February 27th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â When Evo âCurlyâ Donnini christened it âHampton Courtâ in 1972, the upper deck of his famous Ciroâs Restaurant was already in a time warp â in a good way.
The late founder of Ciroâs envisioned Hampton Court as a sort of Tudor-inspired rendition of a medieval, English castle, circa King Edward III, and he spared no expense in getting the details right. He covered the walls with lavish, oak paneling imported from England, hung hand-crafted chandeliers from the ceiling and plunked French crystal on the tables beside sterling silver dinner utensils.
BURRILLVILLE â The script from Monday nightâs Division I playoff game between the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team and North Smithfield read the same as the one from the previous two games of their best-of-three series.
For the third straight game, the Broncos kept the majority of the action in the Northmenâs end of the rink and outshot them by a better than 3-to-1 ratio, and for the third straight game, N.S. goaltender Britney Evangelista frustrated the Broncos with another superb performance.
When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldnât take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the Northâs Moses Brown (17-1) and the Southâs Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.
PALM BAY, FL- Christopher J. Lesperance, 84, of Palm Bay FL and formerly of Millville, MA, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born in Blackstone, MA on January 23, 1928, he was a son of the late Ovila and Mary (Reilly) Lesperance.
He was the beloved husband for 62 years of Pauline (Bourgery) Lesperance. His son Christopher Lesperance predeceased him in 2005.
Ann V. Breault
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Ann V. (Filip) Breault, 86, of Railroad St., Slatersville, formerly of Woonsocket, died Saturday, February 25, 2012 in the Ballou Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Joseph H. Breault.
Born in Worcester, MA on July 10, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Anthony F. and Ellen (Lynch) Filip.
Mrs. Breault was an Executive Secretary for Tupperware for twenty five years, retiring in 1984. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Ray, Joseph George, 88, passed into eternal rest on February 25th at the Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Lillian (Furtado) Ray to whom he was married for sixty years.
He was the cherished father of Marie Ray Fraley and her husband, David, of North Smithfield and the dear grandfather of John M. Fraley, II and his wife, Melissa Carubia of Newton, MA and Benjamin G. Fraley, of Cincinnati, OH.
Call it a case of good things happening to good people. Realistically, perhaps we should step back, take a big-picture view, and draw the conclusion that Mike Roose is so adept at his chosen profession that no one should be shocked by the Cumberland nativeâs meteoric rise through the Boston Red Soxâs player support chain.
Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE â When the final second ticked off the clock in the 195-pound championship final, Cumberland High senior grappler Tom LaCroix broke free of his opponent's last-ditch clutch, leaped into the air and pumped his fist in jubilation.
His teammates, most of whom were on the mat's borders anxiously watching, immediately mobbed veteran head coach Steve Gordon, then did the same to LaCroix.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A 68-year-old female pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a car in the parking lot of the Slatersville post office Thursday, police said.
Marie Lessard, of 43 Warwick St., Woonsocket, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries police said were not life-threatening.
A car operated by Christopher Koney, 61, of Georgianna Drive, struck Lessard outside the post office, located at 15 Main St., at 2:38 p.m. Police said Lessard was walking through the parking lot when Koney struck her as he was backing out of a parking space.