Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.
PAWTUCKET â If there is no contamination found on the property, it looks as though the middle school for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school will be established in a former manufacturing building located at 1135 Roosevelt Avenue.
PROVIDENCE â Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Childrenâs Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last yearâs election, Kilmartin said he noted that âwe have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.â
Carmen D. Ribeiro
STERLING, CT - Carmen D. Ribeiro (Gouveia) went to be with the Lord, Friday December 2nd, 2011. She was 89 years old and loved the Lord, loved life, loved her family, church family, friends, and animals. She loved music and to dance and sing, and also had won best dancer at 83 years of age, in a Sterling CT dance contest.
Esther B. Laverdiere
TIVERTON - Esther Beatrice (Day) Laverdiere, 89, passed away on November 27, 2011. She was a 1 year resident of Tiverton, and previously a Cumberland resident for 57 years.
She was the wife of the late Joseph Laverdiere; they had been married for 63 years.
Born August 4, 1922 in New Brunswick, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Esther (Kalman) Day. She is survived by 2 daughters and 1 grandson. Services were private.
Stella A. Rarus
ATTLEBORO - Stella A. Rarus 92, of Bacon St. passed away Friday December 2, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Rarus.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Bronislaw and Adolfina (Zamoida) Iwuc. She lived in South Attleboro most of her life.
Before retiring she was employed as a Housekeeper at St. Joseph's Rectory in Central Falls. She was also employed as a Seamstress at the former Health-Tex Mfg. Co.
Dale J. Moore
LINCOLN - Dale J. Moore, 62, of John Street, Lincoln passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 2, 2011.
Mr. Moore was born in Providence the son of the late William J. Moore and Constance H. (Goyette) Moore.
He was a shipper and receiver for the Old Castle Building Envelope Company in Warwick for many years.
Mr. Moore is survived by his brother Michael W. Moore and his wife Ruth Ann of Lincoln. He also leaves his nephews William and Stephen Moore and his niece Alyssa Moore all of Lincoln, as well as his beloved dog Lacey.
Warren T. Fortune Jr
PAWTUCKET - Warren T. Fortune Jr, 62, passed December 2nd.
Warren had been employed as a paralegal before retiring due to illness. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving two years each in both the Army and Marine Corp.
He is survived by a son, David A. Fortune of Bristol, a granddaughter, Belle F. Fortune and was the former husband of Norma J. Daviau.
Services will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
CRANSTON â Just like it has done throughout the season, fourth-seeded Central Falls showed plenty of heart in its Division IV Super Bowl contest with defending champion Mount Pleasant Sunday afternoon.
But spurred by a couple of big plays that they were able to turn into a pair of touchdowns, it was the second-seeded Kilties who were able to walk out off the field with their second straight title, courtesy of a 22-13 win in front of about 400 at Cranston Stadium.
CUMBERLAND â Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.
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WEST WARWICK -- Senior captain Ryan Barry scored twice and set up two other goals on Friday night to lead East Providence to a 4-3 victory over West Warwick in the Division III opener for both teams at the West Warwick Civic Center.
Matt Hall and Paul Lukas added the Towniesâ other goals, and freshman Ryan Costa had a pair of assists, and goalie Shawn Medeiros turned away 20 shots.
PAWTUCKET â Facing what is going to be a sad Christmas season anyway with the loss of her son, Danny, Doris Poulin was hit with another blow Thursday evening when an accidental fire forced her out of her home.
LINCOLN â Back on May 21, Armed Forces Day, Ed Fox couldn't believe his eyes when nearly 400 folks from all over the southern New England trekked to the Senior Center to witness the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The outing was held on a sunny Saturday, and an impressive list of state and military leaders took part. Fox admitted being so moved, he had to fight back tears at the event's solemn beauty.
CENTRAL FALLS â They had a plethora of gifted athletes. The offensive and defensive line resembled (and provided) a brick wall with an average weight of 240 pounds.
The 2005 Division IV state champion Central Falls football team was something special, compiling a 7-2 league mark and defeating Narragansett, 30-13, for its one and only team title.
Leighton W. Cunha
PAWTUCKET - Leighton "Lee" W. Cunha, 70, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Carleeta J. (Taylor) Cunha. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late John C. and Rita E. (Burns) Cunha.
Irene J. Marszalkowski
NAPLES, FL - Irene J. Marszalkowski, 80, of Naples, beloved wife of Frank J. Marszalkowski, passed away on November 16, 2011. Formerly of Cumberland, RI, she had been a Naples resident since 1998.
Irene was born in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of Kazimer and Rozalja Waronowicz.
Irene will be dearly missed by Frank, her devoted husband of 61 years; and her children,Nancy Malloy of Bonita Springs, FL; Joyce O'Brien of Boxford, MA; Frank Marszalkowski, Jr. of Cumberland, RI; and sister Lillian Luchini of Naples.
The high-scoring first line from a season ago has graduated. So has the starting goaltender.
And two standout defensemen who could have returned this year opted to transfer to prep school.
So does this mean bad news is in store for Mount St. Charles? Will this be a rebuilding season? Can you dismiss all talk of a âdrive for fiveâ straight state championships?
No, no, and no.
âThis is one of the youngest teams that weâve had in a while,â offered MSC coach Dave Belisle. âbut the thing that I like about this team is our sophomores and freshmen can play right now. Theyâre that good.
PAWTUCKET â Gym, tanning, laundry and...threading? Who knew? Yet, Jersey Shore's âPauly Dâ, aka Paul DelVecchio, visited Sukhy's Threading salon at 85 Power Road on Tuesday afternoon as part of the filming for his own reality TV show.
Dorothy M. Clarke
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. Clarke (O'Connell), 87, of Thomas Dr., passed away Wednesday in Cortland Place, Smithfield. She was the beloved wife of the late William Clarke.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mary (McNulty) O'Connell. She resided in Cumberland since 1961. She was a graduate of the former Pawtucket West High School and had also attended the former Bryant and Stratton Business School. At one time Mrs. Clarke had worked at the Pawtucket City Hall and in the former family business, O'Connell's Package Store on East Ave.
Theodore A. Lefort
PAWTUCKET - Theodore "Teddy" A. Lefort, formerly of Charlesgate Assisted Living, passed away Sunday after an illness. He was the former husband of Maryalyce (Greene) Lefort.