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December 19th

Sophie Cunha

December 19, 2011

Sophie Cunha
PAWTUCKET – Sophie Cunha, 88 died on Friday at the Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages, FL. She was the wife of the late John Cunha. Born in Clinton, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Nicienski, she had been a resident of Pawtucket most of her life.

December 18th

Tolman falls in OT to Johnston/North Providence

December 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Defending Division III state champion Johnston/North Providence left Lynch Arena on Saturday night knowing that it has a fight on its hands the rest of this season with Tolman.
The upstart Tigers gave the JNP Co-Op squad all it could handle before losing 6-5 in overtime on a breakaway goal by Jon Alsfeld.

Six-foot leap disappoints C.F.'s Vazquez

December 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — He could have blamed fatigue from the basketball game the night before and the early-morning practice the next day.
He could have blamed the different footwear, a pair of spikes that were more than a full size smaller. He could have even blamed his lack of practice, which is none since last June.

Cumberland wrestlers rule Lancer Invitational

December 18, 2011

WILLIMANTIC, Ct. – Cumberland High walked away with the team championship at Saturday’s Lancer Invitational, crowning two individual champions and seeing a third wrestler, Erik Travers, have victory stolen away from him by some sloppy officiating.
Jon Maccini (138) and Tom Lacroix (195) claimed individual titles for the Clippers, who accumulated 220 team points to run away with the title over runnerup Southington (Ct.), which took second place with 166 points.

Cumberland hockey team improves to 5-0

December 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Mike Kinch must consider Lynch Arena his home ice.
The Cumberland High senior, whose family has strong ties to Pawtucket, led the Clippers to a 5-2 victory over the SRA-PCD-Wheeler Co-Op team on Saturday night by scoring two goals and assisting on another.
“Mike’s a strong player who skates well and has a good shot,” Cumberland coach Mark Andreozzi said after the game. Kinch now has six goals and nine assists on the season, putting him near the top of the state in points scored.

Chafee: 'We're making progress'

December 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Despite the wholesale rejection of his first budget by the General Assembly and his failure to expand long-awaited pension reform legislation to cover troubled municipal plans, Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he considers his freshman year at the helm of the Ocean State to be a success.

December 17th

Twin River donates fixed-up bicycles to Lincoln youths

December 17, 2011

LINCOLN — Twin River has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies by organizing a program to utilize their unclaimed lost or stolen bicycles in an effort known as Project Broken Wheel.
“We take parts from each of the broken bicycles in order to make them whole again,” said Frank Martucci, general manager of beverage operations for Twin River. “Our employees really pulled together and were able to bring smiles to so many little faces this holiday season.”

December 16th

North Providence cages Tolman, 64-54

December 16, 2011

NORTH PROVIDENCE – A horrendous start to the second half doomed Tolman High on Friday night.
North Providence’s fast-breaking attack seized control of the Division II opener for both sides thanks to rattling off 14 straight points to begin the second stanza. The surge paid off handsomely for the host Cougars, who would go on to win by a 64-54 count.
Tolman junior Juan Velez led all scorers with 23 points while classmate Jonathan Percy ruled down low with 17 points. The scoring dropped off considerably as the next high man for the Tigers was Mamour Samb, who finished with eight points.

Rita Levesque

December 16, 2011

Rita Levesque
PAWTUCKET - Rita Levesque, 94, of Charles Street, passed into eternal life on Thursday at the Home & Hospice inpatient Center after an illness.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Joseph and Nora (Feeney) Levesque. Rita had lived in Pawtucket for the last 25 years. She had been employed as an office clerk at the former Shartenberg's and also at the former Outlet Co. before retiring.

Lucien Duquette

December 16, 2011

Lucien Duquette

December 15th

Lesson learned: Kadeem Batts set to rejoin Friars

December 15, 2011

WARWICK — With his own special and unique brand of tough love, Ed Cooley consistently relays to suspended forward Kadeem Batts that he let the entire Providence College basketball program down.
“I let him know about it every single day by saying ‘Thanks Kadeem, thanks,’” said the PC coach on Thursday at the Radisson Hotel, site of the first Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Luncheon of the season. “We don’t hide anything.”

