March 6th, 2011
CUMBERLAND - The Town Council this past week adopted resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment agreements with Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson, and Water Superintend-ent J. Christopher Champi.
Before the pacts were approved, the council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the contract agreements and forward them to the council as resolutions.
BELLINGHAM - When civil engineering professor Dr. Aaron S. Bradshaw got a late-night phone call recently from his friend and former doctoral co-adviser, Russell Green, Bradshaw thought Green was calling to congratulate him for recently being named to the faculty of the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Department of Civil Engineering.
Bradshaw, 37, who lives with his wife and two children in Bellingham, couldn't have been more wrong.
SMITHFIELD â€” Mount St. Charles received a nice double treat on Saturday night.
The top-seeded defending champs wrapped up a best-of-three series Division I quarterfinal-round sweep of eight-seeded Smithfield High on Saturday night by cruising to a 4-1 score before a large gathering at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Two players who combined to score just five goals during the regular season came up huge with the two biggest goals of the year for North Smithfield High on Saturday night.
Lauren Ledouxâ€™s game-tying goal with 7:57 to play in the game and Samantha Archambaultâ€™s game-winner with 1:02 to go led the Northmen to their second 3-2 triumph in as many nights and a best-of-three quarterfinal-round sweep of La Salle Academy at the Rhode Island Sports Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” The time seemed appropriate for reflection, not reliving the course of events that transpired Saturday afternoon on the campus of Rhode Island College.
Certainly it wasnâ€™t the ending George Coderre and his proud Woonsocket squad envisioned. A La Salle team that was superior in just about every tangible category ended the Villa Novansâ€™ glorious run at the top, 61-33, in the Division I quarterfinals. The game pitted last yearâ€™s championship combatants, with the Novans taking the title by a 40-34 count.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It went from a motor vehicle chase to a foot chase â€“ down the steep, rocky banks of the Blackstone River. And by the time it was over, two police officers were injured, one seriously, and two suspects were in custody, including one man who leaped into the frigid river in a short-lived attempt to escape.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A gathering of about 80 members of the local school community received an informal state of the district overview on local student achievement during a forum with Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist on Thursday.
The community meeting at the Hamlet Middle School included a presentation on areas where more work is needed in local schools as well as praise for some of the improvement initiatives already underway.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The expected quarterfinal mismatch occurred at Levy Rink Friday night as No. 3 seed Burrillville/Ponaganaset co-op skated to a routine 6-1 decision over sixth-seeded Warwick co-op. Junior Kelsey Koprusak and senior Katie Couture each scored twice for the Lady Broncos.
But if the inevitable happens and the Broncos take the series and advance to a semifinal date with powerhouse Bay View Academy early next week, head coach Gary Rouleau is hoping to see a much better effort than their playoff opener.
KINGSTON â€“ Fifth-seeded North Smithfield survived a tight, back-and-forth battle with No. 4 seed La Salle Academy in its Division I quarterfinal matchup Friday night, leaving Boss Arena with a 3-2 overtime win in the best-of-3 series.
High-scoring senior Kayla Kiernan netted the game-winner when she scored just four minutes into the OT period off the Ramsâ€™ standout goalie Holly Scott. Keirnan tally came after several attempts by the Northmen near the crease.
â€śIt was a mess in front of the net,â€ť said N.S. coach Bill Nangle. â€śWe just kept banging away and she scored on the five-hole.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mount St. Charles seized control early in this one en route to a 7-2 triumph over Smithfield in Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinals Friday night at Adelard Arena. The three-time defending state champion Mounties can close out the series with a win tonight (puck drops a 8 oâ€™clock) at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
A win would give venerable MSC head coach Bill Belisle an even 900 in his illustrious career on the bench.