February 6th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee will begin work on next yearâ€™s proposed budget in earnest this week when it considers what could amount to a $1.7 million reduction in school spending.
The panelâ€™s budget subcommittee is expected to recommend approximately that amount in cost reductions after looking at a list of possible budget tightening moves that include several of the recommendations raised by the just completed B&E Consulting performance audit, School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said after subcommittee met Thursday.
UPTON â€“ Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School senior and automotive technology student, Christopher Downing, is the recipient of the Senior Northwestern Technical Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship worth up to $25,000 from the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Downing also achieved a first-place finish in the Mass. Skills USA Automotive Technology Competition in March 2010, resulting in him being awarded an additional $10,000 scholarship from the university. The combined awards total $35,000 that may be applied to tuition costs throughout his enrollment.
PROVIDENCE â€” Lincoln High coach John Menna may have had the prefect response when asked how to defeat Cumberland in the Northern Division Championship â€“ â€śProbably pray a lot. Thatâ€™s about it,â€ť he said. â€śThey are deep in just about all areas.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ An intense fire apparently breaking out in a finished breezeway left Paul and Lorraine Jacobs without a home Friday afternoon.
Paul Jacobs, 69, the well-known local video and sound company owner who records meetings of City Council and other popular events, also lost equipment and possibly years of recordings when the fire swept through an attached garage and the two-level home at 49 Hillsdale Street while the couple was away.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As engineers began trying to determine whether snow-laden roofs throughout the public school system were at risk of collapse yesterday, officials said it was too soon to say whether students could return to classes by Monday.
â€śWe're fortunate we're initiating this on a Friday,â€ť said Schools Supt. Robert Gerardi. â€śWe have the weekend to work on it. Hopefully we'll have this solved by Monday.â€ť
WEST WARWICK --- In a season full of lopsided victories, Friday nightâ€™s showdown at the West Warwick Civic Center with longtime rival Bay View was a welcomed sight for Mount St. Charles.
And so was the end result, a 3-2 win by the defending state champions that saw them dominate play for most of the contest, play excellent defense, and remain perfect in a dozen games.
WARWICK â€“ For the past 12 league games, Mount St. Charles Academy has punished most of its opponents in Division I, averaging about seven goals an outing.
Not this time.
La Salle Academy avenged its earlier shellacking to the Mounties on Friday night to give its rival its first setback of the winter with a thrilling 3-0 victory at Thayer Arena. The Rams received an outstanding effort from goalie Joseph Noonan to earn their shut out win. Playing his first game since suffering an injury on New Yearâ€™s Day, Noonan turned away 27 shots by the Mounties.
BURRILLVILLE- Dina (Travaglini) Leone, 79, of Oakland, passed away on Tuesday, February 01. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 51 years, Peter J. Leone, Sr. in 2005.
Born in Hopedale, MA, she was the daughter of the late Fortunato and Emma (Piccioli) Travaglini.
A wise and gentle woman, Dina's greatest joy was her cherished family. She was an amazing mother whose love and caring extended beyond her own family. She instantly became known as "Ma" to the many friends and acquaintances that experienced her kindness and generosity throughout the years.
CRANSTON â€” Two of the four heavyweight programs in Division I squared off on Thursday night. Cumberland and Cranston West threw haymakers at each other all night with the defending state champion Clippers getting off the deck to win a 36-28 slugfest.
Cumberland scored five pins, worth six points each in the team scoring, to a pair of deck jobs for the Falcons. Those pins, especially the ones scored by Brandon Ferreri and Tom Lacroix after Cranston West had taken a 25-21 lead after 160 pounds, proved the difference in this topsy-turvy match.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket High coach George Coderre likes the way his team has been playing lately with the postseason only a month away. The Villa Novansâ€™ 57-33 rout of Lincoln High on Thursday night was the latest example.
The win by the Novans improves their record to 7-4 in Division I. It also comes just two days after Coderreâ€™s crew lost a tight 52-51 decision to second-place Bay View Academy, a Bengal squad that demolished Woonsocket, 49-24, in its league opener back on Dec. 9.