CENTRAL FALLS â€” They had a plethora of gifted athletes. The offensive and defensive line resembled (and provided) a brick wall with an average weight of 240 pounds.
The 2005 Division IV state champion Central Falls football team was something special, compiling a 7-2 league mark and defeating Narragansett, 30-13, for its one and only team title.
Leighton W. Cunha
PAWTUCKET - Leighton "Lee" W. Cunha, 70, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Carleeta J. (Taylor) Cunha. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late John C. and Rita E. (Burns) Cunha.
Irene J. Marszalkowski
NAPLES, FL - Irene J. Marszalkowski, 80, of Naples, beloved wife of Frank J. Marszalkowski, passed away on November 16, 2011. Formerly of Cumberland, RI, she had been a Naples resident since 1998.
Irene was born in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of Kazimer and Rozalja Waronowicz.
Irene will be dearly missed by Frank, her devoted husband of 61 years; and her children,Nancy Malloy of Bonita Springs, FL; Joyce O'Brien of Boxford, MA; Frank Marszalkowski, Jr. of Cumberland, RI; and sister Lillian Luchini of Naples.
The high-scoring first line from a season ago has graduated. So has the starting goaltender.
And two standout defensemen who could have returned this year opted to transfer to prep school.
So does this mean bad news is in store for Mount St. Charles? Will this be a rebuilding season? Can you dismiss all talk of a â€śdrive for fiveâ€ť straight state championships?
No, no, and no.
â€śThis is one of the youngest teams that weâ€™ve had in a while,â€ť offered MSC coach Dave Belisle. â€śbut the thing that I like about this team is our sophomores and freshmen can play right now. Theyâ€™re that good.
PAWTUCKET â€” Gym, tanning, laundry and...threading? Who knew? Yet, Jersey Shore's â€śPauly Dâ€ť, aka Paul DelVecchio, visited Sukhy's Threading salon at 85 Power Road on Tuesday afternoon as part of the filming for his own reality TV show.
Dorothy M. Clarke
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. Clarke (O'Connell), 87, of Thomas Dr., passed away Wednesday in Cortland Place, Smithfield. She was the beloved wife of the late William Clarke.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mary (McNulty) O'Connell. She resided in Cumberland since 1961. She was a graduate of the former Pawtucket West High School and had also attended the former Bryant and Stratton Business School. At one time Mrs. Clarke had worked at the Pawtucket City Hall and in the former family business, O'Connell's Package Store on East Ave.
Theodore A. Lefort
PAWTUCKET - Theodore "Teddy" A. Lefort, formerly of Charlesgate Assisted Living, passed away Sunday after an illness. He was the former husband of Maryalyce (Greene) Lefort.
For years, former St. Raphael Academy all-stater Chris Iannetta has heard his name dropped as an oft-rumored trade chip. On Wednesday night, the real thing went down.
The Colorado Rockies, the only organization Iannetta has ever known, traded the 28-year-old catcher to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for pitcher starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood.
â€śWeâ€™re very happy for him. This will be a great opportunity,â€ť said Alan Nero, Iannettaâ€™s agent. â€śUsually when you get traded, someone wants you pretty bad.
GOING SOUTH -- The Central Falls Panthersâ€™ 15-and-under cheerleading squad is heading to Orlando, Fla. for the national championship competition that will be held from Dec. 7-15. The squad just completed a championship season that saw them win the 2011 Blackstone Valley Cheer Championship for its age group, followed by the 2011 American Youth Football New England Regional championship. Team members include, front row, left to right: Amber Shaw and Yesenia Morales. Kneeling, left to right: Isabel Hernandez, Alyssa Agosto, Janderie Santiago, Cassandra Greco, Tyreaha Tavares.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
In 2007, Keith Glass identified all the obstacles and problem areas that the NBA faced in a book entitled â€śTaking Shots: Tall Tales, Bizarre Battles, and the Incredible Truth About the NBA.â€ť
Shortly after his team absorbed a heartbreaking 25-17 loss to Central Falls in the Division IV semifinals, a contest that included a potential game-tying scoring drive in the final minute, North Smithfield coach Wes Pennington offered his explanation about what transpired in the Tuesday night affair at the Northmen's Athletic Complex.
â€śIt's just like one of those things where we explained to the guys the emotion of this game, a playoff game,â€ť he said. â€śIf you don't come out and play with the type of emotions that you need to play with, if you fall behind, it's harder to come back.â€ť
WARWICK â€” Crimes are bound to occur and people will inevitably be arrested for committing criminal acts. But what happens to those convicted of crimes when they have met the terms of the prison sentences a judge has given them?
That question was the focus of a summit of government and community leaders at the Crown Plaza Hotel Tuesday that aired concerns over public safety and the rights of released prison inmates to restart their lives in the community.
WOONSOCKET â€” An old textile mill on Mendon Road was briefly transformed yesterday into a busy shipping zone for one of the stateâ€™s largest holiday toy drops for the needy.
The floor of the Bonin Spinning plant was jammed with pallets stacked high with cardboard boxes filled with new action figures, dolls and games donated by Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro Inc.
Stacey Mary Korta
CONNECTICUT - Stacey Mary (Polefka) Korta, 91, of Buffalo, NY, beloved wife of the late Stephen E. Korta, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
Yvonne I. Turenne
CENTRAL FALLS - Yvonne I. Turenne, 92, of Central Falls, died November 4, 2011 at Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Francis I. Turenne. Born in Attleboro, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph N. and Rose (Ducharme) Brodeur.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ All season long the Central Falls football team has played for Jose Figueroa, a 2011 graduate and dedicated four-year player who lost his life in a drowning accident this past summer.
From high above, he had to enjoy this one.
With their eyes clearly on the prize in Tuesdayâ€™s Division IV semifinal contest with host North Smithfield, the fourth-seeded Warriors jumped out to a 21-point cushion by the third quarter and then held off a spirited rally by the top-seeded Northmen in the second half to hold on to an emotional 25-17 victory.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION --- Cumberland knew exactly what it was going to get out of Chariho on Tuesday night -- a strong ground game to contain and a tough defense to penetrate offensively.
The Chargers controlled the clock by racking up 260 yards on 58 carries and limited the Clippers to just 151 yards of real estate en route to a 14-0 triumph in their Division II semifinal-round matchup.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Ed Cooley knew exactly when his team lost control. But Providence Collegeâ€™s first-year head coach didnâ€™t seem all hot and bothered after his team held on for dear life in an 82-77 victory Tuesday night against Holy Cross.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a move that took many neighbors and even some local officials by surprise, the owner of a vacant manufacturing building on Roosevelt Avenue has sought a special permit so the property can be used as a charter middle school that would be part of the Blackstone Valley Prep organization.
On Monday, a public hearing was held by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals for applicant Julian P. Forgue's request for a Special Use Permit for the property he owns at 1135 Roosevelt Ave to be used as a secondary/elementary school.