February 5th, 2012
When Michael S. Krzywonos used to attend Sunday Mass at the former St. Cecilia's Church in Pawtucket he'd see the same friendly faces sitting in the same pews every week. Other than exchanging passing greetings and a few pleasantries at the end of Mass, it eventually dawned on Krzywonos that he really didn't know who his fellow parishioners were.
"For the longest time they were just faces without names," he says.
PAWTUCKET â Friday night saw North Kingstown lay out a blueprint that took St. Raphael Academy far away from its comfort zone. Time will tell if the Saints will be able to react with a counterpunch that places them back in the realm set aside for championship contenders.
WOONSOCKET --- Pilgrim didnât win the battle of numbers on Friday night, but the Patriots won a very big game against Cumberland, a âWâ that vaulted them over the Clippers and into first place in the Division II-North standings.
Senior center Cody Weaverâs second goal of the game with 2:14 to play in the game lifted the visiting Patriots to a hard-fought 3-2 triumph in a battle of two shorthanded teams at Adelard Arena.
PAWTUCKET â The look on the face of Burrillville High coach Lindsay Rachlow said it all. She wasnât out there with her players during Friday nightâs Division II-North contest with Tolman, but she certainly showed the exhaustion of playing a fierce battle with the Tigers.
It was a battle that her Broncos managed to win, eking out a 48-47 victory over Tolman before its typically-loud fan base at the Donaldson Gymnasium.
PROVIDENCE â A plan to expand the Pawtucket Arts District throughout Central Falls and into much of the southern part of Cumberland was laid out for the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.
The legislation, which would exempt artistic works â books, paintings, songs, sculpture, dance and other creations â was touted by its sponsor, Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, as another tool to allow cities and towns to bring business and culture to their communities. A duplicate bill was introduced in the House by Central Falls Rep. Agostinho Silva but has not been scheduled for a hearing.
PROVIDENCE â The 60 participants in the 2012 class of Leadership Rhode Island have an ambitious assignment: effect positive change in the bankrupt city of Central Falls.
Joseph D. Cooke
PAWTUCKET - Joseph Donald Cooke, 87, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Legacy House, Hospice of Ocala, Florida.
He was the husband of the late Florence (Paull) Cooke to whom he was married for 64 years. Born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Arthur and Lena (Mcencrowe) Cooke, Joseph served in the United States Navy during World War II where he was wounded. A Disabled American Veteran, he was a member of Redman Chapter DAV, Pawtucket. He had served as the Sergeant-at-Arms. Employed as an Engineer for Polaroid Corp. for over thirty years, he retired in 1985.
Daniel F. Kennedy
PAWTUCKET - Daniel F. Kennedy, 67, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, February 02, 2012. He was the husband of the late Beverly (Moreau) Kennedy. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of Viola (Ashetzie) Edwards and the late Daniel Kennedy. He was also the stepson of the late Paul Edwards.
Daniel was a truck driver for American Steel & Aluminum for twenty five years, retiring in 2005. He served and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. He enjoyed playing golf, a member of the motor mounts, and was a classic car enthusiast.
CALIFORNIA - Alexander Sutherland Wood, Born April 14, 1921 Pawtucket, RI, moved to California in 1959. He was 90yrs old when the Lord called him home. He died on February 1st in Hemet, CA.
He was a WWII Navy Veteran, Business owner in Automotive Repair and owned and operated the "Road Runner" campground in Lake Elsinore, CA. from 1976-1989.
PAWTUCKET â The past 15 months have felt like 15 years to Pete Jeffrey.
Itâs been 15 long months since the veteran lightweight and the co-owner of Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket has stepped into the octagon for a fight, and the last time fans saw him in action, on Sept. 17, 2010, he electrified a sellout crowd at the Twin River Event Center by recording a huge third-round TKO of previously-undefeated Saul âThe Spiderâ Almeida.
Division II might be the most interesting basketball league in the state. Too bad the Interscholastic League picked this year to drop division tournaments in favor of one open tourney to culminate the hoops season.
