November 28th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giantâs employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didnât come from Santa.
PROVIDENCE â Dating back several seasons, the very idea of placing Providence College and âdefenseâ in the same sentence resulted in snickering along with several knee slaps.
In 2012, Ed Cooleyâs PC Friars are getting after it in such ferocious fashion that the opposition is having a hard time getting off the canvas. More punishment was meted out Tuesday as Providence stomped on Holy Cross, 61-42, before a rather subdued crowd, which was announced at 4,596.
CUMBERLAND â There once was a time when Trevor Crawley wanted to follow his own plan â and, of course, his coaches â but not so much his dadâs.
Mike Crawley, a 1981 Shea High graduate who earned All-State second-team laurels in outdoor track and later represented both the Community College of Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut State University, apparently had tried to offer some advice as to the nuances of distance running, but it was a âno-go.
On the surface, the decision to push back the entire slate of R.I. semifinal-round playoff games to Wednesday seems as simple as the quarterback receiving the snap.
Seven of the eight games on the docket were already based at venues where light fixtures are part of the ambiance. The lone exception: Woonsocketâs Barry Field.
However, thanks to Villa Novans athletic director George Nasuti obtaining portable lights, the situation was remedied.
Paul M. Breault
BURRILLVILLE- Paul M. Breault 67, resident of Harrisville, passed away November 20, 2012 at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
He was born in Providence RI, a son of the late Jesse & Anna (Riley) Breault.
Paul was salesman for the Nexus Co., previously he taught science at the Callahan School. He lived most of his life in Providence; he was an avid stamp collector and novelties. Paul enjoyed baseball and football.
Jeffrey D. McKenna
WOONSOCKT- Jeffrey D. McKenna, 80, of Woonsocket, RI, passed away peacefully at his home on November 25, 2012 surrounded by friends and loves ones.
Born October 7, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Euclide and Emerilda (Decasse) McKenna.
He was the devoted husband of Doris (Cournoyer) McKenna with whom he shared 60 wonderful years.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox will host their Annual Christmas Party at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m.â2 p.m. The PawSoxâ Christmas Party is a free event open to fans of all ages. Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway will make a special appearance along with two members of the PawSox Governorsâ Cup championship, infielder Tony Thomas and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.
WOONSOCKET â Members of the City Council had plenty to say about the potential loss of a $200,000 city loan owed by the 67-unit Glenark Landing housing complex Monday night, but also admitted that any fight regarding their concerns would be best taken to the General Assembly.
The discussion of the Glenarkâs takeover by the Rhode Island Housing agency and potential foreclosure on Friday came during a council work session in the panelâs second floor meeting room at City Hall and included a number of council jabs that the agency was again hitting city taxpayers in their pocketbooks.
WOONSOCKET â An ex-con on an armed robbery spree got caught after holding up McDonaldâs in North Smithfield early Saturday morning.
Vernon Lamont Thomas, 37, of 372 Robinson St., committed three of the crimes in five days and the last two in less than seven hours, according to police.
Thomas was arrested at Grove and Logee streets about 5:26 a.m. Saturday, about a mile from McDonaldâs, still carrying a heavy cash drawer witnesses had seen him lugging away from the Park Square restaurant about an hour earlier, according to reports.
Tonightâs the night. High school footballâs version of the âSweet Sixteenâ. Four teams in each of the stateâs four divisions battling for the right to be the eight that will play for a Super Bowl championship this weekend.
Three local teams â Cumberland, Woonsocket, and North Smithfield â are among the 16 that will suit up tonight in their respective semifinal-round games, with the Clippers and Villa Novans playing Division II games in the friendly confines of their home fields and the Northmen heading to Providence for a Division IV contest.