Archive - Sep 2013
LINCOLN â YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 âWomen of Achievement,â including Woonsocketâs Jacqueline L. Dowdy and Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.
Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.
WOONSOCKET â The School Department on Thursday issued a warning to parents to be on the alert after multiple incidents of suspicious people approaching local students near their schools.
Patrick McGee, director of curriculum, and Peter Fontaine, director of security and facilities, put out the warning to parents through the departmentâs communication system after meeting with Police Detective Matt Ryan on the incidents.
âDetective Matt Ryan has made us aware of suspicious male
WOONSOCKET â The Woonsocket Fire Department would become the only urban fire district in the state to employ on-call volunteers under a cost-cutting edict issued this week by the Budget Commission â under the threat of a lawsuit from the firefighters union.
The on-call order was included in a two-part âenactmentâ which also forces members of Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters onto a cheaper health plan after the unionâs contract expires on July 1, 2014.
BURRILLVILLE â Thereâs a unique buzz around this tight-knit community this week, and with good reason. Rare is the occasion when Alumni Field is transformed into a nighttime operation.
With an intriguing early-season Division III matchup serving as the centerpiece of what figures to be a unique and special day in the long, rich history of the Burrillville High football program, it seems appropriate to at long last proclaim the following: âFriday Night Lightsâ has come to the campus located just down the road from the Route 102 and East Avenue intersection.
BLACKSTONE â The Diverdors dive club, a small informal group of men and
women who share a common interest in the sport of scuba diving, is looking for help.
Since its inception in 1961, the non-profit club has promoted and
encouraged interest in underwater diving sports. All club members are
nationally certified scuba divers, from Open Water to Divemaster. The Dive Club has always been available to proffers services, knowledge and general assistance to and with local civic and municipal organizations engaged in aquatic safety, rescue and recovery operations.
WOONSOCKET â The appeal filed by the local school department and Pawtucket in a challenge of the adequacy of the state aid formula for distressed urban districts could be heading to a hearing by the state Supreme Court.
Stephen Robinson, a Rhode Island education attorney hired by the communities, gave the Woonsocket School Committee that forecast while updating it on the legal case during the panelâs meeting in the Woonsocket Middle School cafeteria Wednesday.
CUMBERLAND â A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.
WOONSOCKET --- In a season where wins have been difficult to come by, Woonsocket had its share of highlights in its Division I crossover affair against South Kingstown at Barry Field.
Topping that list was the fact that the Villa Novans, after getting shut out in their first six games of the season, finally found the back of the net â not once, but twice.
The Villa Novans also kept play in the Rebelsâ end of the field through the better part of the end of the second half, and they played hard right to the final whistle as if they were competing in a one-goal game.
PAWTUCKET â Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words âtenaciousâ and âpugnaciousâ often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
Roger R. Desrosiers
WOONSOCKET- Roger R. Desrosiers, 73, of Richelieu St. died Monday September 23, 2013 in Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Rudolphe and Rhea (Archambault) Desrosiers.
Roger worked as a Professional Truck Driver, for N&D Transportations for several years prior to retiring.
He was a member of the Teamsters, Club Par X, and the Italian Workingmen's Club.
He was a United States Air Force Veteran.