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A white welcome to 2014
Whiteout conditions expected by tonight
School closings
Mercymount Country Day, closed Thursday and Friday
Local and wire reports
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant. Kevin Hynes says a man walked out of his Stockholders Restaurant in Weymouth on Sunday night lugging the vault. Surveillance tape shows the man entering a side door at the rear of the restaurant, heading down the stairs and coming back up carrying a large object wrapped in a trash bag. No arrests have been made. Hynes isn’t saying how much money was in the safe, but he’s offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest.
Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year — a longduration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket. The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning. When Rocky’s Ace Hardware on Pulaski Boulevard in Bellingham opened its doors on New Year's Day Wednesday morning, customers were already lining up outside. Store workers say just about any product involved in preparing for snow was going quickly. “People are coming in mostly for ice melt and rock salt, but we’ve got snow shovels, ice scrapers and just about anything else someone might need,” said one store employ-
St. Raphael Academy, St. Theresa School, St. Cecilia School: closed Thursday and Friday
Mount St. Charles Academy, closed Thursday
Public schools closed Thursday
Parking bans
CUMBERLAND: Midnight Thursday, indefinite NORTH SMITHFIELD: 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday PAWTUCKET: Noon Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday WOONSOCKET: Noon Thursday to 3 p.m. Friday
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By Friday, plows, such as this small unit clearing snow in downtown Pawtucket last winter, will be commonplace in the area as winter delivers its first big punch of 2014. Snow totals that may reach a foot will be accompanied by high winds, creating nearblizzard conditions, with the season’s coldest air to follow.
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While the Christmas and New Year holidays have passed, there’s still time to visit the annual Festival of Lights at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro. The displays will remain lit through Sunday, with the grounds open from 5 to 9 p.m. (weather permitting).
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Citizens Police Academy returns to Pawtucket
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New ‘recruits’ sought; class opens in February
PAWTUCKET — Ever wonder what it’s like to be a cop in a busy urban area? Or why police officers do the things they do in certain situations? The Pawtucket Police Department is offering residents a close-up look through the Citizens Police Academy. The 10-week course, scheduled to begin in early February, will cover a wide variety of topics related to general police work and how the department functions. Meeting once a week, the two-hour evening sessions will begin with a focus on the hiring process and backgrounds of those chosen to be police officers and continue through basic patrol functions, traffic enforce-
ment, narcotics and crime scene investigations, prosecution and internal affairs. Participants will participate in a “ride-along” with a Pawtucket police officer on patrol, and will learn what’s behind car stops, felony stops, use of force (including firearms), and defensive tactics, as well as the type of courtroom testimony that goes on during prosecutions. The course will conclude with a graduation ceremony. Police Chief Paul King said the popular course has not been offered in a couple of years, but is being brought back as part of fostering outreach in the community. “The more the community knows what we do, the more they will understand why we do it,” he said. Why an officer might approach a car with a hand on his or her weapon, or stop and question a group of youths about their activities, are just some examples where having a knowledge of police procedures can be enlightening, he noted.
King also said the Citizens Police Academy helps residents put a name and a face to the officers who are working to protect them. “It’s helpful in breaking down that barrier — that police are separate from the community as opposed to being part of the community,” he stated. King said the free program is open to any Pawtucket residents 18 years of age or older who have no criminal record (background checks will be conducted for safety reasons). Anyone interested in attending the program is asked to call the Pawtucket Police Department’s Planning and Training Officer, Sgt. Dennis Lefebvre, at 401-722-4628 to sign up. Tony PIres, director of administration for Mayor Donald Grebien, said, “The Pawtucket Police Department and the Grebien Administration understand how
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Friday, bringing 8 to 10 inches for most of the region, with higher amounts along eastern areas of southern New England, including 8 to 14 inches of snow possible on the Cape and Plymouth County by Friday afternoon. “Eight to 10 still seems good for northern Rhode Island with the storm arrival time holding off a bit, but extreme cold air will certainly follow,” says local weatherman Arthur Cadoret of Cumberland. Wind chills will be dangerous at times Friday as temperatures will be in the teens, and it will be very windy. The winds will also cause blowing and drifting snow with likely hazardous driving conditions. By Wednesday evening, the first flurry of school closings and municipal parking bans had begun (see accompanying box, page A1, for closings and bans as of press time). Local school closings, delays, and or early releases related to the storm will be announced on television channels 6, 10, and 12, as well as radio stations WNRI and WOON. Normally, an announcement is made between 5:30 and 6:15 a.m. on the day of the cancellation or delayed opening. There will also be announcements on school Web sites. Students in Bellingham, however, are off today and tomorrow because both days are professional development days for teachers. “The weather and road conditions are often quite different in several parts of town. The decision to hold school is based upon general conditions,” noted North Smithfield School Superintdent Stephen F. Lindberg. “Some isolated areas may experience much worse weather and parents must use their own judgment before putting a child on a dangerous road to walk or wait for a school bus.” The storm will affect more than 70 million people in the Midwest and Northeast combined, and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities. It will be far from the worst storm to ever hit the area, but people should be prepared for flight delays and cancellations because of direct and indirect impacts from the far-reaching storm. Chief Operating Officer Evan Myers said, “The storms will not organize fast enough to make the perfect storm, but it will cause a significant amount of snow to fall over a
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ee. “We also had a lot of elderly people who were up and about early picking up supplies.” Even with the rush, most hardware stores say they’re ready with lots of supplies in stock and will be open today and Friday during the brunt of the storm. The snow was expected to begin pre-dawn today and fall periodically, with 1 to 3 inches accumulating through the day today. The storm really gets cooking tonight into early Friday. This is when there will be periods of heavy snow, a very gusty wind, and possible whiteout and blizzard conditions. A winter storm watch has been issued for late tonight through Friday morning. The snow will wind down and end around noon
large area.” As colder air invades the storm, he said, snow will stick to the roads and make for slippery conditions. Within the heaviest snow area, the snow will fall at the rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour in some locations, making it difficult for plows to keep up. The coldest air of the season so far will empty out of eastern Canada on gusty winds in the wake of the storm. Areas from New England to much of the midAtlantic will be very cold Friday into Saturday, while travel conditions will improve. Another storm may eye the Northeast with snow, a wintry mix and rain Sunday night and Monday as 2014 kicks winter up to a whole new level of intensity. (Follow Joseph Fitzgerald on Twitter @jofitz7)
important it is to have our residents’ involvement and support. As the public safety director, on behalf of the administration, I urge interested residents to learn about the inner workings of their police department.” Pires continued, “Participation in the Citizens Police Academy will give participants a firsthand look at the best practices and procedures employed by the men and women who serve as police officers. This is a wonderful opportunity to become a member of the cast and to experience the behind-thescenes of ‘law and order’ in Pawtucket.”
Former first lady hospitalized with respiratory illness
HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn’t changed, a spokesman for her husband’s office said Wednesday. Bush, 88, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday, though it wasn’t announced until former President George H.W. Bush's office released a statement Tuesday night. “She is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care,” the statement read, promising to provide updates as warranted. Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the former president, said there was “nothing new to report” on Wednesday. In the meantime, President Barack Obama said he hopes Bush gets well soon. “Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery,” the president said in a written statement. “Barbara is blessed to have both a loving, supportive family by her side and a vibrant spirit that we hope will have her feeling better soon.” He added: “I know I speak for Americans everywhere when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and her family on this New Year's Day.” Bush and her husband, the 41st president, live in Houston and still make public appearances. Last week, they honored a Houston businessman and philanthropist with a Points of Light Award, a volunteer service award started by the former president. Also Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton tweeted: “I’ll be rooting for Barbara Bush’s full recovery while she’s rooting for Baylor today. All the best to her and to @GeorgeHWBush.” Baylor plays Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night. The former first lady had a reputation for bluntness when her husband was president. Her son, George W. Bush, was the 43rd president. The Bush family matriarch had heart surgery in March 2009 for a severe narrowing of the main heart valve. She also was hospitalized in November 2008, when she underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer. In 2010, she was admitted to the hospital after having a mild relapse of Graves disease, a thyroid condition for which she was treated in 1989. Health concerns had been more common of late with her 89-yearold husband, the nation’s oldest living former president. George H.W. Bush was released in January 2013 after he spent nearly two months at Houston Methodist Hospital, being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.
Red Cross assisting EP family left homeless by Sunday fire
Quinn and Emily Quinn responded to assist the family. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit
Healthcare marketing to ‘young invincibles’ ramped up
Both sides of ACA debate reaching out through ads
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EAST PROVIDENCE — The American Red Cross is helping one adult and one child with emergency housing and food needs after a Sunday fire on Evergreen Drive in East Providence. Red Cross volunteers Pat
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MIAMI — The so-called “young invincibles” are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance. The federal government and states running their own exchanges have launched marketing efforts for this crucial demographic of healthy young adults, but it's unclear if the messages are getting through. Eric Fisher, a 28-year-old from Salt Lake City, said he still hasn’t seen any of the social media campaigns — one of which targets Utah residents with images of people snowboarding and rock climbing. He tried to sign up online when the federal marketplace first launched, but couldn’t because of the long wait times and other website glitches. He said he’ll try again at some point. He added that the historic health care overhaul isn’t a topic he and his friends spend much time talking about. “It’s not like a coffee table conversation,” Fisher said. According to a recent Harvard survey, many of Fischer’s peers are undecided. A poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics shows about 40 percent of peo-
ple between the ages of 18 and 29 are on the fence about whether to sign up, with the rest split fairly evenly between those likely to enroll and those who probably won’t. The survey of 2,000 young adults was conducted from Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, after the first month of enrollment on the health care exchanges and when sign-up problems were at their peak. Consisting of healthy college students and twenty-somethi”" demographic is the holy grail of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers need their participation to offset the costs of covering older, sicker Americans. If enough young people decide not to buy insurance through state or federal marketplaces, it could throwoff the market’s equilibrium and cause insurance rates to rise dramatically the following year. Federal officials haven’t released detailed demographic information on who’s enrolled so far, so it’s not clear how many young people have signed up. Ad campaigns in many states are courting undecided young adults. In Colorado, a nonprofit group created a series of provocative “got insurance?” ads. One features a blonde standing next to a life-sized cutout of celebrity heartthrob Ryan Gosling with the caption, “Hey girl, you’re excited about easy access to birth control and I’m excited about getting to know you. She got insurance.” Another touting “Brosurance” encourages men doing a keg stand not to tap into their beer money to cover medical bills. When the exchange launched, models wearing nothing but underwear and “Get
Covered” signs passed out fliers in downtown Denver. Arizona and Utah ads targeting weekend warriors and other athletes note the risks of getting hurt without health insurance. Shmuel Johnson, who works in Los Angeles at a small sound studio, hasn’t seen any ads or perused the state's health exchange. “There's this elitist attitude that (politicians) think they know what’s better for us than ourselves and that’s part of why I take issue with this. I'm being forced to do something that’s not necessarily in my best interest,” said Johnson, a 31-year-old who's never had insurance. “I don’t need insurance, man. I’m healthy.” He’ll wait until March to enroll and says he’ll select the cheapest, lowestlevel of coverage available simply to avoid the fine. Experts expect many young adults, like Johnson, to wait until March. In 2012, 18 million 19 to 34-yearolds lacked insurance — or 27 percent of all people in that age group, according to U.S. census data. The Obama administration is making the rounds on college campuses to encourage people to sign up and has enlisted celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Kerry Washington, in its Get Covered social media campaign. Jennifer Hudson and Olivia Wilde were featured in skits pushing the Affordable Care Act on the humor website In the latest push, an Obama impersonator encourages young adults to tell their friends to get covered in an online rap.
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ATLANTA — Both Republicans and Democrats are looking for fresh ways to pitch old arguments as they head into the final midterm election year of Barack Obama’s presidency. Eager to capitalize as the president’s job approval rating hovers in the low 40s, Republicans are looking to hammer the clumsy implementation of Obama’s health care overhaul and bemoan an economy that, while improving, still grows too slowly. They’re already painting Democrats as fiscally irresponsible underlings of an increasingly unpopular president whose government creates more problems than it solves. Democrats say they’ll run as the party of average Americans and paint Republicans as out-of-touch allies of the wealthy, with a stubborn streak that forced a partial government shutdown and still prevents practical solutions for national prob-
lems. They’re advocating populist positions like a minimum wage increase and an end to tax breaks for energy companies, and they’re already reminding voters of Republicans’ struggle to connect with women, nonwhites and younger Americans. They’re also looking to exploit the rift between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans. Republicans hold the House majority, and Democrats control the Senate; so each side wants to reclaim a second chamber to end the Capitol Hill divide that has largely resulted in gridlock for the past three years. Also at stake are a majority of governors’ seats, which control key policy decisions around the country and will help shape the landscape for the 2016 presidential election. Leaders and strategists from each party insist they’ll have fresh twists to the health care fight now entering its fourth year. Since much of the health care law takes effect in 2014, voters will be reacting to actual outcomes rather than just political hyperbole from either side.
“Obamacare is in absolute chaos,” wrote Republican Senate campaign spokesman Brad Dayspring in his yearend review. “Vulnerable Democratic incumbents and candidates ... can’t keep their own spin straight.” Republicans have enjoyed the technical struggles of the federal online exchanges where customers can attempt to buy coverage. But perhaps the best gift for the GOP: Insurers dropping tens of thousands of policy holders and offering them more comprehensive — and expensive — coverage despite Obama’s explicit promise in 2010 that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” That promises to be an acute issue for several Senate Democrats — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina — who are running for re-election for the first time since voting for the health care law in 2010. Many Democrats concede that the president’s 2010 promise could be a millstone. But they counter that Republicans’ core argument, particularly from their most conservative candidates, is
for outright repeal: House Republicans, including many running for key Senate seats, have voted more than 40 times to scrap the entire law. “Everything we see tells us that voters want to improve the law, not repeal it,” said Rep. Steve Israel, the New York Democrat who chairs his party’s congressional campaign committee. Indeed, a Gallup Poll in December showed that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the law, but just 32 percent support repeal. As important for Democrats: Most of the 32 percent are Republicans. The poll found that two-thirds of GOP voters want the entire law gone. That pushes GOP primary candidates to the extreme on the issue, Israel argues, playing into the more general Democratic argument that Republicans are out of step. A proposed minimum wage increase — to more than $10 per hour — could become a defining part of that argument. And Israel said his caucus will push votes to end corporate tax breaks like those for oil and gas companies. “This election is going to be about who’s got your back,” Israel said.
