December 12th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sure, tournament bragging rights were on the line when Tolman and Shea met Saturday night in the finals of the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tip-Off Tournament, which is designed to pay homage to the memory of the longtime Tolman High teacher and coach. Itâ€™s just that thereâ€™s a whole other realm to take into account.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For St. Raphael Academy, Saturdayâ€™s game against Providence Country Day was merely a matter of surviving.
Playing for the third time in as many days, the Saints did just enough to squeeze out an 81-73 victory in the championship game of the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament.
Junior Charles Correa stole the show at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club on his way to earning tourney MVP honors, registering a game-high 30 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds.
WARWICK â€“ Tolman High took care of business on Saturday night, scoring early and often en route to an 8-0 victory over Warwick Veterans.
The Tigers struck just 14 seconds into the game when Ryan Pedro converted a pass from Ed Reall for a 1-0 lead. Kody Casavant then scored the next game less than one minute later. Ryan Deighan and Reall added goals to give Tolman a 4-0 lead after one period.
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.
CUMBERLAND â€” 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.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something thatâ€™s common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Fridayâ€™s non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort â€“ one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriorsâ€™ favor.
â€śI was very impressed, very impressed with the girlsâ€™ energy,â€ť said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.
CUMBERLAND â€“ 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” Calling it a â€świn-winâ€ť 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.
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
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 â€ś9-1-1â€ť 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 Saintsâ€™ 1-2 punch of Cesar Mejia (22 points) and Charles Correa (16 points) equaled the Warriorsâ€™ final scoring total all by themselves.
â€śWe have a lot of kinks to work out,â€ť SRA coach Tom Sorrentine admitted after the game ended. â€śBut we do have our 1-2 punch back. Davon Robertson is our third returning starter. We have to fill in the other spots.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 â€śitemsâ€ť 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 â€” 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.