CUMBERLAND --â With the new year just a few days away, Tolman High coach Mike Kayata has plenty of reasons to smile.
After a slow start, his talented Tigershas been on somewhat of a roll, winning their last four games. The latest of those victories occurred on Wednesday night as Kayata saw his Tigers hold off a strong rally by Lincoln High to capture the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament with a thrilling 61-58 decision at the Wellness Center.
PROVIDENCE â Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is âI donât want to raise taxes.â
Adelaide P. Browning
PAWTUCKET - Adelaide P. (Babel) Browning, 92, passed away Friday, December 24, 2010. She was the wife of the late Robert Browning.
Born in Cranston she was the daughter of the late Paul and Adelaide (Zucknick) Babel.
Mrs. Browning lived most of her life in Pawtucket. Her family owned the Westwind Restaurant in Seekonk. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Quinlan of Rehoboth and her son, Stephen Browning of Texas. She was also the sister of the late Paul and Rudy Babel.
Hilda G. Doll
BROOKLINE, NH - Hilda G. Doll, 104, resident of Brookline, NH, died December 27, 2010 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH, surrounded by her family.
She was born in England on July 29, 1906, a daughter of Walter and Maryjane(Rothermell) Gregory.
Mrs. Doll made her home in Brookline since 1964 and formerly resided in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for many years. She was a member of the Brookline Community Church.
She spent her life devoted to her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, John M. Doll, who died in 1983.
PAWTUCKET - Fernando Abreu, 75, of Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, died December 27, 2010 at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Almeida) Abreu for 49 years. Mr. Abreu was born in Lisbon, Portugal, the son of the late Manuel and Irene (Dos Anjos) Abreu.
As a young adult, Mr. Abreu was a paratrooper in the Portuguese Air Force before moving to the US in 1962. He worked as a supervisor for RI Textile Company.
Besides his wife, Fernando leaves two brothers, Jose Francisco and his wife Rosa and Carlos Abreu.
PAWTUCKET â In his many thanks to colleagues and friends at his last Pawtucket School Committee meeting, outgoing chairman Jim Chellel gave a special recognition to the staff of Shea High School who were there from 1990 to 1994.
That's because Chellel, who graduated in 1994, credits his teachers, baseball coaches, and others at the school who helped him overcome a learning disability with being a key example of the benefits of public education and why taxpayers should not begrudge their financial support.
PAWTUCKET â An armed man wearing a ski mask tried to rob a clerk at the Silver Mart Convenience Store at 170 Cottage St. on Friday evening, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the suspect -- a white, blue-eyed male -- came into the store just before 5 p.m. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk told the robber that he didn't have any money, and then a customer happened to come into the store, at which point the suspect turned and fled without obtaining any cash, Martins said.
CUMBERLAND --â Players like Rodney Bustillo and Elijiah Wiggins donât need an entire game to make a difference.
Just give them a little time to start heating up.
The Tolman High seniors got sizzling hot in the second half of Tuesdayâs opener with Cumberland in the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament and turned a 38-all tie at the break into a runaway 80-61 rout at the Wellness Center.
CUMBERLAND --â Two teams in desperate need of getting their respective seasons on track crossed paths in first semifinal of the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at Cumberland High Schoolâs Wellness Center.
Lincoln was the club that took a solid step in the right direction with a convincing 68-52 triumph over a Woonsocket squad that continues to seek answers. Lincoln will play Tolman in tonightâs championship game set for 7:45 p.m. Woonsocket and Cumberland in the 6 p.m. consolation game.
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles Academy didnât have too many low moments in its run to the Division I state championship last season, but one of them came in the first round of last seasonâs Holiday Face-Off.
In that game, the Mounties turned in one of their worst showings of the season and dearly paid for it in the form of a 5-2 loss to Bishop Guertin High of Nashua, N.H.
WOONSOCKET â Jason Cropley usually gets off work in the morning, but when his graveyard shift ended Monday he had another job to do: free his car from its prison of snow.
Cropley, a security guard at Portola Tech, thought there might be trouble when he heard the rumble of snowplows passing the Fairmount Street mill with increasing frequency during the night. Sure enough, they buried his car, parked just a few feet from the edge of the road, behind a knee-high wall of grayish, lumpy snow.
Robert W. Koziol
CUMBERLAND - Robert W. Koziol 68, of Diamond Hill Road passed away Monday December 27, 2010 at the Miriam Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Barbara(Astley) Koziol.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of Alice (Hobson) Koziol and the late Stanislaw Koziol. His guardian was the late Jennie Koziol. He was a life long resident of Cumberland.
Before retiring he was employed by the Town of Cumberland Housing Authority as a Master Electrician.
He was in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam conflict.
Loretta E. Erskine
PAWTUCKET - Loretta E. (Seguin) Erskine, 89, passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Erskine, Sr. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late William and Louise (Chainey) Seguin.
She leaves a son, Robert J. Erskine; a daughter, Linda S. Plante and her husband James all of Pawtucket; three grandchildren, Kristen Simonds, Robert and Patrice Plante and three great-grandchildren, Paige, Adam and Tyler Simonds.
CUMBERLAND - Maria (Bernardo) Carola, 93, died Dec. 23. Devoted mother of Fay (Bernardo) Melo, and grandmother of 3, and great-grandmother of 2. Funeral Wed. at 10 AM from JJ Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Mass at 11 AM in St. Joseph Church, Mendon Road. Visitation Tues. 4-7 PM. Directions/Guestbook:
Sometimes things move pretty quickly around here â almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired.
One day weâre ushering in the winter sports season while the high school Super Bowls have yet to be contested. The non-stop nature extends to all seasons and sports, and we here at Blackstone Valley Sports have no choice but to hop aboard the next train or run the risk of being left behind.
PAWTUCKETâCasting a Grinch-like mood over City Hall, Fitch Ratings announced Wednesday that is has downgraded Pawtucket's general obligation bonds by two notches and has removed the city's rating from a âwatchâ status to a ânegative rating outlook.â
The downgrade to âBBB-â from âBBB+â affects three categories of general obligation bonds: $6.38 million, series 2001; $3.46 million refunding bonds, series 2002B; and $11.05 million, series 2005. The new bond rate is just one notch away from âjunk bond status.â
PAWTUCKET â âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is now a screen star in his own right with a new music video that is appearing on YouTube.
Called âSanta's Wrap,â the video features the Pawtucket resident performing a rap-style song that he wrote himself. Since it made its debut earlier this month, âSanta's Wrapâ has garnered over 31,000 hits on the Internet video site. The easiest way to access the video is by looking up âSanta's Wrapâ on Google or by visiting YouTube and searching âSanta's Wrap.â
CUMBERLAND â âOf course, we had a Christmas party every year at the Boys Club,â Mike Pappas was saying earlier this week. âThere would be presents for all the kids. And we made sure to hand out a Christmas basket to a needy family. That was important to us.â
The Christmas Party tradition still exists at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, an organization Pappas first became aware of as a Depression-era youngster living up the street in a three-story tenement. As an adult, Pappas would spend 41 years working at the club, the last 26 as its Executive Director.
PAWTUCKET â Tiverton put the brakes on Shea Highâs offense during a 72-53 romp over the Raiders on Thursday night.
Shea, coming off a 94-92 up-tempo win over North Providence on Monday, contributed to its own demise with a variety of missed layups and close-in shots that prevented the Raiders from turning to their pressing defense following a made basket.
âIf we had made our layups, we could have used the press,â Shea coach Matt Pita said after the game. âBut we shot poorly all night. The bottom line is we have to rebound the ball and make our layups and we did neither tonight.â