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URI grads contribute to book about facing death
Pawtucket grad student is co-editor
“That eighteen college students can write with such depth about community and mortality is impressive.”
on Mount Fuji in Japan, where “nature guards’’ patrol the woods searching for people considering suicide; another essay considers capital punishment from the perspective of a prison chaplain. Other essays explore death themes in the work of writers Kurt Vonnegut and Christopher Hitchens, who wrote searing articles about facing mortality as he battled esophageal cancer. He died of the illness in 2011. “I’ve often felt a sense of comfort that my life is finite, despite my fears associated with the actual death,’’ writes contributor Danielle Dirocco in her piece about Hitchens. “While many are threatened that we are merely a speck for barely a moment in time in the vastness of the universe, I find this fact to be awe-inspiring. I am proud that I am but one tiny element that makes up this amazing universe.’’ One essay looks at the evolution of the grim reaper from its origins in the black plague of the 14th century to its portrayal in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Finally, one essay considers street gangs’ attitude toward death, and another piece argues that climbing Mount Everest is a life-affirming experience, not a death wish. “Kirkus’’ praised the essays, calling them lively and fascinating, despite the grim subject. The literary magazine singled out several essays, including Ashley Stoehr’s piece examining Jane Goodall’s research on chimpanzees. Her conclusion: death is “nature’s ultimate equalizer.’’ Dylan Lynch, the book’s other co-editor, also gets a nod in his essay about Vonnegut for pointing out that most people spend their days denying death, but are still crippled by the alwayspresent fear of death. The book’s message is that everything comes and goes, and that acceptance of death is key to living a rewarding life. A positive review also appeared in the literary magazine “Clarion.’’ “That eighteen college students can write with such depth about community and mortality is impressive,’’ the reviewer says. “This will definitely be a conversation starter.’’ Here are the contributors: • Alfred Killilea received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is the author of “The Politics of Being Mortal’’ and is co-editor of “Ethical Dilemmas in Public Administration.’’ • Max Cantor '11, of New York City, is a student at the New York University School of Law. • Alexander Colantonio '11, '13 (M.A.), lives in Smithfield. • Ilana Coenen '13 lives in Providence. • Danielle Dirocco '09, '13 (M.A.), of Narragansett, heads the graduate student union at URI. • Margaret Frost '11, of South Kingstown, works for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. • Liana Goff '11, of Fairfield, Conn., works on civil rights in New York City. • Andrew Karanikolis '10 lives in Wakefield. • Dylan Lynch '10, '12 (M.A.), of Pawtucket, is a law student at Tulane University. • Dan Magill '12, of Portsmouth, is a graduate student in cyber forensics at URI. • Tess O’Keefe '11 is from South Kingstown and lives in Boston. • Samantha Pettey '11 (M.A.), is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, focusing on American politics and research methodology. • Eli Roth '11, of South Kingstown, works with atrisk youth in Boston. • Ashley Stoehr '11 is pursuing her doctorate in fish physiology at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. • Shelby Sullivan-Bennis '11 lives in New York City and is a student at City University of New York School of Law. • Elizabeth Toppi '11 is from Smithfield. • Christopher Turco '11 lives in Boston and is a student at New England School of Law. • Morgan Zubof '13 (M.A.), lives in Jamestown. • Pete Zubof '13 (M.A.), lives in Jamestown and serves as an officer and a pilot in the U.S. Navy. To buy the book, please visit the book’s website at The book is also available on
KINGSTON – Death. It’s the only certainty in life, yet most avoid talking about the subject. It’s simply too frightening to ponder. Now a new collection of essays by University of Rhode Island political science graduates brings death into the open and shows how mortality can unify people in today’s troubled times. “Confronting Death: College Students on the Community of Mortals,’’ is a collection of 18 essays that explore how death can transform people and societies. The co-editor is Alfred G. Killilea, professor emeritus of political science at URI. Killilea, of Kingston, says the book is the result of essays he asked his students to submit for “The Politics of Being Mortal,’’ a seminar he’s been teaching for years about society’s shifting views on death. As American politics withers from deep ideological divisions, Killilea says our mortality is a strong force for finding common ground. “At a time when our world seems to lack the
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Alfred G. Killilea, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Rhode Island.
moral and political will to confront enormous challenges to our planet and our very survival, confronting our common mortality may provide us with a powerful fulcrum for change,’’ Killilea says. “Enmities and enemies look a lot different when we are cognizant of the fact that we all will die.’’ Some essays are strictly political, such as the ones about jihadist martyrs, child soldiers and the Nazis, who monstrously decided who was a human being – and who was not. Two essays examine suicide, including a well-trodden “suicide forest’’
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‘One-horse open sleigh’ rides are one of the many winter-themed activities that are taking place this weekend at Old Sturbridge Village.
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PAWTUCKET — St. Teresa Seniors will hold a Penny Social in the Church Hall on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m., followed by refreshments. Members are asked to bring new items only. No can goods or paper goods. New members, 55 or older, are welcome and may sign up at any meeting. Annual dues are $10 and meetings are held twice a month in the Church Hall.
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STURBRIDGE, Mass. – Historians and educators at Old Sturbridge Village are planning lots of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids busy – and happy – during winter vacation week (through Jan. 5). The fun includes both indoor and outdoor activities, including horse-drawn sleigh rides and sledding on 1830s-style sleds (snow permitting), and a variety of family-friendly performances featuring music, magic and puppet shows. Winter vacation visitors can meet the OSV oxen, learn to dip candles and make a variety of hands-on crafts. Details:; 800-SEE-1830. In addition, Old Sturbridge is offering “Winter Work and Play,” open to children ages 6-17. Children learn first-hand what life was like in the 1830s by dressing in period costume and lending a hand with typical 1830s winter chores. By learning to cook over the hearth with food stored in the root cellar, they will see how families ate before the days of modern grocery stores. Discovery Adventure hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with extended day care available until 5:30 p.m. For details: 508-3470285 or register online: Families can also learn to cook over the hearth at the Village’s special “Families Cook” evening. Adults and children (ages 8 and up) prepare a 19thcentury dinner over the fireplace with help from OSV historians in costume. After learning to chop, cook, and bake the old fashioned way, families sit down together to enjoy the delicious meal by candlelight. Details: Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open year round. During school vacation week the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission: adults $24; seniors $20; children age 3-17 - $8; and children two and under, free. For details on all programs listed: or call 800-733-1830.
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Horse-drawn sleigh rides
Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village are often surprised to learn that in early New England, getting about in winter over snow-packed roads was easier and smoother in a sleigh than navigating bumpy roads at other times of the year in a wagon. Also, sleigh bells were for safety, not just decoration. The jingling sound prevented collisions, since sleighs slid so silently over the snow.
Sledding, or “coasting” as it was called in the 19th century, is another classic activity that hasn’t lost its charm. Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village use Village-made 1830s-style wooden sleds, and many guests prefer these to modern sleds, saying these old-style sleds go faster!
Dipping candles
Making candles was a messy chore that most farmwives did on one day set aside for the task each winter. Animal fat (tallow) was rendered and melted in a large kettle over hot water. Most candles were made by repeatedly dipping wicks tied to multiple sticks until enough fat was deposited on the wicks to make candles of the desired size. The candles were then laid away safe from mice to cure and further solidify. Your Name: Address: Phone#: Email: Pet’s Name: Age:
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Pawtucket mayor touts path to more secure future
In 2013, after two years of confronting seemingly endless fiscal challenges, including the imminent threat of bankruptcy, the City of Pawtucket decisively turned the corner and began moving forward toward a better future. While much remains to be done, we have built a bridge to progress. Our goal throughout 2014 will be to not only "stay the course" but to also broaden our horizons. Two bridges, literally, brightened the city landscape in 2013. Completion of the I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge and its multicolored lights now announce our ready access to the two major metro areas north and south of us. And, after a closure of 25 years, the year-end reopening of the Conant Street Bridge will help revive that business district while turning a longtime roadblock into a renewed gateway. The first step in building something that will last is to lay a good foundation. Three consecutive balanced city budgets allowed us to begin replenishing the depleted city rainy day fund, improve our credit rating outlook twice in two years, and fund our annual pension obligations at 100 percent. Our reserves also allowed us to remedy the most recent schools budget deficit and clear the way for the balanced budgets that, of strict necessity, must be maintained there going forward for the future of our schoolchildren. The zero tax increase this fiscal year for both our residents and businesses has also sent a broader message that Pawtucket is back on track and an attractive place to raise a family or grow a business. We saw that growth with the entry of medical call center Tunstall AMAC, bringing more than 200 jobs, two immediately successful craft breweries launched by vigorous young entrepreneurs, and a $4.3 million medical services center planned on Division Street a year after a $6.7 million medical facility opened downtown. High on the agenda for 2014 will be finding the right development for the city-owned prime riverfront parcel, also along Division Street, with potential for several varied uses and creating many new jobs. We continue to cut costs, including with a new trash collection and automated recycling program that has boosted recycling by approximately 32 percent to date and will save $4 million over five years. True progress also requires reinvestment, as seen particularly in public safety in 2013. In the Police Department, we brought in six all-wheel drive SUVs and hired six new officers for street patrols, with more slated in 2014. In the Fire Department, we secured a federal grant to hire 21 new firefighters while introducing two new rescues, a ladder truck and an engine into service. And the innovative CodeRED citywide call alert system has already shown its value. The just-completed River Corridor Development Plan, in cooperation with the Pawtucket Foundation and the City of Central Falls, will pave the way for revived economic growth along the Blackstone River, where the Blackstone Valley's industrial strength was founded. We will continue to forcefully advocate, with our congressional delegation, for designation of Slater Mill as cornerstone of a National Historical Park. As we continue to invest in transportation infrastructure, Broadway, repaved in 2013, will become open to two-way traffic throughout its length, and repaving will continue citywide. For many residents, what counts most are the quality of life issues. Our recreational programs, in Slater Park and throughout all our facilities, continue to grow and our ball fields to improve. Another project will turn the long neglected waterfront below School Street into a showplace Festival Pier, and potentially Max Read Field into a state of the art field turf facility, among other plans made in
By Donald R. Grebien
2013 to unfold in 2014. And our Pawtucket Arts Festival, which added the Cowsills this year, continues to outdo itself. For both the Festival and the I-95 Bridge celebration, The Times once again proved to be an outstanding community partner. The Festival showcases a City of Pawtucket that has nurtured a wealth of artists, artisans, design and numerous other professionals whose work is known not only from Hope Artiste Village to the Gamm Theatre but also nationally and around the world. The city encourages artists with a grants program, while Pawtucket's Business Development Corporation promotes reuse of our historic mill and other spaces for businesses of all kinds. Look for more of that in 2014. As for any expectation shortfalls or disappointments in 2014, I will cite two: My administration's continuing struggle to impress upon the City Council the vital importance of supporting the kind of professional skill set personnel we need to more thoroughly encourage and promote economic development and maximize our city's many advantages, and the fact that after months of extensive deliberations with some city unions we still remain short of final agreements that, in the end, must be fair and equitable to both sides. I would also like to relate a few memorable Pawtucket moments in 2013 removed from politics and public life. An overall one that stands out is the daily dedication of so many local groups, organizations and individuals, numerous city employees among them, who work to clean their neighborhoods, care for the hungry, the needy and the disadvantaged, celebrate their heritage and Pawtucket's cultural diversity with pride, show their dedication to our nation and those whose military service has kept it free, and together make our city a better place to live. Two more personal moments also come strongly to mind. One was with my wife, Laureen, as proud parents quietly watching our children Alexa and Connor volunteer their time at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen as they learned that giving to others brings the greatest rewards. The other personal moment was just standing among the large gathering, including so many supportive members of the Pawtucket Veterans Council and other veterans organizations, who came to honor city native and Army Specialist Dennis Poulin, and his family, upon dedication of his granite marker at the Pawtucket Veterans Memorial outside Slater Park on Veterans Day. It's moments like those that put everything else into perspective, and renew our dedication to do our best for our families and for others, and to help make Pawtucket a better city for everyone as we move into 2014. Donald R. Grebien is the mayor of Pawtucket.
TV’s ficticious Washington just isn’t very entertaining
Among other landmarks, 2013 was the year of a big comeback for dramatic and comedic TV series about spies, politics and other shenanigans in Washington, D.C. That’s a big turnaround from 1998, when President Bill Clinton’s startling scandal with a White House intern made writers of Washington fiction want to throw their computer keyboards out the window. For Christopher Buckley, Gore Vidal, David Baldacci and others interviewed by The Washington Post, reallife scandals had pushed the District of Columbia’s political world into a realm so implausible that even these esteemed writers’ active imaginations could hardly compete. But 16 years of scandals, terror attacks and paranoid theories later, Hollywood Clarence Page appears to be catching up. For the first time since Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” ended its successful seven-year run in 2006, we have not just one but eight fictional TV programs set in Washington’s Shakespearean political world. They include ABC’s “Scandal,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” NBC’s “The Blacklist,” CBS’ “Hostages,” FX’s “The Americans” and HBO’s “Veep.” Competing against them on the Internet is Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Amazon’s “Alpha House.” For me, that’s a lot to “hate-watch,” the sort of TV viewing that grabs your attention, if only out of fascination with how bad it is. Shows about the Kardashians or anything that is titled “The Housewives of (fill in the blank)” comes to mind. Hate-watching is how I watch shows that purport to portray how Washington works when I know in my heart of hearts that similar real-life situations produce more drama or comedy, usually unintended, than the one that the shows’ writers have made up. Unfortunately, hardly anyone writes insider fiction like Allen Drury’s classic “Advise and Consent” or Henry Adams’ immortal “Democracy” anymore. It doesn’t get big enough ratings. In my endless quest for a Washington version of my ideal show, HBO’s “The Wire,” in pursuing reality-based avenues to enlightening entertainment, I offer my 2014 Hate-Watchers Guide to Fake D.C. on TV: • “The Blacklist” and “Hostages” end up on the bottom of my list because as much as these well-done counter-terrorism thrillers take place in Washington, they’re not really about Washington. • “The Americans,” about Russian spies living undercover in D.C. in the early 1980s, would ring truer if we were still in the Cold War, not the age of Russian President Vladimir Putin. • “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes as a bipolar CIA officer, scores higher for its depictions of how present-day congressional politics, office politics and family pressures can complicate national security considerations and everyone’s love lives. Even if none of its events have happened, one feels as though they might — any day now. • “Scandal” is one of the highest-rated shows on TV precisely because it is so far removed from reality. I had high hopes when the show, created by Shonda Rhimes, launched star Kerry Washington as a Washington fixer based loosely on the reallife Judy Smith, an adviser to the show. Unfortunately the show’s storylines have begun to pile on just about every paranoid fever dream that the Internet ever produced. Needless to say, the audience has mushroomed. • “House of Cards,” based on a British series, stars Kevin Spacey as an elegantly hustling Democratic House majority whip. It earns top marks from me for putting the focus where it belongs — on the mechanics of how deceit, betrayal and revenge make the public’s interests a secondary consideration at best. I am only annoyed by Spacey’s narrating us through the sleaze like an on-camera tour guide. That’ll be the day. • My favorites, to my own surprise, are two comedies: “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as an ambitious VPOTUS — vice president of the United States, and “Alpha House,” a half-hour show from Garry Trudeau and starring John Goodman about four Republican senators who share a house on Capitol Hill. Maybe it takes a comedy to capture Washington’s essence in these polarized times. Capitol Hill and White House staffers have told me they watch both shows, at least because everybody else with whom they work is watching them. TV might not get all the facts right, I am told, but it feels right. Sometimes that’s all that good art has to do. Clarence Page, a member of the Tribune's editorial board, blogs at
As others see it: Sochi Olympics
The Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph, Dec. 21, 2013 The Olympic Games are often interlaced with geopolitical intrigue, dating back to 1936, when Jesse Owens foiled Adolf Hitler’s hope that the Berlin games would be a showcase of Aryan superiority. Jimmy Carter stopped U.S. participation in the 1980 Moscow games to protest the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan. To retaliate, the Soviet Union led an eastern European boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles games under the pretense that its athletes would be placed in mortal peril by angry Americans. Add the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia to the list. The United States isn’t boycotting the games, but this week President Barack Obama made it clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t on his Christmas list. Obama named to the U.S. delegation to Sochi three gay athletes — figure skater Brian Boitano, tennis great Billie Jean King and hockey player Caitlin Cahow. The assignments are an indisputable poke in the eye for Russia’s anti-gay laws. In addition, neither the president nor any other high-ranking American official will attend — a clear signal the administration is angry at Russia’s decision to harbor NSA leaker Edward Snowden. It’s fine that the president has made a statement that doesn’t prevent hundreds of American athletes from competing for their country, but we find it a bit ironic that he made his move the same week sweeping reforms to the NSA were recommended — reforms that perhaps would never have come about if Snowden had kept quiet.
