November 11th, 2012
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A city woman and her mother were charged with felony domestic assault and battery after the younger woman allegedly slashed and stabbed her motherâ€™s husband with a steak knife Tuesday night.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Senate leadership team of President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio both won unanimous support of the Democratic caucus to control the chamber for another two years on Thursday.
Susan V. Budnick
WOONSOCKET- Susan V. (Porter) Budnick 65, of Village Rd, died Monday, November 5, at home. She was the wife of the late Harry Budnick of Blackstone.
She was born in Natick, MA, the daughter of the late Harold and Eleanor (Phipps) Porter.
Mrs. Budnick was a homemaker and is survived by her son Kenneth Budnick and his wife Jeanne of Woonsocket, her two grandchildren; Steven and Rachel, and her brother Arthur Porter of Lakeland FL.
Visitation will be held Monday 6-8PM in the Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, 99 Cumberland St. Burial will be private.
Thomas J. Forcier
WOONSOCKET- Thomas J. Forcier 85, formerly of 547 Clinton St. died Wednesday at The Friendly Home. He was the husband of the late Cecile (Beauchesne) Forcier.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Donat and Margaret (Sweeney) Forcier.
Mr. Forcier was a merchandiser for Mark Stevens Co. for over twenty three years before retiring in 1989. He was a WWII Army Veteran.
He is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Martin of Attleboro, MA and Madeleine Grota of Fall River, MA, two granddaughters and four great- grandchildren.