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December 11th

Unnamed donor saves senior center -- for now

December 11, 2011

MILLVILLE — With the senior center slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts, town senior advocates may have dodged a bullet and won a temporary reprieve in the wake of the news that an unidentified sum of money has been bequeathed to the center from the estate of an unnamed source.
That was the good news delivered to the Board of Selectmen last week when senior center Director Carol Smith appeared before the board to request that the town's legal counsel determine if the estate monies can be used by the Millville Council on Aging to fund the center and keep it open.

Man's watch of his neighborhood leads to own arrest

December 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A city man's decision to investigate suspicious activity in his neighborhood resulted in him being charged with a gun violation, according to police.
It turns out, the car tampering incident that Jonathan Chan, 26, of 165 Glen Road, thought was occurring outside his home on Nov. 25 was nothing more than a newspaper delivery person making her early-morning rounds. He is now charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon — a handgun — and possession of a pistol without a license or permit, in connection with the incident, according to police.

December 10th

Bryant gives PC a scare

December 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — To Ed Cooley, what’s one more stern test for his Providence Friars before powering down for a 10-day exam period?
Pushed and pressured all day long by a 1-9 Bryant outfit that wasn’t supposed to pose that big of a threat, Cooley’s Friars overcame 34 minutes of “listless” basketball to fight tooth-and-nail over the final six minutes, a stretch which wound up serving as the difference Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
In the end, the Friars prevailed by a 72-61 count, but it was far from an easy win.

Villa Novans eyeing success this winter

December 10, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Uncertainty.
That might best describe what’s in the mind of longtime Woonsocket High track coach George Briggs right now concerning the upcoming winter campaign.
While the numbers are big this year with more than 40 kids, the Villa Novans lost some key point-scorers to graduation, have two of their best athletes recovering from injuries and are still awaiting word if a few more are coming back this year.

December 9th

Warriors take down Northmen girls' hoops

December 9, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something that’s common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Friday’s non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort – one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriors’ favor.
“I was very impressed, very impressed with the girls’ energy,” said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.

Clippers race past Panthers in Injury Fund tilt

December 9, 2011

CUMBERLAND – With a starting lineup comprised entirely of juniors, Cumberland head coach Gary Reedy believes that positive things are in store for his squad this winter.
The first step in the right direction took place Friday night with Cumberland disposing of Johnston, 69-60, in an Injury Fund non-league contest at the Wellness Center. Ben Bradley, one of those aforementioned 11th graders, led all scorers with 24 points while also contributing six rebounds and three steals.

Lajoie pleads guilty to role in Main murder

December 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Kelley M. Lajoie, 33, of Chicopee, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for her participation in the September 2010 robbery and murder of David D. Main, 49, of Woonsocket.
Main, a Shell station manager, was followed as he drove from the gas station to the Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road, then robbed and shot to death as he attempted to enter the bank to make a deposit.
Lajoie pleaded guilty to one count each of Hobbs Act conspiracy; aiding and abetting a Hobbs Act robbery; and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

NONE FOR THE ROAD -- ‘Drinkers’ help police train for field sobriety tests

December 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Matt Oriani received the call from his friend, Lincoln Patrolman Kyle Wingate, at about 11:20 a.m., Wednesday.
That's when the officer asked him if he would participate in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests instruction course, otherwise known as a live alcohol wet lab, being taught at the Providence Police Academy, located on Chad Brown Street.
Oriani acquiesced, and – less than 50 minutes later – he began drinking light beer.

Antonio Dangelo

December 9, 2011

BURRILLVILLE - DAngelo, Antonio, Tony, 95, of East Ave., Oakland, RI died Dec. 7, 2011 at the Overlook Nursing Home in Pascoag. He was the husband of the late Lucille R. (Couture) DAngelo.
Born in Esmond, son of the late Carmelo and Maryan (Campagna) Dangelo. Tony was also fondly known as The Chief to many who knew him because of his standing and respect within his extended family.

Kathleen H. Christiaen

December 9, 2011

BURRILLVILLE - Kathleen H. (Pappandrea) Christiaen, 93, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Albert Christiaen. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Calderon) Pappandrea.
Kathleen was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Frank M. Christiaen of Pascoag, two nieces, Joyce Raabe of CT and Constance Houser of NC and two nephews, Robert Lofgren of SC and Richard Lofgren of FL.

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