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January 15th

Maria C. Ruben

January 15, 2014

Maria C. Ruben

In case you missed it: City problems bite pols with bigger ambitions

January 15, 2014

Editor's note: This "Politics as Usual" column was published in the Jan. 13, 2014 edition of The Times.

Anyone who thinks handicapping political races is easy should check last week’s newspapers.
Two Republicans with aspirations for higher office — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has his eye on becoming president of the United States, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, running to become governor of the Biggest Little State in the Union – are getting jammed up by their day jobs in their quest to climb the greasy pole of political ambition.

January 14th

Hodgson challenges Kilmartin for AG

January 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE – State Sen. Dawson Hodgson began his bid for the attorney general’s office Tuesday by taking the offensive, attacking incumbent Peter Kilmartin for his role in the 38 Studios debacle, the Deepwater Wind energy project, pension reform litigation, and the early release from prison of Woonsocket thrill killer Alfred Brissette.

Hodgson also outlined what he called “an aggressive and timely legislative agenda” for what will be his last year in the Senate, including everything from mandatory prison sentences for possessing illegal firearms to an aerial drone privacy policy.

Cylke to step down as Pawtucket school superintendent

January 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Just after delivering positive news about improved graduation rates, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke shook up a routine School Committee meeting Tuesday night with a bombshell announcement: that she planned to retire as of June 30.

“It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve you,” Cylke told the members of the School Committee at the first regular meeting of the new year. She also pledged that they would have “110 percent of my effort” between now and when she leaves at the end of the school year.

For full story, see Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.

Gonzalez sisters make Saintly duo for SRA

January 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders calls them the “brains and heart of our team.”

They are the Gonzalez sisters – point guard Danyele and forward Rybecca. Danyele runs the show and Rybecca handles the scoring load. Along with fellow starters Seun Shittu, Felicia Baccari and Kaylee Oliver, they have turned St. Raphael Academy into an unbeaten Division II-Central squad that hopes to go deep into the playoffs this winter.

Janet E. Ames

January 14, 2014

Janet E. Ames

LINCOLN - Ames, Janet E. (Wescott) of Lincoln passed away peacefully on January 12, surrounded by her loving family. Born in West Brooksville, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Stillman and Clara (Blodgett) Wescott. She was predeceased by her husband George E. and her eldest son Dr. Glenn J. as well as her siblings Helen Farrow and Gordon Wescott.

THIS JUST IN: Dumpster diving leads to bust

January 14, 2014

LINCOLN – A Pawtucket man and a Providence man face larceny charges after they allegedly went Dumpster diving for scrap metal at a local scrap metal company, according to police.
Shawn Sawyer, 46, of Knowles Street, Pawtucket, and Tony Curtis Rowland, 49, of Washington Street, Providence, were taken into custody on charges of attempted larceny under $1,500 following an investigation of a Jan. 5 incident, according to police. Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Times.

January 13th

Lincoln girls' swim team dunks Westerly, now 4-0

January 14, 2014

LINCOLN — Though a year had passed, Lincoln High sophomore Mollie Westrick and junior Nicole Moneghan hadn’t forgotten how the Westerly aquawomen had sailed to a Division II dual-meet victory.
In fact, the Bulldogs had pulled off wins in each of the previous three winter seasons, and the Lions desperately wanted to “turn the tide,” so to speak.

Fung opens up on fatal 1989 crash

January 13, 2014

CRANSTON — Calling it “a painful experience in my life,” a somber and emotional Allan Fung called a press conference on Monday to give reporters his account of the 1989 car accident that killed a Pawtucket man who was changing his tire on Route 95.

Fung, the mayor of Cranston and a Republican candidate for governor, said he was 18 at the time of the crash and coming home from college at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where he was a freshman.

For full story, see Page 1 of today's Times.

An arrest, and an adoption

January 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Monday was a big day for the brown and white puppy found abandoned in a dumpster last month.Police announced they had made an arrest in the case, and Animal Control sent word that he had been adopted.

The plight of the now three-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix drew attention and outrage after Animal Control officers found the young canine locked inside a dirty pet carrier that had been thrown into a dumpster at 95 Harrison St. on Dec. 19. A female passer-by called police after hearing a dog crying from inside the trash-filled container.

