November 17th, 2014
•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 Pawtucketâ€™s Salvation Army for distribution to needy families. This yearâ€™s campaign is no exception.
The Times has set the goal for this yearâ€™s 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.
Donald L. Breault, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Donald L. Breault, Jr., 52, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Lee M. (Moore) Breault for thirty years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of Donald L. Breault, Sr. and Carol A. (Kent) Breault. Don was employed by Teknor Apex for twenty-three years.
Besides his wife and parents, he leaves a daughter, Nicole S. Breault; a son, Donald L. Breault, III; a brother, David W. Breault; a sister, Susan L. Thorpe; a grandson, Leo Charles DeGulio all of Pawtucket and many nieces and nephews.
LINCOLN – The common denominator among Lincoln High varsity softball teammates Stacey Mayer and Adriana Toro and baseball standout Mason Palmieri on Thursday afternoon was this: Utter relief.
For months or even years now, the trio of seniors had been sure as to where they would further their academic and athletic educations, but admitted to feeling “stressed out.” The reason: They couldn't wait to make it official.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Dozens of dogs, from the smallest shih tzu to the most massive mastiff, came together at the Rhode Island Convention Center Saturday and Sunday for the 21st annual Rhode Island Pet Show.
Among the myriad options for animal lovers during the weekend-long festivities included obedience and distraction training demonstrations, agility demonstrations, live judging and competition by breed, the Pet Dog Parade of Breeds Dog Show, and more.
PAWTUCKET – Whatever good will had been displayed over the previous two-plus hours quickly evaporated at the end of the R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal clash between Shea-Mount Pleasant on Friday night.
PAWTUCKET – Johnston High pulled off the upset of the year on Friday night, knocking unbeaten St. Raphael Academy out of the Division II playoffs with a stunning 33-31 victory at Pariseau Field.
Johnston utilized the Wing-T offense formerly favored by the host Saints and tore holes in the SRA defense. Halfback Marc Conte ran for two touchdowns and scored another on a pick-six interception to spark the Panthers, who came into the game with a 3-4 league record. The Saints were 7-0.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Two Central Falls men were charged with possession of cocaine â€“ among other charges â€“ after police found more than 158 grams of the drug in a safe in their car Thursday, authorities said.
Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, two officers were on patrol in the city when they observed a vehicle travel through a stop sign at the intersection of Lonsdale Avenue and Hayward Street, police said.
Marsha L. Kirkconnell
PAWTUCKET - Marsha Lois (Henry) Kirkconnell, 76 years old, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at her home in Pawtucket, Rhode
enjoyed her early career as a cosmetologist and stylist before joining Raytheon as a sub-assembler working on the Patriot missile defense system. She was actively involved in her community. She started the "Adopt-A-Kid" program, providing Christmas and Easter gifts for underprivileged children, and was recognized as an Anti-Hunger Hero by the Emergency Food Center in 1994.
Shea relishes first playoff spot since '07
PAWTUCKET – The drought is over, and veteran Shea High coach Dino Campopiano is hoping his club will choose to make the most of the opportunity.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man is facing a felony charge of second-degree child abuse after he struck a 15-year-old female relative with a belt several times, police said.
Joaquim L. Fontes, 47, was arrested Wednesday around 11:30 a.m., police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Fontes was having a discipline issue with a 15-year-old female relative at his Darrow Street residence, and he ended up striking her several times with a leather belt, which caused bruising, red marks, and scratches to her arms and back, Martins said.
Martins did not specify the relationship between the girl and Fontes.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Armistice Boulevard Monday night.
A 22-year-old man was walking on Armistice Boulevard near Littlefield Street around 8:20 p.m. Monday when he was approached by four men, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The victim said three of the males were dark-skinned and one was light-skinned. One of the dark-skinned men had a handgun and pointed it at the victim, demanding he turn over his property, Martins said.
Tolman senior Leiandra Wilson is all smiles as she gets ready to take part in a signing ceremony at the high school Wednesday afternoon. Wilson signed her letter of intent to attend Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire on a softball scholarship.
Kathrin R. Keough
PAWTUCKET - Kathrin R. "Kitty" Keough of Pawtucket died on November 10, 2014.
Kitty was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late James F. Keough and Frances J. (Bodell) Keough. She was employed at the Clients Choice Answering Service.
Miss Keough is survived by her Brothers; Daniel Keough and his wife Debra, James Keough, and William Keough. She also leaves her sisters; Jane Bartley, Elizabeth Bubier and her husband Dan, and Mary Rose Peloquin and her husband David.
Kitty was a loving Aunt to several nieces and nephews.
Linda M. DeSanto
PAWTUCKET: Linda M. DeSanto, 50, passed on November 7th. She was the daughter of James DeSanto Sr. and Eileen (Davy) DeSanto.
She is survived by two sons, Anthony and Richard DeSanto, four brothers, James, William, Scott and Richard DeSanto, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, November 15th from 11am to 1pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit
Claire R. Beaudette
PAWTUCKET - Claire R. (Blanchette) Beaudette, 96, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Herve Beaudette. Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Lionel and Mary (Lemieux) Blanchette, she resided in Central Falls before moving to Pawtucket over thirty-five years ago.
Claire had been a housekeeper at the Wannamoisett Country Club, and was previously a winder at American Insulated Wire Company for twenty-five years and at the Joyal VanDale Company for twelve years.
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