November 27th, 2010
With its stone-bricked structure and its round towers, the Cranston Street Armory resembled a castle.
Inside the dingy old building in the west end of Providence, it was anything but a castle. The former site of indoor track for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League housed a 176-yard wooden oval whose loose boards often creaked. On any given wintry night, heat was sometimes an option and the excessive dust that floated around the air would burn your throat.
WOONSOCKET â Woonsocket High is holding one major ace in the hole heading into Tuesday nightâs Division II semifinal showdown against Chariho.
The Villa Novansâ defense comes to play every game, and gives up touchdowns only on the rarest of occasions. Woonsocket shut out six opponents this year and allowed only 20 points in eight games against Division II foes this season. Division II-B champion Tolman dented Woonsocket for one score in a 6-0 win back in September and Mount Hope collected 14 in a 34-14 loss in late October.
LINCOLN â Don't believe everything you read.
That was no flat-screen TV in the box, like the label said. That was Alex Camperone's trophy.
It was his prize for spending most of a drizzly and raw, post-Thanksgiving night waiting outside the Target store at Lincoln Mall.
Those other folks in a line of customers that snaked halfway around the mall, waiting, along with Camperone, for the store to open â they were Camperone's rivals in a hungry quest for doorbuster bargains.
t this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for âbragging rightsâ and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.
WOONSOCKET- Michael A. Mancuso Sr. 78, of St. Cecile Ave. died Saturday November 20th at the Providence VA Medical Center. He was the husband of Sharon (Reed) Mancuso.
Mr. Mancuso was born in New Haven, CT a son of the late Albert and Mafalda (Grigione) Mancuso.
Mr. Mancuso was an engineer for Ken's Foods Inc. for fifteen years he had also worked as a supervisor for Wonder Bread for twenty years. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Michael was an avid ham radio operator and builder.
Clifford A. Larson
WOONSOCKET- Clifford A. Larson, 55, of Greene St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence with his family by his side. He was the husband of Jeanne L. (Gauvin) Larson.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of Sylvia A. (Roark) Larson and the late Frederick Larson. He was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket.
Mr. Larson proudly served his country as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. He was stationed at various posts stateside, at sea, and abroad.
Cliff was a dedicated fan of all New England sports teams and was a Patriots man to the core.
WOONSOCKET â Sometimes school work can be fun. Especially if that school work is a project that allows students to tell about their family history and ethnic backgrounds.
Ousamequin Martinez, a middle school sixth grader, found that out while working on his clusterâs Culture Day Exhibit at the Villa Nova Street building.
Students could complete an essay as part of their project assignment or work on preparing a meal item that members of their family would have offered in their ethnic homeland.
CUMBERLAND - Oswald "Pepe" Torres sensed the ball was coming his way. When it did, the Woonsocket High senior leaped high in the air, caught the ball and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.
Torres interception return at the start of the fourth quarter of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day showdown versus host Cumberland turned into the crucial play of the day as the Villa Novans survived a hard-fought 14-0 verdict over the Clippers at Tucker Field.
The victory is the fourth straight for the Villa Novans, who are back on the field this Tuesday for a Division II semifinal contest at Chariho.
WOONSOCKET â Area EMTs have a new set of tools to assist them in responding to medical emergencies, following a round of training sessions on the latest protocols and standards issued recently by the Department of Health.
The new state guidelines that went into effect Nov. 1 allow trained and certified EMS Cardiac responders to apply higher level life support techniques when assisting patients with difficulty breathing, heart attack and other life-threatening medical conditions, according to Woonsocket Fire Department EMS Coordinator Steven Encarnation.
Brittany Paulhus of Blackstone stocks fresh turkeys on jam-packed shelves yesterday at the Park 'n Shop Supermarket in Blackstone. "It tops last year," she said. "It's been busy in here all morning."