November 25th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â The 1991 Shea High football teamâs story reads like something out of Hoosiers, the movie about a long-shot basketball team that won the Indiana state championship back in the 1950s.
âWe had 17 players on the team and they showed up for practice every day,â said Steve Alves Jr., the West Warwick native who began his coaching career at Shea High in 1989. âItâs a good thing our coaching staff was a bunch of young guys because we had to get in there and practice with the kids so that we would have enough bodies to hold a full scrimmage.â
LINCOLN â There seem to be two types of Black Friday shoppers: the people who come out and wait begrudgingly in line for a specific sale item, and those who view it as one big, exhausting â but-enjoyable â road trip.
Pawtucket residents Pauline Tougas, Rachel Doyon and Jeannine Bourski fall into the latter category. The three women, along with a couple of other family members, headed out to do shopping at the major retail stores along Route 1 in South Attleboro, Mass. at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and they were just finishing up at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
PAWTUCKET - Hector Castro, 64, of Sea Biscuit Place, passed away Sunday November 20, 2011 after an illness. He was born in Brooklyn, NY a son of the late Braulio and Petra (Irizarry) Castro. Hector moved to Rhode Island in 1981 and settled in Pawtucket. He will be greatly missed by all his friends at the Arc of the Blackstone Valley.
He leaves 2 sisters, Monica Seda Castro of Pawtucket, Josefina Rivera of FL, 2 brothers, Braulio Castro Jr. of Puerto Rico and Jose H. Castro of NY. He also leaves his beloved niece, Denise Seda Castro and other nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET - Peter G. Morris, Sr., 89, of Parkview Drive, died Thursday, November 17, at home. He was the husband of Alice (Barros) Morris and the late Arlene O. (Henderson) Morris.
Born in Mathews County, VA, a son of the late Milton Morris, Sr. and Carrie (Allen) Morris, he was a resident of Pawtucket for over seventy years.
He worked in Maintenance for Rhode Island Industries for over fifty years.
PAWTUCKET â Winter Wonderland, always a special event in the city, will have even greater meaning this year with the addition of a â9/11â tree in Slater Park.
New to the festival will be a special tree, decorated with red, white and blue lights, that will be dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The tree will feature a large, lighted star that was made by Robert Machowski, Jr.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to a special visit by a world famous Santa, the Times collected the first batch of donations to kick off its 2011 Merry Christmas Fund appeal.
Santa to the Stars, also known as Pawtucket's own Brady White, once again delighted young and old alike on Monday night with his visit to the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. As youngsters posed for photos and chatted about their Christmas wish lists with the celebrity Santa, the Times raised almost $130 for the fund, which goes toward the Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLS â There was no slippage or signs of letup. For playoff-bound Central Falls, it was simply full speed ahead.
Thursdayâs 34-0 holiday win against Lincoln High was just what C.F. head coach Mo Jackson was looking for. His Warriors raced to a commanding 27-0 halftime lead behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Brandon Canuto, who completed 9-of-11 passes for 247 yards.
WOONOCKET â Chris Skurka had no intention on letting up.
Despite a more important playoff game early next week, the Cumberland High coach planned to have his red-hot squad go full throttle against Woonsocket in their annual Thanksgiving Day contest.
He lied. Well, sort of.
The Clippers scored four times in the first quarter, found the end zone again in the second quarter and the second-stringers get some ample playing time after halftime in cruising to a 35-6 rout of the Villa Novans on Thursday morning.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman quarterback Luis Rodrigues stood up to a hard-hitting Shea defense on Wednesday night and finally made the play that won the game.
After getting sacked two plays in a row midway through the fourth quarter by Shea defensive tackle Wayne Wambugu, Rodrigues stood tall in the pocket on 3rd-and-14 and lofted a pass into the right flat to a wide-open Andre Gilbert, who romped into the end zone for the only score of the game.
