January 16th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ Behold the power of defense.
St. Raphael knocked off Smithfield, 73-57, on Saturday afternoon because the Saints got downright defensive in the second half. The teams were deadlocked at 40-all with 12:49 remaining before the Saints dialed up their defense a few notches, resulting in a game-ending 33-17 run.
WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ According to Police Chief Joseph Tavares, the city managed to save Santa Claus' reputation thanks to the steadfast work of his detectives.
The woman accused of concocting a tale about the jolly old elf stealing cash from the East Providence Yacht Club bar faced a judge at Sixth District Court on Thursday. Once there, police charged Christal Johnson, 37, of 2400 Hartford Ave., Johnston with felony embezzlement and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.
CUMBERLAND â€” Thereâ€™s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this yearâ€™s Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
â€śThe twins improve the team just by their presence,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. â€śThey make everyone else better.â€ť
LINCOLN â€“ Retired Army Lt. Col. Rene Remillard relaxed at a table at a coffeehouse on Route 116 Thursday afternoon, promising he'll never forget how he escaped trouble when he was a young teen growing up in Blackstone.
â€śI was 15 or 16 at the time, and one night my friends and I were at the Castle Restaurant in Woonsocket,â€ť chuckled Remillard, now 70 and a longtime Lincoln resident. â€śThe guys said something like, 'Let's go look at cars.' They wanted to take one for a ride.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ East Providence played a â€śfull 32 minutes,â€ť in the words of coach Alex Butler, en route to a 56-43 victory over Division I-North leader La Salle on Friday night.
Joe Carnevale hit five three-point field goals while scoring 23 points for the Townies, who improved to 3-5 in Division I with the win. Derek Andreoli added 10 points for the Townies.
La Salle fell to 6-2 in league play with the loss.
PAWTUCKET â€“ George Coderre is well aware of all the gimmicks and schemes opposing teams have deployed this season in pursuit of slowing down Diandra DaRosa, St. Raphaelâ€™s top ballhawk.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ For the past four decades, the face of Cumberland High swimming has been Bruce Calvert. During his long tenure as the Clippersâ€™ head coach, he produced an abundance of all-state athletes and a combined 13 state crowns (boy and girls).
Calvert no longer patrols the CHS pool, retiring from his longtime post in November only a few months after doing the same as the schoolâ€™s aquatic director.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler was sitting at the head of a table in a conference room at snow-covered McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, performing his first official act as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Ernest B. Stevenson
PAWTUCKET - Ernest Blake Stevenson 92, of Pawtucket died January 13, 2011. Devoted husband of Evelyn (Hartley) Stevenson for 67 years. Son of the late John and Emma (Piggott) Stevenson.
JOHNSTON - Alice Pendlebury, 103 of Old Pocassett Road, passed away Thursday in Briarcliffe Nursing Home.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Hargreaves) Pendlebury.
She was employed for many years at the former Standard Braid Co., Pawtucket.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Margaret Csisar, Bernice Colvin, Rhoda Swanton, Theresa Pendlebury, Florence and Ada Filippi,Beatrice Jubainville, James Pendlebury, John Pendlebury and Gen. William Pendlebury.
Mary H. Flynn
PAWTUCKET: Mary H. Flynn, 83, formerly of West Ave, passed on January 14th. She was the wife of the late James W. Flynn. Born in Boston, MA, a daughter of the late Walter F. and Pearl A. (Merrill) Hill.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda A. Auclair of Moosup, CT, three sons, Michael J. Flynn and John W. Flynn, both of Pawtucket and Brien O. Flynn of Jamaica Plain, a sister, Kathleen Grimes of Mays Landing, N.J., eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mary H. Whaley
CUMBERLAND - Mary H. "Sue" Whaley, 58, of Cumberland, died Thursday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Ctr., Providence. She was the wife of Robert E. Whaley Jr.
Gertrude L. Desautels
CUMBERLAND: Gertrude Lucille (Palmer) Desautels, 70 Gone to be with the Lord this January 14, 2011, due to a prolonged illness.
Survived by her loving husband and best friend, Rudolph E. Desautels Jr.
She leaves behind her five children and their families, Donna and Richard Chaput of Panama City, Florida; Rudolph and Debra Desautels of Pascoag, RI; Robert and Suzanne Desautels of Panama City, Florida; Richard and Shelley Desautels of Pascoag, RI; Raymond and Sandy Desautels of Attleboro, MA.
PAWTUCKET - Jane Dyman 94, formerly of Francis Avenue passed away Friday January 14, 2011 at the Grandview Center in Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Mathew G. Dyman Sr.
Born in Holyoke, MA she was a daughter of the late John and Carolina (Rynasziewicz) Pysz. She lived in Pawtucket for 34 years.
Before retiring she and her late husband owned and operated the former Sam's C.C. of Central Falls.
Rev. Dr. A. Kenneth Curtis
PENNSYLVANIA - Rev. Dr. A. Kenneth Curtis, 71, a long time resident of Towamencin, went Home to Heaven on January 3, 2011. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Dorothy (Stevenson) Curtis.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late Alton T. and Althea(Sweetland) Curtis.
Roland E. Lavallee
CENTRAL FALLS: Roland E. Lavallee, 73, of Binford Street, a loving brother and uncle, passed peacefully at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center of Rhode Island on Thursday, January 13, 2011.
Born in Central Falls, on January 4, 1938, Roland was a son of the late Elie O. Lavallee and Aurore (Robert) Lavallee.
George A. Walsh
CUMBERLAND - George A. Walsh, 78, of Pound Road died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Loretta C. (Kiernan) Walsh.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Arthur and Madeline (Dooley) Walsh, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 31 years.
Mr. Walsh worked at GTE Corporation, Central Falls for 45 years, retiring as supervisor in 1994.
He was a Korean War Army veteran.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one brother, William J. Walsh of North Attleboro, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
By early next week, basketball teams statewide will have reached the midway point of their league seasons.
For some boys' squads, the writingâ€™s on the wall that their seasons will come to a close some time in mid-February. But for several others, including a plethora of area teams, the postseason is clearly within reach with still plenty of basketball to be played in the final month of league competition.