March 1st, 2014
WARWICK --- This wasnâ€™t Game 3 of the best-of-three state championship series at Brown University, but Mount St. Charles and Bishop Hendricken did their best to help duplicate that atmosphere in their regular-season finale on Saturday night at Thayer Arena.
Playing in front of a packed house, the Mounties and Hawks hooked up in a fast-paced, tight-checking duel that contained just one penalty and very few shots and mistakes by either side.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The rematch featured little suspense.
In fact, you could say other than a brief flurry by North Smithfield late in the first half, Burrillville was the hoops outfit in complete control.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Despite Cumberland Highâ€™s amazing run so far this season, North Smithfield refused to be intimidated in a huge Division II-North clash on Friday night.
Head coach Paul Nadeauâ€™s Northmen skated with authority, played with heart and desire for a full 45 minutes and gave the unbeaten Clippers a scare.
In the end, however, junior winger and tri-captain Greg Wellington by his lonesome found the net more often than the hosts as Cumberland strolled out of Levy Arena with a 3-1 triumph.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€” The last time Central Falls and Cumberland met on a basketball court, just nine days ago, the Clippers upset the Warriors on their home court on a late hoop by freshman Brandon Kolek.
When the two teams met again Friday night on the same court in a Division II playoff opener, the Warriors made sure there would be no late heroics by Cumberland. Central Falls held a 49-44 lead with nine minutes left before going on a 7-0 run that put the game away.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The fourth time proved to be the charm for Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr.
After coming close to landing a chief's job in three other Massachusetts towns in the past year or so, the Woonsocket police veteran hit paydirt in Hopkinton late Thursday, as the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to put Lee at the helm of its police force.
"It's exciting," Lee said Friday morning. "We've got to get ready for the Boston Marathon now."
Valerie K. Garlacy
WOONSOCKET- Valerie K. (Luszcz) Garlacy, 85, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, at Rhode Island Hospital with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of Theodore A. Garlacy.
Born July 31, 1928 in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Sebastien and Waleria (Surowiec) Luszcz, she resided in Woonsocket all her life.
PROVIDENCE â€” Brice Kofane is a soft-spoken young man who last Sunday was given the chance to turn up the volume and ingratiate himself as a nice complimentary piece for Ed Cooleyâ€™s Friars.
With reserve big man Carson Desrosiers under the weather and quarantined in the visiting locker room at Butlerâ€™s Hinkle Fieldhouse, someone amongst Providenceâ€™s razor-thin reserve corps was going to have to step into the breach. The catch was that this warm and able body couldnâ€™t go through the motions and act like a decoy. He had to register a pulse and produce.
The definition of an undercard is a boxing event before the main match.
In Rhode Island high school boysâ€™ basketball, the three divisional tournaments that tip off Friday night are seen as warm-up acts to a bigger and better event â€“ a 16-team open tournament. Before arriving at the process where the crowing of one champion takes place, however, the order of business is pitting familiar foes against each other.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It wasnâ€™t Christmas, but it sure felt like a celebration when utility crews started flipping on street lights on Helene Rizoliâ€™s street Wednesday night.
Residents came out of their houses clapping and cheering, and one even hugged Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was on hand to watch the National Grid bucket trucks do their work.
â€śIt did feel good,â€ť said a smiling Baldelli-Hunt, who had made turning the street lights back on one of her most oft-repeated campaign promises.
For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Call.
Evelyn J. Durand
WOONSOCKET- Evelyn J. (Andre) Durand, 93, died Friday in the Oakland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Maurice Durand.
Mrs. Durand was born in Woonsocket, the daughter of the late Leon and Sylvie (Bens) Andre.
She was a dedicated homemaker and devoted mother and is survived by her daughter Sylvia Noonan of Florence, MA, three grandchildren; Charleen Howarth, Allison Smith, and Brian Walsh, and eight great grandchildren.