January 16th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. Itâ€™s getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girlsâ€™ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.
PAWTUCKET â€” Facing an unexpected deficit of $2.3 million that is sure to be compounded by a recent judge's decision regarding health benefits of retired school employees, Mayor Donald Grebien announced Friday that he has reinstituted a freeze on all city spending.
Grebien issued an announcement late Friday afternoon saying that he will require prior approval on a case-by-case basis before any city money can be spent.
Athanasios G. Dafulas
ATTLEBORO - Athanasios G. Dafulas, 75 of Emory Street Attleboro, died Sunday at the Miriam Hospital in Providence.
He was the husband of Elaine (Papavasiliou) Dafulas.
He was born in Malakasi, Greece, a son of the late George & Haido ( Papalexiou) Dafulas.
He was a veteran of the US Army serving as a Corporal.
Mr. Dafulas was a Toolmaker and Machinist for the L.G. Balfour Company for over 45 years, before he retired 10 years ago.
Mr. Dafulas has lived in Attleboro for over 55 years coming from Greece.
Lucille M. MassĂ©
PAWTUCKET: Lucille M. (Lussier) MassĂ©, 80, died peacefully January 13, 2012 at Brentwood Nursing Home in Warwick, RI. Formerly of Hunts Avenue in Pawtucket, she was the beloved wife of the late Bertrand G. Mass to whom she was married for fifty years. Born March 24, 1931 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Lussier and Bernadette Lussier (Duplessie).
William G. Bebeau
NORTH PROVIDENCE - William "Bill" G. Bebeau, 52, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of Dorothy M. (Audette) Poole and her husband, Norman of Pawtucket and the late Edward W. Bebeau. Bill resided in Pawtucket until moving to North Providence in 1999.
He had been a supervisor for Nordson EFD for many years and enjoyed mountain biking.
Pedro M. Cano
PROVIDENCE - Pedro M. Cano, 92, passed on January 14th at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Carlina Cano.
Born in Bolivar Antioquia, Colombia, a son of the late Antonio and Adelina (Sanchez) Cano.
CUMBERLAND â€” A study group assembled to perform an in-depth review of the feasibility of all-day kindergarten in Cumberland public schools is expected to report its findings by the end of the month.
The district has been talking about instituting full-day kindergarten since the fall and the arrival at that time of new School Superintendent Philip Thornton, a supporter of full-day kindergarten. Thornton made a formal public presentation on the merits of an all-day program at the School Committee's meeting Dec. 8.
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday nightâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
â€śTheyâ€™re just wrestling junkies,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). â€śKevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. Theyâ€™re scouting, of course, checking us out.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 22-year-old city man wanted as a suspect in a gas station robbery last month was arrested Wednesday after he turned himself in to Pawtucket Police detectives.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Dec. 17, a robbery occurred at the Sunoco gas station located at 35 Cedar St. in Pawtucket. The suspect presented a note to the clerk demanding cash. The clerk opened the register and gave cash to the suspect.
PROVIDENCE â€” Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI), the group that fought for a same-sex marriage law last year, but had to accept the compromise of civil unions, is coming back again in the new legislative year.
It's top priority is once again a same-sex marriage law, but the group will also be looking to make changes to the civil unions law, including seeking the repeal of an amendment included last year that they say is discriminatory and unfair.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on a complaint brought by a former School Committee member, the Attorney General's Office found the Pawtucket School Committee to be in violation of the Open Meetings Act when it failed to report the outcome of an April 12, 2011 executive session vote on the teachers' contract.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassanâ€™s case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.
PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout â€™99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
Thatâ€™s because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Loweâ€™s home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.
Lawrence J. Jette Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence J. Jette Sr., 85, husband of the late Rita A (Magnant) Jette, died in Plymouth Ma. on December 23, 2011. He had previously lived in Pawtucket, RI for most of his life. He was the son of the late Lillian Lawson and Joseph Jette.
Ted P. Gibola
CUMBERLAND - Ted P. Gibola 93, passed away Monday January 9, 2012 at Mt. St. Rita Health Care Center.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Walter and Margaret (Hus) Gibola. He was a life long resident of Cumberland.
Before retiring in 1983 he was employed for 21 years as an Electrical Inspector for the Road and Bridge Dept. of the RI Dept. of Transportation.
Ted was a WW II Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion.
Walter E. Gontarski
PAWTUCKET - Walter E. "CHIEF" Gontarski 62, passed away Friday January 13, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Walter and Alice A. (Gadziala) Gontarski. He lived in Pawtucket all of his life.
Before retiring he was employed as an Extruder for Carol Cable Co.
Chief was a member of the Polish American Mutual Benefit Association of Pawtucket and was an avid sports fan and card player.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There are going to be nights when the teamâ€™s leading scorer struggles. How does the rest of the team react when something like this happens? Are they going to be able to pick up the slack?
Tolman head coach Mike Kayata got all the answers he would need on Thursday night. With top dog Juan Velez mired in a dreadful funk and showing no sign of clearing the fog, Kayata opted to sit the junior down and place the outcome of this crucial contest against Barrington into the hands of the likes of Samb brothers, Seny and Mamour, along with senior Justin Zetina.
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâ€™s the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.
PAWTUCKET --- United, they stand. Divided, who knows if the St. Raphael Academy hockey team and the Providence Country Day/Wheeler School co-op squad would have fallen from existence after last season?
For the Saints, they struggled mightily with numbers a season ago, as only 14 players (three of them goaltenders) made up their roster.
Because of their lack of depth, they staggered to a 3-15 mark that included a handful of losses that saw them fizzle from fatigue during the last period and watch leads slip away from them.