March 1st, 2012
Three months of regular-season games have now boiled down to three weeks of state tournament action.
And for five of the six Blackstone Valley teams that qualified for the playoffs, the âsecond seasonâ commences tonight at arenas throughout the state.
While the opening weekend of the postseason had long been reserved for the quarterfinal-round series, that wonât be the case this winter in the new State Championship playoffs, which along with the Division I tourney, jumps right into its semifinals this weekend.
Helene A. Fontaine
BURRILLVILLE- Helene A. Fontaine, 84, resident of Nasonville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at her home.
Born January 15, 1928, she is a daughter of the late Albert and Alexandrina (Trudeau) Garneau.
FRANKLIN- Francis "Franny" Gerard Mazzola, 74, of Franklin, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Medway Country Manor Nursing Center after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the beloved husband of Bonita A. (Almeida) Mazzola.
Born June 15, 1937 in Newton, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Antonio "Henry" and Elizabeth (Sampson) Mazzola. He was a resident of Franklin for the past 35 years and a former resident of Bellingham.
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.
BURRILLVILLE â History has been extremely good to the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team when it comes to playing Barringtonâs East Bay co-op squad.
Even since Barrington joined the girlsâ hockey varsity ranks eight years ago, the Broncos have had the Eaglesâ number. They own a 12-2 record against them, and a five-game win streak that has seen the Eagles strengthen their numbers by adding Mount Hope and Portsmouth to its co-op squad, yet the Broncos still win each time by five or more goals.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
âBasically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,â she said. âThey try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.
Madeleine B. Cardin
WOONSOCKET- Madeleine B. (Crepeau) Cardin, 91, 100 Front Street, Woonsocket, passed away February 27 at home, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Jules J. Cardin, Sr. married for 64 years.
Born Feb 24, 1921 in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Adgenard Crepeau and Marie Anne (Julien) Crepeau.
MANVILLE- Roger Valois, 83, of Central Street, died Tuesday, February 28, at home. He was the husband of Estelle (Cartier) Valois.
Born in the Manville village of Lincoln, a son of the late Joseph and Blandine (Valois) Valois, he was a lifelong resident of the village.
Mr. Valois was a mechanical contractor for Manville Mechanical Services, retiring in 2009.
Shirley S. Morris
BURRILLVILLE- Shirley S. (Vose) Morris, 84, of Burrillville, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Burrillville. She was the wife of the late Francis R. Morris, whom she married October 5, 1946.
Born in Cumberland, RI, she was the daughter of the late Ornando F. and Madeline (Slocum) Vose. Shirley lived in Cumberland Hill for 19 years, Berkeley for 39 years and in Burrillville for 26 years.
PASCOAG- McDONALD, William David, 57, of Pascoag, RI, expert mechanic, Arc volunteer and Desert Storm veteran, died Sunday morning, February 26, 2012. He was the loving husband of Robin L. (Marnoch) McDonald, whom he married in 1979.
He also is survived by three loving children, Megan Byers, Justice McDonald and Michael McDonald; and 11 grandchildren.