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OBITUARIES/LOCAL/STATE In Mass., Democrats’ policies fail to stem rise in homelessness
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units. Still, Gornstein said, daunting challenges remain. BOSTON — By now, He pointed to the 5,400 famMassachusetts wasn’t supilies for whom the posed to have any homeless HomeBASE temporary families. rental assistance is ending In 2008, Gov. Deval this fiscal year even as the Patrick set a goal of virtually state forges ahead with its eliminating family homegoal of getting homeless lessness in five years. The families out of hotels and program was intended in shelters. part to better detect when “The longer a family families were on the verge stays, the more difficult it is of falling into homelessness to leave,” he said. Submitted photo — and then move in swiftly Boston resident Altia A city police cruiser passes over the Conant Street Bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 31 as city with aid and support. Taylor knows the challenges officials informally check out the just-reopened span after a two-year RIDOT project. Five years later, record firsthand. For the past five From left, DPW Director Lance Hill, City Councilors Jean Philippe Barros and Timothy numbers of homeless famiyears, she has bounced from Rudd, whose districts lie on each side of the bridge, and Albert Vitali Jr. and Mayor lies are straining the state’s shelters to hotels. Donald R. Grebien. shelter system, with about Her current temporary 2,000 families finding temhousing situation is ending porary housing in dozens of in January, and she hopes to hotels and motels across the land an apartment in a pubstate and approximately an lic housing development for equal number staying in herself, her 15-year-old family shelters. daughter and her 8-year-old PAWTUCKET – Replacing the prior The new bridge is a single span truss For homeless advocates, son. span closed nearly a quarter-century ago, structure with steel floor beams, steel shelter operators, state offi“This long-term instabilithe new Conant Street Railroad Bridge was stringers and concrete deck. It was built cials and, most acutely, the ty has me completely out of quietly opened to traffic Tuesday after a with weathering steel to develop a protechomeless themselves, the character that I’m so fed up two-year, $4.3 million project by the Rhode tive patina that will coat the base and maddening persistence of and overwhelmed,” Taylor, Island Department of Transportation. require less maintenance, and has been the lack of affordable places 31, told a Statehouse com“With the completion this past summer designed to carry all modern truck loads to live in Massachusetts can mittee recently. “If I could of the I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge, this with a design life of 75 to 100 years. seem intractable. figure out a way to pay margives us two bridges to progress that The new bridge has two 13-foot-wide Patrick and others point ket rate, I would. If I could reopened in the city in 2013,” said Mayor travel lanes and two five-foot-wide sideto a number of excuses for own my own home, I would. Donald R. Grebien, who viewed the walks that are Americans with Disabilities the surge in homelessness, I would have done it a long reopened span informally in the late afterAct compliant, and also features new fencfrom the years-long ecotime ago.” noon with other city officials. ing, guardrails, granite curbing, drainage nomic downturn Those on “This bridge restores the link from and utility improvements and new signage to a pullback in the front lines Fairlawn to the Conant Street Industrial and striping. Some minor work remains for federal aid to of the housing Park area that is targeted for commuter rail full completion. The federally-funded projMassachusetts’ fight say development, and will also improve public ect was performed by Cardi Corporation for status as a “right they’re trying safety and visibility to protect our historic RIDOT. to shelter” place, to stay upbeat. Mineral Spring Cemetery while offering Ground was broken for construction on meaning the Peter increased accessibility for this neighborOct. 21, 2011 with Governor Chafee, state is obligated Gagliardi, preshood,” Grebien said. RIDOT Director Michael Lewis, former to find a place to ident of Delayed several times over the years due Mayor James E. Doyle and Grebien among stay for all those HAPHousing, a to insurance liability and other issues, the those in attendance. Lewis at the time credwho are homenonprofit housbridge carries Conant Street over Amtrak ited the state’s congressional delegation and less. ing agency in and the Providence and Worcester the two city administrations for being But even Springfield, Railroads between Mineral Spring Avenue instrumental in pursuing legislation needed Patrick concedes blamed the and Barton and Weeden streets. to resolve liability issues with Amtrak. that simply housing crisis Structural deterioration forced the closA formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for extending the on stagnant ing of the original bridge, built in 1913 with dedication of the new bridge – which markstate’s existing wages, the offtwo span steel-through-girder construction ers denote as the Conant Street Railroad anti-homelessshoring of jobs and listed on the National Register of Bridge No. 915, State of Rhode Island 2013 ness strategies and a minimum Historic Places, in 1989. – has not yet been set. isn’t going to work in the wage that hasn’t kept up long run. with inflation. He said about “We’re going to have to 200,000 families in the state think in some fresh ways are spending more than half Norman E. Fowler rather than just try to do bet- their income on rent. Norman E. Fowler, born ter what we’re already Each time the state chips PAT EATON-ROBB out of Chicago's O'Hare two weeks for the holidays March 19, 1925, died on doing,” Patrick said. “I’m away at the number of famiInternational Airport, and hope to get a couple Associated Press December 15, 2013 at really worried about this. It’s lies in hotels and shelters, he according to the aviation more days off with the Cortland Place in Greenville. not just the spike in the said, the problem gets HARTFORD, Conn. tracking website snow. He was the son of the late number. It’s what the econo- worse. (AP) — Residents and Bruce Kelly, of East Ernest and Maryellen my has done to vulnerable “We’re actually spiraling emergency management Sections of interior Hartford, was out looking (Weavil) Fowler. He was also people.” up,” he said. “Not only do officials in New England southern New England and for after-Christmas bargains. predeceased by his wife The state already has an we have to go up the hill, and parts of New York pre- New York could get up to a He said he wasn't going to Marion (Miliken) Fowler. array of programs aimed at but the hill gets higher.” pared on Wednesday for a foot of snow, with forecasts worry on Wednesday about Norman worked in the texkeeping families from Chris Norris, executive winter storm predicted to generally calling for 6 to 12 a storm due on Friday. tile industry until he retired becoming homeless — and director of the Metropolitan help usher in 2014 with inches. New York City, like“I used to plow for the over 30 years ago. getting them back into Boston Housing Partnership, His only survivors are snow and frigid temperaly to see 3 to 7 inches, state, so I'm used to big homes when they do. pointed to a 2012 study that cousins, Jean McGregor, Paul tures across much of the issued a snow alert. New storms,” he said. “Now I'm One is the Residential found that the vast majority O’Toole and Sally Boisclair. region. York Gov. Andrew Cuomo retired, so I can just sit and Assistance for Families in of homeless families in A Memorial Service to Snow was expected to urged the city's commuters watch it. So, I'm not conTransition, or RAFT, proMassachusetts are led by which relatives and friends are begin falling overnight, to leave their cars at home cerned at all.” gram, which offers up to single mothers with an averinvited will be held on promising a messy comin case major highways are In Rhode Island, officials $4,000 a year to help lowage income of $8,727. He January 8, 2014 at 11:30 am mute for the first business closed for Thursday's said crews would be preincome families that are said a study of homeless at Lincoln Funeral Home, day of the new year, but the evening rush hour. pared to plow, sand and salt 1501 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln. homeless or at risk of families in the Boston area full storm wasn't expected to “We are looking at a seri- roads or respond to any Flowers are respectfully becoming homeless. In the also found that just 3 percent hit until later Thursday. As ous storm situation,” Cuomo problems. omitted. Donations in 2013 fiscal year, the prooriginally came from outside much as a foot of snow or said. The Jackson Ski Touring Norman’s memory to St. Luke gram helped keep more than Massachusetts. more was forecast for some Near blizzard conditions Foundation in northern New Episcopal Church 3,000 families from becomNorris warned that solvareas overnight Thursday were forecast for areas Hampshire said the number Discretionary Fund, 670 ing homeless, according to ing the problem of family into Friday, and temperaalong the coast. The mayor of skiers during the first five Weeden St., Pawtucket, RI Aaron Gornstein, homelessness “will be timetures were expected to of Bridgeport declared a days of Christmas vacation 02860 or a charity of one’s Massachusetts undersecreconsuming and it will be plummet, with some areas state of emergency for week increased 26 percent choice would be appreciated. tary for housing and comexpensive.” seeing highs just above Thursday, imposing special compared to last year. munity development. The problem has already zero, the National Weather parking regulations so crews Another is the become an issue in next Service said. can plow. HomeBASE program, which year’s governor’s race, with “There will be travel In Hartford, Hal Guy, of provides help paying rent, Republican candidate problems,” said Hugh nearby Glastonbury, went utility bills and other Charlie Baker vowing to Johnson, a National Weather shopping for three shovels. expenses so people can stay work during his first year in Charles Coelho Funeral Home Service meteorologist in “We broke a couple in 151 Cross Street, Central Falls, RI 02863 in their homes. In 2013, that office to eliminate the pracAlbany, N.Y. “It will be the last storm,” he said. “We 401-724-9440 program helped keep an tice of placing homeless very cold.” have four kids, so, three Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home Raymond Watson Funeral Home additional 1,000 families out families in hotels and 160 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 350 Willett Ave., E. 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• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• New Year’s Eve part at Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306, 171 Fountain St., 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 per person includes entertainment by Brandi, food, champagne toast at midnight, hats, noisemakers and lots of fun. For reservations or information call the post at (401) 722-7146 weekdays after 4.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
•The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre hosts a free "Three Stooges festival" featuring Larry, Moe and Curly at their comical best in classic episodes from the 1930s and 1940s, at 7 p.m. No tickets required.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
Happy New Year
•The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre hosts a free "Three Stooges festival" featuring Larry, Moe and Curly at their comical best in classic episodes from the 1930s and 1940s, at 7 p.m. No tickets required.
• The Stadium Theatre hosts a variety show to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at 2 p.m. Performers include Krylo Dance Studios, Dance Creations, Ocean State Dance Academy and more. Tickets are $18 and $20 and available at the Stadium Theatre.
• The Lincoln Public Library is offering a Safe Sitter Program from 9:15am to 4:15pm. This one-day program is designed for 11-14-year-olds. Training will include babysitting as a business, childcare, behavior management skills, and infant & child CPR. Students should bring a lunch, drink, and snack. Preregistration is required. Class size is limited to sixteen (16) students. $45 fee is cash-only and is expected at time of registration at the Reference desk. (401) 333-2422 x17.
•St. Aidan’s Senior Group meets at the parish center, Diamond Hill Road. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and meeting starts at 10. Brunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations and cancellations by Dec. 27. For more information, call 333-6597.
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
•The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club will host a coin show at Brian’s Restaurant from 3 to 8 p.m.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
• Winter Big Day 2014, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, 401-949-5454. Set out with Audubon to cover many of the state's winter hot spots during this daylong van trip in search of our feathered winter residents. Dress warmly and pack a lunch and optics. Departs from Audubon Society of Rhode Island Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd. Ages: 16 and up. Program fee: $55
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. • Zumba Gold classes offered at the Woonsocket Elk's Lodge 850 located on 380 Social St. Classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:30pm 7:30pm. Each session is 6weeks and the cost per session is $30 or $5 per class. Drop ins will be charged $6.
• The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition opening, 5 to 7 p.m., at The Mill Gallery, 560 Mineral Spring Ave. The theme is “Red.” Public is invited. Exhibit runs through Feb. 6.
• The P.E.A.L. Club will meet at noon at Morin’s Restaurant, South Main St., followed by dinner. There will be split-the-pot, but no raffle. Members are encouraged to bring guests. For information call John at (508) 222-2451 or Carol at (401) 356-4734.
East Providence
• Yoga dance workshop at the Weaver Library, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 4342453 to register.
• Fairlawn Against Crime Team meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the main hall of Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church. Major Martins of PPD and Barney Heath of Planning will be guest speakers. Call 725-7746 for information.
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Woodlawn Neighborhood Association quarterly meeting at 7 p.m., 210 West Ave. Cynthia McCarthy of the Dept. of Transportation and Major Arthur Martins of the Pawtucket Police are the guest speakers. Light refreshments will be available. • The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• 2014 Northern RI Home Show at Twin River Event Center, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-19. The Home Show is a consumer event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Admission is $10. Free for children 16 and under.
• 2014 Northern RI Home Show at Twin River Event Center, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-19. The Home Show is a consumer event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Admission is $10. Free for children 16 and under.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. • Zumba Gold classes offered at the Woonsocket Elk's Lodge 850 located on 380 Social St. Classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:30pm 7:30pm. Each session is 6weeks and the cost per session is $30 or $5 per class. Drop ins will be charged $6.
• Ranger Talk lecture series being held at the Museum of Work & Culture, 1:30 p.m. Author and filmmaker Rick Beyer to speak on his documentary Ghost Army. Free program. Public invited.
• Vietnam Veterans of America, James Michael Ray Memorial Chapter #818, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road. Come at 6 for dinner. All Vietnam veterans welcome. For information call Joe Gamache, (401) 651-6060.
• The Woonsocket Council of Knights of Columbus will host a social meeting at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church hall on Rathbun Street.
• Slater Mill’s 6th annual Knitting Weekend. Three days of fiber arts, with guest speakers, workshops, an arts marketpolace, handcrafted works and more. See website for upcoming details. Slater Mills, 67 Roosevelt Ave.
• Slater Mill’s 6th annual Knitting Weekend. Three days of fiber arts, with guest speakers, workshops, an arts marketpolace, handcrafted works and more. See website for upcoming details. Slater Mills, 67 Roosevelt Ave.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
East Providence
• Yoga dance workshop at the Weaver Library, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 4342453 to register.
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.all. $7 adults, $4 children.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Blackstone Town Hall. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. If you have questions, call Mike at 774280-4333.
Central Falls
• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
•Stone Soup Coffeehouse presents Seth Glier & Amy Speace (Co-Bill) at 8 p.m. Tickets $16 in advance, $18 at the door.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. • Zumba Gold classes offered at the Woonsocket Elk's Lodge 850 located on 380 Social St. Classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:30pm 7:30pm. Each session is 6weeks and the cost per session is $30 or $5 per class. Drop ins will be charged $6.
East Providence
• Yoga dance workshop at the Weaver Library, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 4342453 to register.
