Archive - Feb 23, 2011
CUMBERLAND â€“ The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there wonâ€™t be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boysâ€™ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didnâ€™t make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. Johnâ€™s High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their stateâ€™s Division IA â€˜Super Eightâ€™ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.
WOONSOCKET â€” In an era of shrinking resources, the city has cut personnel, programs and perks residents have long taken for granted, but one frill that's survived the lean season is the popular municipal ice-skating rink at River Island Park.
Open seven days a week, the artificially-refrigerated rink overlooking the Blackstone River is still free, and even a kid who doesn't own a pair of skates can borrow some from the guy in the snack shed, then lace them up beside the glowing embers of a fire pit.
Lorraine R. Riopel
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Lorraine R. Riopel of Great Road died Monday morning, February 21st, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Bertha (Tavernier) Pfefferle.
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Titherington and Elaine L. Dwyer, her goddaughter, several nieces and nephews, and her business associate, Murielle Vallee of Vallee Jewelers.
Paul R. Jenkins
GLOCESTER- Paul R. Jenkins, 58, of Chepachet, RI, passed away on Tuesday February 22, 2011 at home surrounded by his devoted family. He was the husband of Ellen (Morris) Jenkins, to whom he had been married for 37 years.
Born in Rome, NY, he was the son of Marjorie (Hummel) Jenkins, 93 of Bradenton, FL, and the late Harold R. Jenkins. He attended Rome Free Academy and studied electrical engineering at Clarkson College. He and his family moved to Rhode Island in 1986 to continue his career.