CENTRAL FALLS – During preseason workouts in August, some high school football coaches already know that their teams – based on numbers, talent, seasons played together, knowledge of their systems, etc. – will earn a playoff berth.
In fact, there are a few who figure their clubs, barring massive injuries, will claim a spot in their divisional Super Bowl.
PAWTUCKET â A local family was given a lift emotionally and financially Tuesday when they were presented with a $5,000 donation from a Massachusetts-based organization that provides funds to families involved in the care of children with cancer.
Four-year-old Sebastian Calado in July was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. On Tuesday, Sebastian was joined by his mother and two brothers as the family received a $5,000 gift from Cops for Kids with Cancer.
Lawrence P. Mooney
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence P. Mooney, 82, of Pawtucket, passed away surrounded by his family, Monday, November 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Davis) Mooney. They were happily married for 58 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late John and Lillian (Theileg) Mooney.
LINCOLN - Delfina (Silva) Gaspar, 99, of Grandview Avenue, passed away Tuesday at the Grandview Center, Cumberland.
She was the wife of the late Ximenes Gaspar.
Born in New Bedford, MA, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Maria (Pedreira) Silva. She spent her childhood and young adult years in Sao Paio, Gouveia, Portugal, returning to the United States at age 35, settling in Pawtucket. She resided for the past 13 years in Lincoln with her daughter and son-in-law.
Mrs. Gaspar was employed as a Stitcher for the former Health-Tex Inc. of Central Falls for 20 years.
Cheryl L. DiGiuseppe
PAWTUCKET - Cheryl L. (Allison) DiGiuseppe, 64, of Second Street died unexpectedly Saturday, November 22, 2014 at home. She was the wife of James W. DiGiuseppe.
Born in Greenville, SC, a daughter of L. Lee Allison of Punta Gorda, FL and the late Carolyn (DeGuilio) Allison, she had lived in Pawtucket and Cranston for most of her life.
Cheryl was the Tax Collector for the City of Pawtucket for 33 years before retiring in 2010. She was a graduate of St. Xavier's Academy, Providence.
CUMBERLAND â There is a change coming in the office of Lieutenant Governor, but that change wonât mean any waiver of support for small businesses in the state.
Outgoing Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and her soon-to-be successor, Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee, on Monday joined statewide efforts to encourage Rhode Islanders to âBuy Local R.I.â this holiday season.
LINCOLN – Newborn Colin Joseph Riel doesn't know it yet, but he will down the road: The same month he came into this world, his grandfather – Lt. Col. Denis Riel of the R.I. National Guard – replaced his dad as the Lincoln High boys' ice hockey head coach.
It's a long story, but the eldest Riel decided to keep the role in the family a few weeks ago, and his sons, Jim and Garrett – not to mention the entire LHS community – couldn't be happier. The Lions will maintain familiarity with their mentors.
PAWTUCKET – For Shea High grid coach Dino Campopiano and his area brethren, it was business as usual Monday afternoon and evening.
He and his team conducted a practice under the dark, cloudy skies at the Max Read Field athletic complex in preparation of hosting archrival Tolman in a Division II crossover showdown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, despite the fact several meteorologists have forecast miserably wet and/or snowy weather through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Annie M. Fortin
CUMBERLAND - Annie M. Fortin, 90 passed peacefully at home on November 20th. She was the wife of the late Emil Fortin. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Silva and Mary Silva.
She is survived by two daughters, Cher Lussier and her husband David with whom she resided, Carol Picard and her husband Lee, a son, Emil Fortin and his companion Tara, five grandchildren, Cassie, Ian, Lionel, Christopher and E.J., three great grandchildren, Icesis, Tyler and Maddie, two sisters, Lena DiLorenzo and Mary Bedard.
Pia R. Poli
PAWTUCKET - Poli, Pia R. (Giorgi), 97, formerly of Columbus Ave., Pawtucket and Johnston, died of Friday, November 21, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She went to heaven to be with her beloved late husband of 69 years, Reno G. Poli. Pia was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Anivale and Annie (Accorsini) Giorgi.
PAWTUCKET – As impressionable six- to nine-year-olds, brothers Chris and Yanique Duarte, along with cousin Anthony Almeida, raced down to Max Read Field on game day to watch their family members represent the Shea High School football team.
The trio remembers cousin Jermaine Cabagno quarterbacking the Raiders to the 2006 R.I. Division II Super Bowl crown with a 46-8 victory over Chariho at Bryant University.
PAWTUCKET â When is a faithful canine companion not a man or womanâs best friend? When it sparks a blaze that ends in a court date for the pet owner.
According to police, a city woman was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after authorities discovered 1.6 pounds of pot in her basement following a fire at her home that may have been started as a result of a pet dog inadvertently turning on a stove while attempting to access food, police said.
PAWTUCKET – Shea High relied on three explosive touchdown plays and a withering defense to breeze into the Division II Super Bowl on Friday night.
The Raiders shrugged off a second-quarter challenge from Coventry en route to a 41-14 triumph. Momodou Mbye and Leandro DeBrito made the big plays for Shea. Mbye scored on runs of 60 and 92 yards while DeBrito ran a short kickoff back 57 yards for a score and also booted two field goals.
LINCOLN – Davies Tech girls' hoop head coach Joe Handy never expected to get the news so quickly, but it was well worth the wait.
“Waleska's back, and I'm so happy for her!” he laughed seconds after walking through the front doors to a favorite coffee shop on Wednesday night.
Robert R. Gumpson
PAWTUCKET - Robert R. Gumpson, 71, of Suffolk Avenue died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Raymond F. and Florence (Booth) Gumpson, he had lived in Central Falls for 60 years before moving to Pawtucket 11 years ago.
Mr. Gumpson was the owner of Central Falls Surfacing Company for many years before retiring.
PAWTUCKET — In these sudden-death Division II playoffs, Shea High has written a life insurance policy funded by its defensive unit, an aggressive group of athletes who follow their assignments on each play and eschew individualistic efforts.
The Raiders were the only team in last weekend’s quarterfinals who held their opponent under 20 points. Unbeaten North Kingstown yielded 49 points in a loss to Coventry. Unbeaten St. Raphael gave up 33 to Johnston in its stunning upset.
PAWTUCKET â A Providence man was charged with reckless driving and driving to endanger after an accident on East Avenue early Wednesday morning that sent him and his two passengers to the hospital, authorities said.
Lavander G. Sanders, 26, was observed driving his Toyota Camry at a âvery high rate of speedâ around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The officer estimated that the vehicle was traveling well in excess of 70 mph which is significantly higher than the posted speed limit of 25.
By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
PAWTUCKET â A nonprofit group plans to hold a parade in the city Sunday morning to celebrate a judge's ruling earlier this week that struck down a city ordinance which had banned pit bulls.
Pit Bulls for PTSD will host the parade Sunday at 10 a.m. and is asking fellow revelers to meet at Slater Memorial Park for a walk up Newport Avenue and back.
Pit Bulls for PTSD is a nonprofit organization that trains pit bulls to become service dogs for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the group's Facebook page.
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