• Ranger Talk lecture series being held at the Museum of Work & Culture, 1:30 p.m. Father Edward St. Godard will speak on the history of the Catholic churches that were in Woonsocket when the city was established in 1888. Free program. Public invited.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
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Popular films “Big Fish,” “Far From Heaven” and “Little Miss Sunshine” (shown here, at Second Stage Theatre) all lifted their newly musical voices lately in New York. Big musicals due on Broadway in 2014 include Disney’s “Aladdin” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”
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RI Philharmonic to perform Beethoven’s second symphony
EAST PROVIDENCE – With Music Director Larry Rachleff at the podium, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will greet the new year with stunning nineteenthand twentieth-century music, featuring Beethoven’s second symphony. Capping the Philharmonic’s stellar cycle of Beethoven symphonies, the concert takes place Saturday Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at The Vets in Providence. The concert is sponsored by The Carter Family Charitable Trust. WPRO News Talk 630 is the media sponsor. Tickets (starting at $15) are available at, by phone at 401.248.7000, and in-person at the RIPO box office, 667 Waterman Ave., E. Providence. Pianist Jean-Philippe Collard (left) will make his Philharmonic debut An Open Rehearsal will take place Friday January 17 at 5:30pm at The Vets. “We close our Beethoven symphony cycle with his Second,” said Larry Rachleff, music director. “It might not be one with which you’re familiar, but it’s vintage Beethoven and shows why he is the ultimate symphonist. It’s a triumphant, dramatic work, in some ways preparing the ear for the colossal Ninth symphony, with some of the same motives.”
Live, onstage ... from the screen: The era of the film-to-musical
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in the works. So is “Dirty Rainer Dart novel that became Dancing” (now on U.S. tour, the Bette Midler screen and playing in London), “Ever smash, “Beaches.” WASHINGTON — How After,” “Honeymoon in Isn’t this dependency on extreme is the craze for adapt- Vegas” and even “King Hollywood-branded titles ing movies into musicals? Kong,” a rock spectacular that strangling Broadway’s origiConsider what’s singing out at has already conquered nality? According to the comthe Kennedy Center: Australia and stars a one-ton posers of the musicals scroll“Elf the Musical,” based on gorilla puppet 20 feet tall. ing through the Kennedy the 2003 Will Ferrell hit, is Even the most highbrow Center, it ain’t necessarily so. currently hopping through the composers can’t resist the lure “With ‘Sister Act,’ I was Opera House. “Flashdance — of musicalizing movies. The resistant,” says composer and The Musical,” an expansion property Stephen Sondheim uber-adapter Alan Menken, of the hugely popular 1980s kept saying he’d like to get whose first stage hit was movie, is also running in the around to in the past decade or 1982’s “Little Shop of Eisenhower. Last month, a so but never did? “Groundhog Horrors” and who owns eight tour of “Sister Act” wimpled Day.” And what has “Light in Oscars for songs and scores through. the Piazza” composer Adam of the movies “The Little That undeclared mini-festival is just the tip of an iceberg that may be sabotaging ingenuity in one of America’s proudest native art forms. And while the run on Hollywood titles may suggest a gold rush, the formula for success is inscrutable. Offbeat triumphs were nabbed by minor movie titles such as “Once,” “Kinky Boots” and “Grey Gardens,” while such Hollywood blockbusters as “Ghost” and “Catch Me if You Can” — the latter by “Hairspray” songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who would seem to know how these conversions Photo by Jeremy Daniel work — flamed out fast. Continuing a craze for adapting movies into musicals, the The one sure thing: Like a Kennedy Center in Washington is presenting “Flashdance: The Netflix menu, the titles keep Musical,” an expansion of the hugely popular movie, on its coming. Eisenhower stage. Jillian Mueller re-creates the role of Alex “Big Fish,” “Far From Owens made famous in the 1983 film. Heaven” and “Little Miss Sunshine” all lifted their Guettel been working on since Mermaid,” “Beauty and the newly musical voices lately in the plug was pulled on his Beast,” “Pocahontas” and New York. Big musicals due unfinished version of “The “Aladdin.” He helped convert on Broadway this winter and Princess Bride”? “Days of “Mermaid” and “Beast” into spring: “Aladdin,” “The Wine and Roses” and the stage hits, and his new musiBridges of Madison County” 2004 Danny Boyle movie, cal of “Aladdin” just opened (a successful novel made even “Millions.” in Toronto en route to its first more popular by the Clint Michael John LaChiusa’s Broadway performances in Eastwood-Meryl Streep film), “Giant,” which made its debut February. Last year Menken “Bullets Over Broadway” and at Signature Theatre in won his first Tony with “Rocky.” Just announced for Arlington, Va., several seasons “Newsies,” adapting his own off-Broadway in March: ago, finally made it to New score from the 1989 Disney “Heathers.” York (briefly) last year. That film; a January workshop is The fad is international: LaChiusa worked from the scheduled for Menken’s new “American Psycho,” “The Edna Ferber novel is moot, musical of the Disney film Bodyguard,” “Charlie and the marketing-wise: Audiences “Hunchback of Notre Chocolate Factory” and hear “Giant” and think Liz Dame.” “From Here to Eternity” are Taylor, Rock Hudson and “People were saying, ‘Oh, all running in London’s West James Dean. Likewise my God, everything’s coming End. Signature’s premiere musical from film, it’s getting uncre“Coal Miner’s Daughter” is next spring, based on the Iris ative,’” Menken says by
phone from his home in the New York area. “But I think it depends on where it comes from, and what you do with it.” The “Sister Act” title “felt tired,” Menken said, but he warmed to the challenge of revitalizing it for the stage. The 1990s story was relocated to 1970s, allowing Menken to pen disco songs and R&B tunes. In the end, he says, “I loved it. Once you throw that gauntlet down, you find yourself doing it.” Menken argues that movies are a natural source for musicals, just as books and plays were for so many standards written in Broadway’s Golden Age, from “My Fair Lady” to “South Pacific.” “Most of those hit shows were based on things they read, or based on plays,” Menken says. “We’re in a different culture,” he adds, wondering if adaptations of TV series will be next. “Elf” composer Matthew Sklar suggests that “The Producers” in 2001 was a turning point. The tidal wave of 1980s and 1990s megamusicals finally crashed, and “The Producers” reintroduced the world to musical comedy. “After 9/11, I think people wanted to laugh,” says Sklar, whose musicals with lyricist and book writer Chad Beguelin include a shortlived 2006 Broadway musical of the Adam Sandler comedy “The Wedding Singer.” But it was Disney and the 1994 “Beauty and the Beast” that really unlocked Pandora’s Box. That show ran 13 years and paved the way for “The Lion King,” which has been an unrelenting smash since 1997. The first week of this December, “The Lion King” grossed nearly $2 million for its eight performances on Broadway alone, filling 93 percent of the 1,597 seats in the Minskoff Theater and averaging $155 a ticket. National
Chris Collins presents the music of John Denver at the Stadium
WOONSOCKET – During the 1970's, John Denver was the most popular entertainer in the world. He sold more albums for RCA than any other artist in their history. But to say he was an icon would be to sell him short. John was also a voice for the environment and a leader in global problem solving. There was something in John's music that transcended great melodies and poetic lyrics into an underlying sense of the human condition, and the longing we all feel for love and home. Chris Collins (right) exhibits some of the same dynamic qualities that made John Denver so popular. Chris is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist. But besides having a vocal tone and natural delivery close to John's, Chris is a natural entertainer who has an uncanny ability to deliver John's music with authenticity and musical integrity. Musicians from John Denver's band have joined Chris in his concerts in Aspen and other locations. Chris and Jim Connor, songwriter of 'Grandma's Feather Bed' have written and recorded new music together. Chris has also performed with Cassandra Denver. The John Denver Experience will be performed on Saturday, February 1st at 8:00 PM. The show will be held at The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. Admission is $26 and $31. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401762-4545 and online at The John Denver Experience by Chris Collins and The Boulder Canyon Band is generously sponsored by Olly’s Pizzeria in Woonsocket.
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Narragansett Bay Weather Wind (knots) Seas (feet) Visibility (miles) NE 15-30 2-4 2-4 Buzzards Bay NE 20-30 3-5 2-4
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Merrimack to Chatham NE 25-40 7-10 1-4
Chatham to Watch Hill ENE 20-35 5-8 2-4
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Gary Ley’s Southern New England Area Forecast
Complex low pressure will move across the region Thursday into Friday. The first surge will bring periods of snow Thursday accumulating 1-2” during the day. The second, more powerful low, will arrive Thursday night, and by the time it departs Friday, we should have 6-9” of snow. It will be a light, powdery snow that will blow and drift in the 30-35 mph wind gusts, Wind chills at times Friday will fall to 15 degrees below zero.
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‘How awesome is this show?’
‘Thrillifying’ prequel to ‘Oz’ returns to sold out crowds at PPAC
Left: Alison Luff portrays Elphaba, a.k.a. ‘The Wicked Witch of the West, in the touring production of ‘Wicked,’ now playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Below left: Curt Hansen as the young prince Fiyero, shares a scene with Luff.
PROVIDENCE irst of all, it is not an overstatement to say that the casting in “Wicked” is perfect. It is also true that the singing is exemplary and the stage magic breathtaking. The revisionist prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” which focuses on the formative years of the famous witches and explores how they came to be, is now playing at the Providence Performing Arts center, once again to sold out crowds. Fortunately, it’s going to be around through Jan. 12. The play also takes a look at what it means to be wicked, upending conventional views and reminding you that appearances are sometimes deceiving. The play opens with Glinda the Good bringing news that her nemesis, the Wicked Witch of the West, has died. When continually pressed by the good people of Oz, Glinda admits that she and the wicked witch were once friends. The rest of the play is a flashback that starts with the witch’s birth as an unwanted green baby who was never given a chance. take flight — literally. As we see the girl grow Glinda, who started out by more and more powerful, making fun of her, then we witness how the corrupt forces who try to control her growing to like and appreciate her, is horrified, but is are the real forces of evil in too overcome by her own the Land of Oz. When they new fame and power to step are unable to get her to do in and do something about their evil bidding, they tell it. By the time they reconeveryone in the land that cile, it’s too late. she’s wicked and needs to The wicked witch, be stopped, causing her to Elphaba (a play on L. Frank Baum, the author of “The Wizard of Oz”) is played by When people Alison Luff, whose phenomstart reading the enal singing voice is outYellow Pages done only by her Margaret every morning Hamilton-esque witch’s We’ll start placing cackle. The only thing that “BIG ADS” could possibly be said in them! against her is that her features are so strikingly beautiful that a lot of green makeup does very little to 401-722-4000 For display advertising please call tone that down. 401-727-9262 Glinda is played with
Below right: Gina Beck is pictured portraying Glinda the Good, in a costarring role. Photos courtesy Providence Performing Arts Center
wonderful cheerleader perkiness by Gina Beck, who manages to do it while keeping the audience from hating the sugary sweetness. The character almost winks at herself as though she realizes what a caricature she is. She, too, has an incredible voice. When the two of them are singing together, the rafters shake. Seeing these two Titans on the stage with their larger-than-life performances and delicious chemistry is reason enough to go see the play. But there’s so much more: such as John Davidson of “That’s Incredible” fame, who gives a turn here as the Wizard. His ability to play the wizard as a manipulative conartist without making the
audience completely hate him is a true testament to the veteran’s talent. The play also boasts not one but two love triangles. The first involves a fellow student named Fiyero, who at first starts dating Glinda, but ultimately falls in love with Elphaba, causing more than a little strain in their friendship. Also thrown in the mix is fellow student, Boq, who, though he is in love with Glinda, pretends to be sweet on Elphaba’s sister, Nassarose, who’s confined to a wheelchair. Each of these characters will have something to do with those characters we all know and love from Baum’s original story. Among the best and most memorable musical num-
bers are those that are shared by the two witches, including “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.” But what’s most memorable about this production are the impressive theatrics and special effects. Giving you everything you’ve come to expect in a modern fantasy musical, the play boasts everything from a large smoke-bellowing mechanical dragon that overhangs the audience from the stage during the
entire performance, to copious amounts of stage smoke. The Emerald City is dazzling and the huge mechanical head the wizard hides behind is downright scary. “Wicked” runs through Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which start at $53, are available at the box office at 220 Weybosset Street, online at and by phone at (401) 421-2787.
Blackstone Valley
THE TIMES, Thursday, January 2, 2014 — B1
Year in Review
Wilfred “Skee” Carter
Nick Zammarelli
Arnie Beyeler
Theo Murray
Mike Tamburro
Carnell Henderson
Plenty of special moments defined ‘13 Here are some reflections on a jam-packed year T
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hings have a tendency to move pretty quickly around here – almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired. On a day-to-day basis, we concern ourselves with concrete items such as wins or losses, how many points a team puts up, or whether the season culminates in championship glory. So sometimes it’s easy to overlook the small, but significant individual moments. Rest assured that it’s not our intent to paint with broad strokes. One day we’re ushering in the winter sports season while the high school Super Bowls have yet to be contested. There’s a non-stop cycle of seasons and sports, and we here at the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket
Call have no choice but to hop aboard the train or be left behind. Through all the hustle and bustle, once in a while you take the opportunity to catch your breath, to fully understand what you’ve witnessed, before delving into the next series of challenges. Upon doing just that, this dawns on you: considering the number of communities we circulate in, then the amount of results our three-person sports staff tracks down, it becomes quickly obvious that we have a prodigious sample size to select from when contemplating the top moments of 2013. So picking and choosing a definitive
list, from the abundance of rich moments the area produced over the past 12 months, is a difficult exercise. But now appears as good a time as any to reflect on what a busy 2013 it was, and hone in on the specific moments that struck a chord and left an indelible impression. *** One of the toughest assignments in this business is to write a memorial tribute about a beloved figure in the community. Your initial instinct is to provide the proper farewell and convey to readers a strong sense of why this person was unique. You also want to be sensitive to
the grieving process, and approach people who have a close association to the departed in a gentle manner, so that the anecdotes and personal remembrances are able to come naturally. Over the span of several phone interviews, we learned why Wilfred “Skee” Carter was such a beloved figure in Burrillville. The sudden passing of the longtime high-school baseball and crosscountry coach came just two days into 2013. The news that Carter had suffered a fatal heart attack shocked everyone. In my capacity, I knew Carter as a leader of young people, but he was more See McGAIR, page B3
ERNEST A. BROWN / Blackstone Valley Sports photo
Members of the Tolman and Newtown, Conn. varsity baseball teams stand along their respective baselines while the ceremonial band R.I. Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums stand in the No matter how you slice it, head coach T.J. Ciolfi and his North Smithfield boys’ basketball team foreground during the team’s April 20, 2013 meeting at McCoy Stadium. The two squads played had a season to remember. The Northmen captured 26 straight games before falling to Classical a seven-inning baseball game that not only produced a winning and a losing team, but also in the semifinals of the Rhode Island Open State Tournament. In this Feb. 2013 photo, Ciolfi is helped to serve as a reminder that there are still good people out there who believe in worthy seen celebrating as North Smithfield gets set to clinch the Division III title at Brown University. causes.
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Celtics assign Brooks to NBDL
Staff reports BOSTON — The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that they assigned guard MarShon Brooks to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Brooks, a 6-foot-5 guard, has appeared in nine games for the Celtics this season posting averages of 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game. A former basketball star at Providence College, Brooks recorded a season- MarShon Brooks high of eight points twice (December 8 at New York and November 16 at Minnesota) and recorded a season-high five rebounds against Indiana on December 22. Brooks joined the Celtics last offseason as part of the deal that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. The Nets drafted Brooks 25th overall out of PC in the 2011 NBA Draft after a trade with Boston.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows the importance of a good rushing game come playoff time. New England finished the regular season with the third highest rushing average in the AFC.
