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December 11th

Songs of the Season

December 11, 2011

St. Teresa's Middle School seventh graders sing "O, Come All Ye Faithful" as part of their Christmas song presentation during the St. Teresa's Senior Citizens Group Annual Christmas Party Thursday afternoon at the St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church Hall in Pawtucket.

Town awards multi-year contract to Coastal Recycling

December 11, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council Wednesday voted 5 to 2 to award a multi-year contract to North Smithfield-based Coastal Recycling, Inc. for curbside collection of recyclables, despite protests from the only other company submitting proposals for the contract that the selection process was unfair.

December 9th

Warriors take down Northmen girls' hoops

December 9, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something that’s common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Friday’s non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort – one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriors’ favor.
“I was very impressed, very impressed with the girls’ energy,” said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.

Clippers race past Panthers in Injury Fund tilt

December 9, 2011

CUMBERLAND – With a starting lineup comprised entirely of juniors, Cumberland head coach Gary Reedy believes that positive things are in store for his squad this winter.
The first step in the right direction took place Friday night with Cumberland disposing of Johnston, 69-60, in an Injury Fund non-league contest at the Wellness Center. Ben Bradley, one of those aforementioned 11th graders, led all scorers with 24 points while also contributing six rebounds and three steals.

City Council OKs tax treaty for car rental business

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Calling it a “win-win” situation that the city should seek more of, the City Council on Wednesday approved a five-year tax treaty for a car rental business that will bring in $1 million in revenue.
According to city Tax Assessor David Quinn, the owners of Richmond Motor Sales, of Providence, approached the city about relocating the headquarters for their short-term rental car business to 519 Pawtucket Avenue. The owners had originally asked for a tax treaty of 10 or more years, but through negotiations with the city, an agreement was reached on a five-year tax break plan.

Winter Wonderland concludes this weekend

December 9, 2011

During Tree Day at Slater Park on Dec. 1 to get ready for the opening of Winter Wonderland, Steve Koczan, background, of East Providence gets a helping hand from Larry Williams. Winter Wonderland concludes this weekend, with festivities from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photo/Butch Adams

City man loses left hand in industrial accident

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET – A 20-year-old Pawtucket man suffered the loss of his left hand as he worked with a plastics manufacturing machine at Teknor Apex Co. on Thursday night, police stated Friday.
Maj. Arthur Martins stated three officers responded to the building at 505 Central Ave. shortly after 9:15 p.m. when a “9-1-1” call reported an industrial accident. Pawtucket Fire and Rescue personnel from the nearby Cottage Street station raced to the scene and transported Joseph Vaillencourt, of Farnum Street, to Rhode Island Hospital for surgery.

Dr. James G. Paras, Ed.D.

December 9, 2011

Dr. James G. Paras, Ed.D.
SMITHFIELD - Dr. James G. Paras, Ed.D., of Smith Avenue, Greenville, died Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Hospice Inpatient Center. He was the husband of Elizabeth J. (Skally) Paras.
Born in Schenectady, NY, a son of the late George and Eva (Desnakou) Paraskevakos, he lived in Smithfield previously living in North Providence.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his sister Virginia Tesseris of Pawtucket. He was the brother of the late Louis Paras.

Frances A. Plezia

December 9, 2011

Frances A. Plezia
FLORIDA - Frances A. Plezia 87, formerly of Lincoln passed away November 15, 2011 at her residence Ormond Beach, FL. She was the beloved wife of the late Mathew J. Plezia who passed away April 3, 1996.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Kratochwil) Klucznik. She lived in Florida for the past 23 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Weaver for Murdock Webbing Co. Frances was the Editor of the Holiday Village Newsletter in Ormond Beach and was an avid bowler.

Jeannette Fugere Perron

December 9, 2011

Jeannette Fugere Perron
PAWTUCKET - Jeannette Fugere Perron, 84, passed away on December 8th 2011 with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late Donald J. Perron Sr.

Michael R. Cipriano

December 9, 2011

Michael R. Cipriano
PROVIDENCE - Michael R. Cipriano, 95 of Providence passed away December 7, 2011 at Roger Williams Hospital.
He was the beloved
husband of the late Theresa (Albanese). Father of Joyce Cipriano, Roberta Tomao, and the late Michael Cipriano Jr., and companion of Rita Jordan.
Mike was a strong, gentle, tender-hearted man who will be missed by all. Funeral and burial will be private.

Andrew F. McGurn Jr.

December 9, 2011

Andrew F. McGurn Jr.
OREGON - Andrew F. McGurn Jr. age 77 of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. born 8/8/34 in Pawtucket, RI to Andrew Sr. & Mary (Orr) McGurn passed away on 11/26/11. Survived by his wife Helen (Mailly) McGurn, brother John and sister Elaine along with his 7 children, 14 grand kids and 5 great grand kids. Family contact PO Box 395 Myrtle Creek, Oregon 97457

December 8th

SRA to face PCD in Lynch finals

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Defending state champion St. Raphael Academy toyed with Central Falls in the opening game of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament on Thursday night, rolling to a 72-38 victory as the Saints’ 1-2 punch of Cesar Mejia (22 points) and Charles Correa (16 points) equaled the Warriors’ final scoring total all by themselves.
“We have a lot of kinks to work out,” SRA coach Tom Sorrentine admitted after the game ended. “But we do have our 1-2 punch back. Davon Robertson is our third returning starter. We have to fill in the other spots.”

Tolman, Shea to meet in Donaldson finals

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It will be Tolman and Shea battling for the Donaldson Memorial Tournament championship on Saturday night.
The host Tigers got 35 points from junior guard Juan Velez en route to a 77-51 romp over East Greenwich in the nightcap on Thursday evening.
Shea had earlier posted a 58-50 victory over Toll Gate. Jordy Brito led the Raiders with 22 points, five assists and five steals.
Shea had to battle all night against a tough opponent. The Raiders led 22-20 at halftime and held off the Titans with a strong defensive effort.

Police search pond for murder weapon

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island State Police dive team and the Pawtucket Police spent most of Wednesday searching a small pond/swamp area off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway for a reported murder weapon. They came up with some “items” that are being evaluated as possible evidence, according to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, although he stopped short of saying that the gun police had been looking for was found.

Cumberland men facing gun charges

December 8, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.

Reed gives cold, hard facts on heat funding

December 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is on the chopping block, Sen. Jack Reed warned Wednesday.
With winter whistling in and Congress bustling to finish its business for the year, the federal heating assistance program for low-income Americans faces what Reed calls “a dramatic cut.”
“Millions of Americans are facing the prospect of literally being left out in the cold,” Reed said in a conference call with colleagues Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont.

Needy Lincoln families to receive food, gifts at Christmas

December 8, 2011

LINCOLN — Facilities Manager and Recycling Coordinator Dave Sale admitted he usually goes away with his wife for Thanksgiving, but they made different plans this year.
As the couple and their daughters' families sat down at the Saylesville home for a magnificent meal, “Grandpa” Sale looked around him and said, “You know what makes me so thankful this year? I know 304 families who right now, or sometime this afternoon, will enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.

December 7th

Is Pawtucket hockey on thin ice?

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Don’t get Ray McGee started when it comes to ice hockey in this city.

SPC Christopher L. Mendonca

December 7, 2011

SPC Christopher L. Mendonca
PAWTUCKET – SPC Christopher L. Mendonca, 20, a beloved son of Domingas G. (DePina) Mendonca and Luis Mendonca, passed away in New York on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while on leave from the U.S. Army. He was an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran of the United States Army, Company B, 2-8 Infantry, 2nd BCT, 4th ID, Fort Carson, Colorado.

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