October 2nd, 2015
PAWTUCKET — A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Tuesday in support of a teacher who they say was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly discussed sex and birth control during a conversation in class.
About 10 students gathered outside of the school and held signs at the protest, at one point chanting “Bring back Ashton!” in support of English teacher Bill Ashton.
PAWTUCKET – John Martins was recalled as a loving family man, a generous personality, a hard-working self-made success, and a caring father, grandfather, husband, brother, and uncle during a funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Parish Friday.
Stephanie Ribeiro’s return to the UConn women’s soccer team couldn’t have been scripted any better.
Exactly one year ago, Ribeiro dealt with the likelihood that her junior season was over before it actually started. The Cumberland native pulled her hip flexor during the spring of her sophomore year. The frustrating part was that every time Ribeiro believed that she was in the clear, a setback would occur.
PAWTUCKET – Chills and thrills will be on display this month at Slater Memorial Park as exhibits for families and guests of all ages are sure to provide a scary good time for visitors.
Cumberland native Mike Roncarati was in Las Vegas fulfilling his duties with Golden State’s NBA Summer League entry when he found himself standing at the crossroads of his professional career.
The opportunity to climb the Warriors’ organizational ladder was on the table, as the Bishop Feehan graduate had the opportunity to succeed good friend Keke Lyles as the team’s director of athletic performance. The past two seasons had seen Roncarati serve as the strength and conditioning coach for the defending NBA champs.
Workers from Veterans Scaffolding, of Blackstone, Mass. remove scaffolding at Holy Spirit Church in Central Falls on Tuesday after a six-month project of refacing the facade of the church spire of the historic Dexter Street house of worship, also known as St. Matthew’s Church. The imposing French-Gothic style church was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
PAWTUCKET – Warwick resident Kristen Connolly knows all too well the toll that lung cancer can have on a family.
In June 2012, her uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer. A year and a half later, her mother was diagnosed with the disease. She lost her mother just after Mother's Day in 2014 and then her uncle passed away this past March.
“It's a very sad disease,” Connolly said. “Our family is very close, it was kind of a shock.”
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Three juvenile sisters are getting a hard lesson in crime and punishment after they allegedly videotaped themselves beating and robbing two other girls of a cell phone, then shared the recording on Facebook, according to police.
The sisters, aged 14, 15 and 17, were arrested at home Monday on a warrant charging them with second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, cyber-harassment, two counts each of simple assault and disorderly conduct, police said.
CENTRAL FALLS — A Family Court judge has ordered two juvenile sisters held at the Rhode Island Training School and a third released to home confinement after they allegedly beat and robbed two teenaged girls – and then reveled in their illicit activities on Facebook, according to police.
EAST PROVIDENCE – The public will get a chance today to weigh in on the city’s proposed $178.1 million operating budget for fiscal year 2016 at the first of two public hearings on the spending plan.
Today’s hearing gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.
CUMBERLAND – The School Committee at a special meeting Wednesday is expected to name assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell as the district’s new superintendent of schools.
Mitchell succeeds Philip D. Thornton who was hired last week by the Warwick School Committee to lead that district.
“We knew Dr. Thornton wasn’t going to stay here forever,” said School Committee Chairwoman Lisa Beaulieu.
For complete story see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.
PROVIDENCE – The Providence Friars are looking for a few good point guards to fill Kris Dunn’s talented shoes for the 2016-17 season and beyond.
True, PC already has one Big East-tested point man in Kyron Cartwright along with transfer Isaiah Jackson, who reportedly ran the point at times during his high school days, in the fold. There’s now a third name to add to the list after Virginia native Maliek White supplied the Friars with a verbal commitment late Sunday night.
PAWTUCKET – Self-made businessman John Martins was mourned as a hard-working and big-hearted family man following his death Sunday from injuries he suffered in a fiery truck crash in nearby Connecticut earlier this month.
Martins died after more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, family members said. Married, with three children, he was 52 years old.
PAWTUCKET — With the ceremonial tapping of the keg, the annual German Oktoberfest kicked off at the German American Cultural Society on Carter Avenue Saturday afternoon.
District 2 City Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain wielded the mallet that tapped the keg, and he poured the first glass for Society President Paul Pouliot as well as a beverage for himself, before the duo offered a celebratory toast and salute to the gathered crowd in attendance.
LINCOLN – When Bill Purple flies into North Central State Airport today it will be with a lot mixed memories of his youth.
Purple, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from Petersham, Mass., piloted 35 missions in a B-17 bomber during the war and will be getting a ride to the Rhode Island state airport at the Lincoln-Smithfield line from the Collings Foundation, a non-profit war bird preservation group based Stow, Mass.
CENTRAL FALLS — They were exhausted and out of breath, dripping in sweat and caked in dirt and dust. But they had smiles that beamed from ear to ear.
PORTSMOUTH — Rarely does the size of a soccer field have as big an impact on a soccer game as the size of Portsmouth’s new FIeldTurf facility had on Saturday’s Division I boys’ soccer contest between the Patriots and visiting Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET – Each game in a football season is a stepping stone. Teams that don’t improve from week to week fall by the wayside.
And so it was no surprise that after Shea High remained unbeaten with a 21-7 victory over Mount Hope on Friday night, head coach Dino Campopiano said, “We have to get better to beat Rogers next week.”
PAWTUCKET – Given the way St. Raphael Academy dropped its Division II-A opener last week, a 21-20 heartbreaker to crosstown rival Shea High, head coach Mike Sassi wanted his club to start quickly in its home debut against Coventry on Friday night.
Exactly a week before, immediately after the Saints' had registered the late touchdown to pull within a point of the Raiders, Sassi opted for the two-point conversion – and it failed.
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