ERNEST A. BROWN / Blackstone Valley Sports photo
Pats’ Brady values strong ground attack
FOXBORO (AP) — Tom Brady has had to win so many games for the New England Patriots over the years with his right arm. So he's thrilled with the way his team has run the ball the past two weeks. "Last week, we just did a great job of running the ball," Brady said Wednesday after the Patriots went through their first practice of the bye week leading to the Jan. 11 divisional playoff game. "The line played so physical and it was just so awesome to watch. To end the game like that, to rush the way we did . was awesome. "I haven't been part of that for a long time, because we've just got a very physical offensive line and backs that run really hard. That's hard to defend, especially over the course of the game. That hopefully can wear the other team out by See BRADY, page B2
Men’s college basketball
Staff reports PROVIDENCE — Due to the impending snow event, the game time of the 155th men’s basketball meeting between Brown and Rhode Island scheduled for Thursday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center, has been changed to 6 p.m. Brown and URI have met 154 times, dating back to 1909-1910, with the Rams holding a 101-53 series advantage. Last year, URI captured a 59-47 decision over the Bears at the Ryan Center. Two years ago, Sean McGonagill scored 19 points to lead Brown to a 65-56 win over URI at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Time change for tonight’s URI-Brown game in Providence
Brown (6-5) closed out calendar year 2013 with a 68-65 loss at Niagara, despite 19 points from McGonagill and a Rafael Maia doubledouble (10 points, 10 rebounds). URI (7-6) dropped a 77-64 decision to So. Mississippi at home this past Saturday. EC Matthews and Xavier Munford scored 17 points each for the Rams.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
REGIONAL American players thriving in Venezuela SCOREBOARD
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It's about six weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in the U.S., but in Venezuela, the nation's fiercely competitive professional league is in full swing, and it's drawn the biggest contingent of American players in decades. In the land of Hugo Chavez, a place in many ways hostile to Americans owing to its reputation for rampant crime, a crumbling economy and an anti-capitalist government, hitters and hurlers from across the U.S. are thriving as they try to impress big league scouts who flock here for the winter season. It's not just about working on mechanics. Many come for the paycheck. While Venezuela's eight professional teams no longer can compete with major league salaries as they did during the oil-fueled economic boom of the 1960s, when Pete Rose wore a Caracas Leones jersey right after his rookie of the year season, they still pay from $10,000 to $20,000 a month, which can be two to three times what most players make in the U.S. minor leagues. "Diapers aren't cheap," said C.J. Retherford, a 28-year-old Arizona native who made $3,000 a month last season for the RedHawks of the sister cities of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota. He now plays third base for the Tiburones, or Sharks, from the city of La Guaira outside Caracas — one of the nine "imports" the league allows each team to hire. For players accustomed to the small crowds of minor league stadiums back home, the frequently sold out Estadio Universitario in Caracas can be daunting. Abundant servings of rum and whiskey and a nerve-rattling cacophony of drums pump up the 25,000 screaming fans who hang on every pitch. "It's Friday night football every game, all the game," said Jamie Romak, a 28year-old outfielder for La Guaira who played for the St. Louis Cardinal's AAA team in Memphis, Tennessee. "You can have an eight run lead, blink your eyes twice and suddenly it's a one-run game." Not everyone loves the experience. In addition to the challenges of playing
THURSDAY GIRLS Basketball Shea at Pilgrim, 6;30 p.m.; Mount St. Charles at Toll Gate, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY BOYS Basketball Woonsocket at Cranston West, St. Raphael at North Kingstown, North Providence at Central Falls, Cumberland at Lincoln, Burrillville at Mount St. Charles, Davies at North Smithfield, West Warwick at Shea, Exeter/West Greenwich at Tolman, 7 p.m. Hockey North Smithfield vs. Middletown, (at St. George’s), 6 p.m.; Barrington at Burrillville, Woonsocket vs. Narragansett, (at Boss Arena), 7 p.m.; Lincoln at Cumberland, 7:30 p.m.; Mount St. Charles at Hendricken, 8 p.m.; St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Co-op vs. Portsmouth, (at Smithfield Rink), 8:30 p.m. GIRLS Basketball North Smithfield at Warwick Vets, 5 p.m.; Woonsocket at Cumberland, 7 p.m. Hockey Smithfield/North Smithfield vs. La Salle, (at Levy Rink), 6 p.m. CO-ED Swimming Barrington at Cumberland, 4 p.m.
abroad, from unfamiliar food to a foreign language, Venezuela presents its own set of daily problems. Foremost is security. Bodyguards lurk near the dugout, keeping a close eye on Venezuelan big leaguers whose milliondollar contracts make them prime kidnapping targets. Nobody wants to become the next Wilson Ramos, the Washington Nationals catcher who was abducted in 2011 at gunpoint outside his family's home in Valencia. He was rescued two days later after a nationwide manhunt. The American players for La Guaira and rival Leones live a few blocks away from the ballpark at a five-star hotel, rarely venturing farther than the attached shopping mall. What they see of Venezuela is mostly what passes the bus window on long road trips between games. Their families? Only on Skype. "You have to be smart," said Tony DeFrancesco, a coach for the Houston Astros' AAA team who is making his managerial debut in Venezuela with La Guaira.
SATURDAY BOYS Basketball Toll Gate at North Smithfield, 7 p.m. Hockey Burrillville at Smithfield, 6 p.m.; North Smithfield vs. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill Co-op, (at St. George’s), 6 p.m.; Cumberland vs. Prout, (at Thayer Arena), 6:30 p.m.; Mount St. Charles at Coventry, (at Benny Mageria Rink), 7:30 p.m.; Lincoln vs. East Greenwich, (at Smithfield Rink), 7:30 p.m.; Woonsocket at East Providence, (at Lynch Arena), 7:30 p.m. GIRLS Hockey Bay View vs. Cumberland/Lincoln Co-op, (at Levy Rink), 7 p.m.; Smithfield/North Smithfield Co-op at Mount St. Charles, 7:30 p.m.; Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op vs. Toll Gate/Pilgrim/Warwick Vets, (at Warburton Arena), 8 p.m. Track Chariho, Cranston East vs. Cumberland; St. Raphael, Central, Cranston West vs. Lincoln; Tolman, Shea, Moses Brown vs. Exeter/West Greenwich, (all at Providence Career & Technical Academy field house), 2 p.m. SUNDAY
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LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Latest skiing conditions, as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. For more information go to Wednesday, Jan. 1 Rhode Island Yawgoo Valley — Wed 5:55 am packed powder machine groomed 10 - 25 base 7 of 12 trails60% open, 2 miles, 18 acres, 3 of 4 lifts, sm Mon-Wed: 2p-8p; Thu-Fri: 2p-9p Sat: 8:30a-9p; Sun: 8:30a-5p; Jan 01: 8:30a-9p; Massachusetts Berkshire East — Tue 12:50 pm frozen granular machine groomed 12 - 30 base 17 of 45 trails 38% open, 70 acres, 4 of 5 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat: 8:30a-10p Sun: 8:30a-4:30p; Blandford — Wed Reopen 01/03 packed powder machine groomed 12 - 18 base 6 of 22 trails 3 of 5 lifts, sm Mon, Wed: 12:30a-8:30p; Fri: 9a-9p; Sat: 8:30a-8:30p Sun:8:30a-4p; Open Wed-Mon; Blue Hills — Tue 12:54 pm hard packed machine groomed 12 - 36 base 4 of 12 trails 34% open, 3 of 4 lifts, sm Mon-Wed: 1p-9p; Thu/Fri: 9a-9p; Sat: 9a-9p Sun: 9a-5p; Bousquet — Wed 8:15 am 1 new MG machine groomed 8 - 20 base 14 of 23 trails 61% open, 3 of 5 lifts, sm Mon-Fri: 9a-9p; Sat: 9a-9p; Sun: 9a4p; Bradford — Wed 7:55 am MG machine groomed 8 - 36 base 13 of 15 trails, 87% open 6 of 10 lifts, Mon-Fri: 8:30a-10p; Sat: 8:30a-10p; Sun: 8:30a4:30p; Catamount — Wed 12:11 pm loose granular machine groomed 10 - 30 base 26 of 34 trails 77% open, 8 miles, 110 acres, 5 of 6 lifts, sm Mon/Tue, Thu: 9a-4p Wed: 9a-9p; Fri: 9a-10p; Sat: 8:30a-10p; Sun: 8:30a-4p; Jiminy Peak — Wed 6:39 am 2 new packed powder machine groomed 15 36 base 36 of 45 trails 80% open, 152 acres, 7 of 9 lifts, sm Mon-Fri: 9a10p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-10p; Nashoba Valley — Wed 9:03 am packed powder machine groomed 20 - 32 base 15 of 17 trails 89% open, 8 of 10 lifts, sm Mon-Fri: 9a-10p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-10p; Otis Ridge — Tue 8:55 pm loose granular machine groomed 10 - 30 base 5 of 11 trails 46% open, 3 of 4 lifts, sm Wed-Fri: 9:30a-9p; Sat/Sun: 9a-9p; Jan 01: 9a-9p;
making them tackle, making them stop you, making them figure it out, make them come up on the line and hit you in the face." Through 14 games, the Patriots were averaging 118.29 yards per game on the ground. Then at Baltimore, in what turned out to be a 41-7 win but was actually closer than that final score, New England ran for 142. Last week, in the pouring rain, LeGarrette Blount ran for a career-high 189 yards, and the team ran up 267. Now, through 16 games, the Patriots, who will play the higher remaining seed (either Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Kansas City) after this week's wild-card games, are averaging 129.3 yards per game on the ground, third in the AFC. The increase is less than 11 yards a week, but over so many games that's a real improvement. And with Stevan Ridley apparently over his fumbling problem, the Pats have a legitimate threeheaded monster in Blount, Ridley and Shane Vereen. Brady has thrown the ball 50 times the past two weeks. In the first 14 games, he
averaged 41.3 tries per game. He has averaged 147 yards passing the past two weeks, after averaging 289.1 per game through the first 14. More? Brady has 28 total completions the last two weeks; he had six individual games of 29 or more in the first 14. Clearly, the New England running game became more important this season after receiver Wes Welker departed for Denver, and tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder. Fellow TE Rob Gronkowski played only seven games, coming back late after arm and back surgeries and then injuring his knee. And going forward? "It's going to be a matter of what they're doing a good job of defending and what we feel we're doing a good job of executing," Brady said. "There's a little spot in there with what they're doing well and what you're not doing well and you try to get to it. And you try to make the adjustments over the course of the game." *** NOTES: S Devin McCourty, who missed last week's game with a concussion, returned to practice Wednesday. . Brady wouldn't comment on former
offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien getting the head job with the Texans, saying, "That was a long time ago," and adding he's focused on this team now. But when asked about the possibility of current coordinator Josh McDaniels getting a job — Cleveland has been given permission to talk to McDaniels — Brady said, "He's a great coach and I said the other day he's one of my best buds, and I've been around for a long time, so I know him pretty well. I'm glad he's my coach." . Brady said the early Wednesday practice had him asleep for the start of 2014. . Asked about the NHL playing its Winter Classic at the Big House at Michigan, his alma mater, Brady said, "Pretty cool, it's a great environment, so . I wish I had a chance to get back there to watch a football game; maybe when I retire. But to do a hockey game in there is pretty sweet. I know they did it at Fenway a few years ago, which is really cool — it's a really neat experience. It was smart of the NHL to do that." . The Patriots have 18 players on the 53-man roster — 15 rookies and Blount, wide receiver Danny Amendola and special teams player Chris White — who will make their first playoff appearances.
Girls’ hockey
Cardon, Duquette shine for Burrillville/Ponaganset
BURRILLVILLE — The Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op team ushered in the New Year with a 4-2 win over La Salle Academy in a game that took place Wednesday at Levy Rink. Emily Cardon led Burrillville/Ponaganset with two goals, both of which helped stake the home team to a 2-0 lead early in the second period. After the Rams got on the scoreboard, the Broncos responded with a goal by Tiara Bianco to grab a two-
goal advantage heading into the final period. Giana Defusco closed out the scoring in the third period for the Broncos. Defusco also added an assist while Taylor Duquette stopped 32 of 34 shots. Burrillville/Ponaganset now sits at 5-2-0, its 10 points good for the most in the Emma Division. La Salle and Bay View are tied for second place, each school with nine points.
Boys’ hockey
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November 30, 2013 - Lincoln sophomore Thaddeus Moss (5) looks back as he blows by the Central Falls defense and heads for the end zone for a touchdown during second quarter action at Perez Field Saturday. Ernest A. Brown photo/RIMG.
Clippers win Burrillville Winter Classic in thrilling fashion
BURRILLVILLE — For the second straight year, the championship game of the Burrillville Winter Classic was decided in a shootout. But this time, it was Cumberland which won the title game, doing so by a 4-3 score over Medfield, Mass. at Levy Arena. Cumberland goalie Leo Lake was named the tourney’s MVP after stopping 47 shots in the title game, including three of the four he turned away in the win over Medfield. Ironically, last winter’s tournament MVP, Burrillville goalie Kyle Wilkinson, had 47 saves in his team’s shootout victory in the finals over Lincoln.
Freshman James Cabral’s goal late in the third period forced overtime for the Clippers, who also received goals from James Casilli and Jake Salisbury and a pair of assists from tri-captain Greg Wellington in taking a 2-0 lead. John Wainwright also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout. In the other consolation contests, Barrington skated to a 5-4 win over North Smithfield and Lincoln was a 3-1 winner over Burrillville. Ryan Degnan scored twice (both times off assists from Ben Hevner) for the Lions, while Tyler Kearney netted a power-play goal for the Broncos.
CUMBERLAND — The CHS Hockey Booster Club has scheduled its annual Cumberland High School alumni hockey game on Friday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. at Mount St. Charles Academy's Adelard Arena. The cost to play is $10 per player, and alumni wishing to participate can contact Kelly Validic at
CUMBERLAND — Players are needed for the Cumberland Recreation Department’s co-ed adult volleyball program, which will get under way on Monday, Jan. 6 and continue until June. The cost to play is $30 for Cumberland residents and $35 for non-residents. Registration can be completed from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Recreation Department on 4097 Diamond Hill Road. For more information, call 401-334-9996.
WOONSOCKET — Triple Crown Umpires is looking for umpires for the 2014 season. Those interested must have two years experience working the bases or behind the plate at the Little League, or Big Diamond level. For more information, contact Tommy Brien at (401) 765-3419.
NORTH SMITHFIELD — The North Smithfield Athletic Association is currently accepting registrations for its co-ed adult volleyball league, which begins Sunday, Jan. 5 at North Smithfield High’s gymnasium and plays every Sunday night. The league is open exclusively to North Smithfield residents and employees of the town/school department ages 25 and older. For more information on the league, or the NSAA, visit the website
CUMBERLAND — The Recreation Department is offering a youth track program for youngsters ages 3-10 on Saturdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the Cumberland High School’s Wellness Center beginning Saturday, Dec. 14. The cost is $10, and registration can be completed by calling the department at 401-334-9996.
