Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET -- A car crashed into a utility pole on Diamond Hill Road, splitting the pole in half, at around 2:15 p.m. In this photo, spectators check out the scene at Diamond Hill Road and St. Leon Street. Witnesses said the lone operator of the Mercedes Benz was checking his cell phone then lost control of his vehicle, taking out the pole and crashing the car into a chain link fence at 797 Diamond Hill Road. The driver, said to be in his mid-50s, was concious but dazed and bleeding from his mouth when taken away by rescue personnel.
PAWTUCKET â€” For a ballclub hoping to be one of the deserving 16 teams in the stateâ€™s Open Tournament at the end of February, Sheaâ€™s been doing its part these days by turning in some excellent basketball.
On Tuesday night, the Raiders put together another splendid outing to sew up their fourth straight victory, this one coming at â€śThe Cageâ€ť against neighboring Division II crossover foe Lincoln.
Junior guard Chris Mainvilleâ€™s contest-high 21 points and nine assists and senior forward Alvin Semedoâ€™s double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Raiders in their 63-48 triumph.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council held a â€śstate of the budgetâ€ť work session with administration and state officials Monday night and settled on a forecast that could only be described as dire and ominous.
Not only is the city once again looking at an operating deficit well over $14 million for the current fiscal year, it could also be dealing with that same figure each year through 2017 if drastic changes to city spending or state financial support are not made.
WOONSOCKET â€“ There may be hope yet for Alexander Kithesâ€™ embattled backyard chickens.
City Councilman Marc Dubois says heâ€™s seriously considering a proposal to lift the ban on keeping chickens, just as other cities and towns have done.
It may be time for the zoning ordinance to reflect modern sensibilities about food as more and more people, like the Kithes, seek to grow their own for environmental and health reasons, he says.
Sarah H. Girard
BLACKSTONE, MA - Sarah H. (Freeman) Girard, 43, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Marcel R. Girard.
Margaret M. Hoard
WOONSOCKET - Margaret M. "Peg" Hoard, of Woonsocket, died peacefully in her home January 27, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Ernest F. and Lillian F. (Walsh) Hoard.
She leaves her sister, Elizabeth A. Hughes and her husband Dennis of Providence, her brother, David J. Hoard of Lincoln, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. She was predeceased by her brother, E. Gerald Hoard, her sister, Helen F. Hoard and her sister-in-law, Judith Hoard.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission has refused to let the cityâ€™s plan to privatize a new water treatment plant move forward after hearing from a well-organized band of opponents at its last meeting.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission and one of the staunchest advocates of privatization, says the panel could revisit the issue as early as Feb. 5.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The Burrillville Police Department has two new officers.
Officers Holly Barrett and Robert Veader were sworn in by Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf on Jan. 23 as family members and friends looked on in Town Hall.
Both officers graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy on Dec. 19 and are presently participating in the Field Training Officer Program, said Major Lareto P. Guglietta.
Officer Barrett, 25, is a resident of North Smithfield, a graduate of North Smithfield High School and holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in justice studies from Rhode Island College.
Andre M. DeBlois
WOONSOCKET - Andre "Andy" M. DeBlois, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Home & Hospice Care of RI, Providence. He was the husband of the late Loretta (Marcil) DeBlois. Born in Blackstone, MA, he was the son of the late Nepolian and Olina (Picard) DeBlois. He lived in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Andy worked as a machinist for the former St. Regis Paper Company of Attleboro, Ma. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII.
Gerald M. Blanchard
BURRILLVILLE - Gerald M. Blanchard 79, resident of Oakland passed away January 25, 2013 at his residence.
He was born January 3, 1934 in Oakland RI, a son of the late Joseph & Emma (Leduc) Blanchard.
Gerald worked for the Bruins Plastic Co. for 10 years; previously he worked as a radio repair man in Providence. He was a lifelong resident of Burrillville. He was a member of the Townsmens Club.