November 16th, 2010
Alyssa McCoart and Nicole Silva play softball in arguably the toughest division in Rhode Island â€“ the Division I-North circuit â€“ but after next spring, the competitionâ€™s going to get a whole lot tougher for these local senior standouts.
Thatâ€™s because the Lincoln High first baseman/pitcher and Mount St. Charles Academy third baseman, who are very good friends who have known each other since the eighth grade, will be taking their talents to the Division I collegiate level, and they made that official last week by signing National Letters of Intent to their respective schools.
PAWTUCKET â€” School officials say they are working to eradicate a pesky mice problem that has recently erupted at the Agnes Little Elementary School.
The Times received several phone calls last week from unidentified individuals saying their children had reported seeing mice at the schoolâ€”some dead and others aliveâ€”and were concerned about health and safety issues. Two of the callers said that besides seeing the rodents running around the school, there was a foul odor, apparently from dead mice, and that there were apparent mice droppings on the floors, desks, and other surfaces.
The Division II football playoffs usually provide the most interesting competition every season when Rhode Island teams begin competing for Super Bowl berths.
D-II holds a big advantage over the other three divisions because it is the stateâ€™s largest league (16 teams). It invites eight teams to the playoffs instead of the four we find in other divisions. Its quarterfinals are held in the second week of November while the regular season is still going on elsewhere.
Manuel Cardoza III
CENTRAL FALLS - Manuel Cardoza III, 51 of Clay St., died Friday at home. Born in Pawtucket he was the beloved son of Manuel V. and Lucinda (Catarina) Cardoza.
He was a steel worker formerly employed by the Washburn Wire Co., East Providence for a number of years, leaving the company due to a disability.
Elizabeth A. Chartier
PAWTUCKET - Elizabeth A. (McKenna) Chartier, 88, passed away Monday, November 15, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Dona N. Chartier. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late George Burrows and Alice McKenna.
Betty was a cashier at Ann & Hope, Cumberland for almost thirty years until retiring. She leaves a son, Robert J. Chartier, Sr. and his wife Grace; three grandsons, Robert, Jr., Scott and Mark Chartier and six great-grandchildren.
Theresa C. Sneesby
LINCOLN - Theresa C. Sneesby, 80, of Lincoln, died Friday at RI Hospital. She was the devoted wife of Edward A. Sneesby for 55 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Maria (Lanca) OConnor. She is survived by her son Robert Sneesby of Johnston, her daughters Patricia A. Mongeau of Lincoln and Cynthia M. LaRose and her companion David Rebello of Coventry, her sister Patricia Hannan of Daytona Beach, FL, 6 grandchildren, and 2 step grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers Robert and Edward.
PAWTUCKET - Roberta Almeida, 80, of Clayton St. died Sunday in the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert Almeida.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Robert and Donalda (Dalpe) Mercure. She resided in Pawtucket for the past 65 years.
She was employed by the Woodlawn Federal Credit Union, Pawtucket for 41 years until her retirement in 1990.
John S. Kasulewicz (NO PHOTO WITH FLAG)
PAWTUCKET - John S. Kasulewicz, 96, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2010. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen M. (Meers) Kasulewicz.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Michael and Mary(Dobnovski) Karsulavitch.
John was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
He was employed by various textile mills in the Pawtucket area for many years until retiring.
Denis M. Gravel (WITH PHOTO)
CUMBERLAND - Denis M. Gravel, 66, of Roland St. died Friday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Hipolito) Gravel.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Rolland and Lea (Berthelette) Gravel. He resided in Cumberland for the 37 years previously residing in Pawtucket.
He was employed at the Miriam Hospital as a Respiratory Technician for over 15 years until his retirement. He was previously employed by the Health Tex Corp., Central Falls for over 20 years.
He was a communicant of St. Aidan Church, Cumberland.
CUMBERLAND - Aime Pereira, known in area for years in the auto and racing community died Saturday.
Amadeu "Aime" Pereira of Cumberland, Rhode Island,devoted husband of Marion(McCarthy) Pereira with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in 1927, Aime died peacefully on November 13 at age 83 surrounded by his loving family.