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McGair: 2013 offered a little bit of everything
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shot to emerge as the last team standing. It was a fun group to watch. than that. He was worthy of the moniker “Mr. How to make sense of his team’s seasonBurrillville.” His roots in this close-knit com- ending loss to the Purple may have been head munity ran so deep that as Broncos cross-coun- coach T.J. Ciolfi’s toughest task all season. try head coach Marty Crowley elegantly put, Ciolfi remained in the locker room for quite “His legacy is every kid who has ever played for some time afterwards, no doubt trying to conhim at Burrillville High School. He was vested sole a group of teenage boys who probably in the town of Burrillville, and his loss is felt wanted no part of hearing what a special season throughout the entire community, not by just it truly was at that particular moment. those who knew him.” “We had never lost as a group, so the first 15 On the same January day that Carter’s wake minutes were like … there was a lot of emotion, took place, this newspaper ran two articles that there really was,” Ciolfi recalled a few days hopefully paid homage to “Mr. Burrillville.” A later. week or so later, myself and colleague Jon By the time the North Smithfield team pulled Baker received a note of appreciation from into the high school’s parking lot, the pain and Carter’s son, Chris. disappointment had given way to a realization Chris mentioned how people talked about of what a special journey the season had been. what had appeared in print and online as they “I think the long ride was almost a blessing waited in the receiving line. He also planned to because by the time it ended, the players who put a couple of copies aside for the benefit of aren’t returning were in the back of the bus and Skee’s grandson Aidan, who in early April we started to put into perspective that there’s no threw out the first pitch to cap off a pre-game reason for us to hang our heads,” said Ciolfi. memorial ceremony at Eccleston Field. Not in the slightest bit. Hearing from a member of Skee Carter’s *** family helped provide reassurance that the porIn certain times, an otherwise simple, kindtrayal of a kind-hearted soul was warmly hearted gesture can double as a strong and received. much-needed dose of reassurance that, yes, *** good people still exist. ERNEST A. BROWN / Blackstone Valley Sports photo Another tough aspect of this job is standing And surely that was the case for the Tolmanoutside the locker room of a team that you know Newtown high school baseball game that took The Tolman-Newtown baseball game that was held on April 20, 2013 at McCoy Stadium was is suffering from the pangs of defeat. The place Saturday, April 20 at McCoy Stadium – one of the top sporting events that took place in the Blackstone Valley over the past calendar wounds are fresh and in need of suturing. hailed “as a symphony composed in fellowship, year. Fortunately for the North Smithfield boys’ bas- compassion and healing.” Those words ketball team, one final bonding session awaited appeared in the Feb. 4 edition of this paper after and what took place that Saturday in April pro- way over to where he was standing. Beyeler saw me coming toward him. courtesy of a roughly hour-long bus ride back a meeting the previous Friday at McCoy vided just that. The weather that day also proved symbolic Holding a “begging to be popped” bottle of from URI’s Ryan Center to 412 Greenville Stadium with Tolman head baseball coach Theo Road. Murray, the architect of this special endeavor, with threatening clouds giving way to blue sky. champagne, a sly grin formed on his face as he prepared to uncork the bottle. As we wrote in a column that appeared school athletic director John Scanlon and Faith restored, indeed. *** Seeing that, I quickly drew out my recorder, March 12, “not many high school squads Pawtucket Red Sox president Mike Tamburro. One of my favorite images of the year took a gesture that signaled that I was waiving the around these parts can lay claim to losing their You may recall the actual game took place at first game of the season on what turns out was the end of what was a long and trying week for place June 8 at North Kingstown’s Lischio white flag. I congratulated Beyeler and told him their final game of the season. It’s a crusher of a all New Englanders. We were shaken by the Field. The Lincoln baseball nine was looking to I needed a few minutes. He obliged. I did keep double whammy that’s tough to shake, even if horrific events that marred the Boston Marathon stay alive in the Division I playoffs when news one eye on the bottle just in case, but it remained the task of defying the odds and creating a lega- and watched a manhunt ensue with one of the the equivalent to a bolt of lightning struck by Beyeler’s side while we talked. The search for my story worked out – even if cy had been achieved long before North suspects apprehended in Watertown, Mass. the roughly 10 minutes before the 4:30 p.m. first I ended up getting a little wet due to the spraySmithfield fell in the semifinals of the R.I. Open night before the Newtown players and coaches pitch. It was learned Nick Zammarelli had been ing activity that ensued around us. Tournament.” would serve as the guests of honor of both the chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the 28th round *** The Northmen had won 26 straight games City of Pawtucket and the PawSox. The story that appeared Nov. 24 about the prior to bowing to eventual champion Classical. In essence, the timing of this fellowship of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player They had morphed from a feel-good story to game was just right. We needed a reason to draft. When the news broke, the Lincoln senior Woonsocket High football team participating in Cinderella to a team with a honest-to-goodness believe in humanity after such a trying period, was busy taking pre-game groundballs at short- a mandatory hour-long study hall prior to pracstop. tice is an example of adults who stand firmly in Upon returning to the dugout, Zammarelli’s the corner of today’s youth. older sister, Tayla, ran over to the chain-link “It was the missing part of a puzzle that fence to deliver some important information made for a successful program,” stated before returning to where parents Nick Jr. and Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who Lisa were standing. had a substantial hand in securing the necessary I’m sure there was some thought to waiting funds to cover transportation costs from until after the game before telling Nick that he Woonsocket High School to Barry Field. had been drafted. It’s not everyday, however, People like Baldelli-Hunt, George Nasuti that a local lad is bestowed with such good (Woonsocket High athletic director) and news, hence why the Zammarelli clan felt com- Carnell Henderson (Novans’ head football fortable enough with informing their hard- coach) understand that today’s kids need strucworking son/brother before he took the field. ture and parameters, hence why the idea of *** study hall made perfect sense. As it became apparent that the Red Sox were “You’re probably tired, but if you’ve done going to wrap up the World Series in six games, half of your homework already, you have a my mind began to race with ideas for the chance to be good for the night,” said postgame sidebar. Looking to work in some sort Woonsocket senior fullback/linebacker of PawSox angle helped simplify the final deci- Francisco Torres about study hall and the defision. nite “leg up” it provided him, a sentiment Arnie Beyeler was going to be my target. undoubtedly shared by the vast majority of his The former Pawtucket manager had gone from teammates. winning the 2012 Governors’ Cup title to *** becoming Boston’s first-base coach. He was We could probably ramble on, but space dicabout to bask in championship glory for a sec- tates we wrap things up. Don’t feel slighted if ond straight year. something wasn’t highlighted. Surely our I had roughly 45 minutes or so following the sports department gave it proper attention when ERNEST A. BROWN / Blackstone Valley Sports photo final out to track down Beyeler, write something the time was appropriate, and we shall continBurrilliville head baseball coach Pete Berthelette pauses for a moment of silence during a trib- and send it to the copy desk. After being unable ue to do so when the situation presents itself in ute to Broncos baseball head coach Wilfred "Skee" Carter prior to the start of an April 2013 to locate him on the field, I made my way into 2014. Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter against Mount St. Charles at Eccleston Field. Carter, who passed away one year ago today, the jubilant Red Sox clubhouse. I immediately spotted Beyeler and attempted to maneuver my @BWMcGair03 was defined by the simple moniker “Mr. Burrillville.”
Toronto wins snowy Winter Classic
skaters for both teams attempted shots with the wind in their face toward the same net — or end zone. After a slew of skaters with shovels cleared the ice following overtime, Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit's only goal in the shootout and teammate Tomas Tatar was foiled on his team's third and final attempt because he couldn't control the puck on the snow-covered surface and didn't even get a shot off. "The conditions made it so some of the skill in the game was eliminated," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Bernier, with a knit hat over his helmet, made 41 saves.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey. Light snow swirled down in the Big House, making it tough to push the puck through piles of the white stuff on a sheet of ice where football is usually played. Teeth-chattering temperatures and a brisk wind were factors, too, that made the NHL's Winter Classic much more of an event than a game. Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting Toronto to a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Wednesday in front of 105,591 fans — the largest crowd to watch a hockey game. The Red Wings were not as fortunate in the closely contested spectacle that was altered in a lot of ways because of the conditions. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg appeared to have good chance in overtime with the puck in the Maple Leafs' end and defenseman Cody Franson on his left side. The horn, however, sounded to stop play at the 2:30 mark of the extra period so that both teams played into a 10-plus mph wind for an equal amount of time. The game also was halted midway through the third period so that the teams could switch sides. In the shootout,
TODAY MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Rhode Island at Brown, WHJJ-FM (101.5), WPRV (790). 7 p.m. — Wisconsin at Northwestern, ESPN2. 7:30 p.m. — Penn at George Mason, NBC Sports. 9 p.m. — Saint Mary's (Cal) at Gonzaga, ESPN2. 9 p.m. — California at Stanford, FS1. NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. — Boston at Chicago, CSN, WZLX-FM (100.7). NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. — Nashville at Boston, NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5). COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8:30 p.m. — Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Alabama, at New Orleans, ESPN. PREP FOOTBALL 4 p.m. — All-America Game, Team Highlight-Red vs. Team NitroGreen, at St. Petersburg, Fla.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 15 15 .500 — Boston 13 18 .419 2½ Brooklyn 10 21 .323 5½ Philadelphia 9 21 .300 6 New York 9 21 .300 6 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 24 7 .774 — Atlanta 18 14 .563 6½ Washington 14 15 .483 9 Charlotte 14 18 .438 10½ Orlando 10 21 .323 14 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 25 6 .806 — Detroit 14 19 .424 12 Chicago 12 18 .400 12½ Cleveland 10 21 .323 15 Milwaukee 7 24 .226 18 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 25 7 .781 — Houston 21 13 .618 5 Dallas 19 13 .594 6 New Orleans 14 15 .483 9½ Memphis 13 17 .433 11 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 25 6 .806 — Portland 25 7 .781 ½ Minnesota 15 16 .484 10 Denver 14 16 .467 10½ Utah 10 24 .294 16½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB
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Wild-Card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Kansas City at Indianapolis, 4:35 p.m. (NBC) New Orleans at Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. (FOX) ——— Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Green Bay, San Francisco or New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Cincinnati, Indianpolis or Kansas City at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX) Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) ——— Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC Championship, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC Championship, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) ——— Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. ——— Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 — Conference championships Feb. 1 — NFL Honors awards show at New York Feb. 2 — Super Bowl at East Rutherford, N.J.
21 12 .636 — 19 11 .633 ½ 20 13 .606 1 13 19 .406 7½ 10 20 .333 9½ ——— Tuesday's Games Atlanta 92, Boston 91 Indiana 91, Cleveland 76 Golden State 94, Orlando 81 Sacramento 110, Houston 106 San Antonio 113, Brooklyn 92 Toronto 85, Chicago 79 Portland 98, Oklahoma City 94 Milwaukee 94, L.A. Lakers 79 Wednesday's Games Dallas 87, Washington 78 Toronto 95, Indiana 82 New Orleans at Minnesota, (n) Philadelphia at Denver, (n) Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, (n) Thursday's Games Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Golden State at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New York at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at Utah, 9 p.m. Charlotte at Portland, 10 p.m. Philadelphia at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Friday's Games Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. New York at Houston, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 9 p.m. Utah at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Nowitzki, DAL DeRozan, TOR Ellis, DAL Wall, WAS Martin, MIN Paul, LAC 235 124 214 143 230 146 203 127 187 144 216 161 ——— FG Percentage FG FGA Jordan, LAC 121 189 Drummond, DET 193 315 Johnson, TOR 139 235 James, MIA 279 473 Howard, HOU 218 375 Hill, LAL 122 214 Horford, ATL 238 420 Lopez, Bro 129 229 Diaw, SAN 130 237 Lopez, POR 124 228 30 29 31 28 29 32 639 21.3 602 20.8 630 20.3 565 20.2 576 19.9 629 19.7 PCT .640 .613 .591 .590 .581 .570 .567 .563 .549 .544 L.A. Clippers Phoenix Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento
NFL Calendar
By The Associated Press Jan. 4-5 — Wild-card playoffs Jan. 11-12 — Division-round playoffs
Bowl Glance
——— Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl North Texas 36, UNLV 14 Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska 24, Georgia 19 Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. LSU 21, Iowa 14 Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Michigan State 24, Stanford 20 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), (n) ——— Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) ——— Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) ——— Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)
By The Associated Press Jan. 2 1961 — George Blanda passes for three touchdowns and kicks a field goal and the extra points to give the Houston Oilers a 24-16 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the first American Football League championship game. 1966 — Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung gain 201 yards on four inches of snow at Lambeau Field to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 23-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns and their third championship in five years. 1982 — Rolf Benirschke's 29-yard field goal at 13:52 of overtime ends one of the wildest and highestscoring playoff games as the San Diego Chargers beat the Miami Dolphins 41-38. 1985 — Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah State 142-140 in triple overtime as both teams set an NCAA record for total points. The Runnin' Rebels score a record 93 points in the second half, and coach Jerry Tarkanian gets his 600th victory. 1987 — No. 2 Penn State beats No. 1 Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. 1995 — Florida State beats Florida 23-17 in the Sugar Bowl to give coach Bobby Bowden an NCAArecord 10 consecutive bowl wins. 1996 — No. 1 Nebraska demolishes No. 2 Florida 62-24 in the Fiesta Bowl, making them the first repeat champions in 16 years. 2000 — Kurt Warner joins Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 40 touchdown passes in a season, and Marshall Faulk breaks Barry Sanders' total yardage record in the St. Louis Rams' 38-31 loss to Philadelphia. 2001 — Jose Theodore becomes the sixth NHL goalie to score a goal in a regular-season game and stops 32 shots as Montreal blanks the New York Islanders 3-0. 2002 — Carolina's Ron Francis becomes the fifth player in NHL history to record 500 goals and 1,000 assists when he scores in the Hurricanes' 6-3 loss to Boston. 2005 — The Pittsburgh Steelers win their 14th straight to match the record set by Miami in 1972 and become the fourth team in NFL history to finish 15-1. 2005 — Peyton Manning shatters the single-season passer rating record by finishing the season with a 121.1 rating, well ahead of the 112.8 set by San Francisco's Steve Young in 1994. 2009 — Mississippi beats Texas Tech 47-34 in the final Cotton Bowl played in the stadium of the same name. Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell ends up with the most career touchdowns in major college football (four in this game made it 134, breaking the record of 131 set by Hawaii's Colt Brennan) and first player with two 5,000-yard passing seasons. 2009 — Utah finishes 13-0 with a convincing 31-17 win over No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes are the first team from a non-BCS conference to win two BCS bowls. 2009 — Doug Weight has a pair of assists for the New York Islanders in a 5-4 loss to Phoenix to become the eighth American-born player to reach the 1,000-point mark. 2011 — Seattle becomes the first sub-.500 division champ in league history with a 16-6 win over St. Louis. The Seahawks finish as champs of the NFC West at 7-9, the first playoff team with a losing record — sans the 1982 strike-shortened season — since the merger in 1970. 2012 — Oregon wins its first Rose Bowl in 95 years, holding off Wisconsin 45-38 in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played. 2013 — Jim Boeheim notches his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second alltime among Division I men's coaches, and Syracuse rolls past Rutgers 78-53. Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who got his 940th victory after his top-ranked Blue Devils beat Davidson 67-50.
Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl Colorado State 48, Washington State 45 Las Vegas Bowl Southern Cal 45, Fresno State 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21 ——— Monday, Dec. 23 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl East Carolina 37, Ohio 20 ——— Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Oregon State 38, Boise State 23 ——— Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27 Poinsettia Bowl Utah St. 21, Northern Illinois 14 ——— Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl Marshall 31, Maryland 20 Texas Bowl Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17 Fight Hunger Bowl Washington 31, BYU 16 ——— Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16 Belk Bowl North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17 Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville 36, Miami 9 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Kansas State 31, Michigan 14 ——— Monday’s Games Armed Forces Bowl Navy 24, Middle Tennessee State 6 Music City Bowl Mississippi 25, Georgia Tech 17 Alamo Bowl Oregon 30, Texas 7 Holiday Bowl Texas Tech 37, Arizona St. 23 ——— Tuesday’s Games AdvoCare V100 Bowl Arizona 42, Boston College 19 Sun Bowl UCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12 Liberty Bowl Mississippi State 44, Rice 7 Chick-fil-A Bowl Texas A&M 52, Duke 48
NBA Leaders
By The Associated Press THROUGH DEC. 31 Scoring G FG FT PTS AVG Durant, OKC 31 288 255 892 28.8 Love, MIN 30 264 191 794 26.5 Anthony, NYK 27 251 167 709 26.3 James, MIA 30 279 162 764 25.5 Harden, HOU 28 202 212 671 24.0 George, IND 30 244 148 715 23.8 Aldridge, POR 32 315 124 754 23.6 Curry, GOL 30 239 114 688 22.9 Cousins, SAC 29 242 175 659 22.7 Irving, CLE 31 253 127 689 22.2 Afflalo, ORL 30 229 128 651 21.7 Griffin, LAC 33 271 168 716 21.7 Lillard, POR 32 213 155 683 21.3 Westbrook, OKC 25 190 119 533 21.3
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 40 26 12 2 54 117 86 Tampa Bay 39 23 12 4 50 110 93 Montreal 41 23 14 4 50 103 94 Toronto 42 21 16 5 47 118 120 Detroit 42 18 14 10 46 109 120 Ottawa 42 17 18 7 41 118 135 Florida 41 15 20 6 36 96 130 Buffalo 40 11 25 4 26 71 113 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 42 29 12 1 59 131 96 Washington 40 20 15 5 45 122 119 Philadelphia 40 20 16 4 44 105 111 New Jersey 41 17 16 8 42 97 103 N.Y. Rangers 41 20 19 2 42 96 109 Carolina 40 15 16 9 39 96 118 Columbus 40 17 19 4 38 109 117 N.Y. Islanders 41 13 21 7 33 107 138 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 42 28 7 7 63 158 115 St. Louis 39 27 7 5 59 139 93 Colorado 39 24 11 4 52 114 100 Dallas 39 20 12 7 47 115 113 Minnesota 42 20 17 5 45 97 109 Winnipeg 42 19 18 5 43 114 121 Nashville 40 18 18 4 40 95 119 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 42 29 8 5 63 137 106 San Jose 40 25 9 6 56 131 104 Los Angeles 41 25 12 4 54 110 83 Vancouver 41 23 11 7 53 111 97 Phoenix 39 20 10 9 49 120 120 Calgary 40 14 20 6 34 96 126 Edmonton 42 13 24 5 31 109 143 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ——— Tuesday's Games N.Y. Rangers 2, Florida 1, SO New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 1 St. Louis 2, Minnesota 1 N.Y. Islanders 5, Boston 3 Carolina 5, Montreal 4, OT Winnipeg 3, Buffalo 0 Anaheim 6, San Jose 3 Dallas 3, Los Angeles 2 Colorado 5, Columbus 3 Philadelphia 4, Calgary 1 Phoenix 4, Edmonton 3, OT Wednesday's Games Toronto 3, Detroit 2, SO Tampa Bay at Vancouver, (n) Thursday's Games Nashville at Boston, 7 p.m. Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Montreal at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m. Columbus at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Friday's Games Chicago at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Calgary, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Wednesday's Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASKETBALL National Basketball Association PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS — Assigned G CJ McCollum to Idaho (NBADL). HOCKEY National Hockey League BUFFALO SABRES — Recalled D Brayden McNabb and LW Johan Larsson from Rochester (AHL). Placed C Cody Hodgson on injured reserve. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS — Acquired D Tim Gleason the rights to D Dennis Robertson from Carolina for D John-Michael Liles. American Hockey League SPRINGFIELD FALCONS — Announced F Jonathan Marchessault was recalled by Columbus (NHL). ECHL GWINNETT GLADIATORS — Traded F Jeremie Malouin to Cincinnati to complete a previous trade. COLLEGE LOUISVILLE — Announced QB Teddy Bridgewater will enter the NFL draft. OHIO STATE — Announced DE Noah Spence was three games for violating an undisclosed Big Ten rule. SOUTH CAROLINA — Announced DE Jadeveon Clowney will enter the NFL draft.
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By The Associated Press Through Dec. 31 GP G A Sidney Crosby, Pit 42 22 37 Patrick Kane, Chi 42 23 30 Ryan Getzlaf, Anh 39 20 27 John Tavares, NYI 40 16 28 Nicklas Bckstrm, Was40 10 34 Joe Thornton, SJ 40 5 39 Corey Perry, Anh 42 22 21 Chris Kunitz, Pit 42 21 22 Alex Ovechkin, Was 38 30 11 Patrick Sharp, Chi 42 22 19 Evgeni Malkin, Pit 32 9 32 Kyle Okposo, NYI 41 15 25 Jonathan Toews, Chi 42 15 25 PTS 59 53 47 44 44 44 43 43 41 41 41 40 40
FAVORITE at Indianapolis at Philadelphia at Cincinnati San Francisco FAVORITE OPEN TODAY O/U Saturday’s Wild-Card Games 1 2½ (46½) 2½ 2½ (53½) Sunday’s Wild-Card Games 5 7 (47) 1 2½ (48) UNDERDOG Kansas City New Orleans San Diego at Green Bay UNDERDOG Oklahoma
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OPEN 14½ TODAY O/U Sugar Bowl At New Orleans 16 (51½) Friday’s Games Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas 1 (61½) Orange Bowl At Miami
Golf Glance By The Associated Press All Times EST PGA TOUR HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Site: Kapalua, Hawaii. Schedule: Friday-Monday. Course: Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course (7,452 yards, par 73). Purse: $5.7 million. Winner's share: $1,026,000. Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 4:30-10 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m.; Saturday, 3:30-8 a.m., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:30-7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 12:30-5 a.m., 5:30-9 a.m., 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-10 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m.) and NBC (Sunday, 3-4 p.m.). Last year: Dustin Johnson won the wind-delayed tournament in a Tuesday finish, beating Steve Stricker by four strokes. Johnson also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November. Last event: Harris English won the rain-delayed
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(69½) Saturday’s Game BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. 2 2½ (53½) Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. 9 7½ (64) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. 9½ 8½ (67½)
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OHL Classic in Mexico on Nov. 17 for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish. Notes: The tournament is the seventh event in the PGA Tour's new wraparound 2013-14 season schedule. Thirty of the 35 qualifiers are entered in the event limited to winners last year. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell are skipping the tournament. ... Masters champion Adam Scott won the Australian PGA and Australian Masters in consecutive weeks in November. He also teamed with Jason Day to win for Australia in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne. ... Zach Johnson won the World Challenge on Dec. 8 in California, beating tournament host Woods on the first hole of a playoff. ... Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed The Plantation Course on a former pineapple plantation. ... The Sony Open is next week at Waialae in Honolulu, followed by the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. PGA Tour site:
College football
Michigan State comes up roses in Pasadena
stuffing a run play up the middle. Elsworth, a fill-in starter for suspended senior linebacker Max Bullough, hurdled the pile to deliver an electrifying, head-on hit to fullback Ryan Hewitt while his teammates helped out below. "When I saw their offensive linemen's stance, I knew the way to make a play was to go over the top," said Elsworth, selected the game's defensive MVP. The Spartans have long labored behind Michigan, Ohio State and even Wisconsin among the Midwest's top programs, but Dantonio's seven-year rebuilding project in East Lansing has put them on top of the Midwest this season with a perfect run through conference play. After knocking off the unbeaten Buckeyes in the league title game, Michigan State earned the Big Ten's second Rose Bowl win since 2000. Tyler Gaffney ran for 91 yards and an early TD for Stanford, and linebacker Kevin Anderson returned an interception 40 yards for a score late in the first half. But the Cardinal couldn't follow up last season's success in Pasadena with back-to-back Rose Bowl wins, managing just three points from their offense after the first quarter. son. Instead, the 19th-ranked Badgers find themselves entering the offseason lamenting yet another missed opportunity. Despite compiling 293 rushing yards against the Southeastern Conference's second-ranked rushing defense, Wisconsin couldn't overcome four turnovers and a late injury to its starting quarterback, falling 34-24 to No. 8 South Carolina on Wednesday. Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw picked apart the Badgers' defense and was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, Wisconsin (9-4) rushed for 293 yards, but had no rushing touchdowns. Wisconsin lost its fourth straight bowl game, failing to capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, and struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State's season, the storybook ending came with a moral. After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody's shadow anymore. And for the first time in 26 years, they're Rose Bowl champions. Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 2420 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl. Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished their season with 10 straight wins and their first Rose Bowl victory since 1988. Michigan State overcame its first doubledigit deficit of the entire season along the way, and the Spartans' FBS-best defense capped a dominant season with one more old-school, smash-mouth performance befitting the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All. "It's a special time for all Spartans, and we came here in force," coach Mark Dantonio said. "I'm very happy for our football team, the resilience we showed all season long." Michigan State's defense yielded just 159 yards in the final three quarters and ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourth-and-1 near midfield with 1:46 to play,
remaining. Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns for LSU. Craig Loston's fourth-quarter interception gave Hill a chance to put the game out of reach, and he carried four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92-yard march that gave LSU (103) a 21-7 lead. Iowa (8-5) pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers 4. Safety John Lowdermilk set up Iowa's other TD — Mark Weisman's 2-yard run in the third quarter — with an interception and 71-yard return to the LSU 1.
Georgia blows chances, loses 24-19 in Gator Bowl
Iowa loses to LSU in Outback Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — At least Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz had some positive news about injured quarterback Jake Rudock. C.J. Beathard replaced Rudock on the first play of the fourth quarter of the Hawkeyes' 2114 loss to No. 14 LSU in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday. Ferentz said Rudock reinjured his knee that was hurt earlier this season. Beathard's fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley that trimmed Iowa's deficit to 21-14 with 1:42
Badgers fall to Gamecocks in Capital One Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After three straight years of BCS bowl losses, Wisconsin hoped that its trip to the Capital One Bowl would be the start of better times in the postsea-
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 23 Georgia was near the end zone all day. Seven times to be exact. The Bulldogs scored just one touchdown in seven trips inside the 21-yard line, their biggest downfall in a 24-19 loss to Nebraska in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl on Wednesday. Georgia (8-5) failed repeatedly to take advantage of opportunities, settling for four short field goals and dropping two fourthdown passes in the red zone in the closing minutes. Rantavious Wooten dropped a fourthand-2 pass around the 10-yard line with 4:42 to play. The Bulldogs got the ball back and marched toward the end zone, but Arthur Lynch dropped a fourth-and-3 pass that would have moved the chains with about 25 seconds remaining.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Family feuds over child of sister facing jail time
DEAR ABBY: My sister “Nicole” faked several pregnancies to keep her boyfriends around until they wised up. She is now really pregnant by a married man. Nicole has a long criminal history and has been in and out of jail for various offenses. She’s now facing drug charges that could land her in jail for the next 10 or 15 years. If she’s found guilty, my mother will get custody of the baby so it won’t have to stay in foster care. My parents are in their late 50s and financially capable, but they’re not in the best of health. Mom plans to raise the child until Nicole gets out of prison because my sister “always wanted to be a mom.” My husband and I have been discussing adopting a child and would love to adopt Nicole’s baby. If we did, we’d get a child and could provide the love, safety and security my sister cannot. And the child would get a stable home. Mom feels Nicole “deserves” to be a mom, despite the fact that she’s going to jail and flits from man to man searching for someone to love her. How can I get my mother to see that the needs of this baby HAVE to come first? She should be more concerned with this innocent baby than her drugged-out daughter. Am I wrong to feel hurt and think my mother is choosing her over me? — HEARTBROKEN IN ALABAMA child. P.S. Perhaps your father will understand that what you’re proposing makes sense and will speak on your behalf.
Jeanne Phillips
DEAR HEARTBROKEN: Stop personalizing this as a choice your mother is making between you and your sister. Try instead to make her understand how traumatic it will be to a child who could be as old as 10 or 15 to be handed over to a virtual stranger who has no job, no money and a long uphill climb to try and build a future. Your sister may have always dreamed of motherhood, but the most important part of being a parent — aside from loving a child — is being PRESENT. If your sister is found guilty, she will be absent long after her child’s primary attachments will have formed. If this doesn’t convince your mother to change her mind, you will have no choice but to accept her decision and consider adopting another
*** DEAR ABBY: I’m in my late 20s, single and have no children. I have lived on my own since I was 18. I own my home, my car and have no credit card debt, but my mother refuses to acknowledge me as an adult. When I do simple chores or cook meals, she acts surprised. She constantly pleads with me to move back home because she insists I can’t take care of myself and refuses to discuss it any further than belittling me. My friends say what she’s doing constitutes abuse. I’m not sure I agree, but I do think it is rude and manipulative. How can I deal with her condescending attitude when I’m with her? — AT MY WIT’S END DEAR WIT’S END: Most parents strive to make their children independent. Your mother may want you home not because you can’t take care of yourself but because she doesn’t want to live alone. I wouldn’t call that abuse but I do consider it to be selfish and self-serving. You should not sacrifice your lifestyle to live with someone as manipulative as your mother. When she attacks, laugh and deflect her with humor. Assure her that as
incompetent as she thinks you are, you’re “muddling through.” And if she persists, point out that if she doesn’t ease up, she’ll be seeing less of you.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in “What Every Teen Should Know.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)
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By HOLIDAY MATHIS ARIES (March 21-April 19). If one person in your household is working less diligently than the others, it will cause tension. If you live alone, the tension might be caused by a loved one you sometimes compare yourself to. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re careful not to waste time, especially not the time of a total stranger. When dealing with the public, you’ll be even more organized, purposeful and efficient than usual. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will be rooting for someone who perhaps isn’t capable of doing the thing that needs to be done, but your hope and encouragement will lift this person to new levels of accomplishment. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everybody wants something. Start with the people who want something small and easy to accommodate, like a glass of water. It will feel good to satisfy such needs, and this will prepare you for a bigger game. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People will reveal their character to you; you just have to know what to listen for. Something you hear won’t sit right with you. You may not know why, but your feeling is correct. Act on it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You don’t want to push the ones you love into uncomfortable areas, but you have to. Who is going to help them find out what they are made of if you don’t? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Be careful not to waste time wishing things were different than they are. Instead, note that you might prefer something different, and then get to work creating it. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What you do today you do specifically to please one person, and that’s what makes your actions so interesting and meaningful. So what if that one person happens to be you? You deserve it! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). Smart people may point out the inaccuracies they witness or argue fine points, but wise people know what to overlook. You are both smart and wise, so you make internal notes, not public remarks. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Things go well until it is time to say goodbye. People seem to hate leaving you, but you have a schedule to keep, too, so don’t let the goodbyes drag on. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Afraid of their own judgment, many people will work hard to avoid being alone. You, on the other hand, rather enjoy the self-reflection that comes when there is no one else to reflect off of. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll smooth things over socially. You sense what people long to hear and will express it beautifully. You don’t mind at all, especially since today it happens also to be the truth.
