March 10th, 2014
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Mike Kayata professes to know the mere basics regarding Coventry High, the squad Tolman High drew in the opening round of the 16-team Rhode Island State Open Boys' Basketball Tournament.
Based exclusively on the Power Point standings that were kept during the regular season and the divisional playoffs, the Division II Tigers are the No. 11 seed while the Division I Knotty Oakers are seeded sixth. They‚Äôll meet Wednesday night at Rhode Island College‚Äôs Murray Center, with the tip at 6.
PAWTUCKET --- You would think that a team that captured its league title with a 16-0 record and won 13 of those games by 19 or more points would be an overwhelming favorite to win a state championship.
Instead, St. Raphael is merely one of the schools in a ‚Äúteams to beat‚ÄĚ group that has its eyes set on achieving Division II glory a week from Saturday at URI‚Äôs Ryan Center.
Boris I. Nosovskiy
PAWTUCKET- Boris I. Nosovskiy, 75, passed away Sunday at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing & Rehab after a long illness.
A son of the late Dr. Isaak Nosovskiy and Reva Nosovskaya (Koldobskaya), he was born in Vitebsk, Belarus (former Soviet Union).
He migrated to the US in 1996, settling in RI. He was an extremely talented and well known musician, director, conductor and actor. He was also an author and had a tremendous sense of humor.
Jeane L. Underwood
PAWTUCKET - Underwood, Jeane L. (Westervelt), 57 peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was beloved wife of Allan J. Underwood. Born in North Kingstown, she was the daughter of the late Lucille (Couture) Westervelt of Exeter, RI and the late Henry "Hank" Westervelt of Sparks, NV.
Alfred E. Lavallee
CUMBERLAND - Alfred "Fred" E. Lavallee, 67, of Main St, died Friday, March 7 at home. He was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Eugene and Doris (Vermette) Lavallee.
He was a US Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He worked as a sheet metal mechanic for Electric Boat in Quonset for many years until retiring in 1985. He was a bus monitor for the Cumberland School Dept for the last several years. Fred was an avid golfer, and enjoyed cooking.
John B. Lawler
CUMBERLAND - John B. Lawler, 77, of Cumberland, passed away Friday at the Memorial Hospital of RI, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Garrity) Lawler.
Born in Bermuda, he was the son of the late Maurice and Clara (Smith) Lawler. He was raised in the Worcester, MA area and resided in Cumberland, RI for over 48 years.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Six years ago, as a freshman at Tolman High, Ethan Etheridge decided to join the swim team more or less for the fun of it.
He admitted to being a decent swimmer, but nothing premier.
Slowly but surely, his times in his specialties ‚Äď the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke ‚Äď began to drop, and that naturally caused him to strive for more speed.
Etheridge claims he never would've dreamed way back when that he'd be in the position he is now, as one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of Elms College, stationed in Chicopee in western Massachusetts.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ In an era of fast-action video entertainment such as ‚ÄúGrand Theft Auto‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMadden 25,‚ÄĚ the centuries-old game of chess would not seem to offer much appeal to today‚Äôs youth. Yet, from elementary to high school age, students in Central Falls are not only interested in learning the game, but in mastering it.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď The trust factor between the Providence College basketball players and the training staff is quite evident.
In separate interviews, Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton didn‚Äôt 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 ‚ÄúVP.‚ÄĚ
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄĒ Although it doesn‚Äôt have its own ‚Äúden,‚ÄĚ 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, ‚ÄúWe Serve,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 University‚Äôs 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, it‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ There‚Äôs still business to tend to, namely Friday‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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.