November 12th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The Americans couldnâ€™t make up their minds about fighting the British. And some on the British side thought they were done fighting Americans during the revolution.
But by the time it was over, the War of 1812 ended up cementing Americaâ€™s place in the pantheon of world powers, opening a gateway to an era of epic economic expansion for the young nation.
And, as a little side benefit, it gave us the national anthem.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As expected, the Providence College menâ€™s basketball team will play Mondayâ€™s intrastate contest against Bryant minus the services of senior catalyst Vincent Council.
Council sustained a hamstring injury in the early minutes of Saturdayâ€™s season opener against NJIT, the result of the point guard slipping on The Dunk hardwood before falling awkwardly. His departure left head coach Ed Cooley with a razor-thin rotation featuring just six scholarship players and one walk-on.
WOONSOCKET â€” Kevin and Jayne Donnell wonâ€™t dispute they have had trouble paying their utility bills or that their outstanding balances with NationalGrid are significant.
But the city couple also doesnâ€™t believe they should be without heat now that the cold weather has arrived.
Kevin Donnell is unemployed and looking for work as a van driver and his wife has health issues that have left her disabled and on Social Security.
PAWTUCKET â€” As is the standard after a football game, Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson walked to the midfield stripe behind his troops and shook hands with opposing players and coaches alike.
He congratulated all for a job well done, then hugged a few St. Raphael Academy assistants before speaking briefly with long-time Saints' mentor Mike Sassi.
Maybe four milliseconds later, he bolted to his squad and leaped into a few of his heftier players' arms, then â€“ after a few choice words, naturally all positive â€“ he led his kids in a classic Villa Novans' chant.
CRANSTON â€” Head coach Jeremy Sherer didnâ€™t have to dig deep to find the reason why his North Smithfield team lost to two-time defending champion Exeter/West Greenwich in their Division II semifinal-round affair on Saturday afternoon at Cranston Stadium.
â€śI thought for the most part, we got muscled off the ball too much,â€ť the second-year coach said after his Northmen suffered a 5-1 loss to the unbeaten Scarlet Knights. â€śTheyâ€™re a strong team, theyâ€™re physical, and they did a nice job of beating us to the ball. It really came down to the 50-50s. They won them and we didnâ€™t.â€ť
BLACKSTONE â€” Voters at Wednesdayâ€™s Special Town Meeting will consider an 11-article warrant that includes proposals to fund a solar photovoltaic energy-generating facility at the Blackstone Landfill; an elevator at the Municipal Office Building; and a feasibility/preliminary architectural study for a new senior center and recreational facility.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Blackstone-Millville Regional Molony-Sullivan School auditorium, 175 Lincoln St.
WOONSOCKET â€” Marine Staff Sgt. Bernard Coyne, a Woonsocket native and Bronze Star recipient, was recently honored for his heroic actions in Afghanistan and awarded the Spirit of Freedom Award at the 2012 United Service Organization (USO) Salute to Freedom Gala in Raleigh, N.C
The gala, held on Oct. 27, recognized six service members.
Audricia D. McKinney, spokesperson of the USO of North Carolina, said the USO recognized Coyne, an EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) technician with Headquarters Squadron, because he represents the core values of the USO of North Carolina.
CUMBERLAND â€“ How do you spell dominance? Try C-U-M-B-E-R-L-A-N-D on for size.
Cumberland kicked off its Division II playoff mission in emphatic fashion Friday evening, the Clippersâ€™ 41-6 conquest of Westerly made possible by the usual cast of stellar performers. Erik Travers rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Brendan Guerin passed for two scores. Not to be outdone, Mitchell Baxter recorded two interceptions while teammates Joe Fine and Dan Stock also found the end zone.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley came to Providence College armed with the reputation of being a defensive, get-after-it coach. The five years he spent at Fairfieldâ€™s helm suggested that after a seemingly endless run of witnessing the Friars languish in the bottom tier in Big East team defense, more than lip service would finally be paid to an area that statistically speaking has been a major deficiency.
PROVIDENCE â€” There was a time last spring and summer when Providence Friar fans were salivating at the promise surrounding the 2012-13 season. A highly-touted recruiting class coupled with a group of noteworthy holdovers seemed to signal clearance for takeoff in Ed Cooleyâ€™s second year, giving off an aura that for the first time in a long while, Providence was a program on an up swing.