Archive - Dec 2010
EAST PROVIDENCE â When Riverside's own Michaela Johnson walked onto the set of âThe Rhode Showâ inside WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV's broadcast center on Wednesday afternoon, she barely could contain her excitement.
Less than 48 hours before, she learned she had out-dueled four other finalists to claim victory in the third annual âThe Rhode Show: Search for a Starâ contest during a live broadcast from the âTwist on Angellâ restaurant near Wayland Square in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â Despite the stern tone of the last letter to Mayor James Doyle from Acting Department of Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly on the city's budget situation, a spokesperson for the director told The Times on Friday that a recent meeting between the two sides had been âvery informative.â
PAWTUCKET â Once Shea High got on a roll during the second half Friday night, there was very little anyone wearing a Tolman High uniform could do in corralling the Raiders.
Shea took full advantage of a 16-1 flurry â one that encompassed all of three minutes of clock â to roll to a wild, come-from-behind 65-55 win over its crosstown rivals at âThe Cage.â The verdict helped secure Matt Pitaâs first win as the Raidersâ coach and improve Sheaâs record to 1-1 in Division II-Central. The loss drops the Tigers to 0-2 on the young season.
WOONSOCKET - Burrillville High did everything it possibly could to give Mount St. Charles Academy a spirited run for its money on Friday night, but the defending state champs still found a way to get the job done.
And the Mounties got the job done by spoiling a truly brilliant performance by junior goaltender Jacob Toback, who masterfully turned away 43 shots in a 2-0 triumph by the defending state champions at Adelard Arena.
PAWTUCKET --- St. Raphael Academy got on Thursday night what they couldnât get in their close defeat to Portsmouth High three nights earlier â a full game out of junior guard Cesar Mejia and an outstanding defensive effort against a solid team.
Mejia poured in a game-high 22 points and added four steals to help his team force Hope High into committing 24 turnovers and come away with a 62-40 victory in their Division I-East affair at the Saintsâ Wellness Center.
Central Falls is too small, too poor and way too deep in debt to remain a city on its own.
That is the verdict of state appointed receiver Mark Pfeiffer, who recommends that neighboring Pawtucket take over the Square Mile City or, failing that, services such as police, fire and public works be regionalized with surrounding communities to keep Central Falls afloat.
âCentral Falls, in my judgment, cannot remain a stand-alone community as it presently is unless the state wants to subsidize it into the future,â Pfeiffer told reporters at City Hall Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET --- For the third straight year, Tolman High will be sporting a very young squad, and this one may be the youngest of the bunch â with seven sophomores and three freshmen making up the bulk of its 16-man roster.
In Coach Speak, the word âyoungâ is usually synonymous with âbadâ, but with this yearâs Tigers, that doesnât appear to be the case.
Judge Ernest J. Pratt
FLORIDA - Judge Ernest J. Pratt, 82, passed away on December 14, 2010 at Port St. Lucie Medical Center. He was born in Central Falls, R.I. and lived in Fort Pierce, FL for 7 years, coming from Cumberland, R.I. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an avid golfer and softball player.
Prior to retirement, he was an attorney with the Rhode Island law firm, Blais, Cunningham, Crowe, Chester. He was also a municipal court judge in the City of Central Falls.
Frances Mary Lynch
Devoted to Her Family and Her Faith
CENTRAL FALLS - Frances Mary (Mentel) Lynch, 86, of High Street, Central Falls, Rhode Island and formerly of Bartlett, New Hampshire and Starr Lane, Attleboro, died on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Charles William Lynch, Sr. to whom she was married for 52 years at the time of his death in 1999.
Gerard J. Larivee
PAWTUCKET - Gerard J. Larivee 85 of Pawtucket died at home on Tuesday, Dec. 14. He was the husband for 60 years of Helen (Richard) Larivee. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Albert and Amanda (Hemond) Larivee, he had resided in Pawtucket for several years, He was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church where he had served as an usher and an Eucharistic Minister. He had also been a chairman of the parish Catholic Charity Drive for 24 years.
PAWTUCKET â On a night that Joan Doyle described as âkind of surrealâ and her husband called âheartwarming,â nearly 500 people turned out for a retirement gala to honor Pawtucket's longest serving mayor, James E. Doyle.
PROVIDENCE â For the past several months, Jalen Evans has been punishing his opponents with his blazing speed on the football field.
In his inaugural season of track and field, the Woonsocket High sophomore is hoping to do the same on the indoor oval.
âI am very confident,â Evans said. âWhen I see my competition, I get very excited. My adrenaline starts pumping. I just want to be at full speed. When I am at full speed, it feels great.â
CUMBERLAND â Defending state champion Cumberland is not the early-season favorite to repeat, according to no less an authority than Clippers head coach Steve Gordon.
âWarwick Veterans is loaded,â Gordon was saying on Wednesday morning, a few hours before his Clippers would face North Providence and Mount Hope in a double-dual meet at Pilgrim High. âThey finished six points behind us last year in the state meet and didnât lose anybody.â
Jeannine T. Audette
PAWTUCKET- Jeannine T. Audette 66, formerly of Coyle Avenue passed away Thursday December 9, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Madeleine (Gratton) Audette. She was the step daughter of the late Charles F. Ross.
Before retiring Jeannine was employed by the former Cartie's Health Center of Central Falls and later at the Rhode Island Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
She leaves 1 sister Rosemary D. Borowick and her husband William of Pawtucket, nieces and nephews.
Cecelia Ann Savoie
W. BRIDGEWATER, MA - Cecelia Ann Savoie, 83, of West Bridgewater, MA, formerly of South Attleboro, a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed Saturday, December 11, 2010 at New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Savoie who passed on May 29, 2000.
Born Cecelia Ann Kennedy in Providence, RI, on September 3, 1927, she was a daughter of the late James and Rose (O'Hare) Kennedy. Cecelia was a graduate of West High School in Pawtucket.
Margaret P. Reynolds
SMITHFIELD - Margaret "Peggy" P. Reynolds, 88, of Smithfield, died Monday at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Joseph D. Reynolds Sr.
Carolyn B. Harrop-Cassidy
Norton - Carolyn B.(Marsland) Harrop-Cassidy, 90, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 12, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold C. Harrop and the late Giles F. Cassidy.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academyâs Diandra DaRosa may have been the top talent on the floor Tuesday night, but East Providence High proved that team play wins out every time.
Paced by a monster effort by Michaela Wiggins, the Townies held on to defeat the Saints, 55-49, at the Wellness Center. Wiggins, a senior, finished with a game-best 24 points and 22 rebounds, a performance that helped offset the 23 points DaRosa scored for SRA. Shania Connor aided E..P.âs cause with 14 points and eight rebounds.
PAWTUCKET â In addition to their âreading, writing and 'rithmetic,â the city's school children are also learning about healthier eating. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service just announced that the Pawtucket School District has received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award for eight of its elementary schools.
With two city elementary schools, Curvin McCabe and Cunningham, having received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award last year, this means that all of the city's elementary schools have been recognized for excellence in nutrition and physical activity.