Archive - Jun 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ The school department and members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild appear to be coming down to the wire on settlement of a new contract.
The Teachers Guild scheduled separate ratification meetings with its 482 represented teachers and 99 paraprofessionals for late this afternoon but whether they are held as planned could depend on resolution of last-minute issues involving the state Department of Educationâ€™s position on Basic Education Plan requirements.
WOONSOCKET â€“ He looked like he just walked off the set of the Dead End Kids, but the dark-eyed boy from Boston spoke in a soft voice without a hint of swagger.
Some of Johnny Martoranoâ€™s classmates assumed his parents had sent him to Mount St. Charles Academy in 1955 because he needed some straightening out.
â€śThe boarders were a thing of mystery,â€ť says John â€śClemâ€ť McLaughlin, a Cumberland native who now lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. â€śMaybe they didnâ€™t have a Catholic high school in their area, like me. Many parents sent their kids to Mount because the discipline was good.â€ť
Roger E. Roy
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Roger E. Roy, 51, of North Smithfield, formerly of Woonsocket, died Saturday morning at home.
Born and raised in Woonsocket, he was a son of Vivian D. (Mandeville) Roy and the late Roger N. Roy.
He attended Woonsocket schools was a resident of Woonsocket for most of his life and lived in North Smithfield for the last 12 years.
Roger was a self-employed contractor operating R&R Painting in the local area for many years. He also previously worked at Electric Boat.
Roger A. Fontenault
GLOCESTER- Roger A., FONTENAULT, 87, formerly of Stirling Drive, died peacefully at his home, Monday, June 17, 2013. He was the husband of the late Beatrice F. (Labrosse) Fontenault and Claire M. (Vezina) Fontenault.
Born in Blackstone, MA, he was a son of the late Aldor and Cecile (Girard) Fontenualt.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bernie Carbo assumed custody of his grandson when he was two. This same lad has matured into a 14-year-old with big-league hopes, no doubt fueled by a grandfather who authored one of the most memorable home runs in Red Sox lore.
PROVIDENCE â€“ While far from finalized, several realignment proposals were shared and discussed amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics Monday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of the realignment committee, Prout Athletic Director Mike Traficante presented modifications to the formula that has been the determining factor in placing teams in corresponding divisions. The earliest these changes would take effect is the 2014-15 academic year, the first year following the expiration of the current two-year realignment agreement.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A food fight among siblings got out of hand Saturday when a 19-year-old woman allegedly went after her brother with a fork.
Mary Gemma of 249 Grove St. was charged with one count of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony.
The brother, Christopher Duclos, 25, is also facing misdemeanor charges for pushing his sister and slapping her in the face â€“ before she armed herself with the utensil.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farmâ€™s east field, one of five sites and the primary parcel identified in an evaluation of town-owned properties that have the potential to provide a new source of municipal groundwater.
The Cumberland Water Department has contracted with Layne Christensen Company of Dracut, Mass. to drill test wells and conduct short term pumping tests in late August or early September when groundwater levels are expected to be at their lowest.
Lucille T. Laporte
CENTRAL FALLS- Lucille T. Laporte, 81, passed June 14, 2013. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur L. Laporte.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Mary-Jane (Raymond) Maurice.
She had been employed as a winding technician for many years, retiring from Quality Ribbon after 20 years.
WOONSOCKET î ş Opponents went down fighting as Mayor Leo T. Fontaine narrowly won the authorization he needs to privatize a proposed $50 million water treatment plant from the Budget Commission.
The long impasse over privatization finally broke on a 3-2 vote Friday as Fontaine and Commissioner Peder Schaefer lobbed verbal grenades at each other from opposite sides of the issue.