Archive - Sep 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ Gertrude A. Franco winces as she lifts her right arm to dust off a glass shelf lined with statues of saints, crucifixes, and other religious articles and gifts.
The longtime owner of A Special Place, a religious gift shop tucked away in a corner storefront on North Main Street, Franco, 76, is battling painful arthritis in her shoulder, a condition that has made daily operation of the shop difficult at best.
CUMBERLAND â€” There is a new addition to the businesses in the Ann & Hope Building at 1 Ann & Hope Way, one that will require some talented individuals adept at running a game show.
The â€śGreatest Deals on Earth Showâ€ť is already being put together by the new Studio 300 entertainment services company Ed Migley founded for the Big Flea Superstore occupying the former Ann & Hope department store space in the former mill.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The R.I. Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on a road safety assessment report for Route 102, which could see construction of road safety improvements, including advanced dilemma zone detection systems and rumble strips, early next year.
â€śWe are still finalizing the Road Safety Assessment report for the Route 102 corridor,â€ť said DOT spokeswoman Rose Amoros. â€śThe document will incorporate comments from all of the parties involved in the review and will be used to develop plans for improvements based on the findings.â€ť
WEST GREENWICH â€” North Smithfield High chief Wes Pennington just doesn't understand the reason why.
â€śIt seems like whenever we come down here, we lose,â€ť he stated after his squad had dropped a disgruntling, mistake-prone 17-14 defeat to Exeter/West Greenwich in a battle of unbeaten Division IV clubs on Saturday afternoon. â€śMaybe it's the ride down, I don't know, but I'll bet we haven't won here in over 10 years.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE --- Burrillville had the energy of playing its first-ever night game at home under the glow of portable lights, an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at Alumni Field on hand to witness the historic night, and the drive to produce the teamâ€™s first 3-0 start in a decade.
But Mount Pleasant had speed to burn, lots of athleticism, and a penchant for breaking off big plays, and the Kilties put all that together on Friday to produce a lopsided victory.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Adelard Provencal, 88, got to see a lot of the Pacific Theater while serving a young U.S. Navy man during World War II and will be remembering those times while visiting the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., this afternoon.
LINCOLN â€“ Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâ€™s Drew Madden, 27, admits skydiving was never really on his list of things to do someday.
But that wonâ€™t keep Madden from bailing out of a plane over Middletown this afternoon with Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist.
Madden, a noted math instructor for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school network serving Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, made a commitment over the summer to support the middle schoolâ€™s reading program, and his skydiving excursion is the payoff of that endeavor.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Police Department is investigating another incident of suspicious men approaching students near a local school, this time the Bernon Heights Elementary School, off Logee Street.
Police reported Friday evening that the incident occurred during the day on Thursday, and parties involved contacted the department about the incident on Friday.
The incident was believed to be similar in nature to incidents reported to the department earlier in the week, according to police.
WARWICK â€“ Once Woonsocket High kicked it into high gear, there was no looking back.
Shaking off a slow start with authority, the Villa Novans ran roughshod over host Warwick Vets, 27-0, Friday night to improve to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in Division II-A. Quarterback Miguel Raymond completed 11 passes for 163 yards and two scores while Woonsocketâ€™s defense turned Warwick over five times.
Woonsocket compiled all of its points in the second and third quarters. On the flip side, Warwick Vets was barely heard from after failing to cash in on two first-half trips inside the Novansâ€™ 10-yard line.
Raymond G. Richard
WILTON, ME- Raymond G. Richard, 60, of Wilton, ME died unexpectedly on September 24, 2013.
Raymond was born in Lewiston, ME on June 7, 1953 and lived in Woonsocket for over 30 years.
He served honorably in The U.S. Marine Corps. from 1970-1974.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, his dogs and playing music.
Raymond is survived by his wife Mary Ann of Wilton, ME, his parents Adelard and Therese Richard of Woonsocket, 3 sisters Doris Berard, Linda Lagasse, Brenda Sullivan, a brother Normand Richard and a large extended family.