The Andrade family of Richmond, R.I., once again are lacing up their sneakers for Sunday’s 35th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, joining thousands in the fight against cancer.
Julio Andrade walks in memory of his father, who died from bladder cancer in 2016. He’s raised $28,000 this year, largely through a silent auction he organized and donations collected from across his Rhode Island community.
Andrade plans to follow the 5k route, one of several options available for participants. The walk aims to raise $9 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, according to the website.
The family has gotten creative with their fundraising efforts throughout their eight years of participating in the walk.
Andrade’s teenage daughters, Gabby and Sydney, came up with the idea of selling cupcakes in 2020. Soon after, “Cupcakes for a Cause” was born.
“This allowed them the chance to do their part to help cure cancer and combine it with their love for baking,” Andrade said.
The sisters sell their sweet creations at events throughout the year―weddings, holidays, birthdays, and more. Last year, they partnered with a local pizza restaurant that sold their cupcakes every Friday and donated one dollar for each one sold, Andrade said.
The cupcake boxes are adorned with a label with information about the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber, Andrade said.
In 2021, the sisters baked and decorated over 1,000 cupcakes in their kitchen.
“The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute holds an extremely special place in our hearts,” Andrade said.
He described his father, Antonio, as a “hardworking, strong, loving individual who always put his family first.”
On Sunday, Andrade, his wife, Amanda, their four children, mother, and several close friends will walk in Boston representing “Team Triple A.” They even have family participating as virtual walkers in Pennsylvania.
“Losing my dad to cancer is the hardest thing my family and I have ever encountered,” Andrade said. “I continue to fundraise and participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk because I know it will make a difference.”
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Brown takes on Rhode Island on 3-game losing streak
Brown Bears (2-8) at Rhode Island Rams (5-3)
Kingston, Rhode Island; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brown enters the matchup with Rhode Island after losing three straight games.
The Rams are 5-0 on their home court. Rhode Island leads the A-10 with 42.5 points in the paint led by Jaden House averaging 7.8.
The Bears are 0-4 on the road. Brown averages 13.2 turnovers per game and is 2-1 when turning the ball over less than opponents.
Rhode Island’s average of 6.0 made 3-pointers per game is 1.6 fewer made shots on average than the 7.6 per game Brown allows. Brown has shot at a 41.7% rate from the field this season, 0.7 percentage points less than the 42.4% shooting opponents of Rhode Island have averaged.
TOP PERFORMERS: House is shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc with 1.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Rams, while averaging 14.8 points. Zek Montgomery is shooting 52.4% and averaging 14.9 points for Rhode Island.
Kino Lilly Jr. is shooting 32.6% from beyond the arc with 3.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Bears, while averaging 19.1 points. Nana Owusu-Anane is averaging 16 points and 8.3 rebounds for Brown.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
Florida motorist accused of firing at Rhode Island home stopped with over 1,000 rounds of ammo
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Florida motorist accused of firing shots at an East Providence home before leading officers on a wild pursuit in Rhode Island last week appeared in court Monday.
More than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the black Nissan Armada, and several guns were also found in a backpack discarded along the chase route, according to police.
Law enforcement officials brought more than 100 counts against Joshua Pavao, 43, with a last known address in Kissimmee.
No pleas were entered in court Monday. Bail was at $100,000 with surety, and Pavao was ordered to turn over all of his firearms and his passport.
Pavao lives with a parent in Florida and will be allowed to return to the state only after meeting pre-trial conditions, according to officials.
The court clerk’s office did not immediately have the name of an attorney representing Pavao.
During the chase, the suspect crashed into several other vehicles, officials said.
The pursuit ended with Pavao’s SUV crashing and spilling bullets and cartridges on a roadway in East Providence, police said. Pavao abandoned his vehicle, fled on foot and was arrested, according to police.
“This was an extremely volatile situation involving a dangerous and unpredictable suspect who put so many of our residents and police officers in harm’s way,” Police Chief Christopher Francesconi said in a written statement over the weekend.
Charges included 106 counts of possessing a large capacity feeding device, discharging a weapon from a vehicle, eluding an officer and obstructing officers.
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Ammunition Strewn On Road, Man Arrested In East Providence
EAST PROVIDENCE, RI — A Florida man arrested in East Providence Friday is facing more than a hundred charges after being accused of shooting at an Estrell Drive home and leading police on a chaos-causing chase through town.
The man, identified as 43-year-old Joshua D. Pavao from Kissimmee, is accused of first shooting at the home around 2:20 p.m. Friday in a “targeted attack,” striking and shattering the rear window of a car, police said.
Pavao then took off in his black Nissan Armada, where he traveled from Pawtucket Avenue to Crown Avenue, then Silver Spring Avenue and Dodge Street, Vincent Avenue, and Cushman Avenue, and continued through the Warren Avenue intersection before arriving back at Pawtucket Avenue — all while repeatedly losing police, evading an attempted traffic stop, and striking another vehicle at the intersection, authorities said.
Finally, Pavao sped through a red light at the Taunton Avenue intersection and hit multiple vehicles, rendering his vehicle inoperable as he came to a stop on Pawtucket Avenue between Chase Bank and the Davenport’s Restaurant parking lot, according to police. He attempted to flee on foot, but was chased down by police and taken into custody.
Three cars were damaged — two severely — and two people were injured in the collisions with Pavao’s car, police said. Numerous loaded long gun magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were strewn around the area, with thousands of additional rounds of ammunition found inside the car, according to police.
During the police chase, two officers were involved in a car crash near Dover Avenue and Gardiner Street, causing a police vehicle to come into contact with and cause minor damage to a house, police added. One officer was taken to the hospital, treated, and released.
No guns were found on Pavao, at the scene, or in his car, police said. However, a backpack, three loaded handguns, a rifle, and a bulletproof vest were found by a civilian in a leafy area off Boyd Avenue and reported to police.
Pavao’s charges are as follows:
- 106 counts of Possessing a Large Capacity Feeding Device
- 2 counts License or Permit Required for Carrying a Pistol
- Discharge of a Firearm from a Motor Vehicle
- Firing in a Compact Area
- Eluding an Officer with a Motor Vehicle in a High-Speed Pursuit
- Duty to Stop for an Accident Resulting in Injury
- Duty to Stop for an Accident with Occupied Vehicle
- Obstructing an Officer in Execution of Duty
“This was an extremely volatile situation involving a dangerous and unpredictable suspect who put so many of our residents and police officers in harm’s way,” Chief Christopher Francesconi with the East Providence Police Department said in a news release. “My officers and dispatchers handled this very serious situation with great professionalism and restraint.”
Francesconi added that the investigation is ongoing as authorities “try to understand the motives and intentions of the suspect.”
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