Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lecture Room A is located a screen pass away from the main entrance of the cityâ€™s public high school.
On this particular November afternoon, the activity inside this theater-esque setting features a business tone. Upon veering off the corridor and through the door, you are greeted by a handful of Woonsocket High football players. They are huddled around a square-shaped table, some with textbooks lying flat on the surface while others elect to rest such important reading material in their laps.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Life is much calmer, less harried, nowadays for C.J. Dandeneau.
For weeks, he admitted being stressed out about which school to choose for his higher education, but no more. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, he signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs; it will be there that he not only will labor in his eventual academic field of choice, but also represent the Huskies' baseball program on a scholarship.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The peak of the holiday season is nearly here, and with it, the annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street Dec. 11.
The event will dress up Main Street with holiday lights and decorations as part of the annual tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus at his house in the mini-park near Harris Hall.
The tree lighting and Santaâ€™s arrival will be held at approximately 5 p.m., and most people will start arriving for a good viewing spot around 4:30 p.m., according to Linda S. Plays of the cityâ€™s Department of Human Services and the Main Street/Riverside Initiative.
CUMBERLAND -- Courtesy of a fierce and furious ground attack, Cumberland High not only claimed a thrilling 49-35 victory over St. Raphael Academy in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Tucker Field on Friday night, but also snagged its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Can another title be far behind?
If ever there was a career night posted by a Clipper, junior Mike Stock would own it. While bulling his way to 144 yards and four touchdowns on 29 handles, he added a fifth on an 11-yard scoring toss from classmate and quarterback Tyler Calabro.
WOONSOCKET â€“ She lives at Kennedy Manor today on Clinton Street, but on Nov. 22, 1963, Sandra Davis, 61, had been in school in her sixth-grade classroom at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Fairmount.
â€śMr. Page, my teacher, came into the classroom and announced President Kennedy has just been shot. Iâ€™ll never forget it,â€ť Davis said while sitting with friends in the Kennedy Manor community room.
Davis, who is a member of her mother Margie Desrosiersâ€™ crochet group at Kennedy Manor, said times were different for kids back in the Cold War days than they are today.
PAWTUCKET â€” The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been â€“ and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.
LINCOLN â€” Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
Itâ€™s not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, itâ€™s the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoonâ€™s final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grillâ€™s back room at Twin River.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City Clerk Andrea Bicki says she has learned that the incoming City Council wants to replace her â€“ the first confirmed news of a politically driven personnel change at City Hall since the election.
The job, which pays $63,915 a year, will apparently be offered to Personnel Director Christina Harmon-Duarte, according to memos circulating about City Hall.
Alice M. Laferriere
WOONSOCKET- Alice M. (Farland)Laferriere 88, of Manila Ave. died Friday November 15, 2013. She was the wife of the late Henry Laferriere.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Alma (Cayer) Farland. Alice was a textile worker in area textile mills for many years she also worked for Texas Instruments. She was the 1939 Miss American Legion, Belhumeur Duhamel Post.
She is survived by ten nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by her siblings, Edgar, Albert, Raymond, and Eugene Farland, Rina Marcel, and Edna Aubin.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The still-unidentified policeman who fired his gun in front of the police station Saturday apparently did so when a motorist allegedly attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against the officer.
That driver was identified for the first time Wednesday as Angel Luiz Perez, 48, of 175 Sixth Ave. Police say they intend to charge him with several crimes, including felony assault with a dangerous weapon â€“ a motor vehicle.