Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the stateâ€™s economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled â€śThe Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,â€ť says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.
WOONSOCKET â€“ At a time when residentsâ€™ fees for curbside trash collection are expected to double in the months ahead, the city is still subsidizing the cost of trash collection in public housing projects by more than $50,000 a year, according to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The mayor is pushing the Woonsocket Housing Authority to absorb those costs, but a preliminary plan unveiled during a meeting of the Budget Commission Monday was rejected by the WHA as needlessly â€śpunitive.â€ť
Rita J. Remy
WOONSOCKET- Rita J. Remy, 89, formerly of St. Paul St., died Sunday May 5, 2013 at the Friendly Home in Woonsocket where she resided for the past several years.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Stanislaus and Azama (Charron) Remy. She was a lifelong city resident.
Rita attended St. Claire High School and graduated from Finan's School of Beauty Culture in Pawtucket.
She worked at Yvette's Beauty Parlor in Cumberland for 18 years and also at Jeanne D'Art Maison de Beaute on Manville Rd. in Woonsocket for over 25 years.
WOONSOCKET- Lucille Pinsonneault, 86, formerly of Gilbert St,. Woonsocket, died Saturday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late William and Angelina (Boisell) Pinsonneault. She was a lifelong resident of the city.
Lucille was a longtime communicant of Precious Blood Church and was a well-read person.
Marjorie M. Gentile
WOONSOCKET- Marjorie M. "Marge" (Scott) Gentile, 86, of Olympia Ave. died May 18, 2013 in the Oakland Grove Health Center with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Lilio J.Gentile.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late, Henry and Lillian (Bernhart) Scott.
Marge worked for Mazzarelle Spinning,and also Finkelsteins, for 25 years,and and at Coby Glass, prior to retiring.
She enjoyed, knitting,and cooking for her family and friends and love spending time with her two granddaughters.
Robert W. Sanford
WOONSOCKET- Robert W. Sanford, 82, of Walnut Hill Rd. died Monday May 20, 2013, in the Oakland Grove Health Center, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Lorraine (Perry) Sanford.
Born in Providence, son of the late, Thomas J. and Grace M. (Farrell) Sanford.
Mr. Sanford was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.
He worked in sales for 27 years for Cumberland Engineering, prior to retiring.
Marjorie P. Cummings
CUMBERLAND- Marjorie P. Cummings, 84, of Forestdale Drive in Cumberland, died on May 19 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Marjorie Place.
She attended Woonsocket High School and the University of Rhode Island and lived in Virginia and Connecticut for several years before settling down permanently in Rhode Island in 1963.
CRANSTON â€“ Public school teachers from North Smithfield to Newport jammed into the auditorium at Cranston High School West Monday and for well over two hours unloaded a long list of grievances against Education Commissioner Deborah Gist with the stated intention of convincing the new state Board of Education to not renew her contract next month.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After hearing residents voice concerns about enforcement of a related $100 fine and also general support for its health implications for children, the City Council on Monday granted first passage to a new ordinance banning smoking in city parks.
The five members present all voted to support passage of the measure, which will require a second approval to become law. Council President John Ward left for a personal commitment just prior to the vote but indicated he too favored the smoking ban, and City Councilman Albert G. Brien was not present due to illness.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Thankfully for North Smithfield, Scituateâ€™s comeback ran out of innings.
Owners of a 6-0 lead after three innings of play, the Northmen had to hold off the resilient Spartans over the last four frames before coming away with a 9-7 win on Monday afternoon in their Division II-North encounter on the Northmenâ€™s campus.