Archive - Mar 2014
PROVIDENCE â They could have paraded out to center court at Alumni Hall Sunday night in the same Big East Championship t-shirts that were distributed to them the previous night at Madison Square Garden.
Instead, everyone associated with the Providence College menâs basketball program wore grey short-sleeve t-shirts that on the front features a poignant and simple battle cry â HEART & SOUL.
LINCOLN â The local public schools are about to make the shift from one statewide student assessment system, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), to its replacement and will be giving students a first look at the change this spring.
The initial round of testing under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is being done on a practice basis in Rhode Island school districts and will be used as a database for the state Department of Education to adjust the testing process before it becomes the new assessment of student achievement.
George F. Smith
ATTLEBORO - George F. Smith, 80, of Attleboro passed away on March 14, 2014 in Life Care Center of Attleboro. He was the loving husband of Elinor (Dollard) Smith for 50 years.
Born December 30, 1933, in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Hugh and Catherine Smith.
George resided most of his life in the Attleboro area. He was employed at Texnor Apex Co. in Pawtucket for many years before his retirement. He loved line dancing, woodworking and made beautiful doll houses.
Paul C. O'Neill
PAWTUCKET - Paul C. O'Neill, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Dolores (Cote) O'Neill. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Crane) O'Neill.
Paul worked in the automotive industry for many years. He later worked for the Pawtucket School Department, retiring in 1996. He then worked in the O'Neill family funeral business for the last 17 years.
Deborah J. Baier, R.N.
PAWTUCKET - Deborah "Debbie" Jane (Sladen) Baier, R.N., 59, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, March 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Claus Baier for 33 years. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Thomas "Leo" L. Jr. and Jane (Rowse) Sladen of Pawtucket. Debbie was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island School of Nursing.
James J. Folan
PAWTUCKET - James J. Folan, Sergeant Pawtucket Police Department, retired, died on March 15, 2014. He was the loving husband of Catherine E. (Gibbons) Folan. They had been married 67 years.
Anne C. Penza
PAWTUCKET - Anne "Dolly" C. (Romano) Penza, 90, of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Silvio S. Penza for 61 years. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Vito and Camella (Facienda) Romano, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life before moving to Vero Beach, Florida in November of 2006. She was a 1942 graduate of Pawtucket West High School.
David J. Flanagan
PAWTUCKET - David J. Flanagan, of Pawtucket, died on March 12, 2014.
Mr. Flanagan was born in Pawtucket the son of the late David J. Flanagan and Margaret (Marran) Flanagan.
He was employed at Teknor Apex in Pawtucket
David was a graduate of Rhode Island College where he excelled as a left handed pitcher on the baseball team. He was a member of the Rhode Island College Hall of Fame. David also played for the Chatham Anglers and Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
PROVIDENCE â St. Raphaelâs record now stands at a glistening 19-0, but for only the third time this season, the Saints found themselves battling for a victory in the final minute of play.
But the Saints, thanks to some strong defense down the stretch, were able to withstand a fierce challenge by ninth-seeded West Warwick and squeak out a 36-33 triumph on Sunday night at Rhode Island College that advanced them to Wednesday nightâs Division II semifinals.
For full story, see Monday's print edition of The Times.
WARWICK â Lincoln controlled the tempo for most of the night and held a significant advantage in the shots-on-goal department in its opening game of its best-of-three Division II semifinal-round series against Cumberland.
Unfortunately for the defending champions, they didnât control the first few minutes of the game. The Clippers did, and what they did in the first 2:21 of play helped them eke out their third one-goal victory of the season over their neighboring rivals.
For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.
PAWTUCKET â If you build it, they will come...to learn, use computers, make music, and play sports. Next year, local youths will have a new, state-of-the-art place to gather thanks to an addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's facility at One Moeller Place.
Roger Stanley Provencher
QUINCY- Roger Stanley Provencher age 57 of Quincy Mass., formerly of Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI, died Tuesday, March 11 at Quincy Medical Center.
Son of Rita Jette and the late Raymond Provencher, stepson of Rene Jette.
Longtime companion of Alma Manning, father of Jennifer Lee and her husband Eric Lee, brother of Jacquline Pelletier, Anita Hermann, Leo Provencher and his wife Debra Jean, he was also the brother of the late Robert Provencher, grandfather of Jacen Lee and many nieces and nephews.
The services will be private.
CRANSTON- Baziotis, Eleftherios "Lefty"" Baziotis, 79 of Cranston, RI passed away peacefully Friday morning March 14, 2014 at home.
He was the husband of Irene (Petras) Baziotis, and the late Chrysanthe (Pliakas) Baziotis.
CENTRAL FALLS- Rose Messier was born in Central Falls, RI on July 13, 1927 to the late Alphee "Leo" Bonin and Clara (Nolin) Bonin.
Lucille D. Goyette
LINCOLN- Miss Lucille D. Goyette, 96, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Trinity Health and Rehab Center, Woonsocket.
Lucille was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Dominique and Maria (Tanguay).
She lived in Pawtucket, moved to Cumberland in 1984 and then to Lincoln nearly 25 years ago. She worked in the textile industry for many years and retired in 1984.
Joseph R. Shaw
ATTLEBORO- Joseph R. Shaw, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Laurette (LaChance) Shaw.
Born in Taunton, MA, a son of the late Joseph and Vera (Ellingham) Shaw.
Joseph was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a driver and salesman for Dottie's Catering, Pawtucket, for over 32 years until his retirement in 1990.
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PAWTUCKET â 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.
âI think depth is one of our strengths,â 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 â In recognition of the townâs strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberlandâs general obligation bond rating one notch to âAAâ from âAA-â.
A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poorâs 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.
NEW YORK â 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 collegeâs president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.
âFrom what (Shanley) told me, we havenât won down here often,â stated Cooley. âSo for us to get off the schneid, itâs a great accomplishment for our program.â