February 10th, 2011
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.
Jeanne S. Blake
July 10, 1936 January 7, 2011
NEWARK- A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeanne S. Blake, 74, of Newark, was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, January 10, 2011.
Jeanne died at her home on Friday, January 10, 2011. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on July 10, 1936, to the late Jack and Helena (Mailhot) Baptista.
Jeanne is survived by her husband of 52 years, Donald Blake; 11 children; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, June and Henry Cosmini; and nieces and nephews.
Roger L. Devuyst
STILWELL, KS- Roger DeVuyst, formerly of Woonsocket, R.I. died peacefully in his sleep on 2/7/2011 at the home of his son in Stilwell, KS. He was 91.
He was the husband of Cecile (Vigeant) DeVuyst who predeceased him in May of 2001.
Born in Woonsocket on March 27, 1919, Roger was the the son of the late Henri and Marie (Clerc) DeVuyst of Woonsocket.
For over 25 years he was the owner of ROGER'S RESTAURANT on Hamlet Ave. in Woonsocket before retiring in 1979.
Donald E. Dagesse
NARRAGANSETT- Donald "Donny" E. Dagesse, 66, of Narragansett, passed away on Friday February 4, 2011, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice In-Patient Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Pauline (Cabana) Dagesse.
Donald was born in Woonsocket, the son of Ann (Dalti) Dagesse of Woonsocket and the late Edgar Dagesse.
LINCOLN â€“ Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin Riverâ€™s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was â€ślooking forwardâ€ť to working with Taylor in the future â€śto make sure this facility stays viable.â€ť
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It was nice to see North Smithfieldâ€™s Corinne Coia gain some local recognition for her productive basketball career at Lincoln School. The 6-foot-4 senior, who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Rhode Island, scored 25 points on Monday night and now has 1,019 points in her career. She passed 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In her freshman year of high school swimming last winter for Cumberland High, all Courtney Kent did was win a state title. Kent shocked the field by capturing the 500-yard freestyle with an impressive time of 5 minutes, 6.45 seconds at the Tootel Aquatic Center at URI.
What does the tenth-grader expect to do for the encore?
How about cop two individual titles at the Feb. 19 state championship and possibly break a state record by a certain U.S. Olympian, who makes Rhode Island her home.