February 18th, 2012
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The school department's continuing budget problems will be back in the limelight this week when the school committee considers laying off all of the department's union employees for the coming school year.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď In a time of uncertainty, all Ali Sayles of Mount St. Charles could do is rely on pure adrenaline ‚Äď hoping somehow, some way that everything would work out for the best.
Despite a tough ending in the finals of the girls‚Äô high jump at Saturday‚Äôs R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships, Sayles was able to salvage a bit of good news. The senior cleared the bar with a leap of five feet, four inches, good for second place overall. Sayles‚Äô jump was also a personal- and school-best (she achieved 5-2 at the 2011 indoor state meet).
WESTFIELD, Mass. ‚ÄĒ Lee Vazquez is the ‚ÄúLittle Big Man‚ÄĚ of the Westfield State University men‚Äôs basketball team.
Standing at only 5-foot-6, the explosive point guard and former Woonsocket High standout is ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division III ranks in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. He has been putting up some big numbers this season, scoring more than 30 points in six games, including a career-high 41 vs. Worcester State.
WARWICK ‚ÄĒ The fifth time was the charm.
Ryan Berard‚Äôs unassisted goal -- a seemingly harmless pass from behind the net that deflected off the skate of a La Salle defenseman and past the goalie -- with 2:38 to go in the game snapped a 2-2 tie and helped Mount St. Charles nab a huge 4-2 victory over the Rams at Thayer Arena.
Brian Campbell‚Äôs goal off a pass from Brian Belisle with 1:53 left sealed the deal and allowed the Mounties (11-5) to yank a huge monkey off their backs and beat the Rams (10-5-1) for the first time in five meetings this season.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Ed Cooley claims had no idea that Wednesday‚Äôs loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
‚ÄúTo be honest with you, I didn‚Äôt even know that,‚ÄĚ Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, ‚ÄúIf you worry about your record, then you‚Äôre not concentrating on the right things.‚ÄĚ
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Common Cause Director John Marion, a government watchdog and frequent critic of the General Assembly, found himself standing with Gov. Chafee and legislative leaders at the Statehouse Thursday, hailing what he called ‚Äúa big improvement‚ÄĚ in the state‚Äôs campaign finance laws.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď The pain started in her lower back and slowly migrated toward her ribcage.
Kristen Dubois thought she was passing a kidney stone.
She was giving birth in the bathroom of her fiance‚Äôs Willow Street apartment in Woonsocket.
‚ÄúI was like, ‚ÄėOh my God. I can‚Äôt believe it,‚ÄĚ says Dubois. ‚ÄúI started yelling for my boyfriend. ‚ÄėHe‚Äôs coming out! He‚Äôs coming out!‚Äô‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET- Edward Lavoie of 13 Watson St., passed away February 12, 2012 after a five year, three month battle with pancreatic cancer at St. Antoine. Ed lost his wife of 59 years in 2009.
Ed worked for Draper Corp. and Jannell Truck Body he retired from CVS.
Ed loved John Wayne movies, The Yankee's and fishing with his son Jim.
Ed is survived by his daughter Kathleen and his son Jim.
He will be missed by all that knew him.
His Funeral will be held Saturday, February 25th at 10:00 AM at Precious Blood Church
WOONSOCKET --- Joe Gardner is going back to the future.
No, he‚Äôs not going to jump in a DeLorean with Doc Brown and head back to 1955, but the Woonsocket Boxing Club boxer is going to go back to 2002 and ‚Äô03 and return to the weight class he fought in during those first two years of his career.
After absorbing stoppages in all three of his fights as a light heavyweight last year, Gardner will storm into 2012 as a super middleweight, where he posted a 4-0-1 record before taking a 7¬Ĺ-year sabbatical from the sport.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ There‚Äôs no room for confusion or interpretation when you‚Äôre that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelli‚Äôs mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.