PROVIDENCE â€” The scoreboard doesnâ€™t always tell the true story of a soccer game.
That may have been the case on Sunday as darkness enveloped the R.I. College soccer field while Lincoln and Exeter/West Greenwich battled through a tense Division II state championship final.
When the final whistle sounded, EWG celebrated a 2-1 victory over the gallant Lions, who hung tough in a game that saw the Scarlet Knights own a 24-10 advantage in shots on goal.
JOHNSTON â€” People are going to be talking about this playoff game for a very long time.
St. Raphael Academy won a wild and crazy shootout with Johnston High on Saturday night in their Division II quarterfinal-round game on the Panthersâ€™ campus -- a royal battle that saw both teams nearly combine for 1,000 yards of offense and the Saints score a heart-pounding 56-50 overtime victory.
LINCOLN --- Officials with the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School are looking for volunteers to donate their hair to the â€śLocks of Loveâ€ť event scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Free haircuts will be given to all individuals who have a minimum of 10 inches of hair to donate, and those haircuts will be given in the Cosmetology Salon at Davies between 8:30 a.m.-noon.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Jim Bourgault sat at his kitchen table on Wednesday night and swore the best part of his recent trip to England wasn't being crowned a world masterâ€™s bench press champion but instead â€śreconnectingâ€ť with his wife, Jeannie.
When Jeannie, playing with her two grandchildren in the living room, heard the comment, she immediately spun around and replied, â€śSuck-up!â€ť
Naturally, the Hunt Street home â€“ which houses the couple's three adult children and little Amiaya, 3, and Antonio, 18 months â€“ erupted in laughter.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sure, his eyes and feet played a part in guiding Joselito Knapp to the end zone. To the Tolman quarterback, that only begins to cover what transpired with under six minutes remaining in Fridayâ€™s Division II quarterfinal matchup with Westerly at Pariseau Field.
PROVIDENCE --- Jeff Craven tormented Shea High again on Friday night, but this time, the Barrington High senior standout victimized the Raiders on the biggest stage of the season -- the Division I championshp game.
Craven netted a pair of first-half goals and the Eaglesâ€™ superb defense did its part to fend off the high-scoring Raidersâ€™ assault the rest of the way en route to a 2-1 win and the teamâ€™s record 11th state title at Rhode Island College.
CENTRAL FALLS --- It was of North Smithfield High head coach Wes Pugh-Pennington's volition to treat his Division IV showdown against Central Falls High on Friday night as a road playoff game.
â€śOur plan was to keep it simple,â€ť he stated. â€śWe knew it was their Homecoming, so we wanted to use this as preparation for the playoffs. We knew we'd see a tough C.F. Team come in and play hard, so we wanted to run the ball, mix it up and gain some yardage. But we also wanted to prove that we're North Smithfield, we're no fluke, and that we come to play football.â€ť
Fernando Lourenco Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Fernando Lourenco Sr., 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday. Fernando was born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland on June 26, 1920. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Piedade (Freitas) Lourenco. He was the son of the late Jose and Maria (daPatrocino) Lourenco of Lamegal, Portugal.
Joseph E. Ryan
LINCOLN - Joseph E. Ryan, 73, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Jennifer M. (Schabowski) Ryan. They had been married 50 years. Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late William J. and Gertrude C.(Garrett) Ryan, he had lived in Lincoln most of his life. Mr. Ryan had been employed by the State of RI Dept. of Labor. He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. His brother Kenneth F. Ryan of Seekonk and numerous nieces and nephews survive him. He was the brother of the late William J. Ryan Jr. and Edwin Ryan.
FLORIDA - Shirley Starsiak 82, formerly of EP passed away November 8 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers FL.She leaves her Beloved daughter Gail and son-in law Jerry Blain of Ft. Myers Beach with whom she made her home for the past 3 years.
Born in Central Falls to the late Irene and Thomas Flaxington, she was also a stepdaughter to the late James Hindle. She was the mother of the late Gary Starsiak. Shirley also leaves a sister, June Schricker in California.