January 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Gerald M. Brenner leans over the desk in his Diamond Hill Road law office and rummages through a pile of documents, his eyes squinting to find a single piece of paper in the clutter.
â€śAh, here it is,â€ť he says.
The document he's holding up is a fact-sheet about Rotary International's PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private sector organization.
Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach Iâ€™ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn Stateâ€™s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the schoolâ€™s reputation.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Baltimore Ravens arenâ€™t the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooleyâ€™s club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.
Simon Ratsamy, 18, was busy clearing his mom's driveway on Park Avenue during Saturday's snowstorm in Woonsocket. The snow was persistent all day long, with the storm leaving upwards of 5 inches on the ground.
WOONSOCKET â€” Ten motivated Northern Rhode Island residents celebrated their recent completion of the Stepping Up Health Care Career Orientation Program at a graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Connec-ting for Children and Familiesâ€™ (CCF) Chaplin-Perez Community Center.
On hand to salute the graduates were U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Matt Wojcik, Woonsocketâ€™s director of Human Services and Economic Development, who represented Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man tied to two cold cases of rape after police recently obtained a sample of his DNA while he was incarcerated for an unrelated offense was indicted by a Providence County grand jury on Friday.
Armand J. Ferrio, 25, of 186 South Main St., is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree robbery.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A day earlier, La Salle Academy and host Burrillville HIgh had no problems in their opening-round games of the Burrillville Education Foundation Tournament.
It was a different story in the championship finals Saturday night.
The two Division I schools played a back-and-forth affair for three periods inside the Levy Rink. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the Rams managed to squeeze in two shots between the posts and skate off the ice with a hard-earned 2-0 win.
Itâ€™s taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
â€śItâ€™s better than New England,â€ť said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. â€śItâ€™s much warmer. In fact, Iâ€™m playing golf (today).â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâ€™s 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâ€™s goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
BURRILLVILLE --- Burrillville knows the best way it can celebrate the 75th anniversary of its teamâ€™s existence â€“ by capturing the Division I-Eccleston regular-season crown and earning a berth in the new Championship Division tournament format.
And with their season reaching its midway point, the Broncos could be well on their way to accomplishing both feats.
Entering this weekend, the Broncos resided atop the Eccleston ranks with a 6-4 mark that includes a five-game win streak and a 6-2 mark against their public-school peers.