Archive - Jan 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” There was more than basketball going on inside the Pizzitola Center Saturday night.
Labeling it a local success story doesnâ€™t seem to paint the entire picture, though you could make a strong argument based on the three lads hailing from Central Falls on Lyndon Stateâ€™s roster â€“ certainly a rare occurrence. A homecoming? The three ex-Warrior hoopsters are all first-year college players, meaning they havenâ€™t been in the hinterlands of Vermont long enough to be jarred loose from our memory banks.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Riverside native Kevin Robinson abhors very few things in life, and what tops the list is seeing people treating others unfairly, being unkind just for the sake of humor or self-promotion.
The same goes for those who choose not to live by the â€śGolden Ruleâ€ť â€” that is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
That was the crystal-clear message the eight-time X Games' BMX aerial trickster and best pal Chris Poulos delivered to over 1,800 East Providence High students in their gymnasium on Friday morning.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Fire Chief Joe Klucznik indicated Thursday afternoon that he and his firefighters are â€śvictims of our own success.â€ť
Here's why: Last February, he received word from Sen. Jack Reed's office that the East Providence Fire Department would be the recipient of a $5.3 million federal grant, one stemming from President Barack Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and deals with fire station construction.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The pomp and circumstance of the opening of the General Assembly has faded away and now lawmakers are settling into the routine of legislating.
Two of the hot-button social issues expected to be near the top of the legislative agenda this session â€“ gay marriage and illegal immigration â€“ are already percolating in the Assemblyâ€™s first week. Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien is playing a lead role in both.
PAWTUCKET â€” A concept that began back in 2001 when two prominent professionals approached the mayor about finding ways to encourage business development has grown into a force that has changed and shaped the city. Now in its 10th year, The Pawtucket Foundation gave itself a well-deserved â€śpat on the backâ€ť Thursday night with a spirited anniversary celebration at The Met.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nina Morey isnâ€™t about to complain about a win after her Mount St. Charles squad held on for a down-to-the-last possession 33-31 decision against Tolman on Friday.
That said, the MSC head coach came away with the understanding that the Mounties were very fortunate to waltz out of the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium with the higher point total.
â€śIâ€™m glad that we had the ability to hang on,â€ť said Morey, â€śbut a little more time for (Tolman) and it may have been a different story.â€ť
PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High dearly needed this victory.
Junior Kody Casavant and freshman Jared Pedro each scored a pair of goals and the Tigersâ€™ defense turned in a solid showing over the final two periods to help nail down a 5-3 triumph over West Warwick High on Friday night in their hard-hitting Division III meeting at Lynch Arena.
Tolman, which is now 4-3 and in fourth place in the nine-team division, was coming off ugly back-to-back defeats to Cranston East and Mount Hope that saw the Tigers play both games shorthanded and allow a total of 14 goals.
Edward G. Mardo
WARWICK Edward G. Mardo, 86, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2011. He was the husband of the late Ann (Kahla) Mardo and Emily (Ameen)Mardo. Most recently, he was the devoted companion of Eileen Straube.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Elias and Julia (Berouty) Mardo and the stepson of the late Mary (Massud) Mardo.
Mr. Mardo was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was self-employed, managing his real estate property until his retirement.
James J. Champeau
PAWTUCKET James J. Champeau, 69, of Summit Street passed away Thursday at home. He was the beloved husband of Linda (Rentes) Champeau.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late James J. Champeau Sr. and Anita (Dumont) Champeau. He resided in Pawtucket since 1986, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Chapeau was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.
He was a machinist for American Insulated Wire for over 30 years, and later was an associate for Lowes for 5 years, retiring in 2006.
Stephen R. Simmons
PAWTUCKET - Stephen R. Simmons, 60 of Pawtucket died Monday, December 13, 2010 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Fall River, Massachusetts he was the son of Irene (Doherty) Simmons and the late Frank Simmons.
Prior to becoming ill, Stephen worked as a CPA for Riley Associates.
CENTRAL FALLS (AP) â€” The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired in a radical, last-ditch attempt to raise student performance. But if the administrators thought the teachers would be grateful for a second chance, they were wrong.
Many teachers aren't showing up for work, often calling out sick. Several abruptly quit within the first few weeks of the school year. Administrators have had to scramble to find qualified substitutes and have withheld hundreds of student grades because of the teacher absences.
PAWTUCKET â€” With some neighborhood concerns still unresolved, the ownership of Blackstone Wine & Spirits has appealed a denial of a liquor license transfer made by the City Council's Board of License Commissioners for a new location at 275 Newport Ave. to the state's Department of Business Regulation, Liquor Control Division.
WOONSOCKET --- Offensively, Mount St. Charles Academy is sixth out of the stateâ€™s nine teams in goals scored, and defensively, the Mounties are one of four teams to have surrendered fewer than 10 goals.
But thereâ€™s one huge reason why the Mounties are sitting atop the standings with a 5-0 mark and looking like a potent squad in excellent shape to defend their state championship come March.
â€śI think we have the depth that any team in the league would envy,â€ť offered MSC coach Steve Shea. â€śI feel like we have depth at every position, which is very nice to have.â€ť
PAWTUCKET --- There are some benefits to having just 14 players on your hockey team.
Playing time shouldnâ€™t be hard to come by. You donâ€™t have to share a seat on any long bus rides to away games. And you have plenty of room to yourself in some of the cramped locker rooms some of this stateâ€™s rinks have to offer.
Unfortunately, there are more cons than pros in having such a small squad, especially when your team is playing three 15-minute periods every night in a competitive league such as the 15-team Division II.
CUMBERLAND â€“ After a six-day layoff from competing that included only three days of practice, was Cumberland High coach Steve Gordon worried his squad wouldnâ€™t be sharp against Westerly on Wednesday night?
PROVIDENCE â€” Making good on one of his principal campaign promises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday signed an executive order revoking the controversial Illegal Immigration Control Order issued by former Gov. Donald Carcieri more than two years ago.
Mary A. Carr
LINCOLN - Mary A. Carr, 80, of Lincoln passed away peacefully at Hallworth House on January 2, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Mary was the cherished wife of John P. Carr for 58 loving years. Born and raised in Central Falls, Mary lived most of her adult life in Lincoln. She was the daughter of the late James and Irene (Healey) OLeary.