February 21st, 2011
Faces of Ireland contestants Diane Levesque of Lincoln, center, and Sue Petersen of Cumberland hold hands after tying twice with the audience voting via applause. Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Chairman Arthur Brunelle, left, authorized a coin toss to decide the winner. Petersen won the coin toss and is the female Face of Ireland.
PROVIDENCE â After his Pop Warner football team, the Edgewood Eagles, won a national title in 2008, Shea senior Freddy Gobewole figured a similar fate would occur at the high school level.
It never happened.
While Gobewole was a top running back for the Raiders, the teams struggled during his career with just nine total wins, and no playoff appearances, the last four years.
To make matters worse, a dislocated shoulder, suffered during a scrimmage in August, kept him off the field for half the season this fall.
The majority of high school coaches are also full-time teachers. For these dedicated souls, the world of academia does not cease once the final bell rings. True, they may trade their lesson plans in for whistles and clipboards, maneuvering from one stressful environment to the next. In reality coaches are confronted with the same pressing matter that monopolizes their time and energy during the daytime.
PAWTUCKET â Following a trial that concluded on Friday in Providence's District Court, Pawtucket police officer Nichalas Laprade was found guilty of one count of indecent exposure/disorderly conduct related to an incident on I-95 last November.
According to the Attorney General's Office, Laprade received a one-year filing on the misdemeanor charge, which essentially means that if he stays out of further legal trouble for one year, the conviction will be dropped from his record.
LINCOLN â Benjamin Pelletier couldn't believe his good fortune when he happened by a flier posted inside the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School one day last November.
It asked any student interested in building his or her own electric guitar â and learning how to play it â to register for the extracurricular program sponsored by the school.
PAWTUCKET â Following an intensive police and fire investigation, two city men were arrested for allegedly setting the fire that destroyed a six-unit apartment house at 35 Vale St. on Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, Pawtucket police arrested Raymond B. Gyamfi, 21, of 181 Magill St., Pawtucket, and Jeremy Lopes, 22, of 103 Samuel Ave., also of Pawtucket. Police Major Arthur Martins said that the arrests were made by the Pawtucket Police with assistance from the Central Falls and Providence Police Departments. He added that the investigation is continuing.
PAWTUCKET â If you were to go up to Mike Kayata and tell him that senior star Elijah Wiggins would be a non-factor due to foul problems, the Tolman head coach would say his team is in really deep trouble.
PAWTUCKET â Free throws attempted serve as the perfect means to separate which team was the more aggressive unit.
Itâs also the main reason why Shea High remains alive in the Division II playoffs after posting a 62-53 win over Narragansett High on Friday night at âThe Cage.â
The stat that tells the story in this preliminary round clash is that the seventh-seeded Raiders attempted a dozen more free throws than the No. 10 Mariners. Shea went 16-of-24 from the charity stripe while Narragansett was 6-for-12.
Shea now moves on to face Rogers, seeded second, on Monday in the quarterfinals.
Therese M. Beaulieu
PAWTUCKET - Therese M. Beaulieu, 80 of Pawtucket died on Wednesday at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Beaulieu. A daughter of the late Arthur and Ursula (Giard) Beaulieu, she was born in Pawtucket where she was a lifelong resident.
She was a communicant of St. Teresa Church. Prior to retirement in 1992, she had been employed for thirty-two years as an estimator in the office of the Key Container Corp. She was a member of St. Teresa's Senior Group and of the AARP.
George H. Adams IV
CENTRAL FALLS - George H. Adams IV, 23, of Dexter St, Central Falls died Thursday, February 17, 2011. He was the son of George H. Adams III and Melinda Chaves.
Mr. Adams installed sprinkler systems for Triple A Sprinklers in Warwick.
CUMBERLAND - Evelyn (Breault) Brouillette, 85, formerly of Pocasset Avenue, passed away Thursday in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Raymond Brouillette.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Theophile and Laura (Jette) Breault. She resided in Cumberland for over 50 years.
Mrs. Brouillette was employed at Texas Instruments, Rhode Island College, RI Division of Taxation, and Fram Corporation.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church.
PROVIDENCE â No matter how you slice it, Providenceâs 79-76 defeat to Big East bottom feeder DePaul was a tough pill for Keno Davis and the Friars to swallow.
Davisâ post game press conference was far from a ray of sunshine, as the third-year coach sat silent at the podium for several minutes before trying to explain what has to be the Friarsâ most disheartening loss of the season â one coming against a DePaul outfit that coming had had dropped 25 consecutive Big East games.
âItâs a tough lesson for a young team to learn,â said a clearly shell-shocked Davis.
For three local teams straddling along the same line, the idiomatic expression âthereâs no tomorrowâ definitely applies.
CUMBERLAND â In states where wrestling holds a prominent place in the high school sports winter season -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Iowa come to mind â people flock to big dual-meets in large numbers. When two unbeaten teams meet, fans and coaches and former wrestlers fill the stands, contributing to a raucous setting not often seen in Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE â The country got up close with the nether regions of the Big East Conference on Thursday night.
In a nationally-televised contest involving two teams just trying to stay afloat in a Top-25 dominated lead, DePaul held on for 79-76 win over the Providence College Friars before 5,021 disappointed fans at The Dunk.
PC trailed 77-76 with seven seconds remaining when Gerard Coleman had a pass broken up in the lane by DePaulâs Jeremiah Kelly, who hit two free throws with less than a second remaining to secure the win.
Paul M. Driscoll
CUMBERLAND - Paul M. Driscoll, 58, of Lonsdale Farm Road passed away Wednesday, February 16 at home.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Mary V. (Vass) Driscoll. He resided in Cumberland for the past 33 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
He was a United States Army National Guard Veteran, serving in the Airborne Division.
He was employed as a floral desiger for Uncle Ronnies Flower Shop of Cumberland for over 30 years.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High demonstrated the proper way to head into the postseason, dispatching of Ponaganset High, 71-44, Wednesday afternoon at the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET â As is normally the case, Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine uses âSenior Nightâ as a chance to shine the light on those seniors who normally take a backseat to more acclaimed teammates. For Newon Sendolo, Franklin Batista, Ben Pillsbury, Austin Hill and Calvin Contreras, that meant a chance to make a rare start, doing so with playoff position hanging in the balance against perennial power Bishop Hendricken.
CUMBERLAND â The Cumberland High wrestling program runs as deep as the roots head coach Steve Gordon has nurtured in this town since moving here nearly 50 years ago.
The Clippers finished their second straight undefeated dual-meet season on Wednesday night with a 37-20 spanking of equally unbeaten Warwick Veterans, which was the favored team heading into this showdown between Division Iâs two elite squads.
PAWTUCKET â It had been frigid and icy getting around and the sprawling Hope Artiste Village was the last stop on a tiring, whirlwind tour of Rhode Island's arts scene, but Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, still exuded enthusiasm about the people and places he visited.
âRhode Island gets it,â said Landesman. âIt is an arts state. Rhode Island has the most working artists, per capita, than any other state in the country, and what I'm taking back is information showing how the arts can be a model for economic development.â