January 16th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” A study group assembled to perform an in-depth review of the feasibility of all-day kindergarten in Cumberland public schools is expected to report its findings by the end of the month.
The district has been talking about instituting full-day kindergarten since the fall and the arrival at that time of new School Superintendent Philip Thornton, a supporter of full-day kindergarten. Thornton made a formal public presentation on the merits of an all-day program at the School Committee's meeting Dec. 8.
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday nightâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
â€śTheyâ€™re just wrestling junkies,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). â€śKevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. Theyâ€™re scouting, of course, checking us out.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 22-year-old city man wanted as a suspect in a gas station robbery last month was arrested Wednesday after he turned himself in to Pawtucket Police detectives.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Dec. 17, a robbery occurred at the Sunoco gas station located at 35 Cedar St. in Pawtucket. The suspect presented a note to the clerk demanding cash. The clerk opened the register and gave cash to the suspect.
PROVIDENCE â€” Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI), the group that fought for a same-sex marriage law last year, but had to accept the compromise of civil unions, is coming back again in the new legislative year.
It's top priority is once again a same-sex marriage law, but the group will also be looking to make changes to the civil unions law, including seeking the repeal of an amendment included last year that they say is discriminatory and unfair.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on a complaint brought by a former School Committee member, the Attorney General's Office found the Pawtucket School Committee to be in violation of the Open Meetings Act when it failed to report the outcome of an April 12, 2011 executive session vote on the teachers' contract.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassanâ€™s case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.
PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout â€™99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
Thatâ€™s because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Loweâ€™s home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.
Lawrence J. Jette Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence J. Jette Sr., 85, husband of the late Rita A (Magnant) Jette, died in Plymouth Ma. on December 23, 2011. He had previously lived in Pawtucket, RI for most of his life. He was the son of the late Lillian Lawson and Joseph Jette.
Ted P. Gibola
CUMBERLAND - Ted P. Gibola 93, passed away Monday January 9, 2012 at Mt. St. Rita Health Care Center.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Walter and Margaret (Hus) Gibola. He was a life long resident of Cumberland.
Before retiring in 1983 he was employed for 21 years as an Electrical Inspector for the Road and Bridge Dept. of the RI Dept. of Transportation.
Ted was a WW II Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion.
Walter E. Gontarski
PAWTUCKET - Walter E. "CHIEF" Gontarski 62, passed away Friday January 13, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Walter and Alice A. (Gadziala) Gontarski. He lived in Pawtucket all of his life.
Before retiring he was employed as an Extruder for Carol Cable Co.
Chief was a member of the Polish American Mutual Benefit Association of Pawtucket and was an avid sports fan and card player.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There are going to be nights when the teamâ€™s leading scorer struggles. How does the rest of the team react when something like this happens? Are they going to be able to pick up the slack?
Tolman head coach Mike Kayata got all the answers he would need on Thursday night. With top dog Juan Velez mired in a dreadful funk and showing no sign of clearing the fog, Kayata opted to sit the junior down and place the outcome of this crucial contest against Barrington into the hands of the likes of Samb brothers, Seny and Mamour, along with senior Justin Zetina.
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâ€™s the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.
PAWTUCKET --- United, they stand. Divided, who knows if the St. Raphael Academy hockey team and the Providence Country Day/Wheeler School co-op squad would have fallen from existence after last season?
For the Saints, they struggled mightily with numbers a season ago, as only 14 players (three of them goaltenders) made up their roster.
Because of their lack of depth, they staggered to a 3-15 mark that included a handful of losses that saw them fizzle from fatigue during the last period and watch leads slip away from them.
PAWTUCKET â€” Saying that he knows the topic is controversial, Councilor Christopher O'Neill on Wednesday called for the formation of an ad hoc committee to continue looking into installing cameras at heavily traveled intersections to improve public safety, despite a letter from the city's police chief recommending that such action be held off in order to try out a new computer program designed to reduce accidents.
PAWTUCKET â€” Once heralded as the city's â€śbridge to prosperity,â€ť the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge is turning out to be anything but. Citing a litany of frustrations and concerns related to the $81 million highway project, the City Council voted 7 to 0 on Wednesday to explore taking legal action against either the state or the federal government as a way of recouping financial losses to Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordonâ€™s Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers donâ€™t have to rebuild â€¦ they just reload.
After losing two multiple state champions (the Lariviere twins) to graduation last June, Cumberland might have expected a slight regression this season. There is no regression to be found, at least not yet. (The season still hasnâ€™t reached the halfway point.)
Cumberland improved to 7-0 in Division I with a 56-24 rout of South Kingstown on Wednesday night. The Rebels are one of those good programs that does have to reload.
PROVIDENCE â€” Minutes after prosecuting and defense attorneys had issued their closing remarks regarding suspended Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz' trial Wednesday morning, Superior Court Justice Edward C. Clifton informed those in Courtroom 7 he would issue a ruling on Monday, Jan. 23.
Clifton asked both Assistant Attorney General and prosecutor Stephen Regine and defense lawyer John Harwood if they could re-schedule from the previously-set date of Jan. 17, and both indicated they would.
PAWTUCKET â€” The new year could mean a more beautiful and vibrant downtown, thanks to an infusion of $50,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.
The money for the streetscape enhancement project involves the design, purchase and installation of planters and other containers for flowers and plants, bike racks, trashcan enclosures and banners for Main Street between Dexter Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Supporters say the project will benefit downtown merchants and residents by making the area more appealing to live in and visit for shopping, eating, and conducting business.
Orise St. Pierre
CUMBERLAND - Orise(Grenier) St. Pierre 96, of Angell Road, Cumberland, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012, at St. Antoine Residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo J. B. St. Pierre. They were married for forty-six years.
Cheryl A. Morin
PAWTUCKET - Cheryl A. Morin, 51, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
Cheryl was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Robert J. Morin and Bella A (Correia) Morin. Cheryl was a gifted artist; she enjoyed weaving, painting and sculpting. A strong willed woman, Cheryl was always advocating for others and herself. She loved people and truly enjoyed interacting. Cheryl grew up on a farm where she developed a love of all animals, particularly horses.