September 20th, 2011
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 Gammellâ€™s resignation late last month.
Gammellâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s 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.
â€śMan, I might end my career without an interception,â€ť Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if heâ€™d ever reeled in a pick.
â€śNope, never had one,â€ť 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, heâ€™s officially off the schneid.
PROVIDENCE â€” The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what heâ€™s 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 wasnâ€™t looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sundayâ€™s 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, â€śThat was outstanding.
â€śIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â€ť noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family â€śA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ€ť 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 â€śEnforce The Law & Protect Usâ€ť in white on the front, while others carried signs reading, â€śStop Pond View Now!â€ť and â€śHold Pond View Accountable!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to grant money and a local physician's unique idea, the â€śdoctor is inâ€ť 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 wonâ€™t 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 seasonâ€™s team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.
Margaret C. Paradis
PAWTUCKET - Margaret C. Paradis, 86 of Pawtucket died September 15 at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was was the wife of the late Raymond Paradis. Born in Pawtucket and a lifelong resident of the city, a daughter of the late John and Haple (Yarzede) Metfooney, she had been employed at the former Miller Electric Company in Woonsocket for about forty years prior to retirement in 1987. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Consolation Church.
James D. Ainsburg
PAWTUCKET - James D. Ainsburg 68, passed away on Wednesday at RI Hospital after injuries suffered in a fall at home. He was the husband of the late Patricia Ainsburg.
He was born in Amhurst, Nova Scotia, a son of the late Warren and Margaret (Keddy)Ainsburg. He has lived in Pawtucket most of his life and had been employed at Major Electric Company for more than 30 years.