Wallace Emilianowicz

January 13, 2014

Wallace Emilianowicz

CUMBERLAND - Wallace "Buster" Emilianowicz, 86, of Cumberland, RI, died December 27 in Cincinnati, OH with family.
He was born March 2, 1927 in Pawtucket, RI. Wallace was married to the late Alberta (Kelleher) for 56 years.
Wallace was a WWII veteran. He worked at Collyer Wire as a supervisor for 45 years and retired in 1989. He was a member of the Barney-Merry Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

THIS JUST IN: Arrest made in canine caper

January 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- It appears that an arrest has been made in the puppy dumping case, according to a police source.
On Dec. 19, a puppy, locked inside a filthy pet carrier, was found inside a Dumpster near the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue.
Animal Control Director John Holmes said the puppy was found at around 7:35 a.m. by some passersby who heard the animal crying and called police. Since the discovery and rescue of the puppy, offers to adopt him have poured into the Pawtucket shelter. Read Donna Kenny Kirwan's complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.

January 12th

Pawtucket Arts District proves a powerful promotional tool

January 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s been over 15 years since city officials decided to color outside the lines and create a geographic area known as an “Arts District.”

While legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 allowing a sales tax exemption on artwork makes the entire state essentially an arts district, many current city officials, business owners and artists agree that the designated zone was a smart move back in 1999 and continues to frame Pawtucket positively.

For full article, see Page 1 of today's Times.

Skurka exits as Cumberland head football coach, accepts role as assistant at Dean College

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — When it came time for Chris Skurka to make the biggest football decision of his life, he turned to a voice of reassurance and clarity.

Alison Skurka, the coach’s wife, had a quick answer. A staunch supporter of her husband’s pigskin endeavors, Alison gave Chris her blessing to make the jump from head coach at Cumberland High to becoming an assistant at Dean College.

“She’s allowed me to chase that dream,” said Chris Skurka. “Ultimately, it came down to me making a decision about my family and my career as a coach.”

Cumberland wins close battle for team championship at John D. Gorman Memorial Wrestling Tournament

January 12, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekend’s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippers’ Wellness Center.
The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.

January 10th

Desire, defense key to Davies 3-1 start

January 11, 2014

LINCOLN – It’s true: Over the last eight years, Davies Tech compiled a dismal overall league record of 10 wins and 120 losses.
That’s a winning percentage of .077. If you follow baseball, think of that as a batting average.

But none of that has bothered second-year head coach Bill Meekins, who truly believes his Patriots are on the upswing. He had proof on Thursday night after his club shelled Ponaganset, 63-47, in a Division III-North clash at Gaskin Alumni Hall.

Legislators seeking animal abuser registry

January 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act has made child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators responsible for telling the police where they live so the information can be passed along to the public.

Now, a group of lawmakers from the East Bay section of the state proposes to make those convicted of animal cruelty abide by the same set of community notification rules.

Full story appears on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.

East Providence firefighters rescue deer from bay

January 10, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — Local firefighters rescued a deer that fell through ice in Narragansett Bay about 150 yards off Bullocks Point Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a report of a person falling through the ice. Rescue crews found the deer struggling in the water, attached it to a sled and hauled it back to the shore near 145 Terrace Ave., which overlooks the bay.

Jane M. Carnes

January 10, 2014

Jane M. Carnes

PAWTUCKET - CARNES, Jane M. (Piening) 100, of Pawtucket, died peacefully on January 9, 2014. She was the wife of the late William E. Carnes Sr.
Mrs. Carnes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Gus and Mary (Hoelscher) Piening. She was employed by Providence Metalizing Co. of Pawtucket as an office clerk until her retirement. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church. Sergeant in the Women's Army Air Corp during WWII, where she met her loving husband. She was a talented seamstress.

Girard A. Gagnon

January 10, 2014

Girard A. Gagnon

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Girard "Jerry" A. Gagnon, 83, of North Attleboro, formerly of Plainville, passed away at home on Monday, January 6, 2014. He was the husband of Mary E. (Powell) Gagnon to whom he married on August 22, 1953.
Born in Central Falls, RI on December 17, 1930, he was a son of the late Eugene A. and Lillian A. (Theroux) Gagnon.
Mr. Gagnon proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserves prior to and then in the United States Army during the Korean War.

 

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