Archive - 2013
LINCOLN â€” At a practice session two days after Christmas, Lincoln High head coach Tom DiIorio watched as his boys' team swam through a set of 25-yard sprints, and â€“ suddenly â€“ he heard one of his star athletes, junior Jason Kimball, scream in agony.
LINCOLN â€” Even in the throes of defeat, there was no taming the excitement of Lincoln High sophomore Nicole Moneghan and freshman Mollie Westrick.
Even before the Lions had suffered a 56-38 Division II loss to Mount St. Charles at the MacColl YMCA natatorium on Thursday afternoon, Moneghan â€“ still in the pool after winning the 500-yard freestyle â€“ splashed around in her lane after receiving word from head coach Tom DiIorio she had finally broken the coveted six-minute mark.
â€śI did what?â€ť she grinned.
Joseph Edgar LaPlante
WOONSOCKET- Joseph Edgar LaPlante 89, of Ward St. died Sunday December 30th. He was the husband of the late Rita M. Charrette.
Born in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Eugene and Eva (St. Jean) LaPlante.
Mr. LaPlante was an aeronautical engineer at Quonset Point Naval Station for twenty six years retiring thirty nine years ago. He served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. He coached Bernon Little League Baseball's Farm League and Woonsocket Youth Hockey for many years. He was a member of the National Organization of Retired Federal Employees.
WOONSOCKET â€” Congress may have gotten the nation past one fiscal cliff, but this teetering city of 41,000 is still on course to fall into a local version of the abyss in 2013.
After the reigning state Budget Commission temporarily balanced the books last year, the financial forecast calls for the city to lapse into deficit spending again by May 25, according to Finance Director Thomas Bruce.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy last month, three new recruits have joined the North Smithfield Police Department.
Chief Steven E. Reynolds said the officers were sworn in immediately after graduating by Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton and will be assigned to a field training officer.
Theyâ€™ll spend 14 weeks with their professional mentors prior to patrolling the streets on their own.
The new officers are:
WOONSOCKET â€” A California-based hospital groupâ€™s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island inched forward yesterday as the company delivered its application to purchase the hospitals to state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
State Health Director Michael Fine and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin now have 30 days to determine whether the voluminous amount of paperwork tendered by Prime Healthcare Services is complete.
WOONSOCKET -- Luis Garcia may have nailed an NBA-length trey at the buzzer, but it wasnâ€™t enough for Woonsocket High on Wednesday night.
The Villa Novans committed 23 turnovers â€“ including 14 in the final half â€“ and converted just 10 of 24 from the charity stripe (41.7 percent) and ultimately dropped a 54-46 Division I crossover decision to Hope High before a crowd of perhaps 100.
After head coach Kyle Ivey-Jonesâ€™ bunch overcame a 29-22 deficit with 11:59 left in the second stanza, slicing the deficit to 34-30, Hope later mustered an 11-2 run in the span of 3:47 to seal the victory.
Alma A. Castonguay
LINCOLN- Alma A. Castonguay, 95, of Sayles Hill Road, died Wednesday, December 26, at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in New Bedford, Mass., a daughter of the late Euclide and Eva (Holcomb) Castonguay, she had lived in Woonsocket, Manville, and Cumberland, before moving back to Manville.
Miss Castonguay worked as a stitcher for U. S. Rubber in Woonsocket, and later as an inspector at American Tourister in Albion and Woonsocket, before retiring in 1969.
She was a communicant of Saint James Church, Manville.
Gary M. Hebert
CUMBERLAND- Gary (The King) Hebert, 55, of Pine Swamp Rd. went to Heaven on Tuesday morning January 1, 2013 with his wife, daughters and grandchildren by his side. He was the beloved husband of Charlene G. (Tellier) Hebert.
Born in Central Falls, R.I., son of Theresa Hebert of Blackstone, MA. and the late Albert Hebert.
He worked as a roofer for Design Ventures prior to becoming disabled.
Gary enjoyed classical cars, once owning a 55 Buick, woodworking, but most of all spending time with his family and friends making them laugh.
Victoria E. Jacks
CLERMONT, FL.- Mrs. Victoria E. (Grzych) Jacks of 4310 Hammersmith Dr., Clermont, FL., formerly of 100 So. Main St. Bellingham passed away of pneumonia on December 12, 2012 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.
She resided with her daughter in Florida for over sixteen years before moving to Lake Bennett Rehab Center. She was the wife of the late Clinton S. Jacks, who was well known in local aviation circles. Clinton and Victoria enjoyed many flying trips in their Taylorcraft around New England and to the islands.