Take a look at Division II right now. Rogers High of Newport and West Warwick lead the way with identical 11-1 records. Rogers walloped the Wizards 64-41 on Wednesday night. The Vikingsâ only loss this season came at the hands of a Shea High squad that is 9-3 and just added a 6-foot-6 center to its lineup.
LINCOLN â Central Elementary School fourth-grader Maggie Cabana didn't want to let down her fellow students, so she decided to prepare her Wednesday lunch the night before.
âI made it at about 7:30 (p.m.); I made my peanut butter crackers, strawberries and an orange with the peel taken off, then put them all in plastic containers,â she admitted. âI did it so I wouldn't forget anything. I was scared that I'd put it into plastic bags. I didn't want to forget that's against the rules (for this lunch).â
CENTRAL FALLS - Lidia Sosa-Estrada, 78, passed February 2nd.
She was the wife of the late Guillermo Estrada.
Born in Guatemala, a daughter of the late Mateo and Lucia (Leon) Sosa.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Maria Galvan and Alma Noriega, 2 sons, Jorge and Edvin Estrada, 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Mayron Estrada. Lidia was one of 10 siblings.
SOUTH CAROLINA - Annette Tooma, 95, of Hilton Head Island and mother of Samuel Tooma of Hilton Head Island died Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Life Care Center of Hilton Head.
Inurnment will be in Swan Point Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on a date to be determined.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online at
PROVIDENCE â How do you cure those Friar blues? Answer: a visit from the Scarlet Knights.
Despite playing two very uneven halves Wednesday night, Providence was able to secure a rare Big East triumph at the expense of Rutgers, 78-67. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Friars, who placed five players in double figures led by strong performances from Bilal Dixon (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Vincent Council (11 points, 14 assists).
âI thought today was our day,â said a clearly-relieved Ed Cooley, his Friars now 2-8 in the league and 13-10 overall.
CENTRAL FALLS â A source close to the city's high school verified Wednesday that the State Police are investigating a 22-year-old science teacher for alleged misconduct, and that the Central Falls School District had removed her from her position.
The teacher, who's name hasn't been released because charges have yet to be filed, has been accused of partying with drugs and alcohol with students, inappropriate touching and even having sex with one teen-ager or more.
PAWTUCKET â In a spectacle of sights, sounds and colors, the âYear of the Dragonâ was ushered in with grand style at the Tolman High School auditorium on Saturday.
Over 800 people attended the lavish Chinese New Year Celebration that featured Chinese dancers and performers. It was hosted by the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans, the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University.
Juan Y. Vidal
PAWTUCKET - Juan Y. Vidal, 63 died at home in Pawtucket on Sunday. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Arias) de Vidal. Born in the Dominican Republic, a son of the late Fernando and Elvira (Santana) Vidal, he had been a resident of Pawtucket for several years. He loved the New York Yankees. Prior to retirement two years ago due to illness, he had been employed as a custodian in supermarkets.
Margaret W. Dwyer
PAWTUCKET - Margaret W. Dwyer (Boyle) 94, of Pawtucket, died Jan. 31, 2012. She was the wife of the late Raymond V. Dwyer. Mrs. Dwyer was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the daughter of the late Colin and Elizabeth (Cruden) Boyle. She came to this country 83 years ago settling in Pawtucket where she had lived for most of her life.
She was employed by the former Lorraine Mfg. as a sewer for 20 years. Mrs. Dwyer was a 72 year member of Smithfield Ave. Congregational Church and a willing worker.
Clifton R. Choiniere, Jr
PROVIDENCE - Clifton R. Choiniere, Jr. 77, of Veazie Street, passed away January 30th.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Clifton R. Sr. and Gertrude (Coughlin) Choiniere; husband of Lydia (Ramsdell) Choiniere and the late Betty Choiniere; father of Clifton R. III, Nathan, Jason and Kathleen Choiniere, Rebecca Manley, Lanel, Vinell and Shai Ramsdell; grandfather of 16; greatgrandfather of 7.