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March 14th, 2014

Joseph R. Shaw

March 14, 2014

Joseph R. Shaw

ATTLEBORO- Joseph R. Shaw, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Laurette (LaChance) Shaw.
Born in Taunton, MA, a son of the late Joseph and Vera (Ellingham) Shaw.
Joseph was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a driver and salesman for Dottie's Catering, Pawtucket, for over 32 years until his retirement in 1990.

March 13th

Unbeaten SRA girls roll past Mount St. Charles for spot in Sunday's Division II hoop quarterfinals

March 13, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders understands he needs a complete team effort if the Saints want to bring home a Division II state title later this month.
“I think depth is one of our strengths,” Saunders admitted on Thursday night after senior Lauren Taylor made her first start of the season and contributed 14 points, seven points and five rebounds that complemented the usual strong efforts by teammates Becca and Danyele Gonzalez along with Seun Shittu.

Cumberland bond rating is upgraded

March 13, 2014

CUMBERLAND – In recognition of the town’s strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberland’s general obligation bond rating one notch to “AA” from “AA-”.

A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poor’s Rating Services bond rating system uses an alphabetical scale from AAA - indicating an extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments - down to D, marking an obligation that is in default.

For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Times.

PC survives St. John’s comeback for 79-74 victory, contests Seton Hall in tonight’s Big East semifinals

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Just in case Ed Cooley let it slip from his mind that the Providence Friars and Madison Square have gone together like oil and vinegar for the longest time, he received a reminder from the college’s president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.

“From what (Shanley) told me, we haven’t won down here often,” stated Cooley. “So for us to get off the schneid, it’s a great accomplishment for our program.”

Cooley likes St. John's NCAA Tournament chances, remains mum on PC

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he feels St. John’s should be one of the Big East teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

When the subject turned to whether his Providence squad has done enough to get off the proverbial bubble and move closer to lock status following Thursday’s 79-74 victory over St. John’s, Cooley refrained from politicking on the Friars’ behalf.

Lorraine J. Ponder

March 13, 2014

Lorraine J.
Ponder

COVENTRY- PONDER, LORRAINE J. (LEMIEUX) LPN, age 59, of Mead St., Coventry, passed away at Kent Hospital while surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. She was the wife of Daniel N. Ponder for 32 years.
Born in Central Falls, RI, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Claire (Berard) Lemieux.
Lorraine was employed at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 35 years before retiring in 2012 due to illness. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family and caring for others.

James W. Moroney, Sr.

March 13, 2014

James W. Moroney, Sr.

NORTH PROVIDENCE - James W. Moroney, Sr., 76, of Smithfield Road, died Wednesday, March 12, at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Caren (O'Brien) Moroney.
Born in Providence, a son of the late James and Gladys (Erickson) Moroney, he had lived in Pawtucket and Riverside for many years before moving to North Providence last year.
Mr. Moroney was a Park Attendant for the City of Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department, before retiring in 2003. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Endorsements do matter

March 13, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Let’s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, don’t mean a heck of a lot.
But last week, former state senator and three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York made a minor splash by announcing her support of Democrat Gina Raimondo. This interested those of us in the political/media complex for three reasons.

March 12th

End of the road: Coventry blasts Tolman in opening round of boys' basketball's Open Tournament

March 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Tolman High head coach Mike Kayata strolled out of the visiting men's locker room in the basement of Rhode Island College's Murray Center on Wednesday night, shrugged his shoulders and tried to explain what had just transpired upstairs.

Friars ignore 'bubble talk', put focus on Thursday's Big East quarterfinal-round opener vs. Red Storm

March 12, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point of the season, Kadeem Batts and the rest of his teammates are dealing with information overload when the discussion turns to the Friars and their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Like every other Providence College basketball follower, Batts is keeping abreast of the latest developments via watching games on TV, checking out bracket-bubble updates online and hearing all sorts of prognostications on where the Friars stand in their quest for the program’s first NCAA berth since 2004.

