Archive - 2013
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.
Jean M. Gagnon
WOONSOCKET- Jean M. (White) Gagnon, 69, of Roberts St. died, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Gerard R. Gagnon Sr.
Born in Whitinsville, MA., daughter of the late Everett and Mary Ellen (Fisher) Gagnon.
She worked as a Certified Nurse's Aide for the Blackstone Nursing Home, and also for various Nursing Homes in the area.
Jean also worked for the voting polls for 5 years.
She was an avid Keno and Bingo player, as well as a yard sale enthusiast.
Carol Ann Johnson
EAST WALPOLE, MA- Johnson, Carol Ann "Sissy" (West) RN, of East Walpole, MA formerly of North Providence, RI passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the Charlwell House in Norwood, MA after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of Lucille C. (Neveu) West of Woonsocket and the late Paul C. West.
Carol was a graduate of Saint Xavier's and Saint Joseph's School of Nursing and was an operating room nurse for 40 years, working at The Fatima Hospital in North Providence and Norwood Hospital before retiring.
Marie Rosa Goulet
WOONSOCKET- Marie Rosa (Duquette) Goulet, 84, of St. Joseph St. died March 26, 2013, in Trinity Health Center. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Duquette.
Born in Northbridge, MA., daughter of the late Henry and Artemise (Perron) Duquette.
She was a Homemaker.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda M. Duquette and Barbara Allison both of Woonsocket, and Christine Nobriga of West Warwick, R.I. One brother, Donald Duquette of Woonsocket and Anita Lavoie of Woonsocket, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
David W. Harmon
WOONSOCKET- David W. Harmon, 82, of Cumberland St. died Friday, March 29, 2012, in Landmark Medical Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Katie (Abney) Harmon.
Born in Newbury South Carolina, son of the late Thomas and Vennie (Ray) Harmon.
Mr. Harmon worked as a machine operator, for Whitins Machine. for several years.
He was a member of St. James Baptist Church and a served in the Men's Choir.
BELLINGHAM- Marcel Dulac 84, of Pleasant St. died Tuesday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Lucienne (Varieur) Dulac.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Adelard and Laura (Brule) Dulac.
Mr. Dulac was a milkman for City Dairy for twenty seven years, and later worked for Garelick Farms for ten years before retiring in 1983.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says lawmakers who insist on reducing the annualized percentage rate for payday loans down from the current 260 percent to 36 percent immediately are â€śdetrimental to the causeâ€ť of reforming an industry she sees as equivalent to â€śloan sharking.â€ť
Baldelli-Hunt has once again filed legislation that would cut the interest rate down to 130 percent, or a two-week rate of $5 for every $100 borrowed.