PAWTUCKET â€“ Short jumpers, three-pointers, lay-ups. It didnâ€™t matter. No matter what North Smithfield tossed up in its Division III matchup with host Shea on Tuesday night, nothing seemed to fall.
When you are inside the small and always-boisterous confines of â€śThe Cageâ€ť against a Raider defense that always seems to play their opponents tough, victories are hard to come by when youâ€™re having an off-night from the field.
Chris Iannettaâ€™s â€śGet Out of Jail Freeâ€ť card arrived two weeks ago when the St. Raphael Academy alumnus was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels to be their everyday catcher.
Relocating from the Rocky Mountains that adorn Colorado to sun-splashed Southern California has already reaped one major benefit for the 28-year-old. Keep in mind that Iannetta has yet to suit up for his new manager, but that didnâ€™t stop Mike Scioscia from lavishing praise upon his new catcher during last weekâ€™s winter meetings.
Aldor J. Lataille
WOONSOCKET- Aldor J. "Al" Lataille, 80, of Thomas St. Woonsocket, died Monday afternoon at Rhode Island Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an accident earlier in the day. He was the husband of the late Micheline F. (San Souci) Lataille.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Joseph and Aurore (Cote) Lataille. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mr. Lataille was a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Korean War.
PAWTUCKET- Robitaille, Marie L. "Bertha", 95, died on Saturday at her home in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Joseph H. Robitaille.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Alcidas and Emilia (LaRose) Girard, she had been a resident of Pawtucket for several years. Prior to retirement in 1978 she had been employed as a textile worker with the former Bonin Spinning Company. She was an avid bowler with the Walnut Hill Bowling group and a devoted Red Sox fan.
BURRILLVILLE- Yvette Altomari, 84, resident of Nasonville, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2011, at Overlook Nursing Home in Pascoag.
She was born on October 19, 1927, daughter of the late Emile and Marie Louise (Bouley) Tousignant. She was the former owner and operator of Yvettes Discount Shoe store.
Yvette is survived by 3 daughters- Jeanne Pimental, Charlene Ross and Marie Picard, all of Burrillville, as well as 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Roland Robert Trudeau, Sr.
WOONSOCKET- Roland Robert Trudeau, Sr., 73, of Woonsocket, died Monday, December 12, 2011 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Edward and Aurore (Bergeron) (Benoit) Trudeau.
Roland was a grounds keeper at Barry Field in North Smithfield, did maintenance for the Woonsocket Education Department and was previously a machinist for North Attleborough Tap, and Whitinsville machine shops. He enjoyed bird watching and coin collecting.
Paul A. Boucher
WOONSOCKET- Paul A. Boucher, 77, of Woonsocket, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2011. He was the husband of Jennnine (Brouillette) Boucher.
Born in Montpelier, Vermont, he was the son of the late Adrien and Yvonne (Bessette) Boucher.
He was an army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Boucher enjoyed playing softball and was an avid fly fisherman at Rochambeaus.
WOONSOCKET â€” For Division I openers, Woonsocket High coach George Coderre wasnâ€™t exactly doing cartwheels when he saw Smithfield on the schedule. Historically, the Sentinels have always given the Villa Novans a battle whenever the two squads have faced one another on the court.
It was no different on Monday night.
Despite never trailing in its I-North contest and building a lead to as much as 14 points, Woonsocket was never in the comfort zone against the pesky Sentinels until the closing minutes of an eventual 53-41 victory at Savaria Gymnasium.
PROVIDENCE â€” The wins havenâ€™t exactly come against Murderersâ€™ Row. Certainly thatâ€™s food for thought with the Providence Friars in the midst of a 10-day exam period, Ed Cooleyâ€™s first PC team standing at 9-2.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state Department of Revenue has laid down a Wednesday deadline for the School Department to submit a plan to clarify its current rate of spending on personnel after the unexpected discovery of a deficit of $2.2 to $2.7 million in last yearâ€™s school budget.
If the inquiry points to the incursion of yet another deficit at the end of the current fiscal year, DOR might appoint a fiscal overseer to monitor the cityâ€™s expenses, state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly said.