January 23rd, 2012
James W. McLaughlin Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS - James W. McLaughlin Sr, "Jim" 77, passed January 21st. He was the husband of the late Dolores (LaPlume) McLaughlin.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Alfred and Margaret (Grant) McLaughlin.
Jim had been employed by varies textile companies in the Blackstone Valley area and then worked of St. Vincent de Paul for ten years before retiring.
PAWTUCKET â€” If youâ€™ve attended either a Tolman or Shea game this winter, chances are youâ€™ve noticed a young man sitting on the bench of each team dressed in street clothes. Starting this week, the wondering will cease and answers pertaining to whom these hoopsters-in-question are will be revealed.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council and the Finance Committee will meet tonight to discuss the city administrationâ€™s request for $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANs) in order to meet a cash flow crisis. The Finance Committee meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special session of the City Council scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach Iâ€™ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn Stateâ€™s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the schoolâ€™s reputation.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Baltimore Ravens arenâ€™t the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooleyâ€™s club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.
Itâ€™s taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
â€śItâ€™s better than New England,â€ť said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. â€śItâ€™s much warmer. In fact, Iâ€™m playing golf (today).â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâ€™s 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâ€™s goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As good as St. Raphael Academy is, very little comes easy for the defending state champions against the other elite teams in Division I.
After scoring a pair of three-point wins over Central and Classical in the past 10 days, the unbeaten Saints welcomed talented Mount Pleasant to Alumni Hall on Friday night.
The Kilties field their usual fast and athletic group of players. They came out in a box-and-one defense and then a 1-3-1 that focused on limiting the shot opportunities for SRA scoring leaders Charles Correa and Cesar Mejia.
PAWTUCKET â€” For police scanner junkies, neighborhood newshounds or citizens who simply want to stay informed, the Pawtucket Police Department has a new on-line website that tracks local crimes.
On Friday, city officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center on Armistice Boulevard to unveil a public crime-mapping website called RAIDS Online. The website can be accessed at www.raidsonline.com. Representatives from several neighborhood associations and community groups attended the meeting to learn more about the program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Combining legislators, activists and womenâ€™s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâ€™s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.
Raymond J. Ambrose
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. Ambrose, 79, of Pawtucket, died Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. He was the husband of the late Eileen R. (Maguire) Ambrose.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph C. and Stella (Koziusko)Ambrose.
Raymond was a construction and maintenance electrician at Texas Instruments, Inc., in Attleboro, Massachusetts, for thirty-two years, retiring in 1997.
Albert C. Wingate
PAWTUCKET - Albert C. Wingate, 71, of East Avenue, died Thursday, January 19, at the Philip Hulitar In-Patient Center, Providence.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Henry R. and Mary L. (Miller) Wingate, he was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mr. Wingate was a Department Manager for Almacs Supermarkets for many years. He was a veteran of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.
Mary K. Gray
PAWTUCKET - Mary K. (Kenny) Gray, 100, formally of London Avenue, Pawtucket died peacefully on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. She was the wife of the late Harold P. Gray. Mrs. Gray was born in Clagnagh, Ballyhaunnis, Ireland and came to the United States in 1930.
Sister Stephen Marie de Ste. Gertrude, LSP
PAWTUCKET - Sister Stephen Marie de Ste. Gertrude, LSP, a Religious Sister of The Little Sisters of the Poor, Saint Jeanne Jugan Residence, Pawtucket, died Friday, January 20, 2012 at The Residence. Born Kathleen Frances Cronin in Saugus, MA, on December 3, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Gertrude V. (Dugan) Cronin.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Less than two weeks after having to fight a parking ban, City Falls residents had another reason to protest: the potential closure of the city's only post office.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain â€śvery, very painful cuts â€¦ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â€ť
But, he added, â€śwe canâ€™t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the â€¦ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â€ť Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of â€śreform before revenue.â€ť
Life, weâ€™re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâ€™s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâ€™s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâ€™s the journey within the journey.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s been no secret that the numbers game hasnâ€™t been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigersâ€™ future a little bit brighter.
Elizabeth M. Quigley
WESTERLY - Elizabeth M. Quigley, 89 formerly of Lonsdale passed away Tuesday January 10th in Westerly Health Center.
She was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Burke) Quigley.
She was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland. She attended St. Patrick School and Cumberland High School.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.