Sometimes things move pretty quickly around here â almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired.
One day weâre ushering in the winter sports season while the high school Super Bowls have yet to be contested. The non-stop nature extends to all seasons and sports, and we here at Blackstone Valley Sports have no choice but to hop aboard the next train or run the risk of being left behind.
PAWTUCKETâCasting a Grinch-like mood over City Hall, Fitch Ratings announced Wednesday that is has downgraded Pawtucket's general obligation bonds by two notches and has removed the city's rating from a âwatchâ status to a ânegative rating outlook.â
The downgrade to âBBB-â from âBBB+â affects three categories of general obligation bonds: $6.38 million, series 2001; $3.46 million refunding bonds, series 2002B; and $11.05 million, series 2005. The new bond rate is just one notch away from âjunk bond status.â
PAWTUCKET â âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is now a screen star in his own right with a new music video that is appearing on YouTube.
Called âSanta's Wrap,â the video features the Pawtucket resident performing a rap-style song that he wrote himself. Since it made its debut earlier this month, âSanta's Wrapâ has garnered over 31,000 hits on the Internet video site. The easiest way to access the video is by looking up âSanta's Wrapâ on Google or by visiting YouTube and searching âSanta's Wrap.â
CUMBERLAND â âOf course, we had a Christmas party every year at the Boys Club,â Mike Pappas was saying earlier this week. âThere would be presents for all the kids. And we made sure to hand out a Christmas basket to a needy family. That was important to us.â
The Christmas Party tradition still exists at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, an organization Pappas first became aware of as a Depression-era youngster living up the street in a three-story tenement. As an adult, Pappas would spend 41 years working at the club, the last 26 as its Executive Director.
PAWTUCKET â Tiverton put the brakes on Shea Highâs offense during a 72-53 romp over the Raiders on Thursday night.
Shea, coming off a 94-92 up-tempo win over North Providence on Monday, contributed to its own demise with a variety of missed layups and close-in shots that prevented the Raiders from turning to their pressing defense following a made basket.
âIf we had made our layups, we could have used the press,â Shea coach Matt Pita said after the game. âBut we shot poorly all night. The bottom line is we have to rebound the ball and make our layups and we did neither tonight.â
PROVIDENCE â Four men, including two from Pawtucket and one from Central Falls, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Two of the defendants also face charges of allegedly distributing child pornography.
According to a press release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal indictments against the four were sought by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha as a result of a state and federal multi-agency investigation earlier this year into child exploitation.
CUMBERLAND - Doris (Joachim) Blain, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Monday, December 20, 2010. She was the wife of the late Philip Blain.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Emmeric and Rosa (Milliot) Joachim.
Domingos A. Santiago
PAWTUCKET - Domingos A. Santiago, 64, of Pawtucket died December 23, 2010 at Memorial Hospital of RI. He was the husband of Ana V. (Goncalves) Santiago. He was born in Brava, Cape Verde Island a son of Malvina (Barros)Santiago and the late Antonio Santiago. He came to this country 22 years ago settling in Pawtucket.Besides his wife and mother he is survived by 1 daughter Luisa M. Santiago and 1 son Daniel Santiage, both of Pawtucket, 4 sisters Isabel, Clara, Benilda and Elsie, and 3 grandchildren.
Harvey N. Bryant
PAWTUCKET - Harvey N. Bryant, 61, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010. He was the husband of the late Patricia Bryant. Born in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late William Bryant and the late Beverly (Craig) Rushlow.
He is survived by one son, Harvey Bryant Jr., six brothers, Richard LaClair, Monte, David, and Duane Bryant, Therron and Sean Hamaker, three sisters, Lynda and Melissa Hamaker, and Monalisa Aguiar, seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â As manager of Double-A Portland the past four seasons, Arnie Beyeler was at the forefront of nurturing while simultaneously pushing all of the better known prospects in the Red Soxâ farm chain. Beyelerâs mission was to not just get the likes of Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard and Ryan Kalish ready for life at Triple-A, but to present them a sample of what life is like as a major leaguer.
