February 4th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Concern about the snow and ice build-up on the roofs of the city's schools has prompted the schools superintendent to call off school today so the matter can be addressed.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said she made the decision after consulting with both the city's building official and a structural engineer who had been asked to assess the load bearing weights of each of the schools' roofs in the current snow and ice conditions.
CRANSTON â€” Two of the four heavyweight programs in Division I squared off on Thursday night. Cumberland and Cranston West threw haymakers at each other all night with the defending state champion Clippers getting off the deck to win a 36-28 slugfest.
Cumberland scored five pins, worth six points each in the team scoring, to a pair of deck jobs for the Falcons. Those pins, especially the ones scored by Brandon Ferreri and Tom Lacroix after Cranston West had taken a 25-21 lead after 160 pounds, proved the difference in this topsy-turvy match.
Roland E. Desmarais
ATTLEBORO - Roland E. Desmarais, 88, of North Avenue, Attleboro Ma, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Irene (Lenzini) Desmarais. They were to celebrate their seventieth wedding anniversary in July.
Helena J. Michonski
PAWTUCKET- Helena J. Michonski 92, formerly of Grand Avenue passed away Wednesday February 2, 2011 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles P. Michonski.
Born in Lynn, MA she was a daughter of the late Stanislaw and Helena (Wesolowski)Cudnik. She lived in Pawtucket for 69 years.
Before retiring Mrs. Michonski was employed as a Mender in the Blackstone Valley Area Textile Industry for many years.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Central Falls Holy Rosary Society.
Shirley A. Martin
LINCOLN - Shirley A. (Anderson) Martin, 71, of Lincoln passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence.
Born in Cumberland, she was a daughter of Helen C.(Janeczka) Anderson of Central Falls and the late Anders G. Anderson; she had lived in Lincoln for most of her life.
Mrs. Martin was a receptionist at Samuel Steel, formerly American Steel, of Cumberland for the past 35 years. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
PROVIDENCE â€” By no means was Providenceâ€™s 68-63 win over South Florida Wednesday night a work of art. Not that anyone in the Friar locker room is about to complain about style points.
PC did not play anywhere near its best but won for the third time in four games to improve to 3-7 in the Big East and 14-9 overall.
â€śWeâ€™re a high-paced team, but (last night) we didnâ€™t score a lot of points,â€ť noted senior big man Ray Hall. â€śWe had to rely on our defense, and our defense really came through.â€ť
Thereâ€™s a scene in Jerry Maguire in which Jerry, the do-anything-at-all-costs agent, is going over the particulars with Matt Cushman, father of quarterback and surefire top pick Frank. Besides appeasing his pseudo clients with dollar figures and draft stature, Jerry aims for some reassurance from the Cushman camp that he will be entrusted with the negotiations with the NFL team that selects Frank.
Matt Cushman closes the discussion with a firm handshake along with the following: â€śWhat you have is my whole word, and itâ€™s stronger than oak.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Story of this winter: Another bad weather day, another round of postponed boysâ€™ basketball games to be added to the â€ścompressed schedule.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” If you liked yesterdayâ€™s weather, youâ€™re going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave â€” a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain â€” is expected to whack the region by nightfall.
CUMBERLAND â€” Another snow day, another lost practice session for Cumberland Highâ€™s wrestling team.
â€śThis makes me very uncomfortable,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon was saying on Tuesday morning as another snowstorm hit the region. â€śI donâ€™t have any control over the kidsâ€™ weights when we canâ€™t practice. But my guys know what to do. They are pretty good about it. Some of them will go over to Northeast Elite (a wrestling school in Woonsocket) and get a workout in. We canâ€™t practice at the school because if school is cancelled, itâ€™s over. You canâ€™t practice.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Thereâ€™s just something so fitting, so appropriate, about longtime state power Bishop Hendricken matching up with St. Raphael Academy, a contender in its own right, this late in the regular season.
Fernande I. Caron
PAWTUCKET - Fernande I. (Gaudreau) Caron, 85 of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011 unexpectedly in Florida. She was the wife of the late Roger F. Caron. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Gerard and Yvonne (Boulay) Gaudreau. Mrs. Caron worked as a Sander at International Display for many years before retiring and was the former President of Fogarty Manor in Pawtucket.
COVENTRY â€“ The Coventry Oakers made a statement to the rest of Division I last night.
With the Division I leading St. Raphael Academy Saints strolling into town, the Oakers demonstrated that they will have to be mentioned as a contender for the state crown with a convincing 92-72 victory over the Saints that improved their record to 9-4 in league play.
PROVIDENCE â€“ One little setback at an inopportune time hasnâ€™t stopped Aleide Fernandes from doing what she does best â€“ winning state titles.
The Central Falls senior, who already owns five individual crowns in various weight events, is far ahead of the field this winter in her specialties with throws of 53 feet, 4 Â˝ in the 20-pound weight and 37-8 in the shot put.
Fernandes still feels ready to shine at the state championships on Feb. 19, despite being sidetracked somewhat due to tendonitis in her left elbow, an injury that has kept her from competing the past two meets for the Warriors.
WOONSOCKET --- After cruising to a pair of lopsided Division I victories over the weekend, Mount St. Charles Academy got just what it needed on Monday night -- a competitive contest against one of the top public school teams in Eastern Mass.
The Mounties turned in one of their best games of the season and received strong contributions from all three of their lines and goaltender Dan Foster in a closer-than-it-appears 5-0 win over Needham High at Adelard Arena.
Dorothy M. Horton
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. (Hunt) Horton, 90, of 2065 Mendon Road died Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Everett W. Horton.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late John R. and Anne (Sanborn) Hunt, she had lived in Pawtucket until moving to Cumberland in 1946. She had also lived in Northford, CT and Citrus Springs, FL.
During the 1970's, she worked as a waitress at the old Koffee Kup Restaurant in Cumberland. She was also a member of the Chimney Hill Tenants Association.
PAWTUCKET - Adrienne Blanchard, 105, died on Saturday at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Dorand Blanchard. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Henri and Alexandrine (Brule) Messier, she had resided in Central Falls, then in Cumberland and back in Central Falls prior to moving to Jeanne Jugan Residence 12 years ago. She and her husband had wintered in Mexico for many years.
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Pauline H. Gingras
PAWTUCKET - Pauline H. Gingras, 87, of Pawtucket died Thursday, January 27, at Roger Williams Hospital, Providence. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Arthur W. and Beatrice (Gendron) Heroux, she had resided in Pawtucket for over 50 years.
Evelyn G. Gagnon
PAWTUCKET - Evelyn G. Gagnon R.N. 62, of Grotto Ave. died January 30, 2011. She was the wife of Paul R. Gagnon Sr.
She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Anthony F. and Evelyn (Silva) Romano Sr.She was employed by Rhode Island Hospital as a Registered Nurse.
Besides her husband she is survived by 1 daughter Elaine St. Pierre. 1 brother Anthony F. Romanob Jr. and 4 grandchildren. Mother of the late Paul R. Gagnon Jr.