February 15th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ Deep snow and high winds made the Blizzard of 1978 an area benchmark for bad winter weather, but some may soon view the recent weather track of multiple storms as an even more difficult challenge in the long run.
Both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Cumberland Mayor William Murray on Sunday pointed to the ever-growing piles of snow across the area as an increasing burden on municipal services, local businesses and their residents.
Nancy Belisle touched a lot of lives – rivaling as many sporting events she attended throughout the years.
Married to a husband who spent his winters coaching hockey and his springs and summers on the baseball circuit, and a mother to four boys who were also heavily involved in youth and interscholastic sports, Nancy Belisle exemplified devotion. If there was a game involving a family member, the odds were pretty good that she would be in the stands and cheering them on to victory.
Hereâ€™s the deal: Youâ€™ve just shoveled your 40th inch of snow in three weeks and the weatherman says thereâ€™s more on the way. Itâ€™s crossed your mind that a blowtorch would come in handy to melt those ice dams in the gutter backing up meltwater through the ceiling. Youâ€™d like to pinch yourself because youâ€™re half-convinced youâ€™ll wake up from this wintry nightmare but your hands are so numb from the cold you canâ€™t feel anything.
So if youâ€™re not feeling quite yourself lately, donâ€™t fret. You may have a case of the Sub-Zero Blues.
CUMBERLAND – Nancy Belisle passed away Friday evening, The Call has learned. Nancy was the wife of Mount St. Charles and Cumberland Little League Coach David Belisle, and the mother of their four boys.
Belisle was 50, and had battled cancer since 2013.
Nancy was seen supporting her husband and the Cumberland Little League team throughout their World Series run last summer despite her illness, and Dave Belisle cited her as his inspiration in life.
BURRILLVILLE – It’s been in the planning stages for at the very least three or four days – that is, a pivotal Division III-North clash between Burrillville High and Mount St. Charles.
For the Broncos’ fans, it was the chance to give tribute to their soon-to-be graduates on Senior Night, and they did so adorned with most of the approximate 200 on hand in white.
“Everyone cheats, so why pick on this team?”
This was the question, more or less, from the lineup of apologists who rose out of their rhetorical dugouts this week to defend the Jackie Robinson West team, after Little League Baseball announced the reigning U.S. champions were being stripped of that and every other honorific bestowed upon them during the 2014 season.
PROVIDENCE – It will be a homecoming for Kyle Ivey-Jones on Friday night as the former Woonsocket High boys’ basketball coach brings his Providence Sky Chiefs to Saravia Gymnasium for key ABA matchup against the Baltimore Hawks. Game time is 7 o’clock.
Ivey-Jones coached the Villa Novans for eight seasons before moving to take a coaching position with the Sky Chiefs last fall. His best season on the bench was the 2007-08 campaign when Woonsocket advanced to the Division I title game before falling to Bishop Hendricken in overtime.
BLACKSTONE â€“ The Planning Board will reintroduce a proposal to Town Meeting voters this spring that sets guidelines for all-terrain vehicle use, but this time the amended warrant article will have clearer language the board hopes will satisfy voters on both sides of the ATV issue.
Planning Board Chairman Paul Marvelle said the ATV article was shot down at the annual town meeting last year because many voters felt the intent of the article was to restrict ATV use.
PROVIDENCE – The most valuable lesson in the aftermath of Ed Cooley’s health scare is that sometimes less is more.
All too often, we take our health for granted and then something unforeseen happens that challenges it. In the blink of an eye, we go from feeling bulletproof and invulnerable to a fragile place that also doubles as a wakeup call. We all want to live a quality life. It’s just ironic that our health seems to take on a greater sense of urgency only after we brush up against a scary situation.
CUMBERLAND – It’s not that Dave Belisle has any regrets over Cumberland American Little League losing to a team that on Wednesday was stripped of the national title.
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