March 25th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” Immediately after the Tolman High girlsâ€™ squad had finished its routine at these New England Regional Competitive Cheerleading Championships, held as always at Lawrence (Mass.) High on Saturday afternoon, head coach Jessica MacLaughlinâ€™s crew seemed rather subdued.
At least thatâ€™s the way she viewed it.
â€śThe girls already seemed, like, deflated,â€ť she recalled. â€śThey thought there was no way they would place in the top five, that it was over and done with, and they had failed. They were just sitting there, waiting to see who had won.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ When push came to shove, most of the House of Representatives fell in line to elect Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello as speaker by a landslide; only six stood by challenger Rep. Michael Marcello of Scituate, while six others abstained.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Providence County Grand Jury has indicted Andrew Jett of East Providence in the 2012 murder of his then girlfriend Michelle Busby.
Jett, 54, of 71 Metacomet Ave., was indicted on one count of murder and is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 16.
Busby, 50, was found murdered inside the home she shared with Jett at 71 Metacomet Ave. Police say Busby was killed on Aug. 24, 2012 by Jett, who left the state in Busbyâ€™s Jeep Commander. Both vanished a few days before Busby's body was found.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello has emerged as the front runner in the momentous vote to pick a new Speaker of the House of Representatives scheduled for later today, but challenger Michael Marcello says he has enough votes to make a fight of it.
Mattiello said on Monday that he has at least 48 votes. Marcello claims to have 33 votes. One of them has to be wrong, because there are only 75 members of the House of Representatives. It takes 38 votes to win the Speakerâ€™s gavel and both Democrats and Republicans get to cast a ballot.
PROVIDENCE â€” Based on Mondayâ€™s discussion amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee, there appears to be growing concern with regard to fan behavior at boysâ€™ high school hockey games.
â€śWe feel that weâ€™ve seen and heard of more issues happening at the rink. Not really players, but parents and students in the stands,â€ť expressed Tom Mezzanotte, RIIL executive director.
Rae F. Wynne
PAWTUCKET - Rae F. Wynne (Cahill) of Pawtucket died on Monday, March 24, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Raymond E. Wynne Sr. for over 58 years. She was longtime members of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church in Pawtucket.
Rae was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Hazel (Macomber) Cahill.
She graduated from the former St. Xavier High School. Rae attended the College of New Rochelle in New York and graduated with a degree in education from Rhode Island College.
Ruth V. Jackson Wild
WALLINGFORD, CT - Ruth V. Jackson Wild, 94, of Wallingford, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Masonicare of Wallingford. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Watson Wild.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, December 8, 1919, a daughter of the late Robert Edward Jackson and the late Leonie Rebecca Burlingame Jackson, she lived in Rhode Island before moving to Wallingford several years ago. She had been employed by the Swiss Pylon Company of Smithfield, RI, for many years until her retirement.
KINGSTON â€” With 5:22 remaining in the R.I. Division II Tournamentâ€™s championship final, and top-seeded St. Raphael Academy trailing 48-30, superb senior co-captain Becca Gonzalez found an opening in the lane, drove through it and put up an easy lay-in attempt.
It hit the back of the rim, then the front, and fell out.
Gonzalez turned to no one in particular, put her hands out as to make a plea then hustled back down the floor.
PAWTUCKET â€” It often helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at a difficult problem. In the eyes of a group of graduate students from Roger Williams University, the rundown, vacant Conant/Coats & Clark Thread Mill property can be revived in numerous ways so as to be a vibrant area once again.
PROVIDENCE â€” As much as Ed Cooley probably wishes he could sit back and enjoy the magic carpet ride his Providence Friars have ridden this month, he knows the importance of pressing forward. Reflections will come in due time.
SAN ANTONIO â€“ In the end, the 20th and 21st offensive rebounds that the Providence Friars surrendered proved to be their undoing.
Two free throws by James Michael McAdoo in the final 3.5 seconds helped snap a 77-77 affair and propel North Carolina to a 79-77 victory over a heartbroken bunch of Friars Friday night in the Eastern Regional portion of the NCAA Tournament.
Bryce Cottonâ€™s final game in a Providence uniform was the stuff of legends, the senior netting a career-high 36 points while doling out eight assists.
For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was hobbled by the taint of misconduct on Friday as state and federal agents raided his home and Statehouse office for evidence â€“ of what, no one is saying just yet.
PAWTUCKET - Ryan, Mary (Mustakos), 89, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at Golden Crest Nursing Center. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late George and Despina (Andreopoulos) Mustakos.
Mary had worked for Levin Plating, Pawtucket for many years before retiring.
She is survived by her daughter, Alexandria Ryan Pacia; a brother, James Mustakos; and two grandchildren, Richard J. Pacia and Nicholas C. Pacia. She was the sister of the late Katherine Henderson.
SAN ANTONIO â€“ While the point-guard matchup between Providenceâ€™s Bryce Cotton and North Carolinaâ€™s Marcus Paige has been the talk de jour leading up to Fridayâ€™s NCAA Tournament contest, thereâ€™s a frontcourt bout that could prove as important in deciding the outcome.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Letâ€™s remove all the tradition and corresponding subplots from the equation.
Instead, letâ€™s delve into how Providence and North Carolina arrived at this particular juncture â€“ a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament thatâ€™s on tap Friday night (7:20 tip) at the AT&T Center. The two schools may have arrived at the same destination, yet itâ€™s safe to say that the steps taken to get here were vastly different.
SAN ANTONIO â€” Thereâ€™s no question that the NCAA Tournament is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company. Between the 14-year, nearly $11 million television agreement that CBS and Turner Sports entered into back in 2010 and the presence of recognizable corporate sponsors such as AT&T and The Coca-Cola Company, it wouldnâ€™t come as a shock to learn that theyâ€™re printing money at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
The question is, just how big of a slice of mince pie do NCAA participants such as Providence receive?
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PROVIDENCE â€“ Cumberland put its sterling credentials on the Meehan Auditorium ice for all to see on Thursday night in the Division II championship opener against the co-op team from Providence Country Day, St. Raphael Academy and Wheeler.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Despite some problems that have occurred with vandalism, the playground at the Curtis Elementary School on Benefit Street has been kept unlocked and open to members of the community.
â€śIt's open seven days a week,â€ť said Curtis School Principal Jean Friend. â€śIt is left unlocked.â€ť She said there was a period when it had been locked after some mulch and an area that was being reseeded was damaged, but it has been unlocked now â€śfor awhile.â€ť She added, however, that there have still been some occasional issues with vandalism.
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SEEKONK - Kaltsas, Joyce, 81, wife of the late George A. Kaltsas, died Mar. 19th.
Funeral services private. Obituary and condolences at http:// www.jhwilliamsfuneralhome.com/
Suzanne R. Roy
PAWTUCKET - Suzanne R. Roy of Pawtucket died on March 18, 2014.
Suzanne was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Norman and Virginia (LaPlante) Roy. She was a packer at Fuller Packaging for many years.
Suzanne is survived by her brothers; Michael Roy of Pawtucket, Donald Roy of Seekonk, Ma., David Roy of Pawtucket and Alan Roy of Pawtucket.