November 24th, 2013
ATTLEBORO â A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this yearâs 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights â twice as many as last year â making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.
There was nearly an oversight committed as Cumberland and Woonsocket looked to stay the course in the high school football playoff arms race.
Now that the postseason sabers have officially been placed in the Villa Novansâ closet and off to the side for the time being for the Clippers, itâs officially time to talk turkey â as in the annual Thanksgiving Day contest involving these two longtime Blackstone Valley rivals. The latest chapter takes place this Thursday morning with a scheduled 10:30 a.m. kickoff at Woonsocketâs Barry Field.
LINCOLN â In the days leading up to his main event fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âPride & Powerâ card, Peter Manfredo Jr. referred to himself as a boxer who was âpast his primeâ and dearly hoped to bring back âthe Peter Manfredo Jr. of oldâ one more time.
Not only was Manfredo facing a very tough super middleweight in Lincolnâs Rich Gingras, but he also dedicated his fight to one of his good friends, Cranstonâs Gary Balletto, the former EBA and IBU lightweight champion who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July.
WOONSOCKET â Lecture Room A is located a screen pass away from the main entrance of the cityâs public high school.
On this particular November afternoon, the activity inside this theater-esque setting features a business tone. Upon veering off the corridor and through the door, you are greeted by a handful of Woonsocket High football players. They are huddled around a square-shaped table, some with textbooks lying flat on the surface while others elect to rest such important reading material in their laps.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Life is much calmer, less harried, nowadays for C.J. Dandeneau.
For weeks, he admitted being stressed out about which school to choose for his higher education, but no more. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, he signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs; it will be there that he not only will labor in his eventual academic field of choice, but also represent the Huskies' baseball program on a scholarship.
WOONSOCKET â The peak of the holiday season is nearly here, and with it, the annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street Dec. 11.
The event will dress up Main Street with holiday lights and decorations as part of the annual tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus at his house in the mini-park near Harris Hall.
The tree lighting and Santaâs arrival will be held at approximately 5 p.m., and most people will start arriving for a good viewing spot around 4:30 p.m., according to Linda S. Plays of the cityâs Department of Human Services and the Main Street/Riverside Initiative.
CUMBERLAND -- Courtesy of a fierce and furious ground attack, Cumberland High not only claimed a thrilling 49-35 victory over St. Raphael Academy in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Tucker Field on Friday night, but also snagged its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Can another title be far behind?
If ever there was a career night posted by a Clipper, junior Mike Stock would own it. While bulling his way to 144 yards and four touchdowns on 29 handles, he added a fifth on an 11-yard scoring toss from classmate and quarterback Tyler Calabro.
WOONSOCKET â She lives at Kennedy Manor today on Clinton Street, but on Nov. 22, 1963, Sandra Davis, 61, had been in school in her sixth-grade classroom at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Fairmount.
âMr. Page, my teacher, came into the classroom and announced President Kennedy has just been shot. Iâll never forget it,â Davis said while sitting with friends in the Kennedy Manor community room.
Davis, who is a member of her mother Margie Desrosiersâ crochet group at Kennedy Manor, said times were different for kids back in the Cold War days than they are today.
PAWTUCKET â The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been â and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.
LINCOLN â Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
Itâs not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, itâs the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoonâs final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grillâs back room at Twin River.