September 21st, 2011
Dolores A. Birtwell
PAWTUCKET - Dolores A. Birtwell, passed away Tuesday, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Leopold and Jeanette Dube. She lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
She leaves a daughter, Cheryl Ann Laibe of Binghamton, NY, 4 sons, John M. Birtwell of Seekonk, Joseph W. Birtwell of Pawtucket, James A. Birtwell III of CA and Kevin Birtwell of Lincoln; 3 sisters, Karen Gule of Falmouth, Ma, Laura Thibeault of CA. and Claire Pitts in RI. She also leaves 8 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Earl J. Allen
PAWTUCKET - Earl J. Allen Jr, 50, passed September 19th. Born in Pawtucket, son of the late Earl J. Allen Sr. and Doris (Allard) Allen.
He had been previously employed by Peir Cleaners and Turcotte Tool and Dye.
He is survived by three daughters, Kerrie Allen, Brenda Dankwa and Tara Nagy, 2 brothers, Steven Allen and David Allen and 9 grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Saturday from 5 to 7pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
PAWTUCKET â As interim athletic director for St. Raphael Academy, Fred Saunders is being called upon to guide the department while the search to replace Bruce Gammell takes place. The void was created following Gammellâs resignation late last month.
Gammellâs decision to relocate to Florida was viewed in some corners as curious, given that fall high school sports were set to start. For his last official act before leaving, Gammell, who also taught at St. Raphael, recommended to the administration that Saunders be hired in the meantime.
PAWTUCKET â A loose pit bull caused chaos Monday afternoon when he ran into the yard of St. Cecelia's School and jumped at and bit three children waiting to go inside.
According to Animal Control Director John Holmes, the children's injuries consisted of minor bites and scratches. The adult pit bull and a pit bull puppy belonging to the same owner have both been taken to the Animal Shelter in Slater Park. The adult dog will be held at the shelter for a 10-day quarantine as required by state law, Holmes said. The state Department of Health was also notified.
PAWTUCKET â Proposed changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown area more business-friendly will be the topic of a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting. The hearing will start at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall.
Stephen F. Stojek
PAWTUCKET - Stephen F. Stojek, 51, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011 unexpectedly, at home. He was the loving husband of Joanne (Plociak) Stojek and loving father of Kyle Stephen Stojek. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Peter J. Sr. and Virginia M. (Prew) Stojek. Stephen enjoyed going to the beach, fishing, clamming, off roading, riding motorcycles and working on cars, but mostly loved being with his friends, family and spending time with his son. He worked in the Auto Industry for many years before retiring four years ago.
CUMBERLAND â Winning another Northern Division title would be nice, but thatâs not the No. 1 priority for head coach Tom Kenwood and his Cumberland High squad this fall.
With a talented team with plenty of depth, the Clippers are hoping to place among the top six at the state meet in early November and earn a ticket to the New England Championship. The last time thatâs been done was the 2005-06 season when the Cumberland placed third behind team champion Bishop Hendricken.
PAWTUCKET â Based on information he has gleaned from recent seminars, Pawtucket School Committeeman David Coughlin has written a letter to the Central Falls receiver asking if a consolidation of School Department services should be explored between Pawtucket and Central Falls.
David C. Perrott
PAWTUCKET - David C. Perrott who resided at Fogarty Manor, Pawtucket passed away September 19, 2011. He was the son of the late David E. Perrott and Lillian Burford Perrott. He was the father of David E. Perrott III and his companion Kelly McGee, Sandra Perrott Knollman and her husband Matt, and Susan Perrott Overfield. He leaves a sister Frances Mickelson and the late Hazel Lawson Castor. Grandfather of 7 and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned, for information please call Kelly at 401-316-0120
Michael A. Rossi
PAWTUCKET - Michael A. "Mickey" Rossi, 77, of Pawtucket, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Ann M. (Kelly) Rossi and his parents, Michael A. and Margaret (Scungio) Rossi.
The first weekend of league play in Rhode Island football provided a hint of what to expect in the season ahead from local teams.
In a most evenly-matched contest, Tolman High outlasted St. Raphael Academy 22-14 on Friday night. The Tigers are coming off a 2010 season in which they lost in the Division II Super Bowl to two-time champion Woonsocket.
The Villa Novans, meanwhile, laid an egg in their opener on Saturday, losing to Pilgrim, 18-7.
FOXBORO â Vince Wilfork was having a playful conversation with Pepper Johnson a couple weeks ago when a most unlikely topic arose.
âMan, I might end my career without an interception,â Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if heâd ever reeled in a pick.
âNope, never had one,â the teammate replied.
Well, in addition to the Patriotsâ 35-21 victory over the Chargers at Gillette Stadium, Wilfork had extra cause to celebrate on Sunday.
When it comes to that first NFL interception, heâs officially off the schneid.
PROVIDENCE â The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what heâs accustomed to.
Nursing a knee injury for the better part of the year, a stress fracture that has derailed his training targeted towards a possible trip to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Roland Lavallee wasnât looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sundayâs race to help his teammates and test his legs on the five-kilometer course.
The results were satisfying.
CUMBERLAND â "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and closes out later today (Sunday).
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.
LINCOLN â The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, âThat was outstanding.
âIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family âA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A full 45 minutes before TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility attorneys were to appeal a May 27 zoning violation before the Zoning Board of Review, at least 60 residents conducted a vociferous rally in front of City Hall on Thursday night.
Most members of the congregation, including men, women and children, wore red T-shirts with the catch phrase âEnforce The Law & Protect Usâ in white on the front, while others carried signs reading, âStop Pond View Now!â and âHold Pond View Accountable!â
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to grant money and a local physician's unique idea, the âdoctor is inâ at Shea High School.
Dr. Tanya Becker, a pediatrician who has practiced in Pawtucket for the past seven years, has set up a satellite office in the lower level of Shea High School. Here, on certain days and during scheduled hours, she will see students who are ill or in need of medical exams or other treatment in the same way she would at her regular office 59 Prospect St.
PAWTUCKET â This is a victory that Cumberland High soon wonât forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond â one of two in the contest â before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.
PAWTUCKET â In one of the greatest games ever played between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy during their 82-year rivalry, the Tigers rallied on Friday night for a 22-14 Division II victory over the Saints at Pariseau Field.
WOONSOCKET â Lincoln High was a state runner-up last year in Division II and lost five players from that squad, but it has a solid nucleus that has come back.
After back-to-back state crowns in Div. IV, Woonsocket was moved up two divisions last fall and struggled with just one victory. This seasonâs team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.