October 1st, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” This yearâ€™s Woonsocket High football team bears little resemblance to the Villa Novan squads that captured Division II Super Bowl victories at the end of the previous two seasons. Graduation took its toll, along with injuries to two or three key players expected to lead the 2011 squad.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Vimala Phongsavanh believes the School Committee on which she serves has too many subcommittees and wants her peers to take on a restructuring of the list of 19 panels.
Phongsavanh has offered the committee members a Power Point presentation detailing her concerns that members are spread too thin in their assignments to the subcommittees, and that consolidation of the list could result in better transparency and accountability for the boards.
CRANSTON â€“ First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husbandâ€™s re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.
CUMBERLAND â€“ For opposing Division I schools, thereâ€™s no secret strategy to beat Cumberland High.
While the Clippers possess a talented squad this fall, if the opposition can keep multiple all-stater Stephanie Ribeiro away from the ball the odds are favorable that a victory will come its way.
East Greenwich witnessed that on Friday.
Despite blanket coverage all afternoon, Ribeiro managed to still score three goals in their crossover match. And that was all that was needed to upset the previously-unbeaten Avengers, 3-1, at the Tucker Field complex.
WOONSOCKET- Kachadoor Charles Haroian 78, formerly of Woonsocket, died Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, MA. He was the husband of Therese H. (Girard) Haroian.
Born in Auburn, MA he was the son of the late Harry and Seranoush (Harootian) Haroian. Charles was a US Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a fork lift operator for the Peterson Puritan Aerosol Co. for several years. Charles also worked as a barber for several years. He was a former member of the DAV.
Deborah A. Pratt
JOHNSTON, RI- Deborah A. Pratt, 56, of Simmons Village, Johnston, RI, died Thursday, September 29, 2011 in the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Anne (Ranahan) Pratt.
She is survived by her brother, Paul Pratt and his wife Rebecca Pratt of Eastham, MA. and their two children Tyler and Ryan.
Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fournier and Fournier Funeral Home, 99 Cumberland St, Woonsocket, RI. Please visit www.fournierandfournier.com for guestbook.
LINCOLN â€“ Sitting at an all-red table with the â€śLongevityâ€ť symbol painted on the top in black, art teacher Susan Kolenda and language teacher Becky Regan peruse this â€śConfucius Classroomâ€ť at Lincoln High School in awe.
One wall is devoted to a colorful painting of a mammoth Chinese dragon, that achieved by LHS Special Education instructor Chris Jones. Above a window is a bright red cornice with gold trim and a black Chinese symbol, courtesy of the talents of Kolenda herself.
Inside the room stand six such tables, each surrounded by five or six all-black, cushioned chairs.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Department honored its best Wednesday night, presenting its annual recognition awards to a teacher, a teacher assistant, a secretary and a custodian.
Jessica Frechette, a special needs teacher, collected Teacher of the Year honors for the department for her role in helping students in the classroom and also for her work to add an accessible playground structure at the Globe Park Elementary School where she works.
PAWTUCKET â€” If Thursdayâ€™s Division II-North showdown between unbeaten Tolman and once-tied Smithfield is any indication, the postseason playoffs are going to be fun to watch.
Defending D-II champion Smithfield dominated the first half of this matchup with Tolman, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Mark Marino and Tim Cabral. The Sentinelsâ€™ defense held the high-powered Tigersâ€™ offense to one shot in the first half.
The baseball season provides each team with 162 opportunities to either right wrongs or sink further into the abyss. Each day yields a fresh set of results in need of analysis and dissection, hence why itâ€™s sometimes difficult to locate a specific turning point â€“ the one game or one injury that led to the dynamic being altered.