December 7th, 2010
PAWTUCKET â€“ The ushering in of a new boysâ€™ basketball season means the arrival of two high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Central Falls dedicated its latest Navigant Tip-Off Tournament championship to former coach Joe Handy.
â€śWe wanted to get this one for Joe,â€ť said new C.F. coach Nick Lafreniere on Tuesday evening after his Warriors rolled to a 38-24 victory over Davies Tech in the tournament final. â€śJoe was a mentor and a friend to me and a great coach. I talked to him on the phone today and told him we wanted to win for him.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When Battalion Chief Keith Sullivan received the call at approximately 4 a.m., Tuesday, he walked to the dormitory area of the Central Falls Fire Department and announced to several colleagues their beloved chief â€” Rene R. Coutu â€” had died at the age of 60.
â€śEverybody got up, and one firefighter immediately went outside and lowered the (American) flag to half-staff,â€ť Sullivan said sadly. â€śThe others just walked around. It actually was very quiet.â€ť
CUMBERLAND - Anita Valliere died on December 2 under the loving care of her sister Yvonne and husband Robert at their home in Coventry, RI after a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Notre Dame Cemetery, 359 Daggett Ave., Pawtucket, RI at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 9. A reception will immediately follow at Cantina DiMarco, 405 Mendon Rd., Cumberland.
Althea E. Thompson
Cumberland - Althea E. (Fowler) Thompson, 94, of Old Diamond Hill Road died Sunday, December 5, 2010 at Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Earl N. Thompson.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Harris E. and Emma (Brown) Fowler, she had lived in Cumberland for the past 45 years.
James A. Riley
PAWTUCKET - James A. Riley, 79, of 422 Armistice Blvd. passed away Saturday,December 4, 2010. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Patrick J. and Margaret C. (McSally) Riley.
Mr. Riley was a US Navy Veteran serving during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Fleury and Joan Daley both of Pawtucket; a brother, Dennis Riley of Little Compton; a cousin, Margaret Silva of Pawtucket; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was also the twin brother of the late William Riley.
Debra A. Smith
PAWTUCKET - Debra A. Smith of Weeden Street, Pawtucket died Thursday, December 2, 2010. For full obituary please visit: www.manningheffern.com
Marie M. Madden
PAWTUCKET - Marie M. (Glenn) Madden, 95, of Old Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, formerly of Ferncrest Drive, Pawtucket, passed away Saturday at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Marie was the wife of the late Jean D. Madden, Sr. for 72 years. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Marie was a daughter of the late Matthew T. and Margaret (Burke) Glenn.
Aida L. Silveira
EAST PROVIDENCE - Aida L. Silveira, 86, of East Providence died peacefully on Dec. 5, 2010 at Chestnut Terrace nursing home. She was born in Brava, Cape Verde.
A daughter of the late Candido and Julia Lopes. She came to this country 23 years ago settling in Central Falls. She is survived by children: Julia L. Baptista of E. Prov, Domingos Lopes of Pawt and Maria Cecilia Martins of Pawt., 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Still pursuing his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state receivership law at the Supreme Court, Mayor Charles Moreau is breaking his silence on the actions being taken by Receiver Mark Pfeiffer.
â€śThereâ€™s a dictator running the city of Central Falls and he has no clue what heâ€™s doing,â€ť Moreau declared in an interview with The Times Wednesday.
Moreau, who still holds the title of mayor and ostensibly serves in an advisory capacity to the receiver, says he can not even get his calls returned by Pfeiffer.
PAWTUCKET â€” Looks like American League has a new big bopper to lose sleep over. Yet as teams start assembling scouting reports on newly-minted Red Sox acquisition Adrian Gonzalez, perhaps they would be wise to consult pitchers Rich Hill and Chad Paronto, both of whom toiled for Pawtucket last season.
CRANSTON â€” Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson has been telling anyone who would listen that football season is a journey that often lasts from August until early December.
â€śOur kids came a long way from the first game we played Tolman back in September,â€ť Henderson said on Sunday afternoon following the Villa Novansâ€™ 28-14 victory over the Tigers in the Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium. â€śWe didnâ€™t capitalize on some things in the first game (a 6-0 Tolman victory). But that was early in the season. We showed how far we have come today.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ If this was a boxing match, a good referee would have intervened and stopped the proceedings before things got too out of hand. It was a total mismatch right from the opening tap.
Providence College was much better than the University of Rhode Island yesterday. The Friars dominated in coasting to an impressive 87-74 triumph over the Rams before a sellout crowd of 12,410 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. PC led by a dozen in the first half before going up as many as 17 points late in the game.
â€śWinning isnâ€™t everything â€¦ itâ€™s the only thing.â€ť
Most people attribute this quote to legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Actually, Vince borrowed it from a former UCLA football coach named Red Sanders. Its true meaning is hard to miss. Winning is the only thing that matters.
PAWTUCKET â€” Fans and supporters of fresh and organic farm-to-table produce, seafood and other edible items now have two days a week to shop. The popular Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers' Market is now open on Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings in the Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main St.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“Kent Crooks realizes that this yearâ€™s squad doesnâ€™t really have a superstar or a good-to guy.
What the Lincoln High coach does know is that he has multiple players that can get the job done.
And that was clearly on display during Friday nightâ€™s non-league Injury Fund contest versus North Smithfield.
Three players scored in double digits and half a dozen netted at least six points as the Lions breezed to a 76-38 win over a somewhat-shorthanded Northmen squad at the Lovett Gymnasium. Lincoln was led by a team-high 16 points from Mike Akanji.
TE -- Chris Baldwin, sophomore
LT -- Dion Rubio, junior
LG -- Zach Delmar, junior
C -- Devan Bullard, senior
RG -- Daniel Stubbs, freshman
RT -- Jared Battersby, senior
WR -- Shayne Taylor, senior
QB -- Joselito Knapp, junior
HB -- Ousmane Samb, senior
HB -- Elvis George, sophmore
HB -- Juan Wilson, senior
E -- Rodney Jean-Pierre, junior
T -- Jared Battersby, senior
T -- Aaron Stone, senior
E -- Seny Samb, junior
LB -- Joselito Knapp, junior
LB -- Mamour Samb, sophomore
LB -- Dion Rubio, junior
LB -- Andre Gilbert, junior
When push comes to shove during Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl between Woonsocket and Tolman, expect both coaching staffs to put the game in the hands of their defensive units.
Each of these championship football teams depended on their defenses in tough games, perhaps never more so than during their Sept. 24 regular season meeting when the Tigers ground out a 6-0 victory over the Villa Novans.
By the end of the league season, Woonsocket had allowed just 20 points in 7 games. Tolman yielded 28.