PROVIDENCE â The Rhode Island Statehouse has become a battleground in the War on Christmas.
Although Gov. Lincoln Chafee surrendered in the recent skirmish over what to call the tree â it is now officially a Christmas tree, not a âholiday treeâ â there is now a battle over banners.
PROVIDENCE â You know that the Providence Friars are involved in a tight, white-knuckle affair when Ed Cooley emphatically removes his sport jacket and flings it in the general direction of the bench.
When it was all over and PC had secured a hard-fought 76-74 win over upset-minded Yale on Tuesday night before 3,281 patrons, Cooley immediately honed in on his teamâs porous defense, one that came oh-so-close to allowing the Bulldogs to waltz out of the Dunkinâ Donuts Center with an eyebrow-raising victory.
PROVIDENCE â This may be the last Christmas shopping season when you can buy gifts online without paying a sales tax.
Legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to tax online and catalog purchases, even when the seller has no location or employees in their states, is making its way through the U.S. Congress.
The Senate passed the measure last May and it is now awaiting passage in the House of Representatives.
PROVIDENCE â Now that the sobering news regarding Kris Dunnâs unavailability for the seasonâs duration has sunk in, the question becomes just how exactly Providence College plans to cope for the long haul.
If thereâs a way to somehow cushion the loss of the only tried-and-true point guard at Ed Cooleyâs disposal, itâs that the Friars have been down this road before. Spread over four games, Dunn logged 106 painful minutes. PC registered 405 minutes in the 10 games leading up to the exam break, the bulk of those minutes featuring Bryce Cotton as the on-floor maestro.
CUMBERLAND â This will be Steve Gordonâs 46th consecutive season at the helm of his Cumberland High wrestling program, and â as has been the case for the previous 45 â he arrived at Monday afternoonâs practice session at least 30 minutes beforehand.
As always, he does so to greet his grapplers, check on possible injuries or illnesses (i.e. football) and/or prepare them for the task at hand: Getting physically and mentally primed for another premier campaign.
Barbara A. Hurley
PAWTUCKET - Barbara A. Hurley, 87, died peacefully Saturday December 14, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Paul T. Hurley Sr.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Mastalerz) Niemiec. She lived in Pawtucket for most of her life and spent summers on Cape Cod.
Gerald A. Cote
WOONSOCKET - Gerald A. "Jerry" Cote, 86, a lifelong resident of Woonsocket, died Saturday, November 16 after a short illness. He was the husband of the late Therese Cote who passed away in 2012. They had been married for 53 years.
Born June 7, 1927 in Fall River, he was the son of the late August and Alphema (Denault) Cote.
Theresa Jean Daigle
SEEKONK - Theresa Jean Daigle, 89, died peacefully at home on Saturday, December 14, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Normand Daigle for 68 years. Theresa was born in Westport, MA the daughter of the late Pierre and Alma (Cote) Pelletier. Before her retirement she was a telephone supervisor for the Sears Company. She was an avid nature enthusiast who enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband. She was also a talented golfer, gardener, and cook.
Boaventura P. Baptista
PAWTUCKET - Boaventura "Tui" P. Baptista, 69, passed on December 14, 2013. He was the husband of Maria "Djudja" Serena Baptista. They have been married for 46 years.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, he was a son of the late Gualdino B. and Eugenia P. Baptista.
He had been a business entrepreneur and one of the influential pioneers of the Cape Verdean Community in RI since arriving in the US in the late 60's.
James L. Marsland
CUMBERLAND - James L. Marsland, 81 of Ann Street, passed away Sunday, December 15 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Marjorie (Morris) Marsland, and they had been married for 60 years.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Willard and Claire (Brown) Marsland. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
He was a United States Navy, Korean War veteran, serving for 4 years on the USS Waccamaw.
CENTRAL FALLS - Stanislaw Lakota, 77, of Cross Street passed away Friday December 13, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Wieslawa (Wrzesien) Lakota.
