Archive - Nov 2010
GLOCESTER ---- Casey McGrath, a sophomore from Ponaganset High, crossed the finish line and looked up at the big digital clock.
Burrillville junior Anna Dumais did the same thing at Sundayâ€™s RIIL State Cross-Country Championships.
When you're not considered one of the contenders for an individual title or a top finish, sometimes thatâ€™s the best way to determine if your five-kilometer journey was a successful one.
For the two local harriers as well as several others, the clock showed just the kind of numbers that would put their performances in that â€śsuccessâ€ť category.
Welcome to the Division II football playoffs, home of the complex algorithms.
For those who remember the unprecedented five-way tiebreaker of two years ago that tabulated Woonsocket as the odd team out, a refresher course on the wording of the tiebreaker formula was held after Central knocked off Chariho on Friday night. The 40-12 outcome created a three-way logjam atop the II-A standings with Central, Chariho and Johnston all sporting identical 5-2 records.
LINCOLN â€” One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where â€” at age 14 â€” he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night â€” March 1, 1974 â€” and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The hole was just too big to climb out of.
A gutsy second half effort by North Smithfield wasnâ€™t enough to knock Mount Pleasant from the unbeaten ranks in Division IV on Saturday as the Northmen left Conley Field with a 28-22 loss.
WOONSOCKET â€” Carnell Henderson had a hunch that West Warwick wouldnâ€™t be a pushover. After watching game film of Saturdayâ€™s Division II-B opponent this week, the Woonsocket High coach felt the Wizards were a much better outfit than their 1-5 league mark indicated.
He was rightâ€¦at least for the second half.
Luckily for Hendersonâ€™s crew, it took care of nearly all of its business in the gameâ€™s first two quarters en route to a 29-0 blanking of the Wizards on Senior Day at Barry Field. For the leagueâ€™s top defensive team, the shutout is the Villa Novans fifth of the season.
BURRILLVILLE - Therapy pets are increasingly being recognized for bringing about amazing results in the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive well-being of numerous individuals.
These amazing pets, who are characteristically responsive to people, have a unique capacity to help individuals battle depression, lower blood pressure, work toward increased mobility, experience linguistic gains, and even spark lost memories.
WOONSOCKET â€“ You might say they don't build 'em like this anymore, but the truth is, they hardly ever built 'em like this, especially in the throes of the Great Depression.
With its cavernous marble lobby and skylit mezzanine, the Rhode Island Hospital Trust building is a downtown landmark that evokes a time, difficult to imagine now, when Woonsocket was a hub of commerce and wealth.
And now, it can all be yours for a mere $625,000.
CUMBERLAND --- Itâ€™s been seven years since Cumberland High last captured a playoff game, but on Thursday night, the Clippers ended that drought in a big way in its Division II preliminary-round match with Warwick Vets High.
Michaela Leblanc and Michelle Malboeuf had solid games at the net and Robyn Andrade and Jessica Larivee keyed a strong showing from the service line for the Clippers in their easy 3-0 triumph at the Clippers' Wellness Center.
While the fates of politicians were decided on Election Day, the fates of five playoff-hopeful Blackstone Valley clubs could be determined as early as this weekend or as late as Thanksgiving morning.
When October ended, so did much of the drama in the Division II-B playoff race. Last weekendâ€™s play saw the top three seeds etched in stone in Tolman (6-0), Woonsocket (5-1), and St. Raphael (4-2) and the final spot still up for grabs between Mount Hope and Toll Gate.
SLATERSVILLE- Scott Daniel Wright, Jr., 13, of No. Main St., Slatersville, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence.
Born in Providence, he was the son of Scott D. and Christine J. (Mancini) Wright.