January 5th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 âshould be the year of the cities and towns.
âWe can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,â the governor said. âWe've got to address it.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â North Smithfield won its first three league games in Division III-North by an average of nearly 22 points.
First-year NS coach TJ Ciolfi knew No. 4 wouldnât be the same. Facing the Northmen in Thursdayâs league showdown was equally-unbeaten Johnston, another talented squad that has beaten its three opponents by almost 26 points per outing.
"The teams are exactly the same,â Ciolfi said. âWe are almost as identical in the way we play.â
PAWTUCKET â If Tolman High ever fits the pieces together, the Tigers could be a tough out in the Division II playoffs.
It is coach Mike Kayataâs job to develop his players into a cohesive unit over the next seven weeks, trying to get the most out of a roster that contains an explosive scoring guard in Juan Velez, a 6-foot-7 junior center named Jon Percy who is a sleeping giant, and several role players who might hold the key to this teamâs ultimate outcome.
WOONSOCKET â When forsythia blooms in December, itâs probably a bad omen for making ice.
But when the first true cold snap of the season settled over the region this week, Highway Foreman Rick Lambert knew it was time to crank up the ice-making machinery, at last.
That means the cityâs municipal rink in River Island Park will finally open this year at 12:30 Saturday afternoon âroughly a month later than it did during last yearâs more normal winter.
âWe started making ice when we came back after New Yearâs, on Tuesday,â Lambert said earlier this week.
Savannah L. Wakely
WOONSOCKET- Wakely, Savannah L., 25, of Woonsocket, RI and Waltham, passed away January 1, 2012.
Daughter of Jo-ann M. Wakely of Mansfield and late Terrance Bernard of Boston.
Mother of Anthony, Janiah and Xaviar, all of Woonsocket. Sister of Chavon and Terrance Bernard Jr., Rodney Maxie, Jr., Briana and Brionca Williams, Deja Jones, Kyle Colo'n, Jennifer Shaver, Siedah Moten.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Dezima "Daisy" Durand, 96, of North Smithfield, RI passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2012 at The Holiday in Manville, RI with family by her side. She was the beloved wife for 72 years of the late Leo A. Durand deceased on December 22, 2007.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on November 9, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Armand and Lydia (Tetreault) Guertin.
Rollande Y. Joyal
BLACKSTONE- Rollande Y. (Boivin) Joyal, 82, of Rathbun Street, died Wednesday, January 4th, in Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Westborough, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Roland Joyal.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Eva (Hervieux) Boivin.
She had worked as a Quality Control Inspector for Texas Instruments for twenty three years, retiring in 1990. She especially loved caring for her cats.
WOONSOCKET â A fire believed to have broken out in the basement area of a six-apartment tenement building at 285 Cass Avenue left eight residents looking for temporary housing Wednesday evening.
Everyone was reported to have exited the three-story, wood-frame building without injury after a resident, alerted by a neighbor, ran through the structure banging on all the doors as the fire spread up from the lower level shortly after 6 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â Count Jim Boeheim as a fan of the turnaround act Ed Cooley is trying to perform at Providence College.
While receiving praise from the dean of Big East coaches is a sign that Cooleyâs work is not going unnoticed around the league, the PC head coach was in no mood to talk about moral victories following his teamâs third straight loss, the latest a 87-73 setback to top-ranked Syracuse Wednesday night at The Dunk.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â With several players returning from last yearâs playoff team, North Smithfield is considered to be among one of the top teams in Division III.
After a slow 0-2 start to begin the season, the Northmen are now starting to play like one.
North Smithfield earned its fourth straight league win (and sixth overall) on Wednesday night, defeating a much-improved Davies Tech outfit, 43-35, inside the Lovett Gymnasium.