September 29th, 2011
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.
Richard A. Tessier
WOONSOCKET- Richard A. Tessier 60, of Rathbun St. died Wednesday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Julia (Poulin) Tessier.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Roland and Beatrice (Jolly) Tessier.
Dick worked for the City of Woonsocket for thirty years, having served as the Supervisor for the Sewer Department in recent years until his retirement two years ago. He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed fishing, and hunting. He was a member of the Saturday Invitational Bowling League.
Theophile "Phil" Barnabe
BELLINGHAM- Theophile H. "Phil" Barnabe, 87, of Elvira St. Bellingham, formerly of Rathbun St. Died Tuesday September 27, 2011, in the Friendly Home, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Thea L. (Rotatori) Barnabe. Phil and Thea, celebrated their 64 wedding anniversary on June 21st.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Delima (Pelletier) Barnabe.
Jacques L. Martel
PASCOAG- Jacques L. Martel 59, of South Main St. died September 18, 2011. He was the husband of Theresa (Jacoby) Martel.
Born in Woonsocket, Jack was a son of the late Joseph and Doris (Bressette) Martel.
He worked in several area mills including the former Hanora Lippitt Mills.
James S. Williams
NORTH SMITHFIELD- James S. Williams, 58, died Wednesday September 21, 2011. He was the lifetime partner of Helene Brien.
Born in Queens, New York, son of the late Lloyd R. and Judith (Stewart) Williams.
He worked as a Department Supervisor for Job Lot for 10 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Sarah Gartler of Derby, New York, and Aprille Barnhart of Scottsdale, Arizona. Three stepchildren, Jason Brien, and Joshua Brien, of North Smithfield, Becky Brien, of Woonsocket. And 9 grandchildren.
Herve F. Barry Jr.
WOONSOCKET- Herve F. "Mike" Barry Jr., 53, of Blackstone St. Died Saturday September 24, 2011, in Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, son of Herve F. Barry Sr. of Woonsocket, and the late Beatrice (Anger) Barry. Step-son, of Ellie Barry of Woonsocket.
He was avid fisherman and was a Patriot's fan.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Jen Brodeur had one of those seasons that doesnâ€™t come around too often for a first-year coach.
Inheriting a strong nucleus of players from previous years, the North Smithfield coach watched her Northmen lose just one league match en route to capturing the Division III state championship.
Eight senior starters have since graduated from that squad. While she wouldnâ€™t label it a rebuilding year, Brodeur wasnâ€™t expecting a similar scenario this season.
Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.