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Cumberland man accused of wife's murder kills self at ACI

December 31, 2010

CUMBERLAND – Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.

Burrillville announces retirements

December 31, 2010

The Burrillville Police Department announced the retirement of Prosecution Officer Maurice Nault after 25 years of service. Officer Nault was the senior officer in the department. Also retiring is Lorraine Cadieux, administrative assistant to the Chief of Police, Col. Bernard Gannon. Both retirements took effect Dec. 27. Mrs. Cadieux worked for the Town of Burrillville for 23 years -- 12 years in Town Hall mostly as the assistant to the building official and the last 11 years as the administrative assistant to the police chief.

December 30th

These people made 2010 memorable

December 30, 2010

The best part of my job is meeting people connected with various sports teams or organizations throughout the Blackstone Valley. When all is said and done, it is the people and the things they teach us that remain long after the final scores have faded away.
Here are some of the people I remember from my life during the year 2010.

Look out for these track stars in 2011!

December 30, 2010

Just like the other winter sports we cover, the indoor track season will enter a new year on Saturday.
Some goals that were set back in early November remain the same, but with 2011 now beginning there’s also those New Year’s resolutions.
Or, shall we say, a new set of goals – perhaps ones that become more realistic after the first two months of the season.
Will those goals (new and old) be accomplished? Time will only tell.
Here’s a glimpse at what is potentially in store from our top local track & field athletes in the coming months.
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December 29th

Mounties top La Salle in Face-Off tourney final

December 29, 2010

WOONSOCKET – Dan Foster proved he was up to the task Wednesday, as the Mount St. Charles goaltender fit the definition of a brick wall exactly.

Fox stands firm on taxes

December 29, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is “I don’t want to raise taxes.”

Putting words to music -- Rick's Musical sponsors student essay contest

December 29, 2010

CUMBERLAND – There are plenty of good reasons for teaching instrumental music and chorus in secondary schools, and the students enrolled in them are more than happy to share a few.
“Other classes teach independence and therefore cannot compare with band and chorus classes,” says Kristen Rodriguez of Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket. “If someone fails an English test and another person receives a perfect score, the person who aced the test is not affected by the person who failed it. Unlike other classes, band and chorus teach the value of interdependence.”

December 28th

Mounties will meet LaSalle High in Face-Off finals

December 28, 2010

WOONSOCKET -- After a year away from its own tourney championship game, Mount St. Charles Academy is back in the Holiday Face-Off finals.
The Mounties earned their spot in tonight’s 8 p.m. title game by knocking off a physical Cathedral High team out of Springfield, Mass. Senior co-captain Zach Samborsky netted a pair of third-period goals to help the Mounties skate to a 6-2 triumph in their semifinal-round affair at Adelard Arena.

Tolman cages Cumberland, 80-61

December 28, 2010

CUMBERLAND --– Players like Rodney Bustillo and Elijiah Wiggins don’t need an entire game to make a difference.
Just give them a little time to start heating up.
The Tolman High seniors got sizzling hot in the second half of Tuesday’s opener with Cumberland in the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament and turned a 38-all tie at the break into a runaway 80-61 rout at the Wellness Center.

Lincoln whips Woonsocket in tourney opener

December 28, 2010

CUMBERLAND --– Two teams in desperate need of getting their respective seasons on track crossed paths in first semifinal of the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at Cumberland High School’s Wellness Center.
Lincoln was the club that took a solid step in the right direction with a convincing 68-52 triumph over a Woonsocket squad that continues to seek answers. Lincoln will play Tolman in tonight’s championship game set for 7:45 p.m. Woonsocket and Cumberland in the 6 p.m. consolation game.

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