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March 14th

Helen B. Nowak

March 14, 2011

Helen B. Nowak
LINCOLN- Mrs. Helen B. (Kopacki) Nowak, 90 died Tuesday March 8, 2011. She was the widow of Joseph A. Nowak, who died June 9, 1989.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Kazimierz and Adela (Irzyk) Kopacki, she was a 1937 graduate of Woonsocket High School.
Mrs. Nowak was employed as a floor lady at the former Najarian's Department Store both in Woonsocket and Pawtucket.
She also worked at the former Gracious Living in Cumberland and at Ann & Hope in Cumberland. She was a Lincoln resident since 1953.

Joseph L. McDonald

March 14, 2011

Joseph L. McDonald Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Joseph L. McDonald Jr., of Pawtucket, died March 11, 2011. Mr. McDonald was the husband of the late Gladys L (Bibby) McDonald.
He was born in Providence, the son of the late Joseph L. McDonald Sr., and Edna M. (Johnson) McDonald-Scanlon.
Mr. McDonald was a paper cutter for many years before retiring. He was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving during the Korean War.
As a youth Mr. McDonald excelled in baseball and track and field, receiving an invitation to try out for the former Boston Braves Major League Baseball Team.

Sally Ann Beland

March 14, 2011

Sally Ann Beland
PAWTUCKET. Sally Ann (Lange) Beland, 46, of Lowell Avenue, passed away accidentally last Thursday at home.
She was born in Providence a daughter of Muriel (Kennedy) Lange and the late Emory Lange Sr. She had been employed as a laborer for the Providence Gas Co. and previously for Local 271 Laborer's Union.
Besides her mother she leaves a brother Emory Lange Jr. of Pawtucket, a niece, Stephanie Lange of Woonsocket and two Great Nephews, John and Justis. Services were private. Condolences,

Habib E. Kanakry

March 14, 2011

Habib E. Kanakry

McGair: Open tournament is here to stay

March 14, 2011

The great unknown turned into the great success for boys’ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.

St. Raphael captures statewide hoops crown

March 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — “We stayed at a high level,” deadpanned Tom “Saar” Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, “You could never relax.”
That in a nutshell summarizes SRA’s journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentine’s crew rose to the occasion.

Clippers bow out of Division II hockey playoffs

March 14, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbey’s rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates.

March 13th

The best of the spellers

March 14, 2011

LINCOLN — Caroline Moore seemed to know immediately she had added a “u” where it didn't belong.
In the seventh round of the annual Rhode Island Spelling Bee Championship held Saturday morning at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, the Wheeler School eighth-grader had just been asked to spell “thoroughbred.”

March 12th

Send your veterans photos to The Times

March 13, 2011

The Times hasn't received any photos yet for its March 21 Military Page. That means this is a good week to send in a photo of your favorite military hero, whether active, deceased or just an aging veteran.

Please send photos to our email box: or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:

DAV: Veterans helping veterans

March 13, 2011

Most veterans know that the Disabled American Veterans organization exists. Many of them do not know that the DAV can be their best friend and a major advocate when they seek benefits later on in life from disabilities that can be linked to their time in the U.S. military.
“The sad part is a lot of veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, don’t know what’s available to them (in terms of benefits from the Veterans Administration),” said Rick Vaccari, a DAV supervisor.

Police make prostitution arrests at two spas

March 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Following a several months' long undercover investigation by Pawtucket Police, two women were arrested on prostitution charges at two local massage parlors/spas.

Say cheese! City considering cameras on traffic lights

March 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A city long known for its prodigious use of radar details to capture speeders is considering following Providence's lead and installing cameras at traffic signals to catch red light scofflaws.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Rick Ledford, vice president of sales for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) outlined how the camera system works as both a means of improving the safety at intersections and generating revenue from fines.

Correa leads Saints into tonight's state title game

March 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Behold the skill set of Charles Correa.
St. Raphael’s talented point guard couldn’t have picked a better time to showcase his talents. With a berth in the finals of the open state tournament on the line, Correa did his part in SRA’s 66-48 quarterfinal win against North Providence Friday night at URI’s Ryan Center.

March 11th

Friars turn to Tranghese, alums in time of need

March 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Bob Driscoll is back on the clock, and this time the Providence College athletic director is bringing some important friends along for the ride.
For the second time in three years, Driscoll finds himself making an important assessment of the men’s basketball program. PC parted ways with Keno Davis on Friday after three turbulent seasons, a tenure that was marked by tough times on and away from the court. Speaking from inside his Alumni Hall office late Friday afternoon, Driscoll mentioned he plans on forming a search committee in his quest to find the next Friar coach.

McGair: Keno ran a loose ship, and it sunk

March 12, 2011

Officially, the Keno Davis Era at Providence College ended Friday, when the school severed its working relationship with the head coach, one many perceived upon his hiring three years ago was the missing link in bringing respectability to the men’s basketball program.
Technically, Davis’ fate at PC was sealed last May 18, when star player Jamine “Greedy” Peterson was expelled after an undisclosed incident in a dorm room on campus. The incidents that came before and after Peterson’s ouster were a further death knell to a situation that Davis was never able to recover from.

Mary Roberts

March 11, 2011

Mary Roberts
CUMBERLAND - Mary "May" (Drukas) Roberts, 89, formerly of Meadowcrest Drive died Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the loving wife of the late Omer W. "Bud" Roberts.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Gus and Christina (Ayoub) Drukas, she had lived in Cumberland for over 40 years.
Mrs. Roberts was a jewelry worker before retiring.
She is survived by one niece, Christine King; two nephews, Christopher and Nicholas Beck; and several cousins. She was the sister of the late Sophie Beck and Rena Lebeau.

Mary F. Allcock

March 11, 2011

Mary F. Allcock
PAWTUCKET - Mary F.(Sherry) Allcock died Monday in Gresham, Oregon at the home of her daughter, Maureen. Born in Pawtucket Ms. Allcock was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (McKitchen) Sherry.
She was an Office Manager at the former Hord Tool & Dye Co. for over 30 years retiring in 1985.

Charles in Charge: Sophomore keys SRA's fortunes

March 11, 2011

There are times when Tom “Saar” Sorrentine probably wishes he had a traffic light on the bench. Instead of making tiresome gyrations with his hands and feet and straining his vocal cords, Sorrentine could simply stand and rely on the signaling device to get the message across.

March 10th

Women blast Planned Parenthood funding

March 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — About 20 pro-life supporters, many carrying handmade signs, attended a rally Thursday morning in front of the former Pawtucket office of Congressman David Cicilline to protest his vote against the Pence amendment that would have halted federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

Irene M. Gagne

March 10, 2011

Irene M. Gagne
PAWTUCKET - Irene M. (Kaloostian) Gagne, 71, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Laura(Finley) Kaloostian. Irene was a Licensed Practical Nurse at Heritage Park YMCA, Pawtucket for the past 10 years, and was previously employed by Harvard Pilgrim Health for 10 years and Cranston General Hospital for 35 years. She was a member of the Rhode Island School Nurses Association.

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