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February 17th, 2012

Blackmon opens up during visit to alma mater Hendricken

February 18, 2012

WARWICK – Nearly two weeks have elapsed since Will Blackmon found himself engulfed in a sea of confetti at Lucas Oil Stadium, the first true sign that the Providence native was officially a Super Bowl champion.
Needless to say, the feeling associated with “Giants 21, Patriots 17” is one that hasn’t completely sunk in, at least not right now. Blackmon appeared at a rally at his old high school Thursday, the Bishop Hendricken student body and faculty packing the gym to catch a glimpse of the newly minted champ.

PC Friars seeing postseason hopes slip away

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley claims he had no idea that Wednesday’s loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know that,” Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, “If you worry about your record, then you’re not concentrating on the right things.”

Shea takes care of Tolman on hardwood

February 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Minutes before the Division II-Central clash between archrivals Tolman and Shea highs, Tigers coach Mike Kayata seemed even more intense than usual, and that's hard for him.
“We're playing to win this one,” he said as his players warmed up, “and the answer is going to be defense. We have to take care of the ball and limit their fast-break points. If we do that, we should be OK. They're tough. They're 13-3 for a reason, and we know that. These guys all know each other, so this is about pride and respect. We just have to take care of the ball.”

Bill will improve campaign finance laws

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Common Cause Director John Marion, a government watchdog and frequent critic of the General Assembly, found himself standing with Gov. Chafee and legislative leaders at the Statehouse Thursday, hailing what he called “a big improvement” in the state’s campaign finance laws.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Woman gives birth in boyfriend's bathroom

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The pain started in her lower back and slowly migrated toward her ribcage.
Kristen Dubois thought she was passing a kidney stone.
She wasn’t.
She was giving birth in the bathroom of her fiance’s Willow Street apartment in Woonsocket.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe it,” says Dubois. “I started yelling for my boyfriend. ‘He’s coming out! He’s coming out!’”

Joan F. Patricio

February 17, 2012

Joan F. Patricio

CUMBERLAND- Joan F. (Griffin) Patricio, 80, of Castle Gate Road died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Evergreen House Health Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late Joaquim "Jack" Patricio.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James and Emma (Shea) Griffin, she had lived in Cumberland all of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan's Church, Cumberland.

February 16th

Lincoln's Zammarelli sets his sights on Elon

February 17, 2012

LINCOLN — There’s no room for confusion or interpretation when you’re that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelli’s mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.

Architects to assess leaky tower

February 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The leaking City Hall tower is being studied by an architectural firm in an effort to root out the source of the problem and find ways to remedy it.
City Public Works Director Lance Hill said the Providence-based firm of Robinson Green Beretta Corp., has been hired as a consultant to inspect the tower and make recommendations and cost estimates on how to fix the leaking. He said he expects the study to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

February 15th

Saints cool off Lions, 52-44

February 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — For a team that’s been somewhat sidetracked in its pursuit of a high playoff berth, St. Raphael picked the perfect time to have one of its finest games of the season.
Junior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Rybecca Gonzalez teamed up to score 30 points and help the Saints give a strong showing on the boards that paved the way for a key 52-44 triumph over red-hot Lincoln on Wednesday night at the Saints’ Alumni Hall.

Clippers win 57th dual-meet in a row

February 15, 2012

WARWICK – Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
“Once we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.

Union wins back two city jobs

February 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The city employees' largest union, Council 94, AFSCME Local 1012 has won two jobs back through arbitration that had been lost last year through lay-offs. However, a broader attempt to have the city rescind 18 lay-offs and provide back pay and benefits to the affected employees was not supported by the arbitrator.

Natalia J. Zeferino

February 15, 2012

Natalia J. Zeferino

PAWTUCKET- Natalia J. Zeferino, "J" 42, passed February 12th.
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, on Christmas Day, a daughter of Verissimo Zeferino and the late Zulmira Fontes.
She been previously been employed as a Dry Cleaner and for Interpack Fabricators for several years.
She is survived by a son, Manuel DeBurgo and a daughter, Sandy DeBurgo,
Five brothers, Tony, John, Jose, Carlos and Libertino Zeferino, two sisters, Lucinda Witt and Elisa Zeferino and 4 grandchildren, Lavon, Jayvon, Camron and Caralyse DeBurgo.

Alice B. Kulig

February 15, 2012

Alice B. Kulig

CENTRAL FALLS- Alice B. Kulig, 92, of Cross Street, passed away on Tuesday at Hopkins Manor in No. Providence after an illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Kulig.
Alice was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Walter and Sophie (Dzialozska) Bobola and lived most of her life in Central Falls. She had been employed as a weaver in the local textile industry for many years.

Isabelle Pouliot

February 15, 2012

Isabelle Pouliot

PAWTUCKET: Isabelle Pouliot, 86, of Buffum St, passed February 13th. She was the wife of the late Gerard J. Pouliot Sr.
She is survived by 3 sons, Gerard Pouliot Jr, Donald and Joseph Pouliot, 5 daughters, Theresa Jordan, Linda Keough, Diane Melanson, Kathleen Pedro and Lori-Ann Pouliot, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Pearl Martin.

February 14th

Raiders take advantage of shorthanded Lions, 66-37

February 14, 2012

LINCOLN – You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes that’s not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday night’s Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lions’ Den.

Slumbering Tigers bow to Cougars, 87-72

February 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High’s “sleeping giant” of a basketball team is still sleeping.
The Tigers slumbered through the opening eight minutes of Tuesday night’s clash with Division II-Central leader North Providence, falling behind 27-8 before essentially playing the Cougars even for the rest of the game, finally losing by an 87-72 margin.
North Providence saw a 15-point halftime lead shrink to 10 with 10:30 left in the game. The Cougars hardly blinked. They just took the ball to the basket and got fouled, making 24 of 31 free throws in the game.

Moura, Gordon blast foreclosure deal

February 14, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay “a drop in the bucket.”
“What an insult to the American people,” Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. “What an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.”

Ethics panel nixes funding proposal

February 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has found that a proposal by the Grebien Administration to solicit private donations to fund the salary of the new economic development director would be against the Code of Ethics.

Local hoopsters faring well in college ranks

February 14, 2012

A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sunday’s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.

Bertha T. Cooper

February 14, 2012

Bertha T. Cooper

PAWTUCKET- Bertha T. (Zukowski) Cooper, 91, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond C. Cooper, Sr. (Retired Pawtucket Police Dept.)
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Winsenty and Mechalena (Nechveroviz) Zukowski.

 

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