March 11th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ Bob Driscoll is back on the clock, and this time the Providence College athletic director is bringing some important friends along for the ride.
For the second time in three years, Driscoll finds himself making an important assessment of the menâ€™s basketball program. PC parted ways with Keno Davis on Friday after three turbulent seasons, a tenure that was marked by tough times on and away from the court. Speaking from inside his Alumni Hall office late Friday afternoon, Driscoll mentioned he plans on forming a search committee in his quest to find the next Friar coach.
Officially, the Keno Davis Era at Providence College ended Friday, when the school severed its working relationship with the head coach, one many perceived upon his hiring three years ago was the missing link in bringing respectability to the menâ€™s basketball program.
Technically, Davisâ€™ fate at PC was sealed last May 18, when star player Jamine â€śGreedyâ€ť Peterson was expelled after an undisclosed incident in a dorm room on campus. The incidents that came before and after Petersonâ€™s ouster were a further death knell to a situation that Davis was never able to recover from.
CUMBERLAND - Mary "May" (Drukas) Roberts, 89, formerly of Meadowcrest Drive died Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the loving wife of the late Omer W. "Bud" Roberts.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Gus and Christina (Ayoub) Drukas, she had lived in Cumberland for over 40 years.
Mrs. Roberts was a jewelry worker before retiring.
She is survived by one niece, Christine King; two nephews, Christopher and Nicholas Beck; and several cousins. She was the sister of the late Sophie Beck and Rena Lebeau.
Mary F. Allcock
PAWTUCKET - Mary F.(Sherry) Allcock died Monday in Gresham, Oregon at the home of her daughter, Maureen. Born in Pawtucket Ms. Allcock was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (McKitchen) Sherry.
She was an Office Manager at the former Hord Tool & Dye Co. for over 30 years retiring in 1985.
There are times when Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine probably wishes he had a traffic light on the bench. Instead of making tiresome gyrations with his hands and feet and straining his vocal cords, Sorrentine could simply stand and rely on the signaling device to get the message across.
PAWTUCKET â€” About 20 pro-life supporters, many carrying handmade signs, attended a rally Thursday morning in front of the former Pawtucket office of Congressman David Cicilline to protest his vote against the Pence amendment that would have halted federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
Irene M. Gagne
PAWTUCKET - Irene M. (Kaloostian) Gagne, 71, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Laura(Finley) Kaloostian. Irene was a Licensed Practical Nurse at Heritage Park YMCA, Pawtucket for the past 10 years, and was previously employed by Harvard Pilgrim Health for 10 years and Cranston General Hospital for 35 years. She was a member of the Rhode Island School Nurses Association.
James B. Dixon
PAWTUCKET - James B. Dixon, of Pawtucket died Wednesday March 9, 2011. He was the husband of Donna (Guilmette) Dixon.
Mr. Dixon was born in Pawtucket the son of Theresa A. (Simonelli) Dixon of Pawtucket and the late James B. Dixon. He was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving during the Vietnam War.
Rita M. Hughes
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. (Bedard) Hughes, 90, of Booth Ave. died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of RI. She was the wife of the late Lawrence Hughes to whom she had been married for over 50 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Gedeon and Emilia (Rousseau) Bedard.
She was a solderer for Robbins Co. of North Attleboro, MA retiring in 1982 and had previously worked at Royal Electric as a Plastic Moulder for 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Convinced that there were no other realistic options to avoid the state taking over control, the City Council voted 7 to 1 Wednesday night to allow for the borrowing of up to $11.6 million in Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) to address its current fiscal year budget deficit.
CUMBERLAND â€” Three local men who allegedly committed the Overhill Road home invasion last month in which a 66-year-old man was injured are in custody after what police called â€śan intense investigation.â€ť
Christopher Duffy, 18, Kyle English, 20, and Christopher Pascale, 22 â€” all Cumberland residents â€” are facing a combined 17 charges, including assault on a person over 60, assault with a deadly weapon in a dwelling house, robbery, conspiracy and receiving stolen goods â€” a .45-caliber handgun that belonged to the owner of the home.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mike Kayata and Matt Pita arenâ€™t about to tell Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine anything he doesnâ€™t already know. On Monday the longtime St. Raphael Academy coach was present as North Providence ushered top seed Cranston West out of the state tournament behind a reverse lay-in in the dying seconds from one of the Cougarsâ€™ chief threats, Austin Van Bemmelen.
Arthur J. Gillooly
PAWTUCKET - Arthur J. Gillooly died March 7, 2011. For full obituary please visit www.manningheffern.com
Louis F. Parker
N. ATTLEBORO - Louis Francis Louie Parker, 63, of N. Attleboro, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the constant companion of Patricia Costa.
Born in Attleboro on May 23, 1947, Louie grew up and was educated in N. Attleboro and graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1965. He lived for many years in Central Falls, RI.
Robert J. DeGrafft
ATTLEBORO - Robert J. DeGrafft, 57, of Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on March 5, 2011.
Born in Attleboro on July 18, 1953, he was a son of Herbert S. DeGrafft of North Attleboro and the late Marion Mae (Wright) DeGrafft. Raised and educated in North Attleboro, he was a 1971 graduate of North Attleboro High School. He later attended Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. DeGrafft was employed as a quality assurance engineer for Senior Aerospace in Sharon for ten years.
PROVIDENCE â€” Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien liked a lot of what he heard from Gov. Lincoln Chafee's first major presentation â€” a combined State of the State address and budget speech.
â€śIt means $800,000 for Pawtucket this year and $1.6 million next year,â€ť Grebien said in the House of Representatives chamber after the governor spoke. â€śIt comes with some strings attached, but in this tough economy, this benefits the city and education.â€ť
Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s boysâ€™ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.
Whether itâ€™s at the high school or the collegiate level, it doesnâ€™t matter. Coaches will be the first to admit that when the postseason arrives, anything can happen.
Cinderella has made its way to the Ball on numerous occasions where an underdog that has no business to be on the same court or field as a top-seeded squad somehow pulls off a miracle and produces a victory or at least a legitimate scare to their favored opponent.
WOONSOCKET -- Wrestling is one high school sport in Rhode Island where the public vs. private school debate holds no water. Public schools have won 29 of the last 30 state team championships in wrestling.
Bishop Hendricken sneaked in to grab a state title back in 2004. Cumberland then ruled the state in 2005. Cranston West won the next four titles before the Clippers returned to the top in 2010. Warwick Vets prevailed in 2011.
Back in 1999, Johnston High won the state title, proving that even smaller public schools can reach the top in wrestling.
CUMBERLAND - Walter "Chick" Sullivan, 78, formerly of Hopkins Terrace, passed away February 28, 2011 in the Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, FL. He was the husband of Geraldine A. (Pate) Sullivan and the late Elizabeth A. Carr.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Raymond and Gladys (Cameron) Sullivan. He resided in Port Charlotte, FL for the past 8 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Sullivan was a United States Army Veteran.