March 20th, 2014
SAN ANTONIO â€“ While the point-guard matchup between Providenceâ€™s Bryce Cotton and North Carolinaâ€™s Marcus Paige has been the talk de jour leading up to Fridayâ€™s NCAA Tournament contest, thereâ€™s a frontcourt bout that could prove as important in deciding the outcome.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Letâ€™s remove all the tradition and corresponding subplots from the equation.
Instead, letâ€™s delve into how Providence and North Carolina arrived at this particular juncture â€“ a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament thatâ€™s on tap Friday night (7:20 tip) at the AT&T Center. The two schools may have arrived at the same destination, yet itâ€™s safe to say that the steps taken to get here were vastly different.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Thereâ€™s no question that the NCAA Tournament is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company. Between the 14-year, nearly $11 million television agreement that CBS and Turner Sports entered into back in 2010 and the presence of recognizable corporate sponsors such as AT&T and The Coca-Cola Company, it wouldnâ€™t come as a shock to learn that theyâ€™re printing money at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
The question is, just how big of a slice of mince pie do NCAA participants such as Providence receive?
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PROVIDENCE â€“ Cumberland put its sterling credentials on the Meehan Auditorium ice for all to see on Thursday night in the Division II championship opener against the co-op team from Providence Country Day, St. Raphael Academy and Wheeler.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Despite some problems that have occurred with vandalism, the playground at the Curtis Elementary School on Benefit Street has been kept unlocked and open to members of the community.
â€śIt's open seven days a week,â€ť said Curtis School Principal Jean Friend. â€śIt is left unlocked.â€ť She said there was a period when it had been locked after some mulch and an area that was being reseeded was damaged, but it has been unlocked now â€śfor awhile.â€ť She added, however, that there have still been some occasional issues with vandalism.
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SEEKONK - Kaltsas, Joyce, 81, wife of the late George A. Kaltsas, died Mar. 19th.
Funeral services private. Obituary and condolences at http:// www.jhwilliamsfuneralhome.com/
Suzanne R. Roy
PAWTUCKET - Suzanne R. Roy of Pawtucket died on March 18, 2014.
Suzanne was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Norman and Virginia (LaPlante) Roy. She was a packer at Fuller Packaging for many years.
Suzanne is survived by her brothers; Michael Roy of Pawtucket, Donald Roy of Seekonk, Ma., David Roy of Pawtucket and Alan Roy of Pawtucket.
HAWTHORNE, NJ - Kathleen, age 84, of Hawthorne, NJ, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Kathleen lived in Rumford, RI, Maplewood, NJ and Westwood, NJ before moving to Hawthorne. Kathleen's last employment was as a Bookkeeper at South Orange Maplewood Adult School in Maplewood.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Just when everything appeared set regarding the saga involving Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, the one-time hot topic has been thrust back into the spotlight.
The timing of the news that the Providence police are looking into a complaint of sexual assault against one freshman that left the Providence College basketball program (Austin) and another who is still a Friar (Bullock) seems a tad curious. PC is here preparing for its first NCAA Tournament contest in a decade.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Way back in January, St. Raphael Academy faced Scituate in a crossover tilt between league frontrunners.
Despite the Spartansâ€™ physical presence, or the fact it would eventually become the Division II-North champion with a stellar 16-2 mark, the Saints manufactured a 44-38 triumph, though head coach Fred Saunders claimed it was a tough, aggressive affair.
The two foes met again in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Rhode Island College on Wednesday night for the right to play for the state crown on Saturday. And this time, the same ensued, except â€¦
PAWTUCKET â€” The 2014 6th Annual Catholic High School Homeless Sleep Out, unfortunately could not be held at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul this year.
Instead, it will be hosted by Saint Raphael Academy tonight. There will be a Diocesan Professional Day the following dayâ€”so all Catholic High School students in the Diocese of Providence will not have school. The five schools participating in the Homeless Sleep Out are St. Raphael Academy, Bishop Hendricken, LaSalle Academy, the Prout School, and Bayview Academy.
Two-hundred students are expected at this event.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A statewide grand jury has indicted a former Pawtucket police officer accused of choking and raping his girlfriend last year.
Stephen Ricco, 41, of 1 Tupperware Drive, was indicted on one count each of first-degree domestic sexual assault; domestic strangulation; and two counts of domestic assault. The former two charges are felonies.
The alleged incidents took place in Riccoâ€™s condo on Nov. 28, state prosecutors said. Ricco has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest, the same day.
PAWTUCKET - Wanda Squadrito, 91, of Bellmore Drive, Pawtucket died March 19th at Grandview Nursing Home in Cumberland. Wanda was the wife of the late Angelo Squadrito Sr.
She was born in Norwich, CT a daughter of the late Joseph and Franciska (Wojnar) Brzozowski.
Mrs. Squadrito worked for Texas Instruments in Attleboro, MA for eighteen years before retiring in 1985.
PAWTUCKET - Joan Elizabeth (Tretton) LeBeau, of Pawtucket, RI, died peacefully on March 14, 2014, on her 80th birthday, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
She was born on March 14, 1934, in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the second child of the late Eugene Tretton and Elizabeth "Lily" (Mayman) Tretton. She grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and graduated from East High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Joan was a long-time resident of Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”The Central Falls Schools Superintendent has come up with a proposal that she said would integrate special education classes across all grade levels while better accommodating the school district's increasing primary school population.
Vincenza A. Lincardio
PAWTUCKET - Vincenza A. "Auntie Vee" (Pacia) Lincardio, 86, a longtime Pawtucket resident, passed away at Elmhurst Extended Care in Providence, on March 17, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph Lincardio and daughter of the late Angelo and Antonetta (Bounaito) Pacia.
Vincenza was employed in the Jewelry industry at Richmond Sales, a business owned by her brother, before her retirement.
Josephine C. Varone
PAWTUCKET - Josephine C. "Joan" Varone, 98, passed away Monday March 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank A. Varone.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kara) Molak. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 37 years.
Joan was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church Central Falls and a member of the former Orchard Lake Schools Ladies Auxiliary.
PAWTUCKET - Lalime, Kathleen Eleanor, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Laurent A. Lalime. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Mary Elizabeth (Martin) DuBreuil. Mrs. Lalime lived in Cumberland for the last two years. She previously lived at Daley Court, Pawtucket.