiebreaker formula was held after Central knocked off Chariho on Friday night. The 40-12 outcome created a three-way logjam atop the II-A standings with Central, Chariho and Johnston all sporting identical 5-2 records.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mike Sassi knew his St. Raphael squad could not improve or hinder its playoff position heading into Saturdayâ€™s regular season finale against Ponaganset. Though the Saints were locked in as the third seed in Division II-B, that didnâ€™t stop the head coach from digging deep into his bag of motivational tricks.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Friday nightâ€™s key Division II-A matchup with Johnston High pretty much mirrored the way the season has gone for the Shea High football team. The Raiders were once again their own worst enemies, fumbling the ball seven times, three of which were recovered by the visiting Panthers.
Even as something as simple as recovering an onside kick eluded Shea in the third quarter. So when Johnston smothered the live ball at the 6:58 mark, you had the feeling that whatever slim chance the Raiders had at qualifying for the postseason went up in smoke.