February 15th, 2011
Thereâ€™s never too little to write about when it comes to the Blackstone Valley region and the indoor track & field state championships.
This weekendâ€™s meet, however, may border on the ridiculous. In fact, when it comes to its conclusion roughly four hours after its early 10 oâ€™clock start on Saturday morning, thereâ€™s a good chance Iâ€™ll develop a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Christine M. Thibodeau
CENTRAL FALLS - Christine M. (Viau) Thibodeau, 43 of Hendricks Street died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.
Born in Attleboro, MA, She was the daughter of Linda M. (Hamilton) McMenemy and the late Armand Viau. She was the sister of Rene Brewer of Attleboro, Lisa Jorgenson of Warwick, Gladys Ogni of Pawtucket, Kelly Lauder of Johnston, Vikki Viau of Pawtucket, Donna Gregorio, Kathryn Viau and Ronald Allard, Jr. all of Central Falls. She was the step daughter of Ronald Allard of Central Falls.
Mary A. Wiker
PAWTUCKET - Mary A. Wiker 91, of Second Street passed away at her residence Sunday February 13, 2011. She was the beloved wife of Bernard Wiker.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Peter and Nellie (Kuras) Wiewura. She lived in Pawtucket all of her life.
Mrs. Wiker was employed as an Operating Room Nurse at Rhode Island Hospital for 3 years and at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for 6 years.
George E. Tetreault
CUMBERLAND - George E. Tetreault, 89, of Ferncrest Drive, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy A. (Otto) Tetreault and the late Rose (Gingras) Tetreault.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late L. Philip and Ozena (Theroux) Tetreault, he resided in Cumberland for many years.
George was a World War II U.S. Army and U.S. Navy veteran. He was employed at Texas Instruments, Attleboro for forty-two years before retiring as a tooling engineer in 1986. George loved woodworking and had been an avid bowler for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Based on their last two games, it seems St. Raphael Academy and North Smithfield are two evenly matched hockey teams.
The Saints avenged a 5-3 loss to the Northmen two weekends ago with a 5-4 victory on Saturday night at Lynch Arena. SRA improved to 3-11 in Division II-North with the win while the Northmen fell to 3-12. Neither team will qualify for the playoffs.
PAWTUCKET â€“ George Patrick Duffyâ€™s name is well-known around this city, most commonly associated with the 70 years he has spent coaching youth sports. What most people donâ€™t know is that Duffy endured a frightening experience while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II.
The 90-year-old gentleman sat in his living room two weekends ago and answered questions about his military career, speaking in the measured tones he developed while serving as publicity director for the old Providence Steamrollers and radio announcer for the Rhode Island Reds.
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PROVIDENCE â€“ A group of freshmen GOP lawmakers, led by Rep. Dan Gordon of Portsmouth in the House and Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura in the Senate, are introducing legislation to defy the federal Obamacare mandate that everyone buy health insurance.
â€śThis is a simple bill,â€ť Gordon told a Statehouse press conference Thursday. â€śItâ€™s three sentences long, in simple language, simply asserting our right as citizens under the constitution to refrain from purchasing a product from private industry under pains of penalty mandated by the federal government -- no more, no less.
PAWTUCKET â€” Results of the latest standardized tests, known as the NECAP, that were administered to students last October in grades 3-8 and 11 show some encouraging gains in reading and mathematics, particularly at the high school level. Yet, at the elementary and middle school levels, statewide results show little or no significant changes overall, and Pawtucket's results generally mirror this trend as being a mixed bag.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Homemade muffins, mango slaw, chicken lo mein and tabouli are a far cry from typical school lunch fare. Yet, offering more healthy and creatively fun food choices has helped earn eight city elementary schools a prestigious nutrition wellness honor from the United States Department of Agriculture.
