March 2nd, 2012
WARWICK â Burrillville did everything in its power to beat heavily favored Bishop Hendricken on Friday night in the opening game of their best-of-three State Championship semifinal-round series at Thayer Arena.
The fourth-seeded Broncos turned in one of their best efforts of the season, an effort that saw them play a penalty-free game with the regular-season champs and match their physical play and defensive prowess, but in the end, the hosts took advantage of a couple of breaks to come out on top, 4-2.
PROVIDENCE â In the person of Carl LaBranche, the R.I. Interscholastic League and Providence College benefited from having an ace in the hole.
The underlying reason why PCâs venerable Alumni Hall gym is the site for Sundayâs âElite Eightâ round of the open state tournament is due to the communication and negotiating skills tapped by LaBranche in harmonizing this project. With this Pawtucket native (Tolman High School Class of 1970) serving as the point man, LaBrancheâs vision of opening Alumni Hallâs doors to the stateâs high school basketball sector became a reality.
PROVIDENCE â Two conflicting bills â one that would put a cap on the amount Cumberland fire districts can increase their tax levy and another that would allow the Cumberland Hill Fire District to implement a four-tier tax classification program â were heard by the House Municipal Government Committee Thursday.
WOONSOCKET â After nearly two years, Donald Paterson went to Family Court in his wheelchair Friday to watch as the youth who put him there was sentenced for his crimes.
Jeremy Kerrigan, 18, who has never been identified publicly before, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve and the balance suspended, with probation. Kerrigan was charged with one count each of felony assault on a person over 60 and assault with a dangerous weapon for stabbing Paterson in the back in April 2010.
Dennis J. Niejadlik
MIDLOTHIAN, VA.- Dennis J. Niejadlik, 69, of Midlothian passed on Feb 9, 2012.
He was the son of the late Edward and Ann Styko Niejadlik and is survived by a son, Jeffrey Niejadlik; daughter, Stephanie Fox; grandchildren, Julia and Jessica Niejadlik and Grace Fox; brother, Edward Niejadlik and a sister, Carolyn Deslauriers.
A memorial service is to be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm at Brandermill Country Club no. 10 tee in Midlothian, Va.
Roberto Colon and Soley Trejos of Woonsocket are the proud parents of identical twin Leap Day boys, Julian, left, born at 3:16 p.m., and Ruben, born at 4:06 p.m. at Landmark Medical Centerâs maternity wing. The couple now has four children, including Roberto Junior, 1, and Tiaynna, who will turn 2 in March.
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.