August 28th, 2011
High winds and waves pummel the south coast of Rhode Island as Hurricane Irene makes its closest pass early Sunday morning.The National Weather Service in Taunton, Ma. has issued a flood warning for the Blackstone River in Woonsocket from late tonight to Monday afternoon or until the warning is cancelled, after heavy rains due to the storm fell overnight and today. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the stage was 5.9 feet. Flood stage for the river is 9 feet, and minor flooding is forecast. (photo by Ernest A. Brown)
Hurricane Irene hits the south coast of Rhode Island with hurricane force winds, heavy rains and a storm surge which inundated Salty Brian State Beach and the parking lot near George's of Galilee early Sunday morning. The breachway between Galilee and Jerusalem, behind, had 4-6 ft. waves during the incoming high tide and the water contributed to flooding on Great Island, and the docks in and around the state piers. (photo by Ernest A. Brown)
STORM SURGE-Waves from Hurricane Irene crash into the seawall at Narragansett Pier at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, flooding nearby Beach St. which runs in the foreground of the photo. High winds, heavy, pelting rains and high waves pounded the south coast of Rhode Island, resulting in numerous power outages and many trees being blown down as the storm made it's closest pass before being downgraded to a Tropical Storm later in the morning.
MIAMI (AP) â€” Weaker but still menacing, Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
CUMBERLAND â€” Prior to Saturdayâ€™s race, Louis Raffetto never ran the Yo Raymond Memorial 5K. He just knew it was on an out-and-back course and, after arriving at the Cumberland event, he knew there was a challenging incline at the finish.
Raffetto had a chance to test that quarter-mile stretch from a different perspective shortly after the gun was fired at Camp Ker Anna.
â€śWe just flew down it,â€ť he said. â€śI definitely wanted to be a little cautious coming back.â€ť
For those who decried the Patriotsâ€™ acquisition of Albert Haynesworth last month, repeat after me: No-lose situation.
Sure, the manâ€™s rap sheet is as long as a grocery list, with charges ranging from speeding to sexual assault. Indeed, his on-field transgressions include stomping on the bare head of an opponent. And yes, he definitely would not have been a favorite of the late Myra Kraft, a noted humanitarian who once insisted that the Patriots cut a drafted player because of his checkered past.
Simply put, Haynesworth is not a model human being. That isnâ€™t exactly breaking news.
There are plenty of road races for runners during the summer and among them a special few that hold the potential for leaving a lasting impression on those who participate.
That was just the type of a race I found myself in last week as I headed down South Pier Road with a crowd of middle-of-the-packers. The weather was warm, a bit sticky, but not too unbearable even with the late afternoon sun shining upon us.
Over the last five years in the Northern Division, Cumberland and Smithfield have occupied the top two slots in the standings with the Sentinels winning four of those dual-meet titles.
Joyce Bonner, who has been coaching the Cumberland girls the last eight years, envisions a little more parity this fall with at least four schools vying for the league crown. In the past, it was status quo for the Clippers and Sentinels to earn automatic berths to the state championships in early November by finishing among the top three in the division.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Three more possible contenders for public office filed declarations of candidacy at City Hall Friday, including two for School Committee.
But the addition of Jeffrey A. Hardy and Christopher M. Roberts to the field still fails to make the race for School Committee competitive.
There are five seats on the panel, and so far only two other candidates, incumbents Vimala Phongsavanh and Anita McGuire Forcier, have tossed their hats into the ring.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the past few decades, Noel Wolny contributed countless hours to youth soccer in the Blackstone Valley region.
Besides coaching his passion at four different colleges and universities, Wolny offered his expertise at the high school level at North Smithfield, Blackstone Millville Regional, North Providence and most recently Mount St. Charles Academy.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to the sport was the Cracovia Soccer Club, a Woonsocket-based league he formed 31 years ago that has attracted hundreds of city youths.