January 12th, 2014
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time for Chris Skurka to make the biggest football decision of his life, he turned to a voice of reassurance and clarity.
Alison Skurka, the coachâ€™s wife, had a quick answer. A staunch supporter of her husbandâ€™s pigskin endeavors, Alison gave Chris her blessing to make the jump from head coach at Cumberland High to becoming an assistant at Dean College.
â€śSheâ€™s allowed me to chase that dream,â€ť said Chris Skurka. â€śUltimately, it came down to me making a decision about my family and my career as a coach.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekendâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippersâ€™ Wellness Center.
The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.
LINCOLN â€“ Itâ€™s true: Over the last eight years, Davies Tech compiled a dismal overall league record of 10 wins and 120 losses.
Thatâ€™s a winning percentage of .077. If you follow baseball, think of that as a batting average.
But none of that has bothered second-year head coach Bill Meekins, who truly believes his Patriots are on the upswing. He had proof on Thursday night after his club shelled Ponaganset, 63-47, in a Division III-North clash at Gaskin Alumni Hall.
WOONSOCKET â€” Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act has made child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators responsible for telling the police where they live so the information can be passed along to the public.
Now, a group of lawmakers from the East Bay section of the state proposes to make those convicted of animal cruelty abide by the same set of community notification rules.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Local firefighters rescued a deer that fell through ice in Narragansett Bay about 150 yards off Bullocks Point Friday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a report of a person falling through the ice. Rescue crews found the deer struggling in the water, attached it to a sled and hauled it back to the shore near 145 Terrace Ave., which overlooks the bay.
Jane M. Carnes
PAWTUCKET - CARNES, Jane M. (Piening) 100, of Pawtucket, died peacefully on January 9, 2014. She was the wife of the late William E. Carnes Sr.
Mrs. Carnes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Gus and Mary (Hoelscher) Piening. She was employed by Providence Metalizing Co. of Pawtucket as an office clerk until her retirement. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church. Sergeant in the Women's Army Air Corp during WWII, where she met her loving husband. She was a talented seamstress.
Girard A. Gagnon
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Girard "Jerry" A. Gagnon, 83, of North Attleboro, formerly of Plainville, passed away at home on Monday, January 6, 2014. He was the husband of Mary E. (Powell) Gagnon to whom he married on August 22, 1953.
Born in Central Falls, RI on December 17, 1930, he was a son of the late Eugene A. and Lillian A. (Theroux) Gagnon.
Mr. Gagnon proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserves prior to and then in the United States Army during the Korean War.
PAWTUCKET - Melissa "Missy" Sweeney, 44, of Whipple Street passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of Fred Sweeney of Pawtucket and Elaine (St. Jean) George of Lincoln.
Missy was a recruiter for the Sawyer School for several years. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Cumberland Post #14, American Legion, Cumberland.
LINCOLN â€” The high school hockey rivalry between Lincoln and Cumberland is beyond intense. Granted, they may compete on the second tier below those battles between perennial state powers Mount St. Charles-Hendricken and/or La Salle, but it doesn't mean the Lions or Clippers care any less about not just defeating but crushing the other.
After all, town bragging rights are at stake. Geez, it runs the gamut from football to basketball, baseball to track, even swimming and lacrosse.
LINCOLN â€” When Mike Tuorto took over as the Lincoln High wrestling coach five years ago, his primary goal was to change the philosophy surrounding the program â€“ that is, from one where mere participation was accepted to one where coaches and athletes alike craved wins, not to mention championships.
He claimed he began to see the varsity team take strides in becoming more competitive his first two seasons, but since has witnessed a renaissance of sorts.
PROVIDENCE â€” Bringing lawmakers up to date on HealthSource RI, executive director Christine Ferguson said the stateâ€™s Obamacare portal â€śis one of just three or four states that launched successfully, on time, on October 1, our computer system did not crash, we have a call center up and running.
