February 23rd, 2011
CUMBERLAND â The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there wonât be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boysâ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didnât make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. Johnâs High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their stateâs Division IA âSuper Eightâ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.
WOONSOCKET â In an era of shrinking resources, the city has cut personnel, programs and perks residents have long taken for granted, but one frill that's survived the lean season is the popular municipal ice-skating rink at River Island Park.
Open seven days a week, the artificially-refrigerated rink overlooking the Blackstone River is still free, and even a kid who doesn't own a pair of skates can borrow some from the guy in the snack shed, then lace them up beside the glowing embers of a fire pit.
Lorraine R. Riopel
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Lorraine R. Riopel of Great Road died Monday morning, February 21st, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Bertha (Tavernier) Pfefferle.
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Titherington and Elaine L. Dwyer, her goddaughter, several nieces and nephews, and her business associate, Murielle Vallee of Vallee Jewelers.
Paul R. Jenkins
GLOCESTER- Paul R. Jenkins, 58, of Chepachet, RI, passed away on Tuesday February 22, 2011 at home surrounded by his devoted family. He was the husband of Ellen (Morris) Jenkins, to whom he had been married for 37 years.
Born in Rome, NY, he was the son of Marjorie (Hummel) Jenkins, 93 of Bradenton, FL, and the late Harold R. Jenkins. He attended Rome Free Academy and studied electrical engineering at Clarkson College. He and his family moved to Rhode Island in 1986 to continue his career.
CUMBERLAND â The elite seedings for this weekendâs state wrestling championships bear out the dual-meet rankings for the regular season.
Unbeaten Cumberland, the defending state team champion, collected four No. 1 seeds. Cranston West earned three, as did Warwick Veterans. East Providence was honored with two top seeds â sophomore heavyweight Jonah Aurelio and senior 160-pounder Jared Burrows. Bishop Hendricken, also expected to contend for the team title, got one.
PROVIDENCE â Whenever Ali Sayles competes for the Mount St. Charles Academy track & field team, there's one voice she can distinctly hear from the crowd.
To paraphrase a few lyrics from a popular 1980s song, that person may often get âso excited that she just can't hide it.â
The face behind the voice and one of Sayles' biggest supporters this winter season and throughout her track career belongs to her mom, Ruth Pointer. That's right, the same Ruth Pointer who, along with her sisters, turned those 80s lyrics into the hit song, âI'm So Excited,â as a member of the legendary Pointer Sisters.
Robert J. Hogue
WOONSOCKET- Robert J. Hogue, 84, of Read Ave, died Monday, February 21, 2011 at Briarcliffe Manor, Johnston. He was the husband of Therese (Patenaude) Hogue, whom he married July 2, 1949.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Lucien and Dora (Lacourse) Hogue.
Beatrice L. Hunt
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Beatrice L. (Cook) Hunt, 87, of Mendon Rd., died Monday, February 21, 2011 in The Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Joseph Hunt.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Herbert V. and Ellen Beatrice (Steere) Cook.
Mrs. Hunt worked forty-six years for the former New England Telephone Co., now Verizon, retiring in 1986. She was a lifetime member of the Verizon Pioneers.