Celestino N. Ferreira
TEXAS - Funeral Mass for Celestino N. Ferreira, 81, of Richmond, Texas will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010 in the Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg.
Tracey-Ann Soares Pytka
CUMBERLAND - Tracey-Ann Soares Pytka, 38, of Titus Street, Cumberland died Monday, December 20, 2010. Tracey was the loving and devoted mother of Peter J. Pytka III, Jaymee - Lynn Pytka and Julia A. Pytka and the daughter of Donald and Dorothea L. (Arrighi) Soares. She was the sister of Donald Soares and his wife Brenda, Jenny-Lynn Soares and her husband John, and Lori - Ann DiGregorio and her husband Robert. Tracey-Ann is also survived by her nephew Matthew DeGregorio.
Winifred L. Geddes
CUMBERLAND - Winifred L. (Allan) Geddes, 98, died Monday, December 20, 2010 at Shady Acres Nursing Home, West Kingston. She was the wife of the late William J. Geddes.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James T. and Alice (Agnew) Allan, she raised her family in Smithfield and had lived in Cumberland for over 50 years.
Mrs. Geddes worked in various local parish rectories before retiring.
Edward F. Doonan, Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Edward F. Doonan, Sr.,age 85, of Carlson Drive, Cumberland, passed away on Monday,December 20, 2010. He was the husband of the late Vivian S. "Ma" Doonan.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Matthew and Almeida "Mary" (LaChance) Doonan, he lived in Cumberland for over 50 years. He was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
JOHNSTON â You know things are looking up when the opposing coach pulls his starters â with 1:25 left in the first half!
Yes, Johnston head coach Dan Mazzulla did reinsert his starting group for the second half. By that point, though, it didnât matter. Tolman was still up big and still playing tenacious defense, the latter the major reason why the Tigers handed the Panthers their first league loss on Tuesday night, 45-33.
CUMBERLAND â A 14-year-old boy made a 911 call Monday afternoon after discovering his mother's body lying in a pool of blood in his 29 Titus St. home and later learned police would charge his father in her death.
Peter J. Pytka, 40, was arraigned in District Court, Providence, on a Cumberland Police charge he allegedly murdered his wife, Tracey Pytka, 38, after an apparent domestic incident at the Titus Street residence.
CUMBERLAND: Theresa Richard, 83, of Diamond Hill Rd, passed away December 20, 2010.She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Richard.
Born in Cumberland, a daughter of the late Henry and Yvonne (Lemay) Robideau. She had been employed as a hairdresser for several area salons for many years before retiring. Theresa was a member of the St. Aidan Seniors and the St. John Vianney Pray Group.
Richard E. Bricusse
PAWTUCKET Richard E. "Bric" Bricusse, 87, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010. He was the beloved husband of the late Estelle M. (Robichaud) Bricusse. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Felicien and Lucy (Pierson) Bricusse. Bric was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was wounded during combat and received the Purple Heart. He was a roofer for many years until retiring and most recently worked at St. Cecilia Parish until 2004.
Every race that Charlie Breagy creates appears to turn to gold.
The past few months in Providence, his Monster Mini Dash 5K on Halloween and his Downtown Jingle 5K a couple of weeks ago, drew more than 2,000 participants to the starting line. His annual Ocean State Cross-Country Invitational has 5,000-plus high school and middle-school runners congregating at Goddard Park in mid-October.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The top selling Christmas gift for basketball coaches is a point guard who can handle the ball, run an offense, get his teammates good shots and make a few key baskets when the game is on the line. Santa passes these things out every five or 10 years. They donât grow on trees.
St. Raphael Academy coach Tom Sorrentine got such a gift last Christmas in freshman Charles Correa, a Pawtucket product who has developed into an emerging sophomore with the potential to open some eyes around the state before he graduates in two years.