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September 30th, 2015

Holy Spirit gets a facelift

September 30, 2015

Workers from Veterans Scaffolding, of Blackstone, Mass. remove scaffolding at Holy Spirit Church in Central Falls on Tuesday after a six-month project of refacing the facade of the church spire of the historic Dexter Street house of worship, also known as St. Matthew’s Church. The imposing French-Gothic style church was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk takes place at Slater Park

September 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Warwick resident Kristen Connolly knows all too well the toll that lung cancer can have on a family.

In June 2012, her uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer. A year and a half later, her mother was diagnosed with the disease. She lost her mother just after Mother's Day in 2014 and then her uncle passed away this past March.

“It's a very sad disease,” Connolly said. “Our family is very close, it was kind of a shock.”

Sisters charged in assault case

September 30, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Three juvenile sisters are getting a hard lesson in crime and punishment after they allegedly videotaped themselves beating and robbing two other girls of a cell phone, then shared the recording on Facebook, according to police.

The sisters, aged 14, 15 and 17, were arrested at home Monday on a warrant charging them with second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, cyber-harassment, two counts each of simple assault and disorderly conduct, police said.

September 29th

Alleged beating, robbing, bragging lands sisters in trouble

September 29, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — A Family Court judge has ordered two juvenile sisters held at the Rhode Island Training School and a third released to home confinement after they allegedly beat and robbed two teenaged girls – and then reveled in their illicit activities on Facebook, according to police.

September 28th

East Providence budget to get public hearing tonight

September 28, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE  – The public will get a chance today to weigh in on the city’s proposed $178.1 million operating budget for fiscal year 2016 at the first of two public hearings on the spending plan.

Today’s hearing gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.

Cumberland school board to name new superintendent

September 28, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The School Committee at a special meeting Wednesday is expected to name assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell as the district’s new superintendent of schools.

Mitchell succeeds Philip D. Thornton who was hired last week by the Warwick School Committee to lead that district. 

“We knew Dr. Thornton wasn’t going to stay here forever,” said School Committee Chairwoman Lisa Beaulieu. 

For complete story see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.

Providence College Basketball | RIGHT ON POINT: Friars land 2016 PG Maliek White

September 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Friars are looking for a few good point guards to fill Kris Dunn’s talented shoes for the 2016-17 season and beyond.

True, PC already has one Big East-tested point man in Kyron Cartwright along with transfer Isaiah Jackson, who reportedly ran the point at times during his high school days, in the fold. There’s now a third name to add to the list after Virginia native Maliek White supplied the Friars with a verbal commitment late Sunday night.

Local businessman John Martins succumbs to crash injuries, remembered as industrious and generous

September 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Self-made businessman John Martins was mourned as a hard-working and big-hearted family man following his death Sunday from injuries he suffered in a fiery truck crash in nearby Connecticut earlier this month.

Martins died after more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, family members said.  Married, with three children, he was 52 years old. 

September 27th

Oktoberfest: ‘As close to Germany as we can be’

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET — With the ceremonial tapping of the keg, the annual German Oktoberfest kicked off at the German American Cultural Society on Carter Avenue Saturday afternoon.
District 2 City Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain wielded the mallet that tapped the keg, and he poured the first glass for Society President Paul Pouliot as well as a beverage for himself, before the duo offered a celebratory toast and salute to the gathered crowd in attendance.

Veteran flying into North Central as plane event kicks off today

September 27, 2015

LINCOLN – When Bill Purple flies into North Central State Airport today it will be with a lot mixed memories of his youth.
Purple, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from Petersham, Mass., piloted 35 missions in a B-17 bomber during the war and will be getting a ride to the Rhode Island state airport at the Lincoln-Smithfield line from the Collings Foundation, a non-profit war bird preservation group based Stow, Mass.

Locals prove equal to the (Warpath) Challenge

September 27, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — They were exhausted and out of breath, dripping in sweat and caked in dirt and dust. But they had smiles that beamed from ear to ear.

Central Falls Boys' Soccer | Slow start costs Warriors in 2-1 setback at Portsmouth

September 27, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — Rarely does the size of a soccer field have as big an impact on a soccer game as the size of Portsmouth’s new FIeldTurf facility had on Saturday’s Division I boys’ soccer contest between the Patriots and visiting Central Falls.

Shea Football | Raiders march on to another victory

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Each game in a football season is a stepping stone. Teams that don’t improve from week to week fall by the wayside.

And so it was no surprise that after Shea High remained unbeaten with a 21-7 victory over Mount Hope on Friday night, head coach Dino Campopiano said, “We have to get better to beat Rogers next week.”

St. Raphael Football | Saints lock down first win in lopsided fashion

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Given the way St. Raphael Academy dropped its Division II-A opener last week, a 21-20 heartbreaker to crosstown rival Shea High, head coach Mike Sassi wanted his club to start quickly in its home debut against Coventry on Friday night.

Exactly a week before, immediately after the Saints' had registered the late touchdown to pull within a point of the Raiders, Sassi opted for the two-point conversion – and it failed.

September 25th

Local family thanks God after crash almost halts trip to see Pope Francis

September 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A Pawtucket family’s date with the pope was nearly canceled by a car crash Thursday morning.

Lucky for the Elsingers, only their front end was smashed, not their faith. 

“We’re all right,” said Jeremiah Elsinger as he pulled into the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in his crumpled SUV. “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Man who unraveled mystery of C.F. war vet buried in Belgium visits city

September 25, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – It began with a walk in a cemetery in Belgium, and after a lot of research work and special tributes, the story of WWII flyer Gilbert A. Malrait led Belgian Philippe Vanderdonckt and his wife Cathy all the way to a local World War II memorial on Central Street this week.

High School Football | Several area teams looking to avoid 0-2 start in league play

September 25, 2015

One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2. Since the inception of the 12-team playoff format in 1990, only 23 of the 204 teams that started the season with a donut and two defeats ultimately righted the ship and made the playoffs.

September 22nd

Shea High Boys' Soccer | Raiders eye showdown with rival La Salle

September 22, 2015

PAWUCKET – It’s late September and one big question looms on the horizon for Shea High’s enigmatic soccer team: Can the Raiders run with the big dogs in Division I?

The biggest pedigree of them all belongs to La Salle Academy, which won its first five league games by a combined scoring margin of 25-2. The Rams will visit the Raiders for a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday at Max Read Field.

Local students pumped to see Pope Francis

September 22, 2015

Sixteen students from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket and Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket are hitting the road today for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and witness history in the making as the pontiff delivers a speech to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning.

September 21st

Rhode Island buzzes after Central Falls native Viola Davis wins Emmy as top dramatic actress

September 21, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Acclaimed stage and screen actress Viola Davis sent waves of pride rippling through her hometown haunts as she broke through the women’s race barrier at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Incredible as it seems, Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for a lead role in a television drama in the 67-year history of TV’s version of the Academy Awards.