Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â€” As the fog burned off to make way for sunny skies and the temperature rose out of the 40s on Monday morning, anticipation was running high at the staging areas on Diamond Hill Road for those marching, riding and â€śfloatingâ€ť in the 35th annual Autumnfest parade.
High school bands, local businesses and politicians from across the state, congregated to get their marching orders before the 9:30 a.m. procession stepped off.
PROVIDENCE â€” Right from the onset, Bob Driscoll expressed a strong desire to inject new life into the athletic facilities utilized by Providence College coaches and student-athletes.
â€śI remember speaking with a reporter in one of my first interviews for an article about what was possible,â€ť said Driscoll, now less than a month away from the 12th anniversary of his hiring date as the schoolâ€™s athletic director. â€śIâ€™m a pretty big dreamer, but even for my dreams, itâ€™s exceeded that.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ While state officials report an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, the cityâ€™s only methadone clinic is struggling to keep up with demand for treatment.
â€śThe phone is ringing off the hook with calls from people in our area who are seeking treatment,â€ť said Peggy Sakosky, the director of Discovery House. â€śItâ€™s hard for us to keep up with the demand.â€ť
Methadone is one of the most widely used drugs in the treatment of addiction to heroin and other opiates. The clinic has about 550 clients, which is up about 10 percent more than last year, according to Sakosky.
LINCOLN â€“ Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnâ€™t have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.
In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.
WOONSOCKET -- Triathlon athlete Skylar Plante of Woonsocket has been training hard over the past week, working out under the watchful eye of her doting grandparents who moved the furniture around in their parlor so Plante could practice her sprinting in between episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.
On Saturday, Planteâ€™s training didnâ€™t exactly pay off â€“ she came in last place in the Autumnfest Kids Challengeâ€™s Wee Race, a challenge event for younger kids ages 3-6 â€“ but it hardly mattered.
PROVIDENCE â€” Burrillville High head coach Gennaro Ferraro had just spent perhaps 15 minutes offering his post-game thoughts to his troops before walking to a pair of assistants, shaking his head.
In the background, the public address announcer at the Al Morro Athletic Complex had Prince's hit â€śPurple Rainâ€ť blaring from the system.
It was a rather apt way for the Broncos to trudge toward their team bus. On this Saturday afternoon, where there wasn't an iota of precipitation, Classical High's offense indeed poured on their foe during an unexpected 33-12 Division III blowout.
WOONSOCKET â€” He may be a few years into his retirement as the head coach of Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ tennis teams, but Richard Lawrence still believes in â€śpreaching the gospel of tennisâ€ť and attends practices to help teach the sport he loves dearly.
Now that the school boasts its sparkling two-month-old, six-court tennis complex across Logee Street, the athletic director has had an extra hop in his step this fall in taking the short walk across Logee Street to work with the girlsâ€™ squad.
BRISTOL â€“ In a sea of big plays, there was one in particular on this Friday night that captured what this Woonsocket High football team is all about.
With host Mount Hope looking to gain any sort of traction against a Woonsocket defense that continues to be the definition of stingy, the Huskies opted for a little trickery. Down six points in the third quarter, one of Mount Hopeâ€™s key cogs in the running game, Aidan Silva, took the exchange from center.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Donâ€™t look for the Rhode Island National Guard marching band in the lead division of the Autumnfest Parade on Columbus Day.
They wonâ€™t be there.
For the first time in many years, the 40-member military contingent known as the â€śGovernorâ€™s Own 88th Army Bandâ€ť will be unable to perform in the parade â€“ and other holiday events around the state â€“ because of the partial government shutdown.
Wayne H. Greening
CUMBERLAND- Wayne H. Greening, 80, of Sumner St. Cumberland, died October 9, 2013 in the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Betty Law-Greening, and Sophia Sullivan (Greening) Boardman.
Born in Cambridge, NE, he was the son of the late Orra and Ethel (Cotton) Greening.
A Navy Veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Greening was the owner of a dry wall company for many years. Wayne also boxed professionally and was an avid pool player.