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE'S SALE 11 Allendale Avenue North Providence, Rhode Island Assessor's Plat 10 Lot 417
The premises described in the mortgage will be 200 Employment sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens Services and subject to the Notice of Condemnation in the CREDIT LEGAL NOTICE North Providence Land Evidence Records in 1998 TOYOTA Corolla LT, FOR ERRORS INFORMATION 4 door, loaded, auto, 4 The Times does not know- N. SMITHFIELD 2 bed, Book 2170, Page 174 on October 3, 2005 and on cyl. (32 MPG) Inspected, ingly accept advertiseappliances, quiet, w/heat Legal Notices may be Each advertiser is asked January 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM, on the premises, blk. Nice, one owner ments in the Employment & hot water. parking to check his/her advermailed to: classifications that are $1,250. 401-426-1054 $975. 401-369-0215 tisement on the first by virtue of the power of sale contained in a not bonafide job offers. day of publication and The Times, mortgage by Ann F. Croft dated April 27, 1998 Classification 200 is pro- PAWTUCKET 2nd , 3 rooms, to report any error to 2000 VOLVO V70XC, 177k, vided for Employment InP.O. Box 307, bed, appliances, utilities, and recorded in the North Providence Land Evithe Times classified good running, well main- formation, Services and 1 parking included, no pets Pawtucket, RI 02860 dence Records in Book 328 at Page 0857 the department (722tained, dependable, safe. Referrals. This newspa- $175wk. 401-723-2625 4000) as soon as pos$2,000 best. 401-450- per does not knowingly Faxed to: conditions of said mortgage having been broken. rd sible for correction. 6422 accept Employment ads WOONSOCKET 3 , 2 bed, (401) 727-9250 $10,000.00 in cash or certified check or bank kitchen appliances, parkthat indicate a preference No adjustment will be ing, hook ups, security. or Emailed to: check is required to bid. Other terms will be angiven for typographical 2011 Hyundai Accent. Ex- bases on age from em- $650. 401-640-4349 ployees covered be Age cellent condition. 5 errors, which do not nounced at the sale. Discrimination In Emspeed. $5500. Call 727change the meaning or ployment Act. Nor do we WOONSOCKET 80 Spring 8922 lessen the value of the St. 2 bed, North End, 1st Complete instructions in any way condone emadvertisement. floor, hardwoods, washConnolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard, P.C. should include: ployment based solely er/dryer, $195 wk. 401HONDA ACCORD upon discrimination pracAttorney for the Holder of the Mortgage Publication dates, 309-1257 Credit will be allowed 2004 LX, Clear title, 70k tices. only to that portion of mi, Automatic, exterior 304 Cambridge Road Billing information and the advertisement color Gold. $2750. Call Woburn, MA 01801 305 Apartments the Name and Phone where the error oc(828) 919-9835. 204 General Help Telephone: 781-246-8995 curred. Furnished number of individual to Wanted December 26, 2013, January 2, 2014 and contact if necessary. SELL YOUR CAR, VAN OR 1, 2 & 3 BED All new, ready THE EASY WAY. January 9, 2014 111 Special Notices TRUCK Call the classified team at AUTOMOTIVE Inventory, to move in Woonsocket. LEGAL NOTICES The Times today. Tell full time with benefits, 401-447-4451 or 769-0095 DID YOU KNOW that the more than 40,000 adult must have plenty of autoMUST BE RECEIVED Classified Section is filled readers in the are about motive experience. Apply 3 BUSINESS DAYS with lots of interesting in- your vehicle. It's easy to in person only 290 Cur- Real Estate-Sale MORTGAGEE'S SALE formation? You can find do, just dial 401-722- ran Rd., Cumberland PRIOR TO ASSESSOR'S PLAT# 7 AND LOT# 17 a house, an apartment, a 4000. or visit us at www.PUBLICATION cat, a job and lots more!! PRESS Brake Operator, set 97 Gooding Street The Times Classifieds are For further information up experience needed, 1st Pawtucket, Rhode Island loaded with "local" infor& 2nd shift. Precision Eng. Call 722-4000 Monday mation and merchandise Uxbridge. 508-278-5700 126 Trucks thru Friday; that you will find useful. pstone@precisionengi Be in the the 8:30 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. The premises described in the mortgage will be classified section every sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens day. 1998 FORD Ranger PLU, on August 19, 2013 at 9:30 am on the premises READ THE TIMES EVERY 5 speed, 6 cyl., runs Merchandise 330 Brokers - Agents by virtue of the Power of Sale in said mortgage find out what's great, new sticker till made by Ali M. Ghoneim and Najoi Ghoneim dathappening in your neigh- 2015, $2,495. 401-447FIND A HOME. Sell a 4451 or 401-769-0095 borhood. You'll find home. Find a tenant. Call ed February 12, 2008, and recorded in Book school news, employthe classified team at The 2981 at Page 179, et seq. of the Pawtucket Land ment news, health news, 2000 FORD F250 XLT 3 Times to place your adsports, who's getting Quarter ton, 4x4, with vertisement. Call 401Evidence Records, the conditions of said mortmarried, who's getting plow attachment, low 722-4000 gage having been broken: promoted, who's running miles, nice, must see, 1 for office and much owner $3,950. 241-0354 100 Legals more. If it's important to $5,000.00 in cash, bank check or certified check you, it'll probably be in The Times. To get The 273 Miscellaneous at time of sale is required to bid; other terms will NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE'S SALE Times delivered to your 130 Campers be announced at time of sale. Merchandise home every day, call 401116 Sterry Street RV's - Trailers 722-4000. Pawtucket, Rhode Island LOOKING FOR SOMEBendett & McHugh, P.C. Assessor's Plat 55 Lot 560 Vehicles BOAT trailer for an 18 ft. THING HARD TO FIND? 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151 boat with electric winch, Be sure to look in the Farmington, CT 06032 always stored inside classified pages of The Will be sold, subject to any and all prior liens TImes every day. Surely $495.00. 401-767-2248 Attorney for the present you'll find interesting and encumbrances, at public auction on DecemHolder of the Mortgage things that you may want ber 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM Local Time, on the or need. The Times is the premises by virtue of the Power of Sale conperfect marketplace you Business Services can enjoy in the comfort tained in the certain Mortgage Deed made and AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE of your own home. There WAS CONTINUED TO SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 AT is something for every- executed by Joshua L. Audette dated December one in The Times classi- 16, 2011 and recorded in Book 3430 at Page 9:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES 123 Autos For Sale fieds! 349, et seq. with the Records of Land Evidence of the City of Pawtucket, County of Providence, AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE 02 MAZDA MPV Minivan, Real Estate-Rent State of Rhode Island, the conditions of said WAS CONTINUED TO OCTOBER 23, 2013 AT leather seats, DVD, 140,000 miles $3,200. Mortgage Deed having been broken. FIVE THOU- 9:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES Call 401-487-2584 SAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) down payment in 03 FORD EXPLORER LTD, cash, bank check or certified check at time of AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE 159 General 4x4, garaged, all records, single owner, excellent sale; other terms will be announced at time of WAS CONTINUED TO DECEMBER 3, 2013 AT Services $3,100. 401-391-9939 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES sale. 107 Personals
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Will be sold, subject to any and all prior liens and encumbrances, at public auction on January 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM Local Time, on the premises by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in the certain Mortgage Deed made and executed by William A. Major, Jr. dated October 15, 2003 and recorded in Book 936 at Page 4, et seq. as affected by Loan Modification recorded on October 10, 2009 in Book 2530 in Page 281 with the Records of Land Evidence of the Town of North Providence, County of Providence, State of Rhode Island, the conditions of said Mortgage Deed having been broken. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) down payment in cash, bank check or certified check at time of sale; other terms will be announced at time of sale. Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 Warwick, RI 02886 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage MLG File # 12-08685FC A-4429539 12/19/2013, 12/26/2013, 01/02/2014 MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE 106 Stella Drive, North Providence, RI 02911
Will be sold, subject to any and all prior liens and encumbrances, at public auction on January 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM on the premises by exercise of the power of sale in a mortgage executed by John J. Mansolillo and Josephine A. Mansolillo dated December 7, 2005 and recorded in the North Providence, RI Land Evidence Records in Book 2207 at Page 1. Cash, certified or bank check of $5,000.00 required to bid. Other terms and conditions will be announced at the sale. NICHOLAS BARRETT Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 999 South Broadway East Providence, Rhode Island 02914 RSVP MORTGAGEE'S SALE 14 Obeline Drive North Smithfield, RI
The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by Stephen Brill dated June 28, 2007 and recorded in the North Smithfield Land Evidence Records in Book 395, Page 12, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201310-0379 - TEA MORTGAGEE'S SALE 185 MAGILL ST PAWTUCKET, RI
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Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 Warwick, RI 02886 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage MLG File # 13-11027 SAID SALE HAS BEEN ADJOURNED UNTIL JANUARY 21, 2014, AT 1:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME, ON THE PREMISES. Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 Warwick, RI 02893 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage MLG File # 13-11027 A-4434789 12/26/2013, 01/02/2014, 01/09/2014, 01/16/2014, 01/20/2014
AT THE ABOVE TIME AND PLACE, THE SALE WAS CONTINUED TO JANUARY 3, 2014 AT 12:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME ON THE PREMISES Bendett & McHugh, P.C. 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage
1994 Crown Victoria- Runs excellent, very well maintained. Pawtucket. $850. 465-1500 1994 FORD Crown Victoria. Runs excellent, very well maintained, receipts. $950. 401-465-1500 1996 NISSAN Altima, 4 door, 4 cyl. Auto, runs great. $1,795.00. 401769-0095 or 401-4474451
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The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on January 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. on the MORTGAGEE S NOTICE premises, by virtue of the power of sale conOF SALE OF REAL ESTATE tained in a mortgage by Ann McLynch and Car29 MORNING GLORY ROAD, men V. Cadotte dated May 23, 2007 and recordCUMBERLAND, RI 02864 ed in the PAWTUCKET Land Evidence Records in Book 2873, Page 166, the conditions of said The premises described in the mortgage will be mortgage having been broken. sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on January 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM on the premis- $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is rees, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a quired to bid. Other terms will be announced at mortgage by Donald Engley and Farha Engley the sale. dated May 8, 2006 and recorded in the Cumberland Land Evidence Records in Book 1329 Page HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. 626 , the conditions of said mortgage having Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage been broken. 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 TERMS OF SALE: (617) 558-0500 A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 201310-0821 - TEA CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer s check will be required MORTGAGEE'S SALE to be delivered at or before the time the bid is of64 Francis Avenue Pawtucket, RI fered. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an The premises described in the mortgage will be error in this publication. Other terms will be an- sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens nounced at the sale. on January 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. on the premisORLANS MORAN PLLC Attorney for the Present Holder of the Mortgage P.O. Box 540540 Waltham, MA 02454 Phone: 781-790-7800 231.8988
es, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by Rafael Perez and Marilyn Gonzalez dated July 23, 2007 and recorded in the Pawtucket Land Evidence Records in Book 2901, Page 48, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201310-0514 - TEA
The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on January 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by Craig J. Aussant and Laura A. AusMORTGAGEE'S SALE sant dated December 8, 2006 and recorded in 349 River Road Lincoln, RI the Pawtucket Land Evidence Records in Book L2781 Page 231 , the conditions of said mortThe premises described in the mortgage will be gage having been broken. sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on January 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. on the premisTERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 es, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified mortgage by Paul Kerins and Carrie Kerins dated check or bank treasurer s check will be required June 14, 2006 and recorded in the Lincoln Land to be delivered at or before the time the bid is of- Evidence Records in Book 1356, Page 291, the fered. The description of the premises contained conditions of said mortgage having been broken. in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. Other terms will be an- $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at nounced at the sale. the sale. ORLANS MORAN PLLC HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. Attorney for the Present Holder Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage of the Mortgage 150 California Street P.O. Box 540540 Newton, MA 02458 Waltham, MA 02454 (617) 558-0500 Phone: 781-790-7800 201303-0844 - YEL 752.5995
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Relegating the holiday mess to auld lang syne
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Now that the wrapping paper has been ripped off the presents and the guests have gone home, it’s time to start thinking about the post-holiday cleanup. Whether fallen pine needles or melted wax stains, here’s how to clear it all up, pack it away and give your home a fresh start for the new year.
Remove lipstick from cloth napkins Treat all stains as soon as possible, which means once your guests have left, spray a stain remover on the spotted napkin; you don’t have to wash it yet, but the longer a stain sits untreated, the harder it is to get out. Lipstick is grease-based, so use an oil solvent such as Carbona. Sponge or dab the stain with a clean white cloth — do not rub. If the stain persists, use a cotton swab to dab it with ammonia. Rinse and machine-wash the napkin in
Un-trim the tree If you are like me, the thought of putting up the tree is a dream, but the thought of taking it down is a nightmare. Taking the tree down in steps makes the chore less daunting. A few days after Christmas I like to take off all ornaments and store them for next year. I store ornaments by style, size and materials: all soft ornaments together, all small ornaments together, etc. This makes it easier to find what you need next year. Then I leave the tree up — with lights only — through New Year’s. Come January, all you have to do is tackle the lights.
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— Clean up pine needles Pine needles clog up a regular vacuum cleaner, so unless you have a shop/canister vacuum, avoid using one. Begin by sweeping up as many of the needles as you can, then use either a sticky adhesive lint roller or a piece of duct tape wrapped around your hand to pick up
the rest.
— Remove ashes from a fireplace The best way to remove ashes from a fireplace is to dump wet coffee grounds on top of the ashes. The wet coffee grounds moisten the ashes so they don’t fly all over the place when you go to sweep them up. Use a small shovel to remove the dampened mixture.
— Remove wax residue from a glass votive holder Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Line the bottom of your sink with a layer of sturdy paper towels and set the glass votive holders on top. Fill each votive holder halfway with boiling water and let sit for a couple of minutes. Carefully pick up each votive holder and swirl hot water around the inside to melt any wax residue. Pour the hot water from the votive holder onto the paper towel to catch the residue. Then, using a clean paper towel, swab it inside the votive holder until clean. Just a tip for the future: Add a few drops of water to a votive holder just before inserting the candle; the wax won’t adhere to the glass, and it will be easier to remove. — Remove candle wax from a tablecloth Begin by chipping away excess wax with a butter knife, spoon or your fingernail. Lay the tablecloth on an ironing board and place a plain brown bag — without any writing on it — over the
remaining wax. Apply a warm iron to the paper. The wax will adhere to the paper. Replace the wax-covered bag as needed. Continue lifting wax from the cloth until it is gone. For colored wax stains, follow the directions above, but treat the spot with a prewash stain remover before washing.
— Remove watermarks on wooden furniture The easiest way to remove a watermark is to spread about two tablespoons of mayonnaise on a paper towel. Place the paper towel, mayonnaise side down, on the watermark and press gently. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Lift the paper towel and check the stain. If the mark is still there, repeat with more mayonnaise. When the mark is gone, gently wipe off the mayonnaise and polish the furniture as you normally would.
*** Mayhew, a “Today” show style expert and former magazine editor, is the author of “Flip! for Decorating.”
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