February 11th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist had words of both praise and caution on the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing on Friday.
Gist's praise included high marks for charter schools in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket and also a special nod to the students and staff of Central Falls High School for raising its four-year graduation rate by 17 points and Woonsocket High School for its improvement in reading.
PROVIDENCE â For those associated with Providence College basketball, the importance of keeping a stiff upper lip or oneâs chin high cannot be underscored. After all, itâs not time to pack away the jerseys just yet.
CUMBERLAND â Two nights earlier, the wrestlers from Cumberland High knocked off previously undefeated Bishop Hendricken, the friendly confides of the Wellness Center serving as the backdrop. Hoping to replicate some of that home cooking, the Cumberland boysâ hoops team played host to state contender North Providence on Friday night.
WOONSOCKET â For the first half of Fridayâs Division I clash with Woonsocket, winless Cumberland looked nothing like a team that has lost 14 straight league encounters.
The Clippers didnât looked like it in the second half either, but the Villa Novans were not about to let them walk off their court with their first âWâ.
Woonsocket picked up its defensive intensity and had a strong second half from Katie Marcoux to pave the way for a 49-34 triumph at Savaria Gymnasium.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Lena Muratori 82 resident of North Smithfield passed away February 9, 2012 at the Overlook Nursing Home in Pascoag.
She was the loving wife to the late Dante Muratori.
She was born February 21, 1929 in Woonsocket RI, a daughter to the late Luigi & Luigia (Tomasetti) Secchiaroli.
Lena worked for the former Big Joe's Supermarket where she decorated cakes. She was a resident of North Smithfield previously she lived in Florida. She was a loving homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother.
Linda M. Ponte
WOONSOCKET- Linda M. Ponte, 51 of Main Street, passed away Wednesday in the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Rui Ponte.
Born in Providence, she is the daughter of Horrace and Theresa (Sousa) Moniz of Portugal. She resided in Woonsocket for the past 6 years, previously residing in Pawtucket and Cumberland.
When Linda was in Cumberland she was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland.
She was involved with the Agape Center, Woonsocket.
Sylvia P. Leveillee
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Sylvia P.(Parent) Leveillee 102, formerly of Woonsocket, died Sunday in St. Antoine Residence, where she was a resident for over thirty years. She was the wife of the late Maurice Leveillee.
Mrs. Leveillee was born in Woonsocket the daughter of the late Adrien and Marie (Riendeau) Parent.
She was a dental assistant for Dr. Paul Cote and Dr. Eugene Toupin for many years, retiring in 1972.
She is survived by a nephew; Maurice Parent of Havelock, NC, and a niece, Paulette Valentin of Woonsocket, and was the sister of the late Sylvio Parent.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman Highâs Dion Rubio, a star football player who developed into a championship-calibre wrestler over the past four winters, enjoys the mat sport.
âItâs really different than football,â Rubio, who finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter, said on Thursday night after sending the Tigers to a 42-39 victory over Woonsocket with a pin in the final minute of the final match of the night.
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?