November 13th, 2010
CENTRAL FALLS --- Jim Bourgault sat at his kitchen table on Wednesday night and swore the best part of his recent trip to England wasn't being crowned a world masterâs bench press champion but instead âreconnectingâ with his wife, Jeannie.
When Jeannie, playing with her two grandchildren in the living room, heard the comment, she immediately spun around and replied, âSuck-up!â
Naturally, the Hunt Street home â which houses the couple's three adult children and little Amiaya, 3, and Antonio, 18 months â erupted in laughter.
PAWTUCKET â Sure, his eyes and feet played a part in guiding Joselito Knapp to the end zone. To the Tolman quarterback, that only begins to cover what transpired with under six minutes remaining in Fridayâs Division II quarterfinal matchup with Westerly at Pariseau Field.
PROVIDENCE --- Jeff Craven tormented Shea High again on Friday night, but this time, the Barrington High senior standout victimized the Raiders on the biggest stage of the season -- the Division I championshp game.
Craven netted a pair of first-half goals and the Eaglesâ superb defense did its part to fend off the high-scoring Raidersâ assault the rest of the way en route to a 2-1 win and the teamâs record 11th state title at Rhode Island College.
CENTRAL FALLS --- It was of North Smithfield High head coach Wes Pugh-Pennington's volition to treat his Division IV showdown against Central Falls High on Friday night as a road playoff game.
âOur plan was to keep it simple,â he stated. âWe knew it was their Homecoming, so we wanted to use this as preparation for the playoffs. We knew we'd see a tough C.F. Team come in and play hard, so we wanted to run the ball, mix it up and gain some yardage. But we also wanted to prove that we're North Smithfield, we're no fluke, and that we come to play football.â
Fernando Lourenco Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Fernando Lourenco Sr., 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday. Fernando was born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland on June 26, 1920. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Piedade (Freitas) Lourenco. He was the son of the late Jose and Maria (daPatrocino) Lourenco of Lamegal, Portugal.
Joseph E. Ryan
LINCOLN - Joseph E. Ryan, 73, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Jennifer M. (Schabowski) Ryan. They had been married 50 years. Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late William J. and Gertrude C.(Garrett) Ryan, he had lived in Lincoln most of his life. Mr. Ryan had been employed by the State of RI Dept. of Labor. He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. His brother Kenneth F. Ryan of Seekonk and numerous nieces and nephews survive him. He was the brother of the late William J. Ryan Jr. and Edwin Ryan.
FLORIDA - Shirley Starsiak 82, formerly of EP passed away November 8 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers FL.She leaves her Beloved daughter Gail and son-in law Jerry Blain of Ft. Myers Beach with whom she made her home for the past 3 years.
Born in Central Falls to the late Irene and Thomas Flaxington, she was also a stepdaughter to the late James Hindle. She was the mother of the late Gary Starsiak. Shirley also leaves a sister, June Schricker in California.
Shirley E. Alix
CUMBERLAND - Shirley E. (Drummond) Alix, 90, of Cumberland, died on Tuesday at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre in Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Clifford L. Alix.
Born in Pawtucket on May 10, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mildred(Cheney) Drummond.
Mrs. Alix was employed by the former Almacs Supermarket as a clerk for several years prior to retiring.
Armand E. Lapierre
SARASOTA, Fla. - Armand E. Lapierre, 84, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010. He was the beloved husband of the late Laura M. (Marcotte) Lapierre.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Alfred G. Lapierre, Sr. and Diana M. (Beauchaine) Lapierre. Armand was a longtime resident of Pawtucket before moving to Florida, after retirement he enjoyed spending summers in Rhode Island.
He was a World War II US Army veteran, and a Life member of LeFoyer.
Armand was the proprietor of Darlington Sash and Door Company, Pawtucket for 21 years until retiring in 1983.
Clara I. Blake
PAWTUCKET - Clara I.Blake, 92, of Ashburne Street, Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday,November 10, 2010 at The Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
She was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Eugene and Margaret (Lydon) Poirier and was the beloved wife of Lawrence T. Blake Jr. She was employed as an assembler for the Fram Corporation for 18 years retiring in 1980.
Grover J. McParlin Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Grover J. McParlin Jr., "Joe", 54, of Saratoga Avenue, Pawtucket died Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence.
He was born in Providence, the son of Kathleen (Burns) McParlin of Greenville and the late Grover J. McParlin Sr. He was the loving husband of Lise D. (Cousineau) McParlin for 25 years. Joe was employed by Hot Stuff Inc., a food vendor based in Warwick, RI.
Claire J. Bois
PAWTUCKET - Claire J. Bois, 93, formerly of Kent Street, Pawtucket, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 surrounded by her loving family at the Grandview Center in Cumberland.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Antonio and Mary (Papini) Arrighi and was the wife of the late F. Edward Bois. Claire spent her entire life caring for the people she loved and enjoyed their love in return. She was employed as an inspector for the Fram Corporation.
Alfredo S. Roque
PAWTUCKET: Alfredo S. Roque, 64, of Cleveland St, passed November 10, 2010. He was the husband of Adelaide (Marques) Roque. They have been married for 37 years.
Born in Vale da Ribeira, Portugal,a son of the late Eduardo and Maria Santos Silva Roque.
He had been employed by Carol Cable for many years and was a member of the Portuguese Social Club.
Dorothy A. Hull
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy A. (Wilson) Hull, 74, of New York Avenue died Sunday, November 7, 2010 while visiting in South Carolina. She was the wife of the late James G. Hull.
Born in Eastover, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Gary T. and Flossie Mae (Woodle) Wilson.
Mrs. Hull worked at the Holiday Retirement Home in Manville for many years before retiring.
Norman J. Cotton
TEXAS - Mr. Norman James Cotton,. 73, passed away on October 27, 2010.
Born February 6, 1937, in Central Falls, RI, Mr. Cotton was a son of the late William Christie Cotton, Jr. and Florence Anita LaRocque Cotton. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving more than 33 years during which time he earned many medals, commendations, and honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a Catholic and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
LINCOLN --- For the first time in his pro career, Woonsocketâs Joe Gardner will be fighting for a championship belt, and he will try to claim his prize in the six-round co-feature of tonightâs CESâs (Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.) âHomecoming Kingâ card at the Twin River Event Center.
And for the first time since coming back to the sport in May after a 7Âœ-year absence, Gardner has had to prepare for a fight without his favorite sparring partner, West Warwickâs Keith Kozlin, giving him some valuable rounds.
MIDDLETOWN -- St. Raphael Academy fell from the unbeaten ranks in a very big way on Thursday night by dropping a 7-5 decision to Middletown High in the Division III semifinals at the Gaudet Middle School complex.
The Islanders, who will battle Narragansett High in Sundayâs championship game at Rhode Island College, won this high-scoring affair by breaking a 3-3 tie with the first three goals of the second half.
The loss came as a shock to the Saints, who allowed just eight goals during the regular season and came into the game with a 15-0 mark.
CRANSTON --- Defense is the main reason why Lincoln High captured the Division II-North title this year.
And if the Lions plan to seize the Division II state championship on Sunday afternoon, they are going to need the same excellent defense they displayed throughout the season and in Thursday nightâs semifinal-round game against Mount St. Charles Academy.
Junior striker Jillian DeSimone scored her team-high 16th of the season and the Lionsâ defense held off a furious second-half attack by the high-scoring Mounties en route to a 1-0 victory at Cranston Stadium.
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.