For many high school boysâ€™ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season â€“ a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
In the case of defending state champion St. Raphael Academy, maintaining the status quo will do just fine. The dawn of a fresh campaign also signifies the arrival of two Pawtucket-based high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
WOONSOCKET â€” In the end, it probably wasn't a surprise to some city observers that an ongoing audit of city finances in 2011 would end up reporting a $2.7 million deficit for fiscal 2011.
The auditing firm, Braver PC, had been working on the School Department's final numbers for fiscal year 2011 last week and indicated it would only have a preliminary finding on Monday, one day prior to inauguration of city officials to the new term of office Tuesday night.
BLACKSTONE - Pearl V. (Plante) Gauthier, 83, of Blackstone St., died Sunday, December 4, 2011 in Blackstone Nursing Home. Her husband of 63 years, Rene L. Gauthier, died July 7, 2011.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Romeo T. and Flore Ida (Gaulin) Plante.
Pearl was a molder and coordinator at the Tupperware Corporation for 24 years, until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed gardening and bowling and was an avid Patriots fan.
WOONSOCKET - Johnie Allen, 89, of Rhodes Ave., died December 4, 2011, in the Oakland Grove Health & Rehabilitation Center, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Ulersee (Scurry) Allen.
Born in Newbury, South Carolina, son of the late Frances (Spearman) Allen.
Mr. Allen was a United States Army Veteran, serving in WWII. Mr. Allen worked for the US Rubber Co. for 25 years and also for the Woonsocket School Department for 16 years.
WEBSTER, FL. - Timothy Daniel Dumas, 38, of Webster, Florida, died Monday, December 5, 2011 at Webster, FL. He was born December 9, 1972 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Mr. Dumas worked at Wal-Mart in Bushnell as a Frozen Food Associate for 8 yrs. He was a member of United Community Fellowship, Wildwood, FL.
BELLINGHAM, MA. - Cinda (Roberts) Balcom, 82, of Bellingham passed away on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Milford Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.
Arrangements under the direction of Cartier's Funeral Home, Bellingham, MA.
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HARRISVILLE - Patricia A. Young, 63, of Harrisville, RI, passed away November 30, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Putnam, CT., she was the daughter of Alice Farley and the late Wilfred Farley Jr.
Besides her husband Ronald J. Young, she leaves behind 3 sons and 1 daughter; Noah Young of Cumberland, RI; Benjamin Young and wife Lydia of Uxbridge, MA; Ronald Young and wife Sarah with grandson Logan of Monrovia, IN; Samantha Young of Harrisville, RI; and 1 brother Wilfred Farley III and wife Paula of Harrisville, RI.
BLACKSTONE - Rita Manseau, long time resident of Blackstone, passed away on December 1, 2011.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Donat E. & Beatrice (Gamache) Manseau.
She was an educator for 42 years, 22 years in the religious order Jesus & Mary, and 20 years teaching in the Uxbridge school system.
She has been living a St. Camillus Health Center, Whitinsville for the past year.
BURRILLVILLE - Barbara Lee "Bobbie" LaRose, 56, of Burrillville, RI, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI.
She was born Wednesday, June 8, 1955 in Minneapolis, MN, daughter of Robert and Patricia (Bowen) Krebs.
Bobbie was ill for a long time, but she didn't let her illness stand in her way of living life. In 1977, Bobbie had married her high school sweetheart, Dana, and together they had a beautiful daughter, Dana Patricia LaRose.
Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.