Archive - 2010
From high school to Little League, 2010 was a truly glorious one for the Blackstone Valley, as several teams and indviduals captured state championships in their respective sports. Hereâ€™s a quick rundown of the highlights of this past year:
The winter season was a magicial one for the region, as five of its high school teams captured state championships.
The Mount St. Charles Academy boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ hockey teams pulled off a nifty double by winning their respective state championships. Itâ€™s the first time since 2003 that the Mountiesâ€™ squads both captures titles in the same season.
PAWTUCKET â€” City Clerk Richard Goldstein noted that 13 years ago, when Mayor James Doyle first took office, there was panic in City Hall, but it wasn't about terrorism or a recession. Rather, city officials were greatly concerned about averting a â€śY2K disasterâ€ť in the new millennium. â€śWe lived in a different world,â€ť Goldstein noted.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.
The best part of my job is meeting people connected with various sports teams or organizations throughout the Blackstone Valley. When all is said and done, it is the people and the things they teach us that remain long after the final scores have faded away.
Here are some of the people I remember from my life during the year 2010.
Just like the other winter sports we cover, the indoor track season will enter a new year on Saturday.
Some goals that were set back in early November remain the same, but with 2011 now beginning thereâ€™s also those New Yearâ€™s resolutions.
Or, shall we say, a new set of goals â€“ perhaps ones that become more realistic after the first two months of the season.
Will those goals (new and old) be accomplished? Time will only tell.
Hereâ€™s a glimpse at what is potentially in store from our top local track & field athletes in the coming months.
Americo I. Soares
PAWTUCKET - Americo I. Soares, 88, of Glenwood Avenue, died Wednesday at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing Center, Johnston, RI. He was the husband of the late Benvinda A. Soares.
Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Pedro Inacio and Maria (Amelia) Soares before living the last 27 years in Pawtucket.
He was a jewelry polisher in the jewelry industry in Rhode Island for many years before retiring.
Robert B. Field
RIVERSIDE: Robert B. Field 71, formerly of Monroe Ave, passed peacefully at Charlesgate Nursing Home. He was the husband of Elaine (DosSantos) Field. They have been married for 50 years.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Walter and Dorothy (King) Field.
He had been employed by the Pawtucket School Department for over 25 years retiring due to illness and had previously been employed by Gilbane Corp.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Debra Segalla and her husband Angelo, two grandchildren, Brett and Austin Segalla.
CUMBERLAND - Betty McWilliams, 86, of Cumberland, died December 25, 2010. She was the wife of the late Joseph McWilliams, Sr.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Anthony and Emily Folco. She leaves 5 Children; Kathy Gardner, Cheryl Beaudreau, Joseph McWilliams, Timothy McWilliams, Kelly Landry-McWilliams and was mother of the late James McWilliams. She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Services are private. In lieu of flowers donate to your favorite charity.
Anita M. Allen
SEEKONK - Anita M. Allen 93 formerly of Chappell Street died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Garden Place Nursing Home, Attleboro. She was the wife of the late Howard E. Allen.
She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Olympio and Rose (Massari) Poli.
Mrs. Allen leaves two daughters, Anita Comeau of Attleboro and Earlene John of Seekonk, one son, Dennis Allen of Florida, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Timothy Allen.
Burt F. LaBelle
PAWTUCKET - Burt F. LaBelle, 63, of Division St, Pawtucket died Monday, December 28, 2010.
He was the husband of Linda (Childs) LaBelle. They had been married 39 years.
Besides his wife Mr. LaBelle is survived by his children Joey LaBelle, and April LaBelle, his grandson Brandon LaBelle and nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Roy LaBelle.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ With the new year just a few days away, Tolman High coach Mike Kayata has plenty of reasons to smile.
After a slow start, his talented Tigershas been on somewhat of a roll, winning their last four games. The latest of those victories occurred on Wednesday night as Kayata saw his Tigers hold off a strong rally by Lincoln High to capture the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament with a thrilling 61-58 decision at the Wellness Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is â€śI donâ€™t want to raise taxes.â€ť
Adelaide P. Browning
PAWTUCKET - Adelaide P. (Babel) Browning, 92, passed away Friday, December 24, 2010. She was the wife of the late Robert Browning.
Born in Cranston she was the daughter of the late Paul and Adelaide (Zucknick) Babel.
Mrs. Browning lived most of her life in Pawtucket. Her family owned the Westwind Restaurant in Seekonk. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Quinlan of Rehoboth and her son, Stephen Browning of Texas. She was also the sister of the late Paul and Rudy Babel.
Hilda G. Doll
BROOKLINE, NH - Hilda G. Doll, 104, resident of Brookline, NH, died December 27, 2010 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH, surrounded by her family.
She was born in England on July 29, 1906, a daughter of Walter and Maryjane(Rothermell) Gregory.
Mrs. Doll made her home in Brookline since 1964 and formerly resided in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for many years. She was a member of the Brookline Community Church.
She spent her life devoted to her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, John M. Doll, who died in 1983.
PAWTUCKET - Fernando Abreu, 75, of Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, died December 27, 2010 at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Almeida) Abreu for 49 years. Mr. Abreu was born in Lisbon, Portugal, the son of the late Manuel and Irene (Dos Anjos) Abreu.
As a young adult, Mr. Abreu was a paratrooper in the Portuguese Air Force before moving to the US in 1962. He worked as a supervisor for RI Textile Company.
Besides his wife, Fernando leaves two brothers, Jose Francisco and his wife Rosa and Carlos Abreu.
PAWTUCKET â€” In his many thanks to colleagues and friends at his last Pawtucket School Committee meeting, outgoing chairman Jim Chellel gave a special recognition to the staff of Shea High School who were there from 1990 to 1994.
That's because Chellel, who graduated in 1994, credits his teachers, baseball coaches, and others at the school who helped him overcome a learning disability with being a key example of the benefits of public education and why taxpayers should not begrudge their financial support.
PAWTUCKET â€” An armed man wearing a ski mask tried to rob a clerk at the Silver Mart Convenience Store at 170 Cottage St. on Friday evening, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the suspect -- a white, blue-eyed male -- came into the store just before 5 p.m. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk told the robber that he didn't have any money, and then a customer happened to come into the store, at which point the suspect turned and fled without obtaining any cash, Martins said.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ Players like Rodney Bustillo and Elijiah Wiggins donâ€™t need an entire game to make a difference.
Just give them a little time to start heating up.
The Tolman High seniors got sizzling hot in the second half of Tuesdayâ€™s opener with Cumberland in the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament and turned a 38-all tie at the break into a runaway 80-61 rout at the Wellness Center.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ Two teams in desperate need of getting their respective seasons on track crossed paths in first semifinal of the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at Cumberland High Schoolâ€™s Wellness Center.
Lincoln was the club that took a solid step in the right direction with a convincing 68-52 triumph over a Woonsocket squad that continues to seek answers. Lincoln will play Tolman in tonightâ€™s championship game set for 7:45 p.m. Woonsocket and Cumberland in the 6 p.m. consolation game.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles Academy didnâ€™t have too many low moments in its run to the Division I state championship last season, but one of them came in the first round of last seasonâ€™s Holiday Face-Off.
In that game, the Mounties turned in one of their worst showings of the season and dearly paid for it in the form of a 5-2 loss to Bishop Guertin High of Nashua, N.H.