February 9th, 2012
With three weekends to go in the regular season, there are still postseason spots and high playoff seeds up for grabs in the three boysâ divisions and girlsâ league. That being said, hereâs a quick rundown on where the teams in the Blackstone Valley stand heading into tonightâs action.
Mount St. Charlesâs 6-3 victory over Moses Brown last Friday, followed by Burrillvilleâs dramatic 4-2 win over the Quakers the following night, zapped all the drama out of which four teams will battle in the âState Championshipâ playoffs.
WOONSOCKET --- Before the season started, Steve Shea had his share of concerns regarding his Mount St. Charles team and its quest to three-peat as state champions.
Graduation took away a talented senior class that helped the Mounties claim a 19-1 record and roll past Bay View in the state finals, and the voids left the second-year coach with quite a few questions to answer.
Can he successfully put together a third line? Who will fill in the blanks on defense? And what contributions can he get from his younger players, which include five freshmen and a few other first-year skaters?
WOONSOCKET â A few details of the changes in store for Landmark Medical Center if the sale of the hospital goes through have emerged from the state health department, including a name change thatâs getting some lukewarm reviews from the locals.
Steward Health Care System of Boston would rename the Cass Avenue facility âBlackstone Medical Center.â Similarly, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, in North Smithfield, would become âBlackstone Rehabilitation Hospital.â
LINCOLN â Little did Alexandra Fish know that when she accurately spelled the noun tableau, defined by Webster's Dictionary as âa striking, dramatic scene or picture,â she was living one herself.
That correct answer led the Lincoln Middle School eighth grader to the championship of the annual Lincoln School District Spelling Bee, held inside her home auditorium on Tuesday night.
Fish, who out-dueled fellow schoolmate and sixth-grader Alexandra Theroux, now will represent the district at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, to be held at this same site on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE- Janet Aurella (Struzik) Haczynski, age 69, died January 9, 2012 in Port Charlotte, Florida after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Jan was born on July 18, 1942 and previously lived in Blackstone, MA and North Smithfield, RI.
Stephen Douglas Chisholm
LINCOLN- Stephen Douglas Chisholm, 52, of Lincoln, passed away unexpectedly in his residence on February 7th.
Born in Providence, a son of the late John and Mary (MacLachlan) Chisholm, he had lived in Lincoln for over twenty-five years.
Gerard L. Bergeron
WOONSOCKET- Gerard L. Bergeron 57, of 23 Clinton St. died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Theresa (Goss) Bergeron.
Born in North Attleboro, MA he was a son of the late Maurice and Rita (Picard) Bergeron.
Gerry was a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked at several area nursing homes for twenty years, he also worked as a counter person for Dunkin Donuts for several years.
CUMBERLAND â The best wrestling dual-meets build slowly, bout by bout, to a crescendo. Each match is important. Results in the earlier bouts lay the foundation for dramatic outcomes late in the contest.
Thatâs what happened on Wednesday night at The Wellness Center when an estimated 400 mat-crazy spectators watched Rhode Islandâs only two unbeaten Division I dual-meet teams square off. Cumberland, carrying the burden of a 52-match winning streak nearly three years old, hosted a 13-0 Bishop Hendricken team most experts gave a slight advantage heading into this showdown.
WOONSOCKET â Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâs the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâs monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â It's time for âPhys Edâ but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.