JOHNSTON â St. Raphael Academy put together its best defensive effort of the season Wednesday night, resulting in a 10-0 blanking of host Johnston.
The Saints showed contender-level defense for a night, riding a pair of timely interceptions and two second-half sacks that all but killed any hope the host Panthers had in finding the end zone. The end result was a sweet victory for Mike Sassiâs crew, which ends the season with six wins against four defeats.
LINCOLN â Thanks to beefed-up security measures, the Mixed Martial Arts fights held at the Twin River Event Center on Friday night remained in the ring, and the audience that watched did only that.
That's just one reason why the Town Council, which also acts as the Board of License Commissioners, voted unanimously (5-0) to accept a report regarding increased security during such events on Tuesday night. Those new standards were provided by Twin River representatives and Police Chief Brian Sullivan during a public hearing held at Council Chambers.
In Memory of
Ralph Paul Folan
NORFOLK, VA - Ralph Paul Folan, 55, passed away Friday, October 21, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, May 6, 1956. He was the son of the late Francis and Margaret (Asermely) Folan.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs a common assumption that you canât have both brains and brawn. Apparently Davon Robertson didnât get the memo.
Robertson fits the definition of a student-athlete to a tee. Not only is this senior a two-way football contributor for St. Raphael Academy, but heâs also a success story in the classroom. Blend the two attributes together and itâs little wonder that Robertson is being recruited by some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the area.
LINCOLN â Police released on Tuesday afternoon the official report regarding the Nov. 12 arrest of a Pawtucket man who remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
It indicates that Daniel J. Finn, 41, may have inflicted his own head injuries as officers attempted that Saturday night to transport him from Twin River to headquarters for processing.
The suspect also allegedly spat blood and saliva on at least one officer after claiming to them he had been diagnosed with hepatitis.
Anthony E. Ferri
Anthony E. Ferri, "Uncle Tony" or "Papa Tony" was born in Providence. He resided in Central Falls, and was a member of the Central Falls Fire Department in the fifties. While a firefighter, he chaired one of the first fighters Muscular Dystrophy drives. Tony was an excellent cook, running the Luncheonette at the YMCA in Pawtucket. He would often volunteer his cooking skills at Holy Trinity Church and many other organizational functions.
He drove tractor trailers and buses, and an ambulance for Rhode Island Hospital.
Margaret M. Flanagan
PAWTUCKET - Margaret M. Flanagan, 87, of Chatham, New Jersey and formerly of Pawtucket, RI, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Flanagan Jr.
Born in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Ryan)Meehan. She is survived by three sons, Thomas Flanagan of Rowayton, CT, Robert Flanagan of Bethesda, MD, and James Flanagan of Chatham Township, NJ, a brother, George Meehan of Brooklyn, CT. She also leaves six grandchildren. She was the sister of the late John Meehan Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Odna "Odie" Lamarre, 104, of Lincoln and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, November 21, 2011. She was the wife of the late Joseph N. Fontaine and of the late Jeremie Lamarre.
Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of the late Telesphore and Emma (Gauthier) Dugas. Mrs. Lamarre lived most of her life in Pawtucket. She was a former member of the Fogarty Manor Association, Pawtucket, a former member of Saint Anne's Society and the choir at Notre Dame Church, Central Falls. She was a longtime member of Saint Teresa's Church Choir, Pawtucket.
VIRGINIA - Doris Shanaghan, 89, of Fairfax Station, VA and formerely of Pawtucket, RI died November 19, 2011 at Fairfax Nursing Center. Loving wife of the late William J. Shanaghan. Daughter of the late Edwin and Florence (Oldrid) Lomas. Devoted mother of Peter E. Shanaghan and his wife Connie Jackson Shanaghan of Fairfax Station, VA and the late Michael W. Shanaghan. Cherished grandson William Jacob Shanaghan, and numerous nieces and nephews. Sister of Ethel Bradley of Middletown, RI and the late Herbert Lomas, Emma Misiewicz and Harry Oldrid.