October 30th, 2011
FOSTER â The state meet for cross country takes place next Sunday at Ponaganset High.
For some schools, such as the Lincoln boys' team, their âstate meetâ took place on Saturday at the class championships.
The Lions were among a handful of schools that needed a quality placement in their respective class meet to earn a trip to the states because they did not get an automatic berth by finishing among the top three in their division.
A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.
Mike Carey is dressed for the elements as the rain turns to a heavy, wet snow just as he begins parking cars for âThe Little Shop of Horrorsâ at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday afternoon. The calendar may still say fall but a rare early norâeaster hit New England anyway.
FOSTER â The ultimate goal for Mount St. Charles senior Patrick Butler and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley is to finish among the elite at next weekendâs state championships on Nov. 6.
All of their races beforehand are geared toward peaking in time to compete with the big boys on cross-countryâs biggest stage.
PAWTUCKET --- Ponaganset put the exclamation point on a perfect season on Saturday morning at Slater Park, winning the Division III state title in the same determined fashion that has marked the Chieftainsâ play over the past two months.
âWeâre on Cloud Nine right now,â Ponaganset coach Jamie LaRose said after her squad blanked Scituate 4-0 in a match that took only 70 minutes to complete. âThis has absolutely been an unbelievable season.â
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â If General Treasurer Gina Raimondoâs pension reform proposal does not pass, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, his already hard-hit city would face a 12 percent tax increase just to fund the cityâs pension plans.
WOONSOCKET â A former textile manufacturing complex that helped put the city on the map is entering its final days before a demolition crew erases it from the Hamlet Avenue and Davison Street landscape.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik reported this week that plans are moving forward for the razing of the former French Worsted mill complex at 153 Hamlet Ave., the last buildings of a textile manufacturing operation that once filled both sides of Hamlet Avenue.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- For a team that hasnât experienced many close contests this year, North Smithfield handled the pressure of Friday nightâs Division IV nailbiter on the road with North Providence quite well.
The Northmen picked up a huge victory before a large crowd, a 27-21 overtime triumph, that not only spoiled the Cougarsâ âSenior Nightâ festivities, but also saw one of N.S.âs youngest players, sophomore receiver Peter Keenan, score the game-winning touchdown on a reverse handoff.
CUMBERLAND -â The pressure is off.
Cumberland High secured its first playoff berth in three years on Friday night, shocking previously-unbeaten Central, 19-6, at Tucker Field. Senior running back Ryan Gaumond scored twice for the Clippers, who improved to 4-2 in Division II-A and fourth place in the division. The Knights dropped to 5-1.
BLACKSTONE- Bernardette Plasse, 94, of Blackstone, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center with family by her side. Born in Woonsocket, RI on May 1, 1917, she was the beloved daughter of the late Napoleon and Lea (Girard) Plasse and the loving sister of Rita E. Menard of Blackstone and the late Aldor, Theodore, Roland, Leonard, Napoleon, Joseph and Mary Jane Plasse, Florence Guilmette and Violet Hogue. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.