November 23rd, 2010
WOONSOCKET â€“ They say money talks, and with any luck, it will settle the controversy over the worth of the abandoned contents of Woonsocket Middle School in 10 days.
That's when a Boston company will auction off the massive collection of property left behind by the Woonsocket Education Department when the building was turned over to the city.
Personnel from Sullivan & Sullivan Auctioneers is already in the Park Place building sorting the varied inventory in preparation for the auction, said company president Marianne Sullivan.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of his transition committee, which will help maintain and recruit the top legal talent at the Office of Attorney General while providing policy recommendations.
WOONSOCKET â€” As a vice principal at Woonsocket High, Carnell Henderson appreciates how important a responsible senior class is to the schoolâ€™s younger students, who watch their older colleagues and see how they handle certain situations.
As head football coach, Henderson knows his team depends upon senior leadership to carry the younger players through some of the tougher moments in a season full of challenges.
With the 2010 season building to a climax over the next two weeks, Henderson feels confident his Villa Novans are ready for the biggest test of their young careers.
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.