November 26th, 2010
t this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for âbragging rightsâ and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.
WOONSOCKET- Michael A. Mancuso Sr. 78, of St. Cecile Ave. died Saturday November 20th at the Providence VA Medical Center. He was the husband of Sharon (Reed) Mancuso.
Mr. Mancuso was born in New Haven, CT a son of the late Albert and Mafalda (Grigione) Mancuso.
Mr. Mancuso was an engineer for Ken's Foods Inc. for fifteen years he had also worked as a supervisor for Wonder Bread for twenty years. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Michael was an avid ham radio operator and builder.
Clifford A. Larson
WOONSOCKET- Clifford A. Larson, 55, of Greene St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence with his family by his side. He was the husband of Jeanne L. (Gauvin) Larson.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of Sylvia A. (Roark) Larson and the late Frederick Larson. He was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket.
Mr. Larson proudly served his country as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. He was stationed at various posts stateside, at sea, and abroad.
Cliff was a dedicated fan of all New England sports teams and was a Patriots man to the core.
WOONSOCKET â Sometimes school work can be fun. Especially if that school work is a project that allows students to tell about their family history and ethnic backgrounds.
Ousamequin Martinez, a middle school sixth grader, found that out while working on his clusterâs Culture Day Exhibit at the Villa Nova Street building.
Students could complete an essay as part of their project assignment or work on preparing a meal item that members of their family would have offered in their ethnic homeland.
CUMBERLAND - Oswald "Pepe" Torres sensed the ball was coming his way. When it did, the Woonsocket High senior leaped high in the air, caught the ball and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.
Torres interception return at the start of the fourth quarter of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day showdown versus host Cumberland turned into the crucial play of the day as the Villa Novans survived a hard-fought 14-0 verdict over the Clippers at Tucker Field.
The victory is the fourth straight for the Villa Novans, who are back on the field this Tuesday for a Division II semifinal contest at Chariho.
WOONSOCKET â Area EMTs have a new set of tools to assist them in responding to medical emergencies, following a round of training sessions on the latest protocols and standards issued recently by the Department of Health.
The new state guidelines that went into effect Nov. 1 allow trained and certified EMS Cardiac responders to apply higher level life support techniques when assisting patients with difficulty breathing, heart attack and other life-threatening medical conditions, according to Woonsocket Fire Department EMS Coordinator Steven Encarnation.
Brittany Paulhus of Blackstone stocks fresh turkeys on jam-packed shelves yesterday at the Park 'n Shop Supermarket in Blackstone. "It tops last year," she said. "It's been busy in here all morning."
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The North Smithfield football team just keeps raising the bar in this breakout season.
The Northmen rolled to a 44-6 victory over Scituate on Wednesday night, an impressive outing that sets them up for next Tuesdayâs Division IV playoff semifinal contest against Exeter/West Greenwich.
âWe wanted to finish the regular season on a roll,â Northmen coach Wes Pennington admitted after Wednesdayâs game ended. âAnd I think we did. Now we can finally focus on EWG.â
Constance J. Auclair
WOONSOCKET - Constance J. Auclair, 86, of Mendon Road, Woonsocket died Saturday, November 20, 2010 surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Isaac J. Auclair.
Born April 16, 1924 in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Albert J. and Alvonia (Riendeau) Gallant. She was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket and a homemaker.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Angelo Lombardo, 87, of Elizabeth Ave., No. Smithfield, died Nov. 22, 2010 at Landmark Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Dorothy May (LeBeau) Lombardo.
Born Sept. 16, 1923 in Woonsocket, a son of the late Natal and Patrina (Randonzo) Lombardo. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII.
Angelo worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of North Smithfield Hwy Department for 22 years where he was the organizer and first union president. He also worked for the former Branch River Mill Company for many years.