January 8th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€“ Call Tony Cerbo the very definition of enigma.
As a painfully shy teen, he abhorred being in the limelight and wasn't attracted to music, especially singing.
Nowadays, he revels in belting out tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble before sizable crowds at restaurants, clubs, weddings and receptions throughout southeastern New England.
In fact, back on Dec. 15, this self-described â€śself-made croonerâ€ť starred in his fourth annual â€śHome for Christmas Dinner Showâ€ť at the B. Pinelli's Restaurant ballroom in East Providence, and claimed he had â€śa blastâ€ť doing it.
LINCOLN -- As always, Ron Truppa came home from Los Angeles a few days before Christmas to spend the holidays with his parents, Ron Sr. and Lori, and other family members.
This time, though, the 36-year-old Lincoln native and Hollywood film writer, producer and director returned to his old Bridle Drive abode with some thrilling news.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ First-year North Smithfield basketball coach T.J. Ciolfi believes in playing the game at a fast tempo.
â€śWe trap and press the entire game,â€ť Ciolfi was saying on Saturday, two days after his Northmen lost to unbeaten Johnston, their first Division III defeat in four games this season.
â€śI learned that we have to rebound better from that game,â€ť Ciolfi, a North Providence native, said. â€śWe had been doing a good job rebounding until we played Johnston, but they are tall and very aggressive. It seemed like they got to every loose ball.â€ť
Red and black-headed turkey vultures took command of this Victorian home on Winter Street in Woonsocket recently. The photographer counted a total of 32 vultures perched on the house as well as in trees nearby.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A required five-year update of the townâ€™s comprehensive plan with amendments approved by the Town Council on Dec. 14. is slated to be sent to the state for final approval.
Burrillville's 2005 comprehensive plan, a state-required, long-range policy document, expired in March 2010. Since then, the town has been working to update the plan, which is required every five years. The update includes new information, minor changes to policies over the past five years, as well as recommendations by the state, which conducted an informal review of the local plan last year.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state Department of Education is looking for public comment on its effort to seek more flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind education reform act of 2001.
The issue will be discussed on Monday, Jan. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St., near Central High School.
WOONSOCKET --- Bishop Hendricken scored three times in the first 4:41 of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and net a 6-3 win over Mount St. Charles on Friday night in their marquee Division I matchup at Adelard Arena.
The Mounties, who fell to 2-3 in the division, but were coming off a 4-0 mark in their winter non-league slate, erased a 2-0 deficit in the opening period by receiving goals from Brandon Borges, Steve Donahue, and Tyler Scroggins in the first 6Â˝ minutes of the second period.
CUMBERLAND --- After suffering a 39-point shellacking two nights earlier, Woonsocket High got back on track in a big way on Friday night.
Seniors Kailey Fugere and Michelle Brayboy had superb games for the Villa Novans, who used an 18-point run midway through the second half to breeze to a 58-33 victory over Cumberland High in their Division I-North matchup at the Clippersâ€™ Wellness Center.
PROVIDENCE â€“ John Harwood, the attorney for the Lincoln police officer accused of kicking a seated, handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River casino on May 31, 2009, indicated in Superior Court on Friday he wanted to enlist the expertise of Dr. Frank Gallo as part of his client's defense.
Gallo, renowned statewide for his expertise on â€śuse of force,â€ť is an instructor for various law enforcement agencies around the region.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Army National Guard is offering to turn over to the city a cavernous brick garage, situated on nearly an acre of land, for the nominal price of a buck.
After touring the site with representatives of the Guard Friday, Planning Director Paulette Miller said the city is leaning in favor of accepting the offer, but it wants to make sure the building on Avenue A is structurally sound first.
â€śIt appears to be an appropriate acquisition,â€ť said Miller. â€śBut weâ€™ll be making another pass through here with our engineers before we make a decision.â€ť