Archive - 2013
Cumberland High School running Coach Tom Kenwood had believed Monday would be like any other Patriots Day when he took a bunch of his team members to Wellesley to watch runners in Boston Marathon pass by.
Patriots Day, after all, has always been a good day to visit Boston for a chance to see runners in the cityâ€™s historic Marathon and maybe to see the Red Sox play or take the kids to a museum.
But the explosion of bombs at the finish line for the marathonâ€™s 117th running changed all that while leaving thousands on the marathon course and people in general wondering why.
Marion G. Williams
CUMBERLAND- Marion G. Williams, 88, of 1 Flat St. passed away Sunday in the Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Donald R. Williams.
Born in Rockland, ME she was the daughter of the late George F. and Mary (Van Horn) Clark, she resided in Cumberland for the past 15 years previously having lived in Brighton, MA.
She was a "Lunch Mother" for 25 years with the City of Boston, School Lunch Program.
BOSTON â€” Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people â€” including a child â€” and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."
Marcel "Mike" Rivard
CUMBERLAND- Marcel J. "Mike" Rivard, 83, died Saturday in Landmark Medical Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of Alice M. (Durand) Rivard.
Born in Quebec, Canada, son of the late Alphonse and Albina (Plante) Rivard.
He was a Foreman machinist for the Industrial Machine Corp, in Georgiaville, until he retired in l982.
Mr. Rivard, served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a former member of the American Legion Fairmount Post 15, and also of the Veteran of Foreign War, and a member of the Chemawa Country Club.
Sylvia D. Moreau
CUMBERLAND- Sylvia D. Moreau 92, formerly of Mendon Rd. died Saturday at Landmark Medical Center.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Frederick and Delima (Tetreault) Moreau.
Sylvia was an office clerk for the former Ann & Hope Department Store in Cumberland for twenty years before retiring in 1981.
She is survived by several nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Lillian Theroux.
Rita I. Laflin
WOONSOCKET- Rita I. (Gagnon) Laflin, 87, a lifelong city resident, died April 11, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Charles M. Laflin, Jr and the daughter of the late Viateur and Rose (Savoie) Gagnon.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Thereâ€™s plenty of blame to go around now that a Massachusetts group has been given the responsibility to assign, evaluate and train officials for Ocean State-based games.
Itâ€™s the result of an embarrassing fallout exposing unfortunate and regrettable decisions made by all involved parties in the saga over the fate of Rhode Island high school football officials.
PAWTUCKET -- Freshly activated off the disabled list, Mitch Maier made a thrilling debut at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Maier, a 30-year-old center fielder who suffered a left wrist sprain back on March 17, spent the last few weeks in extended spring training, and he admitted being anxious about returning to the diamond.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee has voted its support of a legislative bill that would allow the city to collect scheduled increases in state school aid immediately.
School Committeeman Christopher Roberts submitted the resolution approved by the committee under a unanimous vote on Wednesday that asks the General Assembly to speed up state aid awards scheduled under the stateâ€™s revised school aid formula.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council tonight is expected to pass Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâ€™s request to make June a tax-amnesty month.
The administration is asking the council to support legislation to waive 15 percent interest charges on delinquent taxes of up to $3,000. The offer would apply to any real estate owned by the same individual for three years, business equipment and motor vehicles.
As far as Tax Assessor Chris Celeste knows, the city has never had a tax amnesty event before, and he doesnâ€™t anticipate that there will ever be one again if the council supports the plan.