Archive - 2013
BLACKSTONE â The Diverdors dive club, a small informal group of men and
women who share a common interest in the sport of scuba diving, is looking for help.
Since its inception in 1961, the non-profit club has promoted and
encouraged interest in underwater diving sports. All club members are
nationally certified scuba divers, from Open Water to Divemaster. The Dive Club has always been available to proffers services, knowledge and general assistance to and with local civic and municipal organizations engaged in aquatic safety, rescue and recovery operations.
WOONSOCKET â The appeal filed by the local school department and Pawtucket in a challenge of the adequacy of the state aid formula for distressed urban districts could be heading to a hearing by the state Supreme Court.
Stephen Robinson, a Rhode Island education attorney hired by the communities, gave the Woonsocket School Committee that forecast while updating it on the legal case during the panelâs meeting in the Woonsocket Middle School cafeteria Wednesday.
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 âtenaciousâ and âpugnaciousâ 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 Itâs never too late to say youâre sorry â for calling in the Budget Commission, that is.
As they gathered for their first public debate at Chanâs 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.
âWe need to tell them to stop treating our council like dirt,â said challenger Kathryn M. Dumais. âWe need to take back Woonsocket.â
WOONSOCKET â It didnât take long for sparks to start flying as the mayoral candidates squared off in their first debate-style forum at Chanâs 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 Healthâs full Health Services Council on Tuesday gave an overwhelmingly vote of support to the proposed acquisition of Woonsocketâs Landmark Medical Center by Prime Healthcare of California.