Archive - 2014
PROVIDENCE â The trust factor between the Providence College basketball players and the training staff is quite evident.
In separate interviews, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton didnât refer to athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten by his first name or his last. Truncated in such a fashion that you can just feel the cool factor, VanPatten simply goes by âVP.â
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin is not flagging in his opposition to using the former Currier Park playground across the street from Cumberland Town Hall as the site of a Blackstone Valley Prep mayoral academy.
McLaughlin told The Times Thursday he is still concerned about the presence of abandoned underground coal mines beneath the site, and said petroleum contaminants found in the soil is yet another reason why the town should reconsider approving the school construction.
PAWTUCKET â Although it doesnât have its own âden,â the Pawtucket Lions Club has been an integral member of the community for 90 years. This decade sees the civic organization continuing to redefine itself within the city, under the motto, âWe Serve,â to provide help where it is needed.
Robert J. Rooney
NORTH PROVIDENCE- Robert J. Rooney of North Providence died on February 28, 2014.
Mr. Rooney was born in Providence, the son of Veronica Albury of Leehigh Acres, Florida and the late Francis N. Rooney. He was the stepson of Robert R. Albury.
He was previously employed by Cumberland Farms.
CUMBERLAND- Helen (Staba) Luiz, 92 formerly of Tyler Street, passed away Friday at the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late James Luiz.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Koziol) Staba. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, and a member of the Cumberland Senior Center.
PAWTUCKET- Christine Sherlock, 64, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Mary (McNamara) Sherlock.
Christine enjoyed spending time at home and painting. She leaves a sister, Mary Sherlock of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Karen Sherlock.
PAWTUCKET â Keeping the Paw in PawSox is a number one priority for city officials, and on Wednesday, the City Council approved a lease agreement to have the team remain at McCoy Stadium until 2021 and beyond.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High head coach Mike Kayata is fully aware that in hoops parlance, Barrington is considered a matchup nightmare.
For Mount St. Charles and Burrillville, only two victories separate them from a return trip to Brown Universityâs Meehan Auditorium and a chance to claim championship glory.
For Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, and the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team, itâs going to take twice as many wins for a cherished spot in the Division II finals.
For these six teams, the march to Brown begins tonight as the puck drops on the state playoffs in the form of best-of-three series around the state.
COVENTRY â Thereâs still business to tend to, namely Fridayâs Division II semifinal clash against Barrington. Yet without running the risk of looking too far ahead, what Tolman High accomplished Wednesday night may have been the finishing touch to securing a spot in the 16-team open state tournament.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The popular Blount Clam Shack at Crescent Park is getting an extreme makeover.
Located on the grounds of the historic Charles I.D. Looff Carousel on Bullocks Point Avenue, and revered for its giant lobster rolls, creamy chowder and golden fried clams, the tiny clam shack will have a whole new look by summer.
Helen A. Gumieniak
CUMBERLAND - Helen A. Gumieniak, 70, passed away Tuesday March 4, 2014.
Born in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of the late Stanley J. and Anna T. (Balbaton) Gumieniak. She lived in Cumberland for the past 47 years.
Before retiring Helen was a fourth grade Teacher at the Virginia M. Cunningham Elementary School of Pawtucket for 43 years.
Helen was a graduate of Rhode Island College Class of 1965 and a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa and Quota Societies.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Carrara, Patricia, 81, of Rumford, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Ruth (Montgomery) Carrara. Patricia graduated from Roger Williams School of Nursing and worked most of her career at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket.
She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline Mynarski and her husband Thomas, her niece, Patricia Mynarski and nephew, John Mynarski.
Russell B. Chadwick
PAWTUCKET - Russell B. Chadwick, 60, of Pawtucket died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Sharleen (Jamieson) Chadwick.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Russell A. and Doris (Barton) Chadwick, he had lived in Pawtucket for most of his life.
He was a rigger for Hallamore Transportation Company for over 30 years before retiring. He was a member of Teamsters Local #251.
BURRILLVILLE -- A massive surprise birthday party for Tyler Seddon of Pascoag is set for Thursday and The Call will be there to cover the celebration. Follow The Call on Twitter(@WoonsocketCall) for continuous updates throughout the day as hundreds of police, firefighters and first responders pay tribute to the birthday boy, who is fighting cancer. See our complete coverage of the festivities in Fridayâs editions of The Call and The Times.
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PAWTUCKET â Moses Brown came looking to spoil St. Raphael Academyâs bid for a perfect 16-0 regular season on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.
The Saints had defeated the Quakers by 21 points in mid-January. That was a rare off night for the visitors, who carried an 11-3 record in Division II action into this playoff tuneup for both sides.
The next wave of games as part of Rhode Islandâs version of âMarch Madnessâ are set for Wednesday night with boysâ basketball quarterfinal-round contests in all three divisions taking place at neutral sites around the state.
Two area squads are heading to the same venue as Division II participants Tolman and Central Falls will bus to Coventry High School. The third-seeded Tigers will take the floor first for a 5:30 p.m. matchup against fellow II-Central member and sixth-seeded Exeter/West Greenwich. At roughly 7:30, the seventh-seeded Warriors face No. 2 Barrington.
LINCOLN â After the warm-up session, and minutes before a huge Division III-North clash against league-leading North Smithfield High, Davies Tech head coach Joe Handy led his troops outside a door to Gaskin Alumni Hall on Tuesday evening.
There, he looked rather animated, trying to explain to his Patriots how critical it would be to play with fire in their hearts. After all, a postseason berth was at stake.
CENTRAL FALLS â Napoleon Andrade, a local man already doing 10 years in federal prison on weapons, money-laundering and theft charges, was sentenced to an additional 31 months Tuesday for his role in a home invasion targeting an associate of the Gambino crime family in Connecticut.
During a sentencing hearing in Providence, U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered Andrade to serve 63 months in all. But McConnell structured the penalty so that 32 months overlap Andradeâs current term and the balance kicks in when itâs completed, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Joan M. Dolloff
PAWTUCKET - Joan M. Dolloff, 73, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Kindred Oak Hill Transition Care & Rehabilitation, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard W. Dolloff. Joan was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Albert and Angelina (Kennedy) Falocco and was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley. She was a sales associate at Apex Department Store and Macy's until retiring several years ago. She was a dedicated volunteer at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for many years.