Let the (world) record reflect a cooking marathon at Lincoln church

March 12, 2014

LINCOLN — Ben Perry wants to pursue a culinary arts degree at Johnson & Wales University next year, and he thinks he might have a resume credential that could set him apart and impress the university's admissions office: Guinness World Record holder.

At approximately 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, Perry, an 18-year-old senior at The Met School in Providence, completed 40 hours of nonstop cooking to break the current Guinness World Record of 36 hours and 58 minutes for longest cooking marathon by an individual.

Employers stuck with bill when state's late paying back UI loans to Fed

March 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE – FUTA may seem like a funny name for a special tax being assessed on employers in Rhode Island and other states that had to borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, but to David Chenevert, president of Swissline Precision Manufacturing in Cumberland, it is no joke.

Irene Furtado

March 12, 2014

Irene Furtado

PAWTUCKET- Irene (Laurinda) Furtado, 83, of Meadow St., Pawtucket, RI died on Tuesday, March 11th at the Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Jose Jacinto Furtado.
Irene was born in Castro Verde, Alentejo, Portugal, a daughter of the late Manuel Laurinda and Mariana Barbara Martins Laurinda.
Mrs. Furtado arrived in Rhode Island in 1963 with her husband. She worked as a laborer in many textile factories, lastly employed by Greenhalgh Mills in Pawtucket. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and was a devout parishioner of St. Teresa's Church.

Mary H. O'Hara

March 12, 2014

Mary H. O'Hara

CUMBERLAND- Mary H. O'Hara, 73, of 1 Mendon Rd., passed away Monday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence.
Born in the Bronx, NY she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Beatrice (Daly) Boyle. She resided in Cumberland for the past 40 years having previously lived in Connecticut.
She was a C.N.A. employed by the Oak Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket for 5 years until her retirement. Mrs. O'Hara was also a member of the Ireland 32 Society, Pawtucket.

Blanche M. Perrault

March 12, 2014

Blanche M. Perrault

CENTRAL FALLS- Blanche M. Perrault, 89, passed on March 11th. She was the wife of the late Claude A. Perrault.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Louis and Yvonne (Leclerc) Mercier.

March 11th

Fire tears through East Providence house

March 11, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — City firefighters early Tuesday battled a fast-moving fire that heavily damaged the first-floor of a Taunton Avenue home located behind the Boston House of Pizza.

There were no injuries reported.

The two-alarm fire broke out just after 2 a.m. in a 1 1/2-story wood-frame bungalow in the 500 block of Taunton Avenue. The blaze caused heavy damage to the first floor of the house and light damage to the back of the pizza shop.

Council: Tighten peddler’s licenses

March 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET — First came concerns about trailer-like taco stands. Now, city officials are raising questions about some of the other vendors that have been allowed to sell wares under a city-issued peddler’s license.

Two Providence-based vendors, Mustafa Lynch and Roger Fudge, recently requested the renewal of their peddler’s license allowing them to sell “pictures, toys, tapestry, rugs, and general merchandise.” Under “location,” they both wrote, “All of Pawtucket.”

Improved play from underclassmen has propelled Tolman into open state tourney

March 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – If there’s anyone associated with the Tolman boys’ basketball program who has seen firsthand the progress and development made by Jesse Fernandes, Steven Otis and the rest of the current underclassmen, look no further than head coach Mike Kayata’s right-hand man.
 

William J. McCoy

March 11, 2014

William J. McCoy

E. PROVIDENCE - William J. McCoy, 92, of Waterfront Drive, East Providence and formerly of Pawtucket died on March 10, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Ruth (Barry) McCoy. They had been married 65 years.
Mr. McCoy owned and operated the McCoy Oil Company for over forty years. He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. McCoy served in both the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres. He served on the USS Wilhoite which was an destroyer escort, and his unit earned a Presidential Citation for bravery and sinking a German Vessel.

March 10th

Arson suspected in weekend blaze

March 10, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Arson Squad have been called in to investigate the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a large apartment house at 5 Darling St. on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Central Falls Fire Department, a blaze broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday at a four-story, wood-frame residence that contained nine apartment units. The building, at the corner of Darling and Illinois streets, is located across from the Central Falls public safety complex.