PAWTUCKET â With 435 decorated Christmas trees lining the route through Slater Park, along with brightly-painted little houses and light displays around the pond, the city once again hosted its annual Winter Wonderland celebration on Saturday and Sunday evening.
The event, which drew a large crowd of adults and children, also included horse-drawn wagon rides, the holiday train and music in the heated tent near the Looff Carousel. The carousel was open for rides at just 25 cents a spin and their was hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and other goodies for sale as well.
CRANSTON â Cumberland High senior tackle Ricky Goodreau's response to what had just transpired at Cranston Stadium summed up his teamâs collective mood early Sunday evening, as he walked slowly away from the post-game huddle near midfield with tears in his eyes, then raised his helmet with his right hand and knocked it softly against his forehead.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley had something he wished to get off his chest.
Call his remarks a summary of the first-semester portion of Providenceâs 2013-14 hoops odyssey. âI would love to coach the team that weâve recruited, I really would,â said the head coach, his exasperated face painting a picture of how strenuous the past six weeks have been. âFor seven weeks, we prepared to play a particular style. In one day, that style had to change.â
PAWTUCKET â For Pawtucket, the start of the 2013 holiday season officially begins today with the Winter Wonderland festival. The annual event in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its opening activities are always eagerly anticipated by residents throughout the city and surrounding communities.
MIDDLETOWN, RI- Edward J. McCaughey, 98, of Middletown, formerly of Pawtucket died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary White McCaughey and their children, Edward J., Marcia and Stephen McCaughey.
Born and raised in Pawtucket, RI he attended Providence Country Day School, The College of the Holy Cross and Boston University School of Law.
PAWTUCKET- Norman Jacques, 70, passed on Nov. 27, 2013. He was elected to the Senate when he was 23 serving from 1966 to 1968.
He was pre-deceased by his sister Pauline Spink and his son, Michael Welsh. Brothers Edmond, Robert, Dennis and Henry Jacques, sister Georgette Gousie, daughter, Jillene VanNostrand of Boise, ID and 5 grandsons, survive him.
A Memorial service will be held at the Keefe Funeral Home Five Higginson Ave., Lincoln, RI on Monday, December 9, at 7 PM. Complete obituary at www.thekeefefuneralhome.com.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â That wasnât a basketball game that took place at the Ryan Center Thursday. That was a rock fight.
Or considering the stare down at center court that Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley engaged in with 3:55 remaining â one that also contained a few verbal jabs for good measure â perhaps they should have put the basketballs away and slapped a pair of boxing gloves on the two head coaches.
Style points were definitely at a premium, but oh, what a conclusion the Friars and Rams staged.
What would it take for the stateâs four Division I menâs basketball programs to get together for an in-season, round-robin tournament?
Depends on which school representative you speak with.
âAnything we could do to grow interest, whether it be a doubleheader, a tournament or anything like that, we would be all for it,â stated Brown head coach Mike Martin.
PAWTUCKET â Validation in the form of a job well done was bestowed upon Gary DiSarcina Thursday, as the former Pawtucket Red Sox manager was named Baseball Americaâs 2013 Minor-League Manager of the Year.
In his first and only season at the helm, DiSarcina guided the International League North division title with an 80-63 record. The PawSox accomplished that while employing the services of 64 different players during the regular-season (30 position players and 34 pitchers).
PAWTUCKETâThe Police Departmentâs rookie officer was panting heavily and nervously shaking his leg as the mayor swore him in at City Hall in front of a crowd of city officials and the news media.
Yet, Col. James Mendonca assured everyone present that Officer Axel could maneuver through tight areas and run faster than anyone else on the force. âBeware the criminal who runs from him,â he warned.
PAWTUCKET- Marion Briere, 90, of Pawtucket, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013. She was the wife of the late Alfred E. Briere.
Born in Brownington, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Preston and Angelina (Bousquet) Sheltra.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Ed Cooley has a grand vision for the stateâs annual college basketball passion play â Providence versus Rhode Island.
âMy goal is to get this game on CBS on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon,â proclaimed the Friarsâ head coach. âWhen you do that, you know that both programs are getting there. Take nothing away from the other channels, and I donât want to be disrespectful to anybody, but when youâre talking about trying to nationally brand your two schools, I think thatâs our ultimate goal.â
There figures to always be a soft spot in Tommy Harperâs heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Harper got to know Ellsbury when the latter was on the fast track through the minor-league ranks, hence why the former had no trouble relinquishing his 36-year-old Red Sox record of 54 stolen bases in a single season, which Ellsbury shattered with 70 thefts in 2009.
When the topic of Ellsbury and the lavish seven-year, $153-million deal he reportedly agreed to with the New York Yankees came up during a phone interview on Wednesday, Harper elicited a response that was part clairvoyant, part reality check.
PAWTUCKETâSince last April, the sprawling, 89-year-old American Insulated Wire property has been undergoing a radical makeover. Now, within a few weeks, the first dozen or so rental units of the total 142 that are planned will be ready for occupancy and the site will get a new lease on life as âThe American Wire.â
Ernest L. Lemire
EAST PROVIDENCE- Ernest L. Lemire, 78, of Rumford Towers, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Shirley F. (Rabau) Lemire for 56 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Romeo and Estelle (Aubin) Lemire, he resided in South Attleboro before moving to Rumford nine months ago.
Ernie was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. He was employed as a lab technician at Teknor Apex for 27 years until retiring in 1997. Ernie was a Past-President of LeFoyer, Pawtucket, where he served two terms.
PAWTUCKET â It's the time of year when interscholastic coaches begin preparing their respective squads for the winter season, and Kim Hewson, the Shea High head swimming coach, was one of them on Tuesday.
He stood on the deck explaining to a few of his more inexperienced aquatic Raiders the nuances of proper stroke and rotary breathing techniques: that is, how the hands should slice the water, not slap it; how the body should rotate in order to breathe correctly to either side; how to close the fingers and turn them down slightly to create a âpaddleâ for each stroke.
Declaring that âI have watched Rhode Islandâs elected officials run this state into the ground,â Ken Block says he wants to be governor âso I can fix an avoidable catastrophe.â
Block, who recently became a Republican after abandoning the Moderate Party of RI that he founded just over four years ago, believes that Rhode Island is in such poor shape that, âIf we donât fix it shortly, there wonât be recovery from where we are.â
PAWTUCKET- Andrade, Gloria, 89, of West Lawn Avenue, Pawtucket passed away at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence on December 2, 2013. She was the wife of the late John Andrade.
Gloria was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Antonio and Umbelina (Almeida) Pita.
Ms. Andrade was a lifetime resident of Pawtucket and worked for many years at the Fram Corporation until retiring.
WEST WARWICK- Salisbury-Lange, Laura, 51, of Main Street, West Warwick, passed away suddenly at Kent County Hospital on December 1, 2013.
Laura was born in Attleboro, MA, the daughter of the late Donald and Katherine (Bohannon) Salisbury.
SOUTH ATTLEBORO- Gertrude (Corneau) Dube, 85, passed peacefully on December 2nd. She was the wife of the late Raymond E. Dube,
Born in Rehoboth, MA, and raised in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Amedee J. and Hortense Z. (Fournier) Corneau.
She had been employed by Texas Instruments for 31 years before retiring. Gertrude and her late husband were members of the Royal Travelers.