March 17th, 2014
Anne C. Penza
PAWTUCKET - Anne "Dolly" C. (Romano) Penza, 90, of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Silvio S. Penza for 61 years. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Vito and Camella (Facienda) Romano, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life before moving to Vero Beach, Florida in November of 2006. She was a 1942 graduate of Pawtucket West High School.
David J. Flanagan
PAWTUCKET - David J. Flanagan, of Pawtucket, died on March 12, 2014.
Mr. Flanagan was born in Pawtucket the son of the late David J. Flanagan and Margaret (Marran) Flanagan.
He was employed at Teknor Apex in Pawtucket
David was a graduate of Rhode Island College where he excelled as a left handed pitcher on the baseball team. He was a member of the Rhode Island College Hall of Fame. David also played for the Chatham Anglers and Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
PROVIDENCE â€“ St. Raphaelâ€™s record now stands at a glistening 19-0, but for only the third time this season, the Saints found themselves battling for a victory in the final minute of play.
But the Saints, thanks to some strong defense down the stretch, were able to withstand a fierce challenge by ninth-seeded West Warwick and squeak out a 36-33 triumph on Sunday night at Rhode Island College that advanced them to Wednesday nightâ€™s Division II semifinals.
For full story, see Monday's print edition of The Times.
WARWICK â€“ Lincoln controlled the tempo for most of the night and held a significant advantage in the shots-on-goal department in its opening game of its best-of-three Division II semifinal-round series against Cumberland.
Unfortunately for the defending champions, they didnâ€™t control the first few minutes of the game. The Clippers did, and what they did in the first 2:21 of play helped them eke out their third one-goal victory of the season over their neighboring rivals.
For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.
PAWTUCKET â€” If you build it, they will come...to learn, use computers, make music, and play sports. Next year, local youths will have a new, state-of-the-art place to gather thanks to an addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's facility at One Moeller Place.
Roger Stanley Provencher
QUINCY- Roger Stanley Provencher age 57 of Quincy Mass., formerly of Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI, died Tuesday, March 11 at Quincy Medical Center.
Son of Rita Jette and the late Raymond Provencher, stepson of Rene Jette.
Longtime companion of Alma Manning, father of Jennifer Lee and her husband Eric Lee, brother of Jacquline Pelletier, Anita Hermann, Leo Provencher and his wife Debra Jean, he was also the brother of the late Robert Provencher, grandfather of Jacen Lee and many nieces and nephews.
The services will be private.
CRANSTON- Baziotis, Eleftherios "Lefty"" Baziotis, 79 of Cranston, RI passed away peacefully Friday morning March 14, 2014 at home.
He was the husband of Irene (Petras) Baziotis, and the late Chrysanthe (Pliakas) Baziotis.
CENTRAL FALLS- Rose Messier was born in Central Falls, RI on July 13, 1927 to the late Alphee "Leo" Bonin and Clara (Nolin) Bonin.
Lucille D. Goyette
LINCOLN- Miss Lucille D. Goyette, 96, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Trinity Health and Rehab Center, Woonsocket.
Lucille was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Dominique and Maria (Tanguay).
She lived in Pawtucket, moved to Cumberland in 1984 and then to Lincoln nearly 25 years ago. She worked in the textile industry for many years and retired in 1984.
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.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
â€śI think depth is one of our strengths,â€ť 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 â€“ In recognition of the townâ€™s strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberlandâ€™s general obligation bond rating one notch to â€śAAâ€ť from â€śAA-â€ť.
A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poorâ€™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.
NEW YORK â€” 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 collegeâ€™s president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.
â€śFrom what (Shanley) told me, we havenâ€™t won down here often,â€ť stated Cooley. â€śSo for us to get off the schneid, itâ€™s a great accomplishment for our program.â€ť
NEW YORK â€” Ed Cooley didnâ€™t mince words when asked if he feels St. Johnâ€™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 Thursdayâ€™s 79-74 victory over St. Johnâ€™s, Cooley refrained from politicking on the Friarsâ€™ behalf.
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.
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.
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Letâ€™s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, donâ€™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.
PROVIDENCE â€” 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.
NEW YORK â€” 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 programâ€™s first NCAA berth since 2004.
LINCOLN â€” 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.