January 23rd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Most pro football experts figured Kelsey Fournier and her New England Patriots cheerleader teammates would have spent a chilly Sunday evening outdoors at Gillette Stadium, coaxing freezing fans into making noise for the home team in the AFC championship game.
Instead, the New York Jets ousted the favored Patriots last Sunday in the conference semifinals, ending the season for players, fans and cheerleaders alike.
Luis Cruz, of Woonsocket, whoâ€™s all bundled up against the frigid cold Saturday morning, can see his own breath as he waits for the bus on Main Street to take him to a friendâ€™s house in Pawtucket. The forecast doesnâ€™t get any better, with more frigid air expected Sunday and Monday, with daytime temperatures only reaching the upper teens.
Both the Cumberland and North Smithfield town councils this week unanimously approved resolutions urging Governor Lincoln Chafee and the General Assembly to pass legislation that will accelerate the allocation of the proposed phase-in of state school funding dollars.
The resolution, drafted and endorsed by the Rhode Island Coalition of Municipal Leaders, is making the rounds throughout the state over the next two weeks in an attempt to garner support from town and city councils.
PROVIDENCE â€“ So this is what winning in the Big East feels like.
Saturday bore witness to Providence College canceling its long overdue appointment with the conferenceâ€™s win column. The return to sender memo was made possible by a 72-67 upset victory of 19th-ranked Louisville before an exuberant audience of 12,051 at The Dunk. It was the first conference victory for the Friars in 51 weeks, and their first win over former coach Rick Pitino.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- Itâ€™s extremely rare to see someone break a state record and reach a prestigious milestone in the same game, but thatâ€™s exactly what Kayla Kiernan did on Saturday night.
The North Smithfield senior center set the girlsâ€™ mark for most goals scored in a career when she netted her 97th score with 2:12 to go in the first period of her teamâ€™s game against the Cranston co-op squad.
CRANSTON -- For the second time this season, Cranston West gave Mount St. Charles a run for its money, but in the end, the Mounties found a way to pull away from the Falcons and keep their unbeaten record intact.
The Mounties overcame a 2-0 deficit after a period of action by scoring four times in each of the final two periods and skated off with an 8-3 triumph on Saturday night at the Cranston Ice Rink.
Senior co-captain Trevor Plante notched a pair of goals (his team-high 13th and 14th of the year) to lead a balanced attack by the Mounties, who upped their Division I record to 9-0-1.
PROVIDENCE -- Woonsocket High split its Northern Division meet with Central Falls on Saturday, losing a tight one to C.F. by a 57-52 margin and besting Shea, 68-41.
Aaron Harmon won two events for Woonsocket, the shot put and weight throw. Anthony Neal took the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.90 seconds. He tied for second place in the high jump with teammate Jessie Charette. Both cleared 5 feet, 8 inches.
C.F.â€™s Steven Vasquez cleared 6-4 to win by eight inches.
Charette won the long jump, beating teammate Alex Correia by one inch. Charette went 19 feet, 6 inches.
PROVIDENCE â€“The battle of unbeaten Northern Division powers proved to be no contest.
With victories in eight different events, including 1-2-3 sweeps in the 55-meter high hurdles and the 1,000, Cumberland High earned its eighth consecutive undefeated league season with a 64-45 win over previously-perfect Lincoln. The Clippers (8-0) and Lions (7-1) both defeated Mount St. Charles (4-4) in the tri meet, held at the Providence Athletic Facility (PAF).
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The town's new municipal court has been up and running since September and, so far, it's doing everything town officials had hoped it would, including reaping new revenue and accelerating the legal process for disposition of violations.
In a second quarterly report released this week by court administrator and police Capt. Thomas R. Lafleur, more than $17,000 in revenue was generated by the court, with a net revenue amount for the town standing at nearly $10,000.
Abigail Jefferson, center, tells the story of John the Rabbit and his quest at pulling a giant tomato out of the vine, during Thursday nightâ€™s annual Funda Fest, a celebration of black storytelling presented by the R.I. Black Storytellers at the YWCA of Northern R.I. Jefferson was assisted by junior storytellers from the audience, from left, Sunny Dion, 3; Salem Audette, 9; Naimah Dunstan, 6 and Nashona Huntley, 8. Close to 100 children and their parents attended.