â€śWe did that in four months,â€ť she boasted, â€śa very fast time frame. We are recognized as one of the tops in the country, we are second in the country as far as exceeding the targets that were set for enrollment.â€ť
Full story appears on Page 1 on Friday's Times.
Virginia R. Loynds
CUMBERLAND - Virginia R. (Moor) Loynds, 90, formerly of Rigdewood Rd. passed away Tuesday in The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond J. Loynds for 55 years.
Born in Boston, MA she was the daughter of the late Earl M. and Ruth C. (McFaden) Moor. She had resided in Cumberland over 50 years previously residing in Skowhegan, ME and Brookline, MA.
Doris E. Delaney
PAWTUCKET - Doris E. Delaney, born on July 6th, 1925, passed away on January 8th, 2013 in Pawtucket, R.I. She resided at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, R.I. where she lived for the past several years. Doris was born in Providence R.I., a daughter of the late Elsie and William Wheatley.
She resided in Pawtucket, R.I. with her husband Raymond who predeceased her in 2008. During her years in Pawtucket, Doris was a devoted wife, mother and sister having dedicated her life to raising her family.
PAWTUCKET - Frederick Habershaw, 86, formerly of Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, passed away Wednesday at Berkshire Place, Providence.
Born in Attleboro, MA ,he was the son of the late William and Sarah (Bradley) Habershaw. He resided in Pawtucket for over 20 years, previously residing in South Attleboro, MA.
Mr. Habershaw was employed at one time by the Crown Manufacturing, Darlington Fabrics and Moore Fabrics. He later was a self-employed maintenance worker.
Glenn R. Fitzpatrick
PAWTUCKET - Fitzpatrick, Glenn R., 57 of Pawtucket died January 9, 2014 at Home and Hospice Care of RI. Mr. Fitzpatrick was born in Providence, son of the late Fred R. and Dorothy H. (Earnshaw) Fitzpatrick. He loved sports.
He is survived by his four siblings, Carolyn Parrott and her husband Robert of Manchester, CT, Barbara King and her husband Joseph of Pawtucket, Allen Fitzpatrick and his wife Michele of Pawtucket and Fred Fitzpatrick and his wife Paula of Bristol. His guardian Cheryl Grenier of Cumberland.
PROVIDENCEâ€”In the company of an interpreter, Jorge DePina of Pawtucket pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Thursday to murdering his 10-year-old daughter, Aleida.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After watching his team dismantle Georgetown for its Big East win the season, PC head coach Ed Cooley touched upon the ominous cloud that has hovered over his program in recent weeks.
From a three-game losing streak that included a pair of stinging overtime defeats and a 30-point blowout against Villanova, to Brandon Austinâ€™s decision to leave without playing a single regular-season minute, to a fire at Cooleyâ€™s East Greenwich home that forced his family to evacuate, the head coach saw an opening to address all concerns following the Friarsâ€™ 70-52 bludgeoning of the Hoyas.
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PAWTUCKET â€” Tolman High coach Mike Kayata has been juggling a bunch of individual talents over the first month of the season while looking for the one piece that will turn his team into a cohesive machine on offense.
â€śIâ€™ve been looking for a point guard,â€ť the coach said after the Tigers rolled to a 70-56 victory over Shea High in the annual James W. Donaldson Memorial Scholarship game before a full house of vocal fans from both schools.
Examining the stat sheet and learning that newcomer Prince Johnson Jr. collected 10 assists on the night, Kayata smiled.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a situation that has become as muddled as the mint in a Mojito, the City Councilâ€™s Board of License Commissioners once again delayed a decision on the transfer of a liquor license to the new owner of a Mineral Spring Avenue bar.
Donald J. LeBlanc Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Donald J. LeBlanc Jr., of Byron avenue, Pawtucket died on January 5, 2014.
Mr. LeBlanc was the husband of the late Eileen (McConnon) LeBlanc.
He was born in Bristol, the son of the late Donald J. LeBlanc Sr. and Victoria (Santo) LeBlanc.
Mr. LeBlanc served his Country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He earned numerous commendations during his time there including the Bronze Star Medal.