February 11th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Although it left unchanged the city's BBB- bond rating, Fitch Ratings yesterday upgraded the city's long-term fiscal outlook from negative to stable, a move officials hailed as another sign that the city's financial health is slowly but steadily improving.
Seven-year-old Taylor Yuszczak, a second grader at North Smithfield Elementary School, pulls her way to the finish line in the Heart Adventure Challenge, one of the many events held for students throughout the day Tuesday during the "Jump Rope for Hearts Challenge" -- an annual fundraiser for the Rhode Island Heart Association.
LINCOLN --- The Blackstone Valley will certainly make its presence felt at Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s next mixed martial arts show.
Five local fighters, three from Pawtucket and two from Woonsocket, will be featured on the undercard of an action-packed â€śRhode Rageâ€ť show on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Twin River Event Center.
This will be CESâ€™s third MMA card in Rhode Island, and while its inaugural â€śFirst Bloodâ€ť show last Sept. 17 and â€śSnow Brawlâ€™ event on Dec. 2 at Twin River were smashing successes, â€śRhode Rageâ€ť could top them both.
Janet S. Forbes
WOONSOCKET- Janet S. (Sanford) Forbes, 81, of Prospect St., died Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late James M. Forbes.
Born in Potsdam, NY, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Jessie (Clark) Sanford.
Mrs. Forbes graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY. She was a high school economics teacher, a church choir director and soloist, and an accomplished quilter.
Robert H. Clark
WOONSOCKET- Robert H. Clark, 91, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the Oakland Grove Health Center.
His beloved wife of 60 years, Genevieve (Padden) Clark, died in 2006.
He leaves three sons, Richard and his wife Paula of Dudley, MA, Robert and his companion Patz Hoffman of Woonsocket, and Randall and his wife Joanne of Burrillville. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
WOONSOCKET- Demetre "Jimmy" Zervas, 79, of Winter St., died Feb., 9, 2011 at the Landmark Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Petrula (Papadopoulos) Zervas.
Born July 17, 1931 in Veria, Greece, a son of the late Lambri and Polixeni (Chiara) Zerva.
He worked in the maintenance and construction department for Cumberland Farms for several years. He was an avid gardener.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- Ashley Dubois became the fourth player in the history of the Woonsocket High girlsâ€™ program to reach 1,000 points on Wednesday night in the Villa Novansâ€™ 57-43 victory on the road over winless North Providence High.
Dubois, who entered the game with 997 career points, scored her first points of the night on a layup in the gameâ€™s first minute, and a little more than a minute into the contest, she reached the milestone by hitting the first of two free throws.
The other three members of the programâ€™s 1,000-point club are Kyshawn Ruff, Brooke Coderre and Lauren Masse.
WARWICK â€” Cumberland and Hendricken looked like they were in a hurry to get home and study when they met in a battle of unbeaten Division I powers on Wednesday night.
In a dual-meet that barely lasted 40 minutes, Cumberland rode eight pins and a major decision victory to a 52-30 victory over the Hawks.
Cumberland and Warwick Veterans are now the lone remaining unbeaten squads in Division I. The Clippers will host the Hurricanes next Wednesday night in a meet that should decide the dual-meet champion.
HAMDEN, Conn. --- Senior forwards Trevor Plante and Alex Erban each scored a pair of goals on Wednesday night to help Mount St. Charles Academy bus home with a stellar 7-3 victory over Hamden High of Hamden, Conn. in this non-league showdown.
This battle features two of New Englandâ€™s state champions. The three-time R.I. champion Mounties improved their record to 17-1-1 overall, while Hamden, Connecticutâ€™s two-time state champion and the No. 4 ranked team in its state, fell to 7-3-1.