February 24th, 2011
CUMBERLAND â The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. Johnâs High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their stateâs Division IA âSuper Eightâ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.
Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there wonât be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boysâ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didnât make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Notre Dame appeared to be in total control, then all of a sudden the Fighting Irish were lucky time ran out on Marshon Brooks.
Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 as No. 9 Notre Dame hung on for a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Brooks.
The Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start ever in 11 seasons under coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame, in second place in the conference, has won eight of nine.
EAST PROVIDENCE â In an attempt to dispel common myths and mysteries about law enforcement, the city's police department has decided once again to offer residents the opportunity to register for the Citizens Police Academy, a 13-week program slated for Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 16.
Maria G. Docouto
PAWTUCKET - Maria G. Docouto, 70, of Pawtucket died February 23, 2011. She was born in Brava, Cape Verde Island a daughter of the late Jose and Ercilia (Galvao)Docouto. She came to this country 35 years ago settling in Pawtucket. She was employed by International Packaging. She is survived by 1 son Jose Vasconcelos of Webster, MA, 2 sisters Elisa Docouto, Armanda Andrade, 3 brothers John, Ideal and Adelino Docouto all of Pawtucket. 3 grandchildren.
Philippe W. LeBlanc, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Philippe W. "Phil" LeBlanc Sr., 87 of Pawtucket died on Saturday, (Feb. 19, 2011) while on a visit in Florida. He was the husband of Esther (Gervais) LeBlanc. Born in Southbridge, MA, a son of the late Philippe N. and Albina (Joyal) LeBlanc, he had been a resident of Pawtucket since 1955. He had a great affection for the city of Central Falls, especially Notre Dame Parish, where he was raised from early childhood and was educated by the Sisters of St. Anne and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
CUMBERLAND â The elite seedings for this weekendâs state wrestling championships bear out the dual-meet rankings for the regular season.
Unbeaten Cumberland, the defending state team champion, collected four No. 1 seeds. Cranston West earned three, as did Warwick Veterans. East Providence was honored with two top seeds â sophomore heavyweight Jonah Aurelio and senior 160-pounder Jared Burrows. Bishop Hendricken, also expected to contend for the team title, got one.
Helen Marie LeBlanc
PAWTUCKET - Helen Marie LeBlanc, 92 of Pawtucket died Friday at Epoch of Blackstone Boulevard. A private funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the LACHAPELLE FUNERAL HOME, 643 Main Street. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery.
Josephine A. Moore
PAWTUCKET - Josephine A. Moore, 87, of Mt. Vernon Boulevard, Pawtucket, passed away on Monday, February 21, 2011 at The Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Leo and Margaret (Benn) Paine. Josephine graduated from the Memorial Nursing program in 1944 and was a WWII Army Nurse serving her country at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. She then worked as a Registered Nurse at first The Memorial Hospital and then the Miriam Hospital in Providence.
Luis Angel Santiago
CENTRALFALLS- Luis Angel Santiago, 40, of Pine Street, passed away on Friday after a long illness. He was the husband of Myrta Rivera-Santiago.
Born in Puerto Rico, he was the son of Mariano Santiago and the late Sylvia E. Ramos. He had been employed as a mechanic for Quality Cab of Central Falls.
Joseph M. Perrotta
LINCOLN - Joseph M. Perrotta, born in Pawtucket August 30, 1928, passed away at the Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Inpatient Center after a long illness on February 21, 2011. He was the son of the late Maria Salerno and Giuseppe Perrotta.
He spent over 50 years of his life working in the Horse Racing Industry throughout the New England Area.
Working many years at the Lincoln Downs Race Track and Narragansett Race track here in Rhode Island, as well as the Suffolk Downs Race Track in Massachusetts and Rockingham Park in New Hampshire.
Ida L. VanThuyne
PAWTUCKET - Ida L. VanThuyne, of Sanford Street, Pawtucket died Thursday, February 21, 2011. She was the wife of Victor VanThuyne.
Mrs. VanThuyne was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late William and Beatrice(LePalm) Durand.
She was employed at DB Mart for many years.
By TERRY NAU
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My father, Lewis Soares Sr., was born in Lisbon, Portugal and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. Because his father had died in Portugal, his mother remarried.
During his youth he worked with his stepdad who had a fruit and meat peddling business that was located in Pawtucket.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â The music played over the PA system to introduce the players from top-seeded North Providence High was the theme song from the movie âRockyâ â the fictional story of the Philadelphia southpaw who overcame all odds to eventually become the heavyweight champion.
While the music was appropriate for the Cougars, who showed plenty of heart in Mondayâs Division II quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 seed Tolman, it would be hard to not say the same for a gutsy Tiger squad.
NEWPORT â Shea High went down fighting in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday night, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to lead in the final minute, only to see second-seeded Rogers hit a crucial three-pointer with 12 seconds left that produced a dramatic 59-56 victory over the Raiders.
COVENTRY â It was with 10:27 to go in the game when Coventry head boys basketball coach Tom Campbell called a timeout with his Oakers in serious trouble against St. Raphael Academy that it was more than just them losing the game and having no momentum for the upcoming RIIL Open Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Oakersâ pride was in severe jeopardy since the Saints made C. Arthur Flori Gymnasium all their own for two-thirds of the Division I Quarterfinal game on Monday night.
After that timeout, Coventry gained back more than its pride and momentum.
PAWTUCKET â A plan born of common sense--that the downtown would thrive more if people could just get in to and around it more easilyâwas presented to about 60 people at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center last Thursday. While some called it âambitious,â the proposal received an enthusiastic round of applause.
Maia Small, an architect with Thurlow Small Architecture, served as the lead consultant on a Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan that was commissioned by the city's Planning Department and the Pawtucket Foundation.