December 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â Despite the wholesale rejection of his first budget by the General Assembly and his failure to expand long-awaited pension reform legislation to cover troubled municipal plans, Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he considers his freshman year at the helm of the Ocean State to be a success.
LINCOLN â Twin River has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies by organizing a program to utilize their unclaimed lost or stolen bicycles in an effort known as Project Broken Wheel.
âWe take parts from each of the broken bicycles in order to make them whole again,â said Frank Martucci, general manager of beverage operations for Twin River. âOur employees really pulled together and were able to bring smiles to so many little faces this holiday season.â
NORTH PROVIDENCE â A horrendous start to the second half doomed Tolman High on Friday night.
North Providenceâs fast-breaking attack seized control of the Division II opener for both sides thanks to rattling off 14 straight points to begin the second stanza. The surge paid off handsomely for the host Cougars, who would go on to win by a 64-54 count.
Tolman junior Juan Velez led all scorers with 23 points while classmate Jonathan Percy ruled down low with 17 points. The scoring dropped off considerably as the next high man for the Tigers was Mamour Samb, who finished with eight points.
PAWTUCKET - Rita Levesque, 94, of Charles Street, passed into eternal life on Thursday at the Home & Hospice inpatient Center after an illness.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Joseph and Nora (Feeney) Levesque. Rita had lived in Pawtucket for the last 25 years. She had been employed as an office clerk at the former Shartenberg's and also at the former Outlet Co. before retiring.
WARWICK â With his own special and unique brand of tough love, Ed Cooley consistently relays to suspended forward Kadeem Batts that he let the entire Providence College basketball program down.
âI let him know about it every single day by saying âThanks Kadeem, thanks,ââ said the PC coach on Thursday at the Radisson Hotel, site of the first Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Luncheon of the season. âWe donât hide anything.â
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to a production error, an article from a previous School Committee meeting inadvertently ran in Friday's Times and on this web site. The following is the correct article from the School Committee meeting of Dec. 13.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to various cost-cutting measures, including bringing back special education students from outplacement services, and concessions from the teachers' union, the School Department was able to achieve a balanced budget for the current fiscal year.
PAWTUCKET â Some things never change. Feelings of jealousy, rage, heartbreak and entrapment are just as much a part of people's lives today as they were centuries ago when William Shakespeare penned his famous tragedy, âHamlet.â
Robert E. Belanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Robert E. Belanger, Jr., 44 of Pawtucket died Sunday in Providence. He was the husband of Angela (Collins) Belanger. Born in Providence he was the son of Betty (Johnson) Belanger and the late Robert E. Belanger, Sr.
Besides his wife and mother, Robert is survived by a daughter, Torrie April Belanger of West Virginia; a son Justin Belanger of Texas; two brothers, Mark Belanger of Pawtucket and Edward Belanger of Florida; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robert was the brother of the late April Belanger Hayden.
Ernest H. Pfanstiehl
CRANSTON - Ernest H. Pfanstiehl, 79, of Cranston died peacefully Monday, 12/12/11 with his family by his side. He was the husband of Louise (Davis) Pfanstiehl. Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis J.M. and Nellie (James) Pfanstiehl, he was a retired teamster, retiring in 1987. He worked for Mitchell Transport for 26 years. He was an Army Korean War veteran and he was a steward at the Pawtuxet Athletic Club and a member of the Gaspee Committee.
John Anthony Matta Jr.
CUMBERLAND -John Anthony Matta Jr., 51, of England Street, passed away Monday at home. He was the husband of Colleen (McVey) Matta.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of John A. Matta Sr. and Anna (Salus) Matta of Cumberland. He resided in Cumberland for 30 years, previously residing in Central Falls.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, John A. Matta III, and Brian A. Matta, both of Cumberland; one daughter, Rebecca A. Matta of Cumberland. He also leaves one sister Leslie Tordoff of Cumberland, and several nieces and nephews.
REHOBOTH - Myles Alper, a longtime resident of Rehoboth, MA died Saturday, December 10, after a short illness. He was 88.
Born in Providence, Alper attended Hope High. He graduated from Peekskill Military Academy and Boston University before enlisting in the U. S. Air Corps during World War II. He lived in Rehoboth, MA since 1948 when he first settled there with wife Alma. They built a home on their beloved Juniper Farms and raised seven children.
Hereâs a look at the early state of affairs in hockeyâs three divisions âŠ
For most teams, a 1-2 start to a season usually doesnât mean much. For Mount St. Charles fans, MSCâs 1-2 start has some of them reaching for the panic button, especially since the four-time defending champions havenât began a Division I campaign with that mark since the mid-1970s.
Of course, two of their defeats have come to La Salle, which so far, looks like the team to beat. The Rams are 4-0, have outscored their opponents 27-4, and boast the divisionâs top three scorers.
âEveryone has to be ready. Everyone is in the same boat.â
Those words, echoed by East Providence head coach Alex Butler, shall serve as the equivalent to ringing the opening bell on Wall Street. Tonight will see the curtain raised on league play, which with the expansion of the open tournament and the doing away (at least for this season) of the division tournaments, has taken on even greater emphasis.
PAWTUCKET â In a written decision handed down on Wednesday, Pawtucket Police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted earlier this year on a charge of indecent exposure during an off-duty driving incident, won the right to keep his job from a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing panel.
Yet, city officials say they will appeal the decision, which they are attributing to a procedural error in filing by another city police officer.
CENTRAL FALLS â Trumpeting the success of the sometimes difficult and tumultuous transformation of Central Falls High School that began in 2010 with the threat to fire all the teachers, Superintendent Frances Gallo told a group of educators Tuesday that âfrom the depths of despair and resentment, our school has arrived.â
As a result, Gallo said as she addressed the 2011 High School Transformation Summit, âfamilies, parents, students and teachers, that core family, can truly dream big because everyone is committed to reaching those big dreams.
David J. Bosse
CENTRAL FALLS - David J. Bosse passed unexpectedly on December 11th. He was the husband of Shirley (Daley) Carroll- Bosse.
Emily D. Gonzalez
PAWTUCKET - Emily D.Gonzalez, 72, of Baldwin Street, Pawtucket died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joaquin Vieira and Aida (Ferreira) Vieira.
Mrs. Gonzalez was an assembler for the Fram Corporation for many years.
LINCOLN â Superinten-dent of Schools Georgia Fortunato informed the School Committee at its regular meeting Monday night that 12 teachers and guidance counselors have chosen to submit their plans for retirement come June, while another will retire in January.
The committee, with three members absent â including Julie Zito, Mary Varr and Tracey Cavanaugh â voted unanimously (4-0) to accept those retirements.
PAWTUCKET â Call it a healthy version of the âOscars.â Five individuals who have worked to steer children and teens away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco products and toward making good lifestyle choices were honored recently by the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition.