NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ In a very-competitive Division III this season, North Smithfield and Shea are among a crowded bunch that will be fighting for the four playoff spots.
Even though the postseason is still more than a month away, there was a playoff-type atmosphere taking place on Wednesday night when the two teams collided at Lovett Gymnasium.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city has launched a review of some $256 million worth of real estate to make sure itâ€™s properly classified as tax exempt and, if not, restore it to the tax rolls.
A separate review is under way to make sure the city is capturing all of the taxes it is owed on so-called tangible property, which includes business equipment, fixtures and furnishings, said Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Sandra Lois DeCherry, 50, of Mowry Avenue, North Smithfield, Rhode Island died on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice in Providence, Rhode Island following an illness that began in October.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica on February 5, 1961, she was a daughter of Daphne M. Watson of Tavares, Florida.
She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and resided in Franklin prior to moving to North Smithfield in February 2002.
CRANSTON- Lillian L. Parenteau, 86, formerly of Woonsocket, died Monday in Cedercrest Healthcare, Cranston. She was the wife of the late Sylvio Parenteau.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Stanislas and Albina (Germaine) Courtemanche.
She was an employee of the Foxboro Company, Foxboro, MA before retiring and had also worked in several Mills in Woonsocket.
She leaves her children, Raymond Parenteau of Cranston and Anita Mathieu of North Kingstown. She was the sister of the late Marie Lozeau, Beatrice Perron and Gertrude Gibeault.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
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Irene A. Lula
LINCOLN- Irene A. (Strycharz) Lula, 91, of, Lincoln, RI, Formerly of Blackstone, MA. Passed away on January 23rd. She was the loving wife of the late William M. Lula.
Born, March 27, 1920 in Blackstone, she was the daughter of the late Klemens & Barbara (Majkut) Strycharz.
Irene was employed as a Service Specialist at the Wrentham State School, before retiring, before that, she was employed in the family business, the former Strycharz Market in Blackstone.
BOYNTON BEACH, FL. - Susan (Daigle) Laforme, 60, died Monday, January 9, 2012 at home. She was the wife of the late Roland Laforme.
Born in Bellingham, she was the daughter of Norman and Leona Daigle.
She was employed for many years as a security guard then started her own limousine business. She was a graduate of Blackstone High School.
She is survived by a sister, Nancy Daignault, two nephews, a great niece and a great nephew. She is also survived by two half sisters, Joanne Jobin and Mary Rice and two half brothers, David and Raymond Harper.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Every game is important for head coach Gary Reedy and his Cumberland High squad, but Tuesdayâ€™s Division II crossover matchup with host Barrington could have been listed under the must-win category.
The Clippers and Eagles each went into the contest with matching 6-3 league marks, putting them just two victories away from a berth in the open state tournament in March. For Cumberland, it also has the strongest part of its schedule the remaining eight games so a win would certainly give it some added momentum.
PROVIDENCE â€” Realigning the stateâ€™s high school football landscape wasnâ€™t the only matter discussed at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics (PCOA). Below are a handful of noteworthy developments that came about during the 90-minute open session.
â€“ In boysâ€™ soccer, the PCOA unanimously approved an alignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons that results in Tolman and Woonsocket moving up to Division I. The Villa Novans competed in Division I as recent as 2009, while the Tigers have predominantly resided in Division II.
BURRILLVILLE -- After suffering its two most lopsided losses of the year late last week, Burrillville got back on track in a big way on Monday night in its Division II-North matchup against Tolman at the Broncodome.
Sophomore forward Victoria Libby overcame a bloody nose she suffered at the start of the second half to pour in 11 points, contribute 12 rebounds and four steals, and help the Broncos produce a foul-plagued 52-43 victory.