March 24th, 2015
LINCOLN — It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Robert J. Dubois was relaxing at his lakefront home overlooking Harris Pond last week when he happened to glance out a window and saw a hungry pack of coyotes scampering across the ice.
Slipping quietly onto his back deck, Dubois watched with fascination as the five coyotes, with their large triangular ears and long narrow muzzles, made their way across the frozen surface and then disappear into the woods. The same coyotes, he says, have been spotted by other neighbors, including one resident who reported seeing a pair of them near Precious Blood Cemetery off Shore Drive.
GLOCESTER â€“ After years of using the traditional financial town meeting form of direct democratic rule to adopt the townâ€™s annual budget, Glocester is trying something new this year: an all-day referendum.
And the process begins as early as next month.
The decision to abolish the customary Saturday financial town meeting and replace it with an all-day financial town referendum was recommended by the Charter Review Commission last year and subsequently endorsed by the Town Council before it was approved by voters in the general election in November.
WEST WARWICK — In the first four games between the Cumberland and Coventry hockey teams, it was hard to tell which team was the favorite to win the Division I Eccleston title and which team was rebuilding and had to battle just to reach the semifinals.
That wasn’t the case Saturday night at Magiera Rink.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Annual town meeting voters in May will consider several departmental spending requests, including $65,000 for a new senior van requested by the Council on Aging; $11,000 for six new mountain bikes for the Police Department; and a new $120,000 loader requested by the Department of Public Works.
While it may appear that the town is preparing to go on a major spending spree this year, the selectmen say the wish list of proposed expenditures is in line with the townâ€™s needs.
PAWTUCKET – Burrillville High head coach Bill Robinson had just walked out of his club's dressing room when asked what he told his team after it had posted a 7-2 bashing of Barrington on Saturday night.
Before he could utter a sound, several celebratory screams went out, so he just needed pointed at the door following a most physical victory, one that led to a two-games-to-none sweep of the R.I. Division I/Eccleston League semifinal at Lynch Arena on Saturday night.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Marriage has been very good to Joery the police dog.
No, the dog is not getting married â€“ but two people who care about dogs are. And because of that, Joery is getting a new bullet- and stab-proof vest thatâ€™s worth almost $1,000.
In lieu of wedding favors, the soon-to-be hitched couple solicited donations for Vested Interest in K9s Inc., of East Taunton, Mass. The non-profit organization raises funds to provide protective vests for police dogs.
BURRILLVILLE – Senior captain Chad Stone notched a terrific hat trick and classmate Pat McConnell chipped in a goal and a feed as Burrillville High lambasted Barrington, 6-1, in the opener of a R.I. Division I/Eccleston League Tournament semifinal set at Levy Rink on Friday night.
Nick Koprusak and Tyler Kearney each contributed two assists for the Broncos, who can sweep the Eagles with a victory at Lynch Arena tonight at 7:15.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Through the opening two stanzas, North Smithfield High’s icemen failed to exhibit the high-flying style of play that helped them crush East Providence by identical 8-0 scores in its R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal sweep last weekend.
The reason: Narragansett played a more aggressive, physical type of hockey, one that kept the top-seeded Northmen off kilter for a complete 30 minutes in this highly-entertaining semifinal opener held Friday night.