November 21st, 2010
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Itâ€™s never an easy task to go from an 0-9 season to a playoff campaign in just two seasons, and second-year North Smithfield head coach Wes Pennington recognized that last week when he talked about his Northmenâ€™s past, present, and future.
The Northmen are enjoying one of their finest seasons and will be marching to the playoffs for the first time in the teamâ€™s 43-year history. Their 5-2 mark was their best record since 1997 and good enough for a third-place finish in the Division IV circuit and the No. 3 seed in next weekâ€™s postseason.
LINCOLN â€” With the first public unveiling of the edifice to be called only â€śThe Center,â€ť Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond and State Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith called Saturday morning a glorious moment for Lincoln.
It was easy to tell by the glow in the eyes of 89-year-old Gladys McKee that she heartily agreed.
McKee, a former Cumberland resident who now calls Lincoln home, relaxed in the main lobby of the state-of-the-art, 11,000 square-foot facility â€” following a ceremony attracting perhaps 200 â€“ and reveled in its beauty.
FOSTER â€” Bad timing may best describe Ponaganset Highâ€™s move up to the Division II ranks this season.
Behind a talented core of players that included a pair of all-staters in Nick Keeling and Josh Morgan, the Chieftains captured the last two of the past three Div. III crowns to convince the alignment committee that it was time for a move to the higher division.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Gennaro Ferraro looks back on his football teamâ€™s frustrating season with a mixture of realism and pragmatism.
â€śWe lost four games by a total of 11 points,â€ť the Burrillville coach was saying earlier this week. â€śWe lost Tyler Kimatian to an auto accident and two other key players left the team due to disciplinary issues. And Brendan Darigan missed 2 Â˝ games with a sprained ankle.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Pat Dempster is busy getting ready for next weekâ€™s holiday dinner at the Because He Lives Soup Kitchen on Blackstone Street but sheâ€™s not too pressed to say thank you to the kitchenâ€™s long-time benefactors.
The benefactors were out in force at Terryâ€™s Tire and Auto at Monument Square recently and once again generated a significant boost of support for the kitchenâ€™s annual operating costs.
LINCOLN â€” Dave Waycott is currently bouncing around the same dilemma 14 other playoff-bound head coaches around the state are pondering as they prepare for their respective Thanksgiving matchups.
â€śDo you play (your players) to keep them sharp or rest them to avoid getting hurt?â€ť the Lincoln head coach asked. â€śIâ€™ve been going back and forth with this. I havenâ€™t really decided what weâ€™re going to do when we play them.â€ť
Roland Lavallee was getting a little itchy.
After an almost two-month layoff from competitive running, he was anxious to know how his 100-mile weeks of pounding the pavement had paid off.
The 32-year-old Lavallee satisfied that itch last month when he hopped into his car and made the 45-minute drive to Newport.
Phyllis M. Masi
FRANKLIN- Phyllis M. (Mucciarone) Masi 74, of Franklin, passed away peacefully Wednesday November 17, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Ralph V. "Butch" Masi for 51 years.
Born in Franklin, July 19, 1936 a daughter of the late Felix A. "Tony" Mucciarone and Adrienne (Levasseur) Mucciarone, she was raised and educated in Franklin where she was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School. She was also a graduate of Mary Brooks Junior College in Boston.
Muriel C. Rosati
WOONSOCKET- Muriel C. (Pimental) Rosati, 74, resident of Third Ave., Woonsocket, died Nov. 17, 2010 at Landmark Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the long time friend of Pauline McElreath.
Born Nov. 1, 1936 in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Manuel F. and Angelina A. (Paul) Pimental. She was a life long city resident.
Muriel worked as a packer for A.T. Cross in Lincoln for many years before retiring.
She was a life member of the VFW, American Legion and the Amvets Post 7 Axillary.
Mary M. Arsenault
MILLVILLE- Mary M. (Clouart) Arsenault, 93, of West St. died Thursday Nov. 18, 2010 in the Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford. She was the wife of the late William A. Arsenault who died in 1981.
Mrs. Arsenault was employed at Woonsocket Hospital for 25 years until retiring in 1978.
A resident of Millville for most of her life, she was born April 8, 1917 in Blackstone, the daughter of the late William and Mary (McDonald) Clouart and was a graduate of Blackstone High School.