August 27th, 2011
CUMBERLAND â€” Prior to Saturdayâ€™s race, Louis Raffetto never ran the Yo Raymond Memorial 5K. He just knew it was on an out-and-back course and, after arriving at the Cumberland event, he knew there was a challenging incline at the finish.
Raffetto had a chance to test that quarter-mile stretch from a different perspective shortly after the gun was fired at Camp Ker Anna.
â€śWe just flew down it,â€ť he said. â€śI definitely wanted to be a little cautious coming back.â€ť
For those who decried the Patriotsâ€™ acquisition of Albert Haynesworth last month, repeat after me: No-lose situation.
Sure, the manâ€™s rap sheet is as long as a grocery list, with charges ranging from speeding to sexual assault. Indeed, his on-field transgressions include stomping on the bare head of an opponent. And yes, he definitely would not have been a favorite of the late Myra Kraft, a noted humanitarian who once insisted that the Patriots cut a drafted player because of his checkered past.
Simply put, Haynesworth is not a model human being. That isnâ€™t exactly breaking news.
There are plenty of road races for runners during the summer and among them a special few that hold the potential for leaving a lasting impression on those who participate.
That was just the type of a race I found myself in last week as I headed down South Pier Road with a crowd of middle-of-the-packers. The weather was warm, a bit sticky, but not too unbearable even with the late afternoon sun shining upon us.
Over the last five years in the Northern Division, Cumberland and Smithfield have occupied the top two slots in the standings with the Sentinels winning four of those dual-meet titles.
Joyce Bonner, who has been coaching the Cumberland girls the last eight years, envisions a little more parity this fall with at least four schools vying for the league crown. In the past, it was status quo for the Clippers and Sentinels to earn automatic berths to the state championships in early November by finishing among the top three in the division.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Three more possible contenders for public office filed declarations of candidacy at City Hall Friday, including two for School Committee.
But the addition of Jeffrey A. Hardy and Christopher M. Roberts to the field still fails to make the race for School Committee competitive.
There are five seats on the panel, and so far only two other candidates, incumbents Vimala Phongsavanh and Anita McGuire Forcier, have tossed their hats into the ring.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the past few decades, Noel Wolny contributed countless hours to youth soccer in the Blackstone Valley region.
Besides coaching his passion at four different colleges and universities, Wolny offered his expertise at the high school level at North Smithfield, Blackstone Millville Regional, North Providence and most recently Mount St. Charles Academy.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to the sport was the Cracovia Soccer Club, a Woonsocket-based league he formed 31 years ago that has attracted hundreds of city youths.
FOXBORO, Mass. â€” Even Bill Belichick knows that training camp is a grind.
On Wednesday night, the Patriots coach treated his players to a viewing of â€śThe Fighter,â€ť the critically acclaimed 2010 film that tells the inspiring real-life story of boxer Micky Ward, a native of Lowell, Mass.
The Patriots were joined by Ward himself for the show, which was held at the theater inside Gillette Stadium typically utilized for film sessions.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Department finished its 2010-2011 budget with a $157,000 surplus but doesnâ€™t appear to be on track for a similar outcome next year thanks to state plans for pension reform, according to school officials.
School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby was worried enough about the proposed pension changes, in fact, to give the School Committee the bad news along with her favorable report on the close out of the 2010-11 budget Wednesday night.
GLOCESTER - Gloria (Phillips) Leduc, 87, resident of Chepachet, died August 24, 2011 at the Heritage Hills Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Leonard A. Leduc.
Gloria was born September 11, 1923 in Harrisville RI, a daughter of the late Oliver & Grace (Bray) Phillips.
She worked as a bookkeeper for various brokerage firms in Providence, retiring in 1985 from A&M Millwright Co. in Millville MA. She was a resident of Chepachet formerly of Pascoag. She was member of the Glocester Senior Center and enjoyed crafts, quilting, and reading.
WOONSOCKET - Mrs. Jessie Bourcier, 79, of Winter Street, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Biddeford, Maine, she was a resident of Woonsocket since the mid 1960s.
She was last employed at Providence Washington Insurance Company retiring in 1996.
She loved walks in the woods, canoeing and wild blueberry picking. In later years, she could often be spotted on her daily walks around the North End and Social districts.