February 26th, 2011
WOONOCKET â€” Three years ago, George Briggs retired from a more than three-decade career as a educator in the Woonsocket school system.
Briggs was also contemplating doing the same from his post as the longtime (and successful) track and cross-country coach at the high school level.
But one dedicated individual, one person he's had the opportunity to work alongside for the past four years has made him think otherwise â€” his good friend and girls' head cross-country, track coach Dan Richard.
PROVIDENCE â€” In Saturdayâ€™s semifinal round of the R.I. state championship meet, Cumberland High won four of five bouts to take some of the sting out of its slow start to the tourney on Friday evening.
Cumberland suffered a huge loss on Friday night when two-time state champion Shai Lariviere defaulted in his second match, giving in to a sprained ankle suffered on Monday at practice.
â€śI tried to wrestle but I couldnâ€™t do it,â€ť Lariviere said later.
PROVIDENCE â€” Defending champion Cumberland capped an uneven and perhaps snake-bitten performance at this yearâ€™s state championship meet by going 0-for-4 in Saturday nightâ€™s individual finals.
Two-time defending champion Shoneil Lariviere was upset in the 125-pound finals by East Providenceâ€™s Joao Vicente, who pulled off a stunning 11-5 win over an opponent who had pinned him last month during the dual-meet season.
WOONSOCKET -- The options for finding ancestral information through the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) have expanded in a way that will make it easier for local researchers to access faraway record repositories without having to leave the Societyâ€™s 78 Earle St. base.
The local research center has affiliated with the Family History Library system operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, the world's largest resource for genealogical records, according to AFGS members.
WOONSOCKET â€“ To keep from being kicked out on the street, a group of merchants in Main Street's embattled Commercial Block agreed to share a $6,600 utility bill that's been ignored by the Florida bank that foreclosed on the property and the Providence company the bank hired to manage it.
Jamil Safdar, the proprietor of Liberty Market, said he and six other commercial tenants agreed to chip in at the eleventh hour even though the bill isn't their responsibility. The deadline for payment was Friday morning.
WOONSOCKET â€” Hope High eventually found a way to slow down Maria Saia and her Mount St. Charles teammates in the first half.
The Blue Wave werenâ€™t quite so lucky in the second half.
A strong spurt to begin action after the break broke open a tight game and enabled the first-place Mounties to enjoy Senior Night with a 58-44 victory over Hope in their Division II-North contest on Friday. Saia, one of seven seniors on this yearâ€™s squad, finished with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Senior teammate Adrianna Maurano chipped in 14.
CUMBERLAND- Bertha Blanche (Monjeau) Lariviere died peacefully after a brief illness at Mt. St. Rita' s Medical Center in Cumberland on February 25, 2011. She was the wife of the late Joseph Raoul (Ralph) Lariviere.
Born in New Bedford MA, she was the daughter of the late Hormidas and Mary (Hebert) Monjeau.
Before returning to Woonsocket, she was an inspector for Quantum Electronics in Wallingford, CT for ten years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the Holy Family Christian Group, St. Joseph Sr. Citizens, St. Johns Sr. Citizen. and the RSVP Choral.
Mary Jane Cantara
WOONSOCKET- Mary Jane (Godin) Cantara 82, of 547 Clinton St. died Wednesday at Kent County Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Cantara.
Mrs. Cantara was born in Woonsocket a daughter of the late Felix and Roseanna Gagne. She was a homemaker.
Helen M. Alexander
WOONSOCKET- Helen M. (Marchwicki) Alexander, 92, of Irene Blvd., died Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at home. She was the wife of the late Edmund Alexander.
Born in Ware, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria (Babiarz) Marchwicki.
Mrs. Alexander was employed as a Telephone Operator for the former New England Telephone, now Verizon, for forty-five years. She was a member of the New England Telephone Pioneers and a member of the St. Stanislaus Ladies Guild.
Marion E. Crimmings
BELLINGHAM- Marion E. (Bethel) Crimmings, 92, of Bellingham died Thursday, February 24 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville. She was the wife of the late Warren Crimmings who died in 2002.
She was born in Milford; daughter of the late Fred & Blanche (Crocket) Bethel and was raised in Milford and was a graduate of Milford High School.