March 6th, 2012
NEW YORK â€” In some ways it was an ending, as in the end of the season for Providence College. In other respects, Tuesday nightâ€™s 79-47 bludgeoning at the hands of Seton Hall in opening round of the Big East Tournament can be viewed as the official jumping-off point to the Ed Cooley era.
Cooleyâ€™s first season at PC ended in futile fashion, his club suffering a 32-point defeat that goes in the books as the largest loss margin for the Friars in their Big East tourney history. Providence has now dropped 14 of its last 16 conference tournament games.
NEW YORK â€” Wednesday morning will see the presidents and athletic directors from the Big East gather in a central location. The guest list will include party crashers in the form of representatives from the schools in line to join the league.
Wouldnâ€™t you like to be a fly in that room?
â€śI think theyâ€™ll introduce some of the new members and [league president John Marinatto] is going to give us an update to where we are on a lot of issues,â€ť Providence College athletic director Driscoll remarked. â€śIt should be a good meeting and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” One motorist allegedly spit at another during an apparent case of road rage Sunday â€” and he was charged with assault for doing it.
Police said Talubeh Njie, 39, was also arrested for driving without a license when he showed up at police headquarters about 7 p.m.
Robert G. Rainone
BURRILLVILLE- Robert "Papa" G. Rainone, 78, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday March 5, 2012 at his home in Harrisville. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Kearney) Rainone.
Born in Providence he was the son of the late Joseph and Theresa (DeFalco) Rainone.
Mary Eddy McCooey
BLACKSTONE- Mary Eddy McCooey, 102, a resident of Blackstone, MA, and Matunuck, RI died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 5, 2012.
She was born in Blackstone, MA to Augustine H. Eddy and Eleanor Eddy. She graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY and was a teacher of English and Latin at Blackstone High School for many years until she married.
Mary was a member of the Matunuck Point Beach Club Association, the Daughters of The American Revolution, the Stroke Club, and The Blackstone and Millville Historical Societies.
WOONSOCKET â€” As Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his fiscal advisers looked on, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine disclosed for the first time last night that the School Departmentâ€™s cumulative projected deficit has ballooned to a staggering $10 million for the last two years.
Speaking in the most dire terms, Fontaine laid out a roadmap for program cuts, departmental consolidations and a supplemental tax bill to fill to gap, but he said that any plan of action must be executed very quickly because the city is fast running out of cash and wonâ€™t be able to pay its bills by the end of the month.
Anne G. Kerrigan
SMITHFIELD- Kerrigan, Anne G., 89, of Smithfield, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012.
She was born in North Smithfield, a daughter of the late Patrick F. Kerrigan and Melda (Bouchard) Gardner.
PROVIDENCE â€” Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesnâ€™t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.
WOONSOCKET â€” This is how Mount St. Charles sophomore Brian Larence celebrated an amazing 3-2, double-overtime victory over La Salle Academy on Monday night:
While his teammates went ballistic on the ice, exchanging hugs and high-fives, Larence skated to the chain-link fence near the Mountiesâ€™ bench at Adelard Arena and fist-bumped schoolmates with his right-handed glove.
He then shed his stick, bent over, grabbed some snow off the ice and threw it at those fans, still going berserk at what they had just witnessed.
PROVIDENCE â€” In the end, it wasnâ€™t meant to be for head coach Alisha Brannon and her North Smithfield squad.
Despite North Smithfield putting forth a gutsy and determined effort in the face of long odds, the Northmen saw their season come to a close Monday night in the Division III semifinals at Rhode Island College.
Led by 29 points from senior Sandy Kun, top seed and unbeaten Juanita Sanchez held on for a 53-49 victory.