Archive - May 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD â When Cassandra Sherman played for the Rice Memorial High prep hockey team of South Burlington, Vt. from 2010-12, she picked up a passport for her teamâs various road trips through three provinces in Canada, but because her team went over the border almost every other weekend, her passport didnât need to be stamped.
Shermanâs passport recently expired, with blank pages and nothing to show for her ventures to Canada. But sheâs in the process of renewing it, and when she gets it sometime this summer, she plans to break it in -- with a colorful European stamp.
WOONSOCKET â Imagine a creature that reaches reproductive maturity at six months old, gives birth to six or seven offspring at a time and loves having unprotected sex as often as possible.
No, itâs not some mythic species invented by Hollywood, but the common cat gone wild. By some estimates, one feral four-legger and her offspring can spawn a colony of 5,000 cats in just three years.
No wonder Pam Howard is such a busy lady.
CUMBERLAND â Itâs been 68 years since Wilfrid E. Hebert, 91, returned home from World War II and he has spent much of that time coming to terms with his days as a B-17 crew member flying missions over Europe.
Hebert, an ex-POW and a resident of Flat Street, can tell you what helped him most through his troubled times and also about the things he still grapples with when holidays such as Memorial Day arrive.
BLACKSTONE â At least two members of the Board of Selectmen say they are prepared to buck the Finance Committeeâs recommendation and make a case on Town Meeting floor for why voters should approve $75,000 to fund a feasibility study for a new senior center.
Expressing the most discontent is Selectman Paul S. Haughey, who chastised the FinCom earlier this week, saying the boardâs decision to not recommend passage of the senior center article is an injustice to the townâs senior citizens.
The end of school is near, and thereâs no time like the present for teenagers to try to find that summer job.
Lining up work with a private business is one way for teens to fill their free hours but that may not be an easy task given the areaâs still-recovering economy.
There are also community-based jobs â funded through local governments, state agencies, or federal programs â that may still be available to interested job seekers.
WOONSOCKET â Amid the smell of fresh rubber tires, sparks fly off the rusty interior of a chrome bicycle rim as Craig Brassard buffs off some metal burrs with a portable hand grinder that sounds like a kitchen blender.
âNo guarantees,â he tells the owner of the vintage Schwinn 10-speed from which the rim came â heâd done the best he could to address the cause of his flat tire.
WOONSOCKET â Four new recruits were sworn in as probationary patrol officers by the Woonsocket Police Department on Friday.
Officers Mark Castiglione, Taylor-Rae Monfils, Manuel Salema and Craig Thompson will immediately be assigned to the field training program, which lasts about 14 weeks, according to Police Chief Thomas Carey.
More than a dozen banks from Providence to Pawtucket have been robbed over the past five months, leaving some to wonder if bank robberies have reached epidemic proportions in the Blackstone Valley.
While it may seem like the valley is a hotspot for bank theft of late, Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBIâs Boston division, says the recent spate of robberies, which include Mondayâs heists in North Providence and Cranston, and Thursdayâs robbery in Pawtucket, are not an indication of an overall rise in the number of bank robberies in the state.
WOONSOCKET -- Mount St. Charles head coach Mary Green was unsure how rain would affect her team during the Mountiesâ Division III Tournament quarterfinal with Burrillville/North Smithfield Co-op, so she was hoping the storm would hold off.
She didnât get her wish; right after the initial faceoff, the skies opened up. But her team responded to the downpour by pouring on the offense against the overmatched Broncos, scoring three goals in a 26-second span early in the first period, and rolling to a relatively easy 12-5 triumph over the Broncos
Irene V. Heroux
WOONSOCKET- Irene V. (Leclaire) Heroux, 69, of Woonsocket, died Thursday, May 23, 2013 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of Ronald F. Heroux, whom she married January 13, 1990.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Lena (Roy) Leclaire.