City schools balance budget

December 15, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to a production error, an article from a previous School Committee meeting inadvertently ran in Friday's Times and on this web site. The following is the correct article from the School Committee meeting of Dec. 13.

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to various cost-cutting measures, including bringing back special education students from outplacement services, and concessions from the teachers' union, the School Department was able to achieve a balanced budget for the current fiscal year.

The play's the thing at Slater Junior High

December 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Some things never change. Feelings of jealousy, rage, heartbreak and entrapment are just as much a part of people's lives today as they were centuries ago when William Shakespeare penned his famous tragedy, “Hamlet.”

Robert E. Belanger, Jr.

December 15, 2011

Robert E. Belanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Robert E. Belanger, Jr., 44 of Pawtucket died Sunday in Providence. He was the husband of Angela (Collins) Belanger. Born in Providence he was the son of Betty (Johnson) Belanger and the late Robert E. Belanger, Sr.
Besides his wife and mother, Robert is survived by a daughter, Torrie April Belanger of West Virginia; a son Justin Belanger of Texas; two brothers, Mark Belanger of Pawtucket and Edward Belanger of Florida; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robert was the brother of the late April Belanger Hayden.

Ernest H. Pfanstiehl

December 15, 2011

Ernest H. Pfanstiehl
CRANSTON - Ernest H. Pfanstiehl, 79, of Cranston died peacefully Monday, 12/12/11 with his family by his side. He was the husband of Louise (Davis) Pfanstiehl. Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis J.M. and Nellie (James) Pfanstiehl, he was a retired teamster, retiring in 1987. He worked for Mitchell Transport for 26 years. He was an Army Korean War veteran and he was a steward at the Pawtuxet Athletic Club and a member of the Gaspee Committee.

John Anthony Matta Jr.

December 15, 2011

John Anthony Matta Jr.
CUMBERLAND -John Anthony Matta Jr., 51, of England Street, passed away Monday at home. He was the husband of Colleen (McVey) Matta.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of John A. Matta Sr. and Anna (Salus) Matta of Cumberland. He resided in Cumberland for 30 years, previously residing in Central Falls.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, John A. Matta III, and Brian A. Matta, both of Cumberland; one daughter, Rebecca A. Matta of Cumberland. He also leaves one sister Leslie Tordoff of Cumberland, and several nieces and nephews.

Myles Alper

December 15, 2011

Myles Alper
REHOBOTH - Myles Alper, a longtime resident of Rehoboth, MA died Saturday, December 10, after a short illness. He was 88.
Born in Providence, Alper attended Hope High. He graduated from Peekskill Military Academy and Boston University before enlisting in the U. S. Air Corps during World War II. He lived in Rehoboth, MA since 1948 when he first settled there with wife Alma. They built a home on their beloved Juniper Farms and raised seven children.

December 14th

At 3-0, Cumberland hockey team is off to a hot start

December 14, 2011

Here’s a look at the early state of affairs in hockey’s three divisions …
For most teams, a 1-2 start to a season usually doesn’t mean much. For Mount St. Charles fans, MSC’s 1-2 start has some of them reaching for the panic button, especially since the four-time defending champions haven’t began a Division I campaign with that mark since the mid-1970s.
Of course, two of their defeats have come to La Salle, which so far, looks like the team to beat. The Rams are 4-0, have outscored their opponents 27-4, and boast the division’s top three scorers.

League season begins for boys' hoops

December 14, 2011

“Everyone has to be ready. Everyone is in the same boat.”
Those words, echoed by East Providence head coach Alex Butler, shall serve as the equivalent to ringing the opening bell on Wall Street. Tonight will see the curtain raised on league play, which with the expansion of the open tournament and the doing away (at least for this season) of the division tournaments, has taken on even greater emphasis.

Convicted cop to keep his job

December 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a written decision handed down on Wednesday, Pawtucket Police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted earlier this year on a charge of indecent exposure during an off-duty driving incident, won the right to keep his job from a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing panel.
Yet, city officials say they will appeal the decision, which they are attributing to a procedural error in filing by another city police officer.

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