November 21st, 2014
PAWTUCKET – Shea High relied on three explosive touchdown plays and a withering defense to breeze into the Division II Super Bowl on Friday night.
The Raiders shrugged off a second-quarter challenge from Coventry en route to a 41-14 triumph. Momodou Mbye and Leandro DeBrito made the big plays for Shea. Mbye scored on runs of 60 and 92 yards while DeBrito ran a short kickoff back 57 yards for a score and also booted two field goals.
LINCOLN – Davies Tech girls' hoop head coach Joe Handy never expected to get the news so quickly, but it was well worth the wait.
“Waleska's back, and I'm so happy for her!” he laughed seconds after walking through the front doors to a favorite coffee shop on Wednesday night.
Robert R. Gumpson
PAWTUCKET - Robert R. Gumpson, 71, of Suffolk Avenue died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Raymond F. and Florence (Booth) Gumpson, he had lived in Central Falls for 60 years before moving to Pawtucket 11 years ago.
Mr. Gumpson was the owner of Central Falls Surfacing Company for many years before retiring.
PAWTUCKET — In these sudden-death Division II playoffs, Shea High has written a life insurance policy funded by its defensive unit, an aggressive group of athletes who follow their assignments on each play and eschew individualistic efforts.
The Raiders were the only team in last weekend’s quarterfinals who held their opponent under 20 points. Unbeaten North Kingstown yielded 49 points in a loss to Coventry. Unbeaten St. Raphael gave up 33 to Johnston in its stunning upset.
PAWTUCKET â A Providence man was charged with reckless driving and driving to endanger after an accident on East Avenue early Wednesday morning that sent him and his two passengers to the hospital, authorities said.
Lavander G. Sanders, 26, was observed driving his Toyota Camry at a âvery high rate of speedâ around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The officer estimated that the vehicle was traveling well in excess of 70 mph which is significantly higher than the posted speed limit of 25.
By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
PAWTUCKET â A nonprofit group plans to hold a parade in the city Sunday morning to celebrate a judge's ruling earlier this week that struck down a city ordinance which had banned pit bulls.
Pit Bulls for PTSD will host the parade Sunday at 10 a.m. and is asking fellow revelers to meet at Slater Memorial Park for a walk up Newport Avenue and back.
Pit Bulls for PTSD is a nonprofit organization that trains pit bulls to become service dogs for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the group's Facebook page.
Marguerite J. Caron
PAWTUCKET - Marguerite J. Caron, 93, passed away at the home of her son Richard Caron in Clermont, FL on Monday, November 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert M. Caron for 54 years until his death in 1999. She was born in South Attleboro, MA, the daughter of the late Jean Baptiste and Matilda (Bouchard) Barrette and was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. Marguerite was a textile worker for local manufacturers for many years until her retirement.
PROVIDENCE — Kris Dunn believes he has unburdened himself from the fear of injury in a basketball setting. That’s no small admittance when you consider how much time the Providence College sophomore has missed in each of the last two seasons.
“I don’t think about my shoulder or anything. I don’t have jitters,” Dunn said. “I’m just excited to play once again because it’s been a while. I want to play well for everybody. I’ve just got to let everything come.”
PAWTUCKET - Gail Miller, 77, of West Forest Avenue, died Monday, November 17, 2014, at Elmhurst Extended Care, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Harry A. Miller.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Arthur and Helen (Whitman) Thomson, she was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mrs. Miller worked as a Personnel Director at Walco Electric for many years before retiring. Prior to that, she had worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Bulova Watch Co.
William "Bill" J. LePage
PAWTUCKET - William "Bill" J. LePage, 88, passed away Monday November 17th at Orchard View Manor in East Providence in the presence of his loving wife Margarite M. (Manosh) LePage. They were married on July 30, 1949 and recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. Born in Central Falls, April 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Andrew and Albina (Vincent) LePage. He resided in Pawtucket most of his life.
There will be a Lincoln/Cumberland girls’ hockey team taking the ice for the 2014-15 season.
The news became official Tuesday night during separate special meetings of the Cumberland and Lincoln school committees. Cumberland voted to pay Lincoln the money that it owed from the last two seasons and to move forward with the same cooperative agreement in place for the upcoming campaign.
PAWTUCKET â A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of an animal advocacy group and a local pit bull owner in his lawsuit against the city's ban of pit bulls.
Superior Court Judge Brian Van Couyghen ruled in favor of Defenders of Animals and Pawtucket resident Al Alix. Attorney Mark B. Morse represented both Defenders of Animals and Alix in the case.
CENTRAL FALLS â A deceased man was found behind a Dumpster at the CVS Pharmacy on Broad Street Tuesday morning, police said.
The man, whose name and age was not released, was found behind the Dumpster at the pharmacy around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
Police Chief Col. James J. Mendonca on Tuesday said that the cause of death was suspected to be from an overdose, but he said he was awaiting
the results of the report from the Office of the State Medical Examiners. As for whether or not the death is suspicious, Mendonca said police would
•PROVIDENCE – The landscape in Rhode Island interscholastic baseball is going to look vastly different over the next two years.
At Monday’s meeting of the R.I. Principals’ Committee on Athletics, the board voted 15-1 in favor of implementing a two-year baseball realignment proposal that would feature 22 teams in Division I and the restoration of a third division for the first time since 2006. Division III would be comprised of 11 teams with local representation including Shea, Central Falls, Burillville and Davies Tech.
PAWTUCKET â For more than 40 years, The Times Merry Christmas Fund has been collecting donations to help families in the community with everything from food to clothing to holiday gifts. All the money raised through the fund goes directly to Pawtucketâs Salvation Army for distribution to needy families. This yearâs campaign is no exception.
The Times has set the goal for this yearâs fund at $10,000, but so far, donations have been slow to come in.
CENTRAL FALLS - Stella Chlebek, 93, passed into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Born in Central Falls a daughter of the late Michael and Victoria (Niewola) Chlebek.
She was the beloved mother of Alice Webb. Beloved grandmother of Heidi, Halie, Holly and Reese J. Webb.
She was the sister of the late Walter, Joseph and Stanley Chlebek. The family would like to thank the staff at RI Hospital and Beacon Hospice, especially Barbara Chlebek, for their care and compassion.
Norma L. Smutek
SEEKONK - Norma L. (Tootell) Smutek, 66, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert M. Smutek. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late George M. and
Mildred (Guarde) Tootell.
Norma worked at GTE Osram Sylvania, Central Falls, for many years until retiring over ten years ago. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family and friends.
Russell A. Durning
PAWTUCKET - Russell A. Durning, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Murphy) Durning. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Leon and Eva (Parent) Durning.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, Russell was a machine operator for the former St. Regis Paper Company for 35 years, retiring in 1992. He was an army veteran of World War II. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Delaney Council.