Archive - Jan 23, 2014
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” Tolmanâ€™s Jesse Fernandes went to the free throw line with two seconds left in Thursday nightâ€™s Division II-Central game with Exeter/West Greenwich. The scoreboard showed a 67-67 deadlock. Tolman students rattled the bleachers with their feet in anticipation of the upcoming free throws.
â€śIâ€™m a 70 percent free throw shooter,â€ť the junior said a few minutes after he made the second of two freebies for an exciting and hard-fought 68-67 victory over the Avengers. â€śIâ€™m glad I had two free throws. I missed the first one but the second one was pretty good.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Shea High got up close with one of the leading contenders in Division II this season, and the results were not pretty for the locals.
The visitors from West Warwick felt quite at home at â€śThe Cageâ€ť Thursday night, rolling to an 80-44 victory. The II-Central leading Wizards improve to 6-0 while the Raiders have now dropped four straight league contests since beating Exeter/West Greenwich back on Dec. 20.
PROVIDENCE â€” With the Democratic primary race for governor looking increasingly like a run to the left, candidate Angel Taveras came out of the gate Thursday with a plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When Central Falls Mayor James Diossa took the helm of the stateâ€™s smallest city in December 2012, he was only 27, and one of his campaign promises was to engage the cityâ€™s youngest residents and give them an opportunity to be part of his plan to improve the cityâ€™s image and help him lead it out of bankruptcy.
On Thursday, Diossa made good on that promise when he swore in five Central Falls High School students to the cityâ€™s first Mayorâ€™s Youth Council.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Friday's Times.
NapoleĂˇo L. Vicente
LINCOLN - NapoleĂˇo L. Vicente, 91, passed on January 22nd with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Adelina (Pina) Vicente. They have been married for 66 years.
Born in Brava, Cabo Verde, a son of the late Amancio and Julia (Pina) Vicente.
He had been employed by Healthtex for many years before retiring.
George J. Washburn
SEEKONK - George J. Washburn, 94, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn. Born in Taunton, a son of the late George E. and Almy (Bliss) Washburn, he resided in Seekonk over seventy years.
Donald R. Farrell
CUMBERLAND - Donald R. Farrell, 82, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Bertha (Pellerin) Farrell, and they had been married for over 56 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late John Sousa and Ethel (Farrell) Sousa. He was a life-long Cumberland resident.
He was a United States Army, Korean War Veteran. He received the Korean War citation, three Bronze Stars, Occupational Medal of Japan, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Editor's note: Jim Baron's column, Politics As Usual, appears on Mondays in The Times. The column below was first published in The Times on Jan. 20, 2014.
Ever since Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced last September that he would not seek another term at the Statehouse, reporters have been nagging him to say what he thinks his legacy should be or what he would like it to be.
I think we got that answer last week, with Chafeeâ€™s final State of the State address.