Archive - Nov 2013
WOONSOCKET -- Maybe it was before the rollbacks in state aid, before the Great Recession, or before the overstretched bubble of real estate values across the U.S. finally popped.
Maybe there was an era when being the mayor of the seventh largest city in the state of Rhode Island was a fun job to have, but it did not belong to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
âI think at some time when there was a lot of money floating around, being mayor might have been a fun job,â says Fontaine. âI canât say it was ever anything other than a lot of hard work.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Kevin may be the youngest of the six Keenan boys, but he still recalls the fondest moments of his childhood: How his father, Paul, would rave about the prospect of watching his sons represent North Smithfield High's varsity football team â together.
âWe'd be sitting in front of the TV watching the Patriots, or be at the supper table, and Dad would bring it up, how we all could play together one day,â offered Kevin of those instances a decade or more ago. âI don't know if he knew it, but we were thinking the same thing.â
PROVIDENCE -- Ed Cooley and his Providence College Friars ended up playing eight games in November. It nevertheless seemed that all took a backseat to the reoccurring storylines and hot topics that remain just as fervent as the calendar flips to the second month of the college basketball season.
Theresa M. Bokoski
BELLINGHAM- Theresa M. (Antaya) Bokoski, 86, of Bellingham, MA passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Milford Regional Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife for 64 years of Francis J. Bokoski.
Born in Slatersville, RI on October 2, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Narcisse and Rose Alba Antaya.
Wayne W. Rawson
Wayne W. Rawson, 65, passed away on Wednesday November 27, 2013 at his home.
Wayne was born on January 30, 1948 in Providence, R.I. and was the son of the late Waldo and Gladys (Daughtery) Rawson.
Wayne served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had been employed by Pratt and Whitney for 30 years, retiring from there.
WOONSOCKET â Ending weeks of speculation, Mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has announced who the key members of her administration will be, a list that includes a few surprises.
One of the biggest is the return of former Planning Director Joel D. Mathews. Except for a brief hiatus during the 1980s, Mathews had worked continuously for the city from 1973 to 2011. Trained as a landscape architect, he gained a reputation as a special projects manager and all-around problem-solver during the era of former Mayor Susan D. Menard.
Dennis N. Gouin, Sr.
WOONSOCKET- Gouin, Sr., Dennis N., 60, of Woonsocket, RI passed away Tuesday November 26, 2013 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the loving husband of 43 years to Susan (Mandeville) Gouin.
He was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Edward Jr., & Ivy (Curling) Gouin.
WOONSOCKET â An unidentified national chain store is offering $500,000 to purchase Ayotte Field, located at the busy city line intersection of Providence Street and Great Road in North Smithfield.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik said the offer was tendered recently by a representative of the real estate firm Hayes & Sherry, who declined to identify the prospective buyer.
WOONSOCKET â With the Division II Super Bowl looming a week from Sunday, Cumberland High veteran mentor Chris Skurka took a somewhat conservative approach to the annual Thanksgiving morning clash with Woonsocket on chilly, gusty Thursday.
In an effort not to âbreakâ any key spokes in his wheel, he chose not to start senior tailback Mike Stock; he wanted him to get some rest after he rushed for four touchdowns and 145 yards (with one catch for another paydirt) in his Clippers' 49-35 semifinal triumph over St. Raphael last Friday night.
SCITUATE â An important piece to the Division IV playoff puzzle was settled Thursday morning at wind swept and bitterly cold Caito Field.
Led by three rushing touchdowns from senior Dylan Naradowy, North Smithfield locked up the No. 3 seed in convincing fashion with a 53-20 whitewashing of holiday foe Scituate. Had the Spartans prevailed, they would have pushed the Northmen to the fourth position, which would have resulted in a semifinal-round date with regular-season champion and top-seed North Providence.