November 10th, 2014
In a perfect world, Pawtucket would be the epicenter of interscholastic Division II football this week with Shea, Tolman and St. Raphael all gearing up for the postseason. Alas, the reality is that just two of the three schools are in the equation.
The Division II brackets were finalized and released Sunday with Shea and St. Raphael learning their respective quarterfinal-round opponents. High school football enthusiasts in the city have been presented with a conundrum as the Raiders and Saints each have home games Friday night at 7 p.m.
CENTRAL FALLS â City officials and local veterans organizations Tuesday will gather at Dexter and Cross Streets to honor the memory and ultimate sacrifice of Army Specialist William Thomas Cavanaugh, a Central Falls native and the first Rhode Islander to be killed in action in Vietnam 50 years ago this past April.
CUMBERLAND – It’s hard to believe Saturday night’s Division I playoff match between unbeaten Shea High and La Salle Academy was just a semifinal round contest. All of the trappings suggested this contest meant everything to all involved. The stands and running track at Tucker Field were filled with more than 300 rabid fans who gave off as much energy as the players and coaches roaming the ersatz turf.
PAWTUCKET – The well-oiled football machine that is St. Raphael Academy finished off an unbeaten Division II-A schedule with a 42-0 victory over Woonsocket on Friday night at Pariseau Field.
Lincoln High scored all the points it would need on Friday night after Alex Leclerc hooked up with Jermain Perez on a 46-yard, first-quarter touchdown aerial.
PAWTUCKET - Irene Champagne, 102, of Pawtucket, died Thursday. She was the wife of the late Emile P. Champagne. They had been married 30 years. Born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada she was a daughter of Lucias (Guimond) and Thare Labranche. She was the 7th of 13 children.
Mrs. Champagne was a member of the "Dames de St. Anne" of the former Notre Dame Church, in Central Falls.
She leaves one daughter, Therese Durocher of Swanville, ME; grandsons, Russell Durocher of Ayer, MA and Ryan Durocher of Woodland Hills, CA and a great grandson.
PAWTUCKET â Like Christmas, pictures with Santa to the Stars comes to Apex but once a year.
Santa to the Stars, also known as Brady White, is one of the country's most sought-after Santas.
He travels the world portraying Santa Claus in film, television, commercials, print advertisements, and live appearances.
Children of all ages are invited to take photos with Santa, which will be available Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., for $5 per photo. All proceeds will benefit The Times' Merry Christmas Fund.
CUMBERLAND - Gerard "Rusty" Routhier, 86, passed away on November 4th with his loving family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Estelle (Chartier) Routhier, to whom he had been married for 65 years.
Born in, and a life-long resident of, Central Falls, RI, he was a son of the late Arthur and Lucienne (Proulx) Routhier. He was a graduate of Academie du Sacre Coeur, Class of 1947. Rusty retired from the Central Falls Police Department as a Captain after 25 years of service. He was Central Falls' first motorcycle officer.
CUMBERLAND â With Tuesdayâs election behind him, Mayor-Elect William S. Murray yesterday announced the formation of a six-member transition team to begin taking the reins of town government from Mayor and R.I. Lt. Gov.-Elect Daniel J. McKee.
Leading the team as chair is former Town Councilwoman Bonnie A. Large, Murrayâs campaign manager and a local real estate appraiser.
Clifford F. McClelland, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Clifford Francis McClelland, Jr., 80, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, died on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice in Providence.
Born in Mansfield, MA, on September 24, 1934, he was a son of the late Clifford F. Sr. and Eleanor (Couture) McClelland.
He resided in Cumberland since 2002 having previously resided in Pawtucket for 20 years.
Mr. McClelland was a retired machinist having been employed by Texas Instruments in Attleboro for 20 years before retiring in 1995.
BRISTOL -- Immediately after the final whistle had sounded, Cumberland High’s players jogged back to embrace their goalkeeper, junior Michaela Simanski.
PROVIDENCE â The race looked close as the first precincts began to report results from the Rhode Island governorâs race, but in the end, Democrat Gina Raimondo was victorious. Raimondo, who beat Republican Allan Fung with 40.1 percent of the vote, is the first woman to be elected governor in the Ocean State.
âRhode Island is ready for a governor who is going to turn this state around,â Raimondo said in her victory speech, going on to repeat a campaign slogan: âItâs time to get Rhode Island back to work.â
CENTRAL FALLS – Defending state champion La Salle Academy is never an easy out in the playoffs, not even if it goes on the road for a Division I quarterfinal match against a quality team like Central Falls.<
Marcelino Baptista Lopes
PAWTUCKET - Marcelino Baptista Lopes, "Chalo" 72, passed on October 31, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. Born in Brava, Cape Verde, he was the son of the late Joao Baptista Lopes and Maria Antonia Lopes.
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Rhode Island has been stagnating for too long now, mired in the morass of a failing economy that threatens to suck us all under like quicksand.
We still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008, and that extended period of weakness and fiscal frailty makes it all the more difficult to pull ourselves out of the hole.
Our state desperately needs a leader to step forward, one who has the courage to confront difficult problems and the wisdom and judgment find the best way to solve them.
Gina Raimondo is that leader.
Robert G. LaFleur
WARWICK - Robert G. LaFleur, 90, passed on October 31st. He was the husband of the late Claire (Donaldson) LaFleur.
He was the son of the late Francis W. and Florida LaFleur.
Bob had been employed at various companies as a machinist and toolmaker for 40 years. He was an Army Veteran of WWII.
Thelma E. Brett
PAWTUCKET - Thelma E. Brett, 86, of Cumberland and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully with her entire family by her side Saturday, November 01, 2014. She was the wife of the late William J. Brett Jr. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Frank Winfield Carr and Ruth (Clark) Carr.
Carol J. DeGrafft
PAWTUCKET - Carol J. DeGrafft, 74, of Pawtucket died on October 31, 2014. Carol was the wife of Alan DeGrafft. They had been married thirty six years.
Mrs. DeGrafft was born in Cumberland, the daughter of the late Joseph Desnoyers and Edith (Bordeau) Desnoyers.
Besides her husband Alan, Carol is survived by her sons, John Viveiros of Providence and Alan DeGrafft of Pawtucket. She was the mother of the late John Viveiros.
Talk to area football coaches and they’ll likely spout the familiar phrases of how their team must adhere to the following rudimentary creeds:
-- Take it one game at a time.
-- Never take any opponent for granted.
-- Avoid looking ahead.