Archive - 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Raymond R. Houle, Sr., 80, of Lincoln, RI and Naples, FL, died April 4, 2013 at Greenville Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Smithfield. He was the husband of Jeannette (Gervais) Houle and the late Ruth M. (Turcotte) Houle.
Born in Nasonville, he was the son of the late Oliver and Adeline (Godard) Houle.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In conjunction with the Woonsocket Education Department, the police yesterday warned parents and children about a man who has been exposing himself to youngsters on their way to Coleman Elementary School.
â€śWeâ€™re doing everything we can to find him,â€ť said Detective Jamie Paone, spokeswoman for the police. â€śHopefully someone can provide us with more information to help us identify this guy.â€ť
Police believe same man exposed himself to children on their way to Coleman at least four times in the last year, she said. The most recent incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday.
Just one day after state officials assembled to roll out a raft of proposed school safety legislation, a lockdown at the University of Rhode Island triggered by reports of a gunman on the South Kingstown campus brought new immediacy to what has become a national conversation about guns.
Diane J. Peterson
WOONSOCKET- Diane J. (Chamberlain) Peterson 59, of Willow St. died Monday at home.
She was born in North Attleboro, MA a daughter of Rita (Girard) Chamberlain of Woonsocket and the late Arthur Chamberlain.
Diane was a stock person for Market Basket for four years before retiring in 2009. She had previously worked as a Certified Dental assistant for twenty five years in Waltham, MA, and was a graduate of South Eastern Technical Institute. She loved to read, and sew, and spend time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN(AP) â€” The University of Rhode Island is ending a lockdown and says an investigation has revealed there was no gun or active shooter at any time on its South Kingstown campus.
The school ordered students and staff to stay indoors Thursday after reports of a gunman on campus.
A student in an 11 a.m. physiology class told The Associated Press that she was sitting in the back of a large lecture hall when someone sounding scared yelled "You're a nice guy! You're a nice guy!"
The student says people then started to run and scream, and the professor told all the students to run.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s like the forgotten stepchild of the Budget Commissionâ€™s five-year plan.
Pension rollbacks, cuts in workersâ€™ healthcare benefits and supplemental taxes have glommed all the attention as strategies for helping the city start to chip away at a projected deficit on track to reach $105 million by 2017.
But the calculus of fiscal solvency also calls for raising $1 million a year in new revenue by hiking residential trash fees, and a company called Waste Zero from Cambridge, Mass., showed commissioners how they can do it this week.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of Rutgers University's Wednesday afternoon firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and orally abusing his players, some local â€“ and legendary â€“ high school coaches/athletic directors chose to â€śweigh inâ€ť on the subject.
Rice's dismissal came at the helm of a video that news outlets nationwide carried throughout the afternoon and evening hours. It showed numerous clips of Rice rifling basketballs at players' backs, legs, etc., grabbing them by their jerseys and shoving them; he also could be heard screaming obscenities and homosexual slurs at them.
Beatrice T. Plante
LINCOLN- Beatrice T. (Paquette) Plante, 83, of Manville Ave., died April 3, 2013 in The Holiday, Lincoln.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late George and Dianise (Croteau) Paquette.
She lived in Woonsocket for most of her life.
She worked in the packaging department for the former Birch Hill Poultry Co., No. Smithfield. Beatrice was an avid crocheter and made many beautiful items including many blankets that her children and grandchildren enjoy to this day.
James M. Eldridge
BLACKSTONE- James M. Eldridge, 64, of Blackstone, died April 2, 2013 in the Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge, MA.
He was the son of the late Ruth "Francis" Calitri. He lived in Blackstone for most of his life.
He is survived by his three children, Shawn Eldridge of Woonsocket, Holly Perron of No. Smithfield and Heidi Doura of No. Smithfield; and his 4 grandchildren Kyle, Samantha, Gavin and Owen. Arrangements under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main Street, Woonsocket were private.
Rose A. Caron
WOONSOCKET- Rose A. (Tardif) Caron, 93, of Elm St., died peacefully April 1, 2013 in Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Joseph O. Caron.
Born in St. Aime, Canada , she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Eugenie (Parenteau) Tardif.
She was an LPN at Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge for many years before retiring to raise her children. Rose was a charter member of the Mt. St. Charles Women's Guild and St. Joseph's Veterans Association.