High school state championship teams and athletes, the Cumberland American Little League all-star teamâs venture to the Little League World Series, and a handful of remarkable milestones were among 2011âs many sports highlights in the Woonsocket Call area.
The year began with another memorable winter season that saw Mount St. Charles cap it by defending their state championships in both boysâ and girlsâ hockey.
Ready or not, like it or not, the football programs at Tolman and Woonsocket High Schools are poised to join the Division I ranks.
Based on figures obtained by Blackstone Valley Sports and decreed by the Interscholastic League, the Tigers and Villa Novans rank eighth and ninth, respectively, among the 43 participating schools, meaning both meet the criteria for Division I participation. The stateâs top tier typically houses nine teams.
A little of this, a little of that as we bid adieu to 2011 âŠ
Ryan OâDell will have to sit tight and wait his turn for the URI baseball team, the Lincoln nativeâs redshirt status for this coming spring the result of findings by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The initial-eligibility organization launched its investigation into OâDellâs high school transcript during the middle of the fall ball season, a time when the freshman had visions of making major strides toward landing a substantial role.
WOONSOCKET â The New York Times on Friday weighed in on Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs defiance of a federal court order to turn over accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to prevent him from exposure to the death penalty, lauding him for taking âa principled positionâ in the case.
Pleau is accused of the September 2010 shooting death of gas station manager David D. Main of Lincoln outside Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road.
WOONSOCKET â The Sears store in Walnut Hill Plaza has survived the first round of store closings announced by Sears Holdings Co.
The Illinois-based company, which controls the Kmart and Sears chains, posted a list of 79 stores to be closed on Thursday after lackluster holiday performance, but none are located in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
But the list of 38 Kmart and 41 Sears outlets is incomplete. SHC had said earlier this week that it intends to close up to 120 âmarginally performingâ locations.
PROVIDENCE â Agreeing with, well, just about everybody, that local pension plans will be issue number one in the coming General Assembly session, House Speaker Gordon Fox says he believes enabling legislation that will allow cities and towns to craft individual solutions would be preferable to mandating a single fix to an array of diverse problems.
WOONSOCKET â Dave Belisle loves to see non-league games like this -- a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire matchup against a formidable out-of-state team that will only help make Mount St. Charles a better squad down the line when the Mounties take on their Division I opponents.
The Mount coach got one of those games on Thursday night against powerful La Salle College High of Wyndmoor, Penn., in their 16th annual Holiday Face-Off tournament at Adelard Arena.
BURRILLVILLE â The Town Council has voted to ask the town's four independent fire districts to consider sitting down and discussing possible ways the departments can share services or equipment in an effort to reduce costs for district taxpayers.
WOONSOCKET â At a time when the term âroad rageâ was just coming into vogue, Donald Graham became a local poster child for the phenomenon by using a powerful crossbow to kill a man during a 1994 highway altercation in nearby Massachusetts.
The former church deacon is serving life without the possibility of parole for his crime at the Souza Baranawski Correctional Center in Shirley, a maximum security prison where the population includes serial killers, child molesters and rapists.
BLACKSTONE - Wilfred R. Millette, 84, of Blackstone Street, Blackstone, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Blackstone, Massachusetts on April 26, 1927, he was a son of the late Joseph and Aurore (St. Germaine) Millette. He was raised and educated in Blackstone where he resided his entire life.
He was employed as an attendant at the family business, Millette's Garage in Blackstone.
Mr. Millette was a communicant of St. Paul's Church in Blackstone.