Born in Drozejowice, Poland he was a son of the late Jozef and Stefania (Sekula) Lakota. He lived in Central Falls for 25 years.
Before retiring Mr. Lakota was employed as a Grounds Keeper at Kirkbrae Country Club of Lincoln for 20 years.
Gloria Del Papa
PAWTUCKET - Del Papa, Gloria E., of Tobie Avenue, Pawtucket passed away Wednesday, December 11th at Miriam Hospital in Providence. Gloria was born in Pawtucket on June 3, 1925 to the late Julius and Lena (Testa) Del Papa.
Gloria leaves her two nieces, Evelyn Corley of Pasco, WA and Rachel Di Schino of Everett, MA, six great nieces and nephews, seven great-great nieces and nephews, several cousins and many good friends. She is also predeceased by her brothers, Angelo and Eugene Del Papa.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Laura Richard, 87, died peacefully at the Cherry Hill Manor, Johnston on Thursday, December 12, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Cyril Richard. Laura was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Anthony and Stephania (Klimuzki) Kozlowski. She was the owner/operator of Laura's Beauty Shop in East Providence for 35 years, retiring in 1987.
Gregory N. Trojanov
PAWTUCKET - Gregory N. Trojanov, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Stanley) Trojanov.
Mr. Trojanov lived most of his life in Pawtucket. He retired after 42 years of employment with the Leviton Corporation. In his younger years, enjoyed singing, dancing, and playing table tennis, and was a well liked man.
PAWTUCKET â From breakfast and lunch to dinner and late-night dancing, La Vaca Flaca has it all.
The new, family-owned restaurant at 139 Broad St. has an ambitious plan to be many things to many people, with its first priority being to serve fine quality Mexican and Guatemalan food.
La Vaca Flaca means âThe Skinny Cow,â and Isai Diaz, one of the three owners, said he got the inspiration for the name from an American menu. Working as a long-distance truck driver, he said he had stopped at a restaurant in a little town in the middle of the mountains somewhere in Tennessee.
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PAWTUCKET â Tom Sienkiewicz has been bringing his Providence Country Day basketball team to the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament for seven years without a championship â until Saturday night, that is.
âWe finally got lucky,â the former Villanova University guard from the early 1980s joked after his Knights rolled to a 68-48 victory over Central Falls in the championship game, ending St. Raphael Academyâs three-year reign as tourney champ.
PAWTUCKET â Marine Lance Corporal Charles Bradley joined the military with the best of intentions and served in Iraq as a helicopter mechanic. Yet, when he was honorably discharged five years later, he was a nervous and depressed single father who found himself suddenly unemployable.
In 2007, Bradley eventually found love again, marrying and presiding over a family of four. Yet, problems with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues have dogged him since, and contributed to the familyâs financial struggles.
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PAWTUCKET â Tolman High opened its season with a performance that both revealed the potential and the vulnerability of what appears to be a talented squad.
The Tigers roared to a 65-43 victory over Central Falls in a Division II crossover contest. The Tigers played a physical game, took the ball to the basket, looked for the fast break, and turned the ball over 22 times in their eagerness to push the ball up-court. They missed 16 of their 31 free throws.
PAWTUCKET â While the Red Sox are expressing confidence that the search to find the next PawSox manager will be wrapped up by Christmas, donât be surprised if official word filters out before the holidays.
Why the organization has nothing to announce at this time is likely two-fold. While all signs point to current Double-A skipper Kevin Boles moving to the front lines of the minor-league system, the 38-year-old is presently coaching a winter league team in Venezuela, Bravos de Margarita.
S. Benjamin Pino
CUMBERLAND - S. Benjamin "Benny" Pino, 86, formerly of Meadowcrest Drive, passed away peacefully Friday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Alzira "Elsie" (Coelho) Pino, and they had been married for the past 67 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Rosario and Angelina (Torre) Pino. He resided in Cranston for the past nine years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Pino was the owner of Benjamins III of Central Falls for over 30 years until his retirement in 1987.