In a ceremony held at the Fallon Elementary School on Thursday, representatives from the eight schools received â€śHealthierUS Awardsâ€ť from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is one of the nation's highest school nutrition awards as part of the USDA's â€śHealthierUS School Challenge.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ After a close first half with Division II-North rival Lincoln High on Friday night, Tolman after the break and cruised to a 64-37 win on Senior Night at the Donaldson Gymnasium.
The Tigers held a scant 23-21 lead over the Lions at halftime. Spurred by a strong bench and senior teammates Eli Wiggins and Jeremy Graca, Tolman essentially put the game out of reach by opening the latter half with a dominating 22-6 run.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine will be the first to inform you that his St. Raphael club has been struggling lately, particularly on the defensive end. His concerns reflect the recent turn of events, as SRA entered Fridayâ€™s clash with playoff-starved East Providence High in fourth place in the Division I standings after beginning the week in first.
William J. Wunschel
CUMBERLAND - William "Pete" J. Wunschel 88 died Friday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Thelma P. (Pearson) Wunschel. They were married for over sixty years.
Born in Pawtucket a son of the late Anton and Alice (Robert) Wunschel. He lived in Cumberland for the past fifty eight years.
He was an Army veteran serving during WWII.
Mr. Wunschel was a driver salesman for Harvest Bakery and also worked for Providence Casket Company, Lincoln.
Sister Madeleine Dubois, SSCh.
MARLBOROUGH - Sister Madeleine Dubois, SSCh., (Sr. Marie Wilfred), died Thur., Feb. 10, 2011 at Marie Esther Health Center, Marlborough. Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Diana (Latulippe) Dubois. Sr. Madeleine, a teacher and LPN, worked in Tampa FL, for many yrs. before returning to MA, where she continued her work as an LPN, until her retirement in 1994.
C. Paul Goucher
PAWTUCKET - C. Paul Goucher, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at home. He was predeceased by the love of his life, wife Barbara A. (Bury) Goucher.
Albert F. Andrews
CUMBERLAND - Albert F. Andrews, 85, of Hunter Drive, passed away Thursday in the Mt. St. Francis Health Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Maria Helen (Costa) Andrews.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Lema) Andrews. He resided in Cumberland for 44 years.
Mr. Andrews was an United States Army, World War II Veteran, attaining the rank of Technician 5th Grade. He was awarded the Weapons Medal, Efficiency Medal, and the Purple Heart.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce announce the establishment of the Ben G. Mondor Award in honor of the longtime PawSox owner who passed away in 2010. Above: PawSox president Michael Tamburro, center, presents the first-ever award to Pawtucket native Dan Sullivan, president/CEO of Collette Vacations, for his longtime community service. The award presentation took place during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual dinner Tuesday evening at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln.
PAWTUCKET â€” Noting the pressure the city is under for addressing not only this fiscal year's budget deficit but a $10 to $12 million projected shortfall for fiscal year 2012 as well, City Councilor Christopher O'Neill has suggested looking at lowering the car tax exemption while also cutting the city's motor vehicle tax rate.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The moment has been building towards this crescendo of curiosity. After all, when the interview subject is articulating freely about his high jump prowess and is standing roughly 100 feet away from a basket in the school gym, inquisitive minds yearn.
Can you, Steven Vazquez, dunk a basketball?
â€śYes I can, yes I can,â€ť laughs the junior from Central Falls High, an expression that suggested he knew the question was coming. â€śThe first time I dunked was when I was in eighth grade. It was all of a sudden, coming during gym class. Easily with two hands or one hand.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Point, meet counterpoint.
In keeping with the spirit of an article that ran in this newspaper on Dec. 14 â€“â€śCould Donaldson, Lynch tourneys be merged?â€ť â€“ Tolman High athletic director John Scanlon earlier this week unveiled a detailed plan of a Blackstone Valley-themed preseason boysâ€™ basketball tournament. The names â€“ the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament and the Dennis M. Lynch Tournament â€“ would still be kept, albeit with several interesting caveats.