November 11th, 2010
CUMBERLAND â When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Josh Lemois told his father he was giving up a chance to become a local policeman to go to Afghanistan, Bruce Lemois thought he understood.
He had to go.
Why else would Josh turn his back on his dream job?
âHe wants to be a Cumberland police officer,â said Lemois, a member of the Cumberland Town Council. âNot a Warwick police officer. Not Providence. He wants to be a member of his hometown police department.â
For Tolman, Woonsocket, and St. Raphael, the Division IIâs âsecond seasonâ begins this weekend. For Burrillville and East Providence, their pursuit at a second season continues.
Five Blackstone Valley teams will try to extend their respective seasons past Thanksgiving this week when the Division II quarterfinal round takes place and the Division I and III regular seasons ramble down the home stretch.
CRANSTON â In its 37 years as a varsity program, Shea High has copped a Division I-B championship in 1992, Large Division titles in 2002 and â03, and a Division II crown three years ago.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Raiders will battle for another state championship, but unlike their previous four titles, this one will be for all the marbles in the stateâs top division.
Francis C. Murray
Epsom, N.H. - Francis Charles Murray (Frank), 83, died Monday, November 8, 2010 at home in Epsom, New Hampshire following a long illness. He was born January 28, 1927, in Pawtucket, RI to the late Herbert and Rose (Reynolds) Murray. He spent many years in his hometown of Pawtucket and then moved to Epsom, New Hampshire in 1996.
PAWTUCKET â West Warwick almost pulled off the upset heard around Division III on Tuesday night, taking a 2-1 lead into the final two minutes of the second overtime before St. Raphael Academyâs Kytresa Ivey-Jones scored the goal of her young life, tying the contest and sending it into a shootout that the Saints won, 4-2, on a clinching goal by freshman Trina Lomba.
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, Tuesdayâs 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 Mondayâs 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 Pawtucketâs next manager is already under way. The vacancy was created when Torey Lovullo left to become Torontoâs first base coach on Monday.
âWeâve already started to put together a list,â Hazen said via cell phone. âCertainly 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
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 âlaid offâ 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 cityâs newest police chief.
The former Pawtucket Police major was pinned with his new badge by his father, retired Pawtucket Police Captain Theodore âTedâ King as his mother, Eileen, looked on. Kingâs wife, Roberta, and the coupleâs 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 Farrellâs 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 hasnât 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 wasnât 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 âŠ 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.