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December 29th

J. Albert Newton, Jr.

December 29, 2014

J. Albert Newton, Jr.

EAST PROVIDENCE - J. Albert Newton, Jr., 102, passed away on December 24, 2014 at Hallworth House, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Rodger) Newton. They would have celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on March 20th. Born on February 6, 1912, he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Ruth (Brown) Newton. He and Elizabeth were residents of Rumford for over 60 years.

December 28th

Pawtucket officer injured in parking lot scuffle

December 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A local man was charged with assault of police officers after a fracas in a parking lot outside of The Met early Friday morning left one officer hospitalized, authorities said.

Around 1 a.m. Friday, Pawtucket Police Officer Zachary Day was on patrol in the area of The Met, at 1005 Main St. He observed there was a large group of people – estimated to be over 100 – leaving the music club and disrupting the flow of traffic, police said. Approximately 15 vehicles were stopped in the roadway.

Tolman Boys' Basketball | Tigers work OT to capture Holiday Classic Tournament

December 28, 2014

CUMBERLAND — It was only a holiday tournament championship game. Another non-leaguer in December. Both Woonsocket and Tolman High will have bigger fish to fry during the league seasons that begin in earnest next week. Still, the intensity and emotion displayed during Saturday night’s Holiday Classic title contest was worthy of a playoff game in March.

December 26th

CF police investigating holiday death as possible homicide

December 26, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Police are investigating what may turn out to be the city’s second homicide of 2014 after discovering the body of a Providence man with a head wound on Christmas Day.

The body of Cheikh Diop, 41, was found lying on the ground in front of 17 Parker St. about 6:30 p.m. Police said Diop had apparently somehow suffered a severe laceration to the head.

Police have also charged a man with obstruction while investigating the death, according to wire reports.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times.

High school boys basketball | Tigers to meet Villa Novans in finals of Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln Holiday Tournament

December 26, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Tolman High made short work of Lincoln in the opening game of the 42nd annual Holiday Classic hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln.

The Tigers converted eight three-point field goals during a 61-38 triumph that put them into tonight’s championship game against Woonsocket, which dispatched host Cumberland in Friday’s nightcap, 84-55.

Walter A. Bielan

December 26, 2014


Marion E. Cronan

December 26, 2014


Maurice C. Beaucage

December 26, 2014


Laurel D. Coulombe

December 26, 2014


PAWTUCKET - Laurel D. Coulombe, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, December 22, 2014. She was the wife of Armand Coulombe. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Albina (Baril) Trottier.
Besides her husband she is survived by five children, Paul, Richard, Robert, and David Coulombe, and Debra Gorman; two brothers, Frank and Maurice Trottier; one sister, Olive Gibbons; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was the great-grandmother of the late Alexis Coulombe.

Jane F. Nicholson

December 26, 2014


PAWTUCKET - Jane F. Nicholson, 79, of Pawtucket died on December 25, 2014. She was the wife of James P. Nicholson.
Mrs. Nicholson was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Wallace A. and Lola Baker. She was a relocation consultant for United Van Lines for many years.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her sons, Kevin S. Nicholson and his wife Romy Sue of North Kingston, and Scott Nicholson of Pawtucket. She also leaves her brother Donald Baker and her three grandchildren.

Jeffrey J. Smutek

December 26, 2014


Rita J. Menard

December 26, 2014


PAWTUCKET - Rita J. Menard, 82, passed December 20th with her loving family by her side. She had been employed by AT Cross, attended RISD, was a sales rep for Stanley Home Products and was an avid bingo player.

High school school sports | Post-Christmas tournaments coming to town!

December 26, 2014


As is always the case following a Christmas Day full of gift-giving, unwrapping, eating and celebrating, area coaches and their teams will attempt to get back into the competitive mode this weekend at a variety of holiday tournaments.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers

December 26, 2014

December 25th

2014: The year the famous flocked to RI

December 25, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.

Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.

December 24th

Youth cheerleading | THREE CHEERS! Darlington Braves’ cheerleading outfit wins national title

December 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Parents, family members and friends hailed the conquering heroines in style at the Darlington Braves' bingo hall last Thursday night.

As the announcer introduced each member of the Braves' 15-and-under competitive cheerleading squad, those in the crowd hooted and hollered loudly, and for good reason: The previous Saturday afternoon at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., head coach Nicole Dupont's contingent landed itself the grand championship at the American Youth Cheer National Championships.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Pro Bowl roster announced

December 24, 2014

December 23rd

Cumberland wrestling | Gordon closing in on 500th victory as head coach

December 23, 2014

CUMBERLAND — In his 48th year of involvement with the Cumberland High wrestling squad, 47 of them as the head coach, Steve Gordon has seen his fair share of ebbs and flows -- that is, outstanding seniors moving on to college, as a result having to rely on newcomers to fill those empty slots.

In others, the loss was minimal, and that plentiful experience led his crew to four state titles and other solid team placements.

Ernest V. Beaulieu

December 23, 2014

Ernest V. Beaulieu

CENTRAL FALLS - Ernest V. Beaulieu, 54, passed on unexpectedly on December 14th.
He was the son of
Heliane (Brodeur) Beaulieu and the late Albert Beaulieu.
Ernie is survived by his siblings, Albert Beaulieu, Diane Corneau, Denise Lavoie, Jeanine Bascom, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was the brother of the late Paul Beaulieu.

Diane J. Standring

December 23, 2014

Diane J. Standring

PAWTUCKET - Diane J. Standring, 65, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Norman E. and Cora T. (Benoit) Standring.