PAWTUCKET â€” In his many thanks to colleagues and friends at his last Pawtucket School Committee meeting, outgoing chairman Jim Chellel gave a special recognition to the staff of Shea High School who were there from 1990 to 1994.
That's because Chellel, who graduated in 1994, credits his teachers, baseball coaches, and others at the school who helped him overcome a learning disability with being a key example of the benefits of public education and why taxpayers should not begrudge their financial support.
PAWTUCKET â€” An armed man wearing a ski mask tried to rob a clerk at the Silver Mart Convenience Store at 170 Cottage St. on Friday evening, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the suspect -- a white, blue-eyed male -- came into the store just before 5 p.m. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk told the robber that he didn't have any money, and then a customer happened to come into the store, at which point the suspect turned and fled without obtaining any cash, Martins said.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ Players like Rodney Bustillo and Elijiah Wiggins donâ€™t need an entire game to make a difference.
Just give them a little time to start heating up.
The Tolman High seniors got sizzling hot in the second half of Tuesdayâ€™s opener with Cumberland in the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament and turned a 38-all tie at the break into a runaway 80-61 rout at the Wellness Center.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ Two teams in desperate need of getting their respective seasons on track crossed paths in first semifinal of the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at Cumberland High Schoolâ€™s Wellness Center.
Lincoln was the club that took a solid step in the right direction with a convincing 68-52 triumph over a Woonsocket squad that continues to seek answers. Lincoln will play Tolman in tonightâ€™s championship game set for 7:45 p.m. Woonsocket and Cumberland in the 6 p.m. consolation game.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles Academy didnâ€™t have too many low moments in its run to the Division I state championship last season, but one of them came in the first round of last seasonâ€™s Holiday Face-Off.
In that game, the Mounties turned in one of their worst showings of the season and dearly paid for it in the form of a 5-2 loss to Bishop Guertin High of Nashua, N.H.
WOONSOCKET â€” Jason Cropley usually gets off work in the morning, but when his graveyard shift ended Monday he had another job to do: free his car from its prison of snow.
Cropley, a security guard at Portola Tech, thought there might be trouble when he heard the rumble of snowplows passing the Fairmount Street mill with increasing frequency during the night. Sure enough, they buried his car, parked just a few feet from the edge of the road, behind a knee-high wall of grayish, lumpy snow.
Robert W. Koziol
CUMBERLAND - Robert W. Koziol 68, of Diamond Hill Road passed away Monday December 27, 2010 at the Miriam Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Barbara(Astley) Koziol.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of Alice (Hobson) Koziol and the late Stanislaw Koziol. His guardian was the late Jennie Koziol. He was a life long resident of Cumberland.
Before retiring he was employed by the Town of Cumberland Housing Authority as a Master Electrician.
He was in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam conflict.
Loretta E. Erskine
PAWTUCKET - Loretta E. (Seguin) Erskine, 89, passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Erskine, Sr. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late William and Louise (Chainey) Seguin.
She leaves a son, Robert J. Erskine; a daughter, Linda S. Plante and her husband James all of Pawtucket; three grandchildren, Kristen Simonds, Robert and Patrice Plante and three great-grandchildren, Paige, Adam and Tyler Simonds.
CUMBERLAND - Maria (Bernardo) Carola, 93, died Dec. 23. Devoted mother of Fay (Bernardo) Melo, and grandmother of 3, and great-grandmother of 2. Funeral Wed. at 10 AM from JJ Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Mass at 11 AM in St. Joseph Church, Mendon Road. Visitation Tues. 4-7 PM. Directions/Guestbook:
Sometimes things move pretty quickly around here â€“ almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired.
One day weâ€™re ushering in the winter sports season while the high school Super Bowls have yet to be contested. The non-stop nature extends to all seasons and sports, and we here at Blackstone Valley Sports have no choice but to hop aboard the next train or run the risk of being left behind.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Casting a Grinch-like mood over City Hall, Fitch Ratings announced Wednesday that is has downgraded Pawtucket's general obligation bonds by two notches and has removed the city's rating from a â€śwatchâ€ť status to a â€śnegative rating outlook.â€ť
The downgrade to â€śBBB-â€ť from â€śBBB+â€ť affects three categories of general obligation bonds: $6.38 million, series 2001; $3.46 million refunding bonds, series 2002B; and $11.05 million, series 2005. The new bond rate is just one notch away from â€śjunk bond status.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White is now a screen star in his own right with a new music video that is appearing on YouTube.
Called â€śSanta's Wrap,â€ť the video features the Pawtucket resident performing a rap-style song that he wrote himself. Since it made its debut earlier this month, â€śSanta's Wrapâ€ť has garnered over 31,000 hits on the Internet video site. The easiest way to access the video is by looking up â€śSanta's Wrapâ€ť on Google or by visiting YouTube and searching â€śSanta's Wrap.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ â€śOf course, we had a Christmas party every year at the Boys Club,â€ť Mike Pappas was saying earlier this week. â€śThere would be presents for all the kids. And we made sure to hand out a Christmas basket to a needy family. That was important to us.â€ť
The Christmas Party tradition still exists at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, an organization Pappas first became aware of as a Depression-era youngster living up the street in a three-story tenement. As an adult, Pappas would spend 41 years working at the club, the last 26 as its Executive Director.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tiverton put the brakes on Shea Highâ€™s offense during a 72-53 romp over the Raiders on Thursday night.
Shea, coming off a 94-92 up-tempo win over North Providence on Monday, contributed to its own demise with a variety of missed layups and close-in shots that prevented the Raiders from turning to their pressing defense following a made basket.
â€śIf we had made our layups, we could have used the press,â€ť Shea coach Matt Pita said after the game. â€śBut we shot poorly all night. The bottom line is we have to rebound the ball and make our layups and we did neither tonight.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Four men, including two from Pawtucket and one from Central Falls, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Two of the defendants also face charges of allegedly distributing child pornography.
According to a press release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal indictments against the four were sought by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha as a result of a state and federal multi-agency investigation earlier this year into child exploitation.
CUMBERLAND - Doris (Joachim) Blain, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Monday, December 20, 2010. She was the wife of the late Philip Blain.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Emmeric and Rosa (Milliot) Joachim.
Domingos A. Santiago
PAWTUCKET - Domingos A. Santiago, 64, of Pawtucket died December 23, 2010 at Memorial Hospital of RI. He was the husband of Ana V. (Goncalves) Santiago. He was born in Brava, Cape Verde Island a son of Malvina (Barros)Santiago and the late Antonio Santiago. He came to this country 22 years ago settling in Pawtucket.Besides his wife and mother he is survived by 1 daughter Luisa M. Santiago and 1 son Daniel Santiage, both of Pawtucket, 4 sisters Isabel, Clara, Benilda and Elsie, and 3 grandchildren.
Harvey N. Bryant
PAWTUCKET - Harvey N. Bryant, 61, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010. He was the husband of the late Patricia Bryant. Born in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late William Bryant and the late Beverly (Craig) Rushlow.
He is survived by one son, Harvey Bryant Jr., six brothers, Richard LaClair, Monte, David, and Duane Bryant, Therron and Sean Hamaker, three sisters, Lynda and Melissa Hamaker, and Monalisa Aguiar, seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€” As manager of Double-A Portland the past four seasons, Arnie Beyeler was at the forefront of nurturing while simultaneously pushing all of the better known prospects in the Red Soxâ€™ farm chain. Beyelerâ€™s mission was to not just get the likes of Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard and Ryan Kalish ready for life at Triple-A, but to present them a sample of what life is like as a major leaguer.