March 23rd, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooleyâ€™s biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.
WOONSOCKET â€” A campaign that began with the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts has prompted the City Council to pass a new law prohibiting the sale of crack pipes, bongs, rolling papers and other drug paraphernalia near schools.
It all started a few weeks ago, when Ahmad Alhanawi opened the â€śIn and Out Martâ€ť next door to the alternative high school, located at 320 Main St. Principal Robert Pilkington said teachers and students were looking forward to having a convenience store next door to the school so they could make quick pits stops for snacks.
Lucien J. Lamoureux
WOONSOCKET- Lucien J. Lamoureux 87, of Cumberland Hill Rd. died Wednesday at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Lionel and Albina (Lavoie) Lamoureux.
Mr. Lamoureux was employed at Mark Stevens Co. for twenty three years and had also worked in several area textile mills. He was a volunteer at LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro for over twenty five years.
Ernest J. Jacques
ALBION- Ernest J. "Ernie" Jacques, 78, of School St., Albion, died Tuesday evening at The Holiday in Manville. He was the loving husband of Lillian (Henault) Jacques.
A lifelong resident of Albion, he was a son of the late Henry and Rosilda Jacques.
Mr. Jacques served in the Rhode Island National Guard for over 30 years. He was employed by American Tourister, Madison Industries, and BJs Wholesale Stores.
WOONSOCKET- Robert E. Provencal Sr. of Grandview Ave. passed away on March 21, 2011 at Landmark Medical Ctr., he was the loving husband of Bonnie (Marshall) Provencal.
Born Jan. 22, 1948 in Woonsocket he was the son of Rita (Landry) Provencal of Woonsocket and the late Ernest Provencal.
Ernest A. Bouley
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Ernest A. Bouley, 65, of Sharon Parkway, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Claire I. (Lafleur) Bouley. They were married for almost 44 years.
Born in Woonsocket on June 11, 1945, he was the son of the late Eugene E. Bouley Sr. and the late Rita (Tavernier) Bouley.
Ernest was employed as a bus driver for RIPTA for 36 years and operated the Fairmount /Walnut Hill route for many years.
WOONSOCKET â€” Since it opened in 1997, the Museum of Work and Culture has related the story of the immigration of workers to the cityâ€™s thriving textile industry in the 1800s and early 1900s.
But like any good museum, the local historical resource has had to grow and change from time to time to keep drawing visitors through its doors.
Such an improvement was celebrated on Tuesday by one of the local groups playing a major role in the cityâ€™s textile manufacturing heyday, French Canadians.
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
â€śWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â€ť said first-year coach Matt Smalley. â€śWe are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.