Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission on Friday will consider asking the Rhode Island Department of Education for an advance of some $12 million in state aid from fiscal 2014 so the city can meet payrolls in July and satisfy other bills, including a $4.8 million debt service payment.
If approved, this would be the second year in a row that the commission has asked RIDE for an aid advance to ease through a fast-approaching cash crunch. Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce says the window is closing on other options.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The owner of the cityâ€™s only cab company says a tax on taxi fares imposed by lawmakers last year has resulted in a loss of business, increased red tape and customer dissatisfaction.
â€śTaxi drivers survive on tips and what my drivers are telling me is that those tips donâ€™t exist anymore because of this sales tax on taxi services,â€ť said Bill Legare, owner of
Valley Transportation on Front Street.
Jules P. Laferriere
WOONSOCKET- Jules P. Laferriere, 97, formerly of Grove St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday in Candia, New Hampshire. He was the husband of the late Marguerite (Ethier) Laferriere.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Oscar and Roseanna (Paquin) Laferriere.
He was lifelong resident of the city and had resided with his daughter in New Hampshire for the past several years.
Mr. Laferriere attended Mt. St. Charles Academy.
BELLINGHAM, MA- Julienne (Lozeau) Houle, 89, died peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Attleboro Nursing Home, Langhorne, PA, where she was a resident for almost three years.
A New Englander, Julienne "Julie" lived in Bellingham, MA for over 25 years, and prior to that in Albion, Woonsocket and Lincoln, RI, where she was born on January 21, 1924. She was the daughter of Marie and Anatole Lozeau.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Way back on April 23, North Smithfield High trekked to the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house to take on league-leading Central in a Division II crossover bout.
The Northmen held their own against the superb Knights, but bused home on the down side of a 3-1 verdict.
Still, the way North Smithfield battled in that 25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14 defeat wasn't lost on Central head coach Donn Chu, who had warned his players prior to Monday night's R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal that their opponent would be dangerous, especially given its size advantage.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As Landmark Medical Center marks five years in receivership this month, a federal agency has stepped in to shore up the struggling hospitalâ€™s pension system before it runs out of money to pay beneficiaries.
The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation will continue paying benefits to retirees and make good on promises to active employees who will be due benefits when they retire â€“ a group of about 750 individuals in all, said Marc Hopkins, a spokesman for the PBGC.
PROVIDENCE â€“ If a child misses 20 percent or more of a school year due to unexcused absences, his or her family could lose its cash and medical assistance under the Rhode Island Works welfare program, if a bill sponsored by Woonsocket Rep. Stephen Casey becomes law.
The bill would require a parent applying for welfare benefits to sign an affidavit stating that his or her child is enrolled in and attending school and has an attendance rate of not less than 80 percent for the current school year, not including illness, or injury-related absences.
Philip E. Higgins
EAST GREENWICH - Higgins, Philip E. "Phil", 70 of East Greenwich, RI passed away peaceful on Saturday, June 8th. He was the beloved husband of Gloria A. (Vozura) Higgins for 44 years. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Philip & Margaret (Campbell) Higgins.
Mr. Higgins retired from Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI as Program Manager of UUV and Mobile Target. He served as a Teacher, Mathematic Department Head, & Athletic Director at Scituate High School.
Robert E. Lambert
UXBRIDGE - Robert E. Lambert, 58, of River Road, died June 7, 2013 at UMass Memorial Health Center in Worcester. He was the husband of Cheryl A. (Montanari) Lambert. Born in Woonsocket, RI, he was the son of the late Ralph and Noella (Prefontaine) Lambert.
Mr. Lambert owned and operated RL Superior Lawn Care for over 25 years before retiring in 2006 due to illness. Bob enjoyed golfing and fishing and really loved classic cars. He was a former member of I.W.C. in Woonsocket.
Violet C. Leclaire
CUMBERLAND - Violet C. Leclaire 94, of Irene Blvd. died Wednesday at Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of Camille J. Leclaire. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Clara (Lizotte) Lecroix.
Violet was an assembler for many area Woolen Mills. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and traveling. Violet was an accomplished seamstress.