Archive - 2013
CUMBERLAND â€” A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.
WOONSOCKET --- In a season where wins have been difficult to come by, Woonsocket had its share of highlights in its Division I crossover affair against South Kingstown at Barry Field.
Topping that list was the fact that the Villa Novans, after getting shut out in their first six games of the season, finally found the back of the net â€“ not once, but twice.
The Villa Novans also kept play in the Rebelsâ€™ end of the field through the better part of the end of the second half, and they played hard right to the final whistle as if they were competing in a one-goal game.
PAWTUCKET â€” Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words â€śtenaciousâ€ť and â€śpugnaciousâ€ť often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
Roger R. Desrosiers
WOONSOCKET- Roger R. Desrosiers, 73, of Richelieu St. died Monday September 23, 2013 in Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Rudolphe and Rhea (Archambault) Desrosiers.
Roger worked as a Professional Truck Driver, for N&D Transportations for several years prior to retiring.
He was a member of the Teamsters, Club Par X, and the Italian Workingmen's Club.
He was a United States Air Force Veteran.
Albert A. Shakan Sr.
CUMBERLAND- Albert A. Shakan Sr., 86, of Mendon Rd. passed away Tuesday at home peacefully surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Breault) Shakan.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late George and Samia Shakan. He resided in Cumberland for the past 54 years previously living in Central Falls.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s never too late to say youâ€™re sorry â€“ for calling in the Budget Commission, that is.
As they gathered for their first public debate at Chanâ€™s Tuesday, nearly every member of the City Council who voted for the state-appointed panel in 2012 said they regretted the decision. Even council challengers who had nothing to do with the decision to seat the panel said the commission must go.
â€śWe need to tell them to stop treating our council like dirt,â€ť said challenger Kathryn M. Dumais. â€śWe need to take back Woonsocket.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ It didnâ€™t take long for sparks to start flying as the mayoral candidates squared off in their first debate-style forum at Chanâ€™s last night.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine took his best shots against his rival, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket), over the controversial issue of a $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios, while Baldelli-Hunt scored Fontaine for the collapse of the Diamond Hill Road retail strip and allowing the city to become pockmarked by blighted properties.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state Department of Healthâ€™s full Health Services Council on Tuesday gave an overwhelmingly vote of support to the proposed acquisition of Woonsocketâ€™s Landmark Medical Center by Prime Healthcare of California.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The story Tuesday afternoon at the Monastery wasnâ€™t so much whether host Cumberland High would sweep its Northern Division tri-meet against other local foes.
They did, and then some.
Instead, it revolved around a rivalry that began last year. That is, how would Clipper sophomore Amy Laverty perform against junior Betsy Dumais, one of Burrillvilleâ€™s top harriers over the past decade or more.
Laverty captured this particular outing, outhustling Dumais to the finish line with a stellar 3.1-mile clocking of 19:50. She edged the runner-up Bronco by a mere four ticks.
Frances C. Lefebvre
NO. SMITHFIELD- Frances C. (Carter) Lefebvre, 78, of No. Smithfield, died Friday, September 20, 2013 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Lefebvre, whom she married November 3, 1951.
Born in Marlborough, MA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Eleanor (Jaworek) Carter.