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Unbeaten SRA girls roll past Mount St. Charles for spot in Sunday's Division II hoop quarterfinals

March 13, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders understands he needs a complete team effort if the Saints want to bring home a Division II state title later this month.
“I think depth is one of our strengths,” Saunders admitted on Thursday night after senior Lauren Taylor made her first start of the season and contributed 14 points, seven points and five rebounds that complemented the usual strong efforts by teammates Becca and Danyele Gonzalez along with Seun Shittu.

Cumberland bond rating is upgraded

March 13, 2014

CUMBERLAND – In recognition of the town’s strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberland’s general obligation bond rating one notch to “AA” from “AA-”.

A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poor’s Rating Services bond rating system uses an alphabetical scale from AAA - indicating an extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments - down to D, marking an obligation that is in default.

For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Times.

PC survives St. John’s comeback for 79-74 victory, contests Seton Hall in tonight’s Big East semifinals

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Just in case Ed Cooley let it slip from his mind that the Providence Friars and Madison Square have gone together like oil and vinegar for the longest time, he received a reminder from the college’s president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.

“From what (Shanley) told me, we haven’t won down here often,” stated Cooley. “So for us to get off the schneid, it’s a great accomplishment for our program.”

Cooley likes St. John's NCAA Tournament chances, remains mum on PC

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he feels St. John’s should be one of the Big East teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

When the subject turned to whether his Providence squad has done enough to get off the proverbial bubble and move closer to lock status following Thursday’s 79-74 victory over St. John’s, Cooley refrained from politicking on the Friars’ behalf.

Lorraine J. Ponder

March 13, 2014

Lorraine J.

COVENTRY- PONDER, LORRAINE J. (LEMIEUX) LPN, age 59, of Mead St., Coventry, passed away at Kent Hospital while surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. She was the wife of Daniel N. Ponder for 32 years.
Born in Central Falls, RI, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Claire (Berard) Lemieux.
Lorraine was employed at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 35 years before retiring in 2012 due to illness. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family and caring for others.

James W. Moroney, Sr.

March 13, 2014

James W. Moroney, Sr.

NORTH PROVIDENCE - James W. Moroney, Sr., 76, of Smithfield Road, died Wednesday, March 12, at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Caren (O'Brien) Moroney.
Born in Providence, a son of the late James and Gladys (Erickson) Moroney, he had lived in Pawtucket and Riverside for many years before moving to North Providence last year.
Mr. Moroney was a Park Attendant for the City of Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department, before retiring in 2003. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Endorsements do matter

March 13, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Let’s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, don’t mean a heck of a lot.
But last week, former state senator and three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York made a minor splash by announcing her support of Democrat Gina Raimondo. This interested those of us in the political/media complex for three reasons.


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