Archive - 2014
WOONSOCKET â€“ The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer envisions the use of any classroom space at the Woonsocket Middle School complex, officials say.
Joseph Spagna, business manager for the Woonsocket Education Department, said initial forecasts that full-day kindergarten would result in a one-time increase of $688,000 in state aid next fiscal year were far too conservative and based on an inaccurate reading of education reimbursement schedules provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Thomas Lloyd Ryan
WOONSOCKET- Thomas Lloyd Ryan, 73, of Woonsocket, formerly of Warwick, died Monday evening at Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Paul and Irene (Lyons) Ryan. He was raised in Woonsocket and Blackstone. During his life Lloyd resided in Boston, New York City and Warwick before returning to Woonsocket.
Lloyd was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the 1960s. He was stationed in Korea with the Medical Corps and received the National Defense Service Medal.
SCITUATE --- One third of its way through its Division II-North schedule, North Smithfield is looking like not only the team to beat in the North, but also one of the elite squads in the entire division.
The Northmen continued their spectacular start on Monday afternoon by winning for the fifth time in as many games, defeating Scituate by a 5-1 score at Manning Field behind an 11-hit attack and another masterful outing by ace pitcher Karissa Carlton.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Not long after Susan Burgess turned 17, back in the spring of 1978, someone asked her to coach an Uxbridge â€śLassie Softball Leagueâ€ť team of 12- and 13-year-olds.
She really didn't know what to expect, but â€“ as an athlete â€“ she knew all about a variety of sports and what the girls needed to learn, so she acquiesced.
Still, she was only 17 so enlisted some help.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man who was using a GPS device to hunt down his missing cellphone was threatened with a handgun after he followed the trail to a Second Avenue apartment, police said.
Kelvin Trovon Eason, 22, allegedly pointed a .177-caliber, gas-powered pistol directly at the victimâ€™s head from a doorway on the third floor of 89 Second Ave.
A second man was allegedly pistol-whipped when he tried to help the first, but police said they brought no charges in that case because the victim was unable to identify his assailant.
Gerard W. Poulin Sr.
N. UXBRIDGE - Gerard W. "Gerry" Poulin Sr., 85, formerly of N. Main St. died Sun. April 13 at St. Antoine Residence after an illness.
Robert G. Saillant, Sr.
WOONSOCKET- Robert G. Saillant, Sr., 65, of Rodman St., died April 13, 2014 at home. He was the loving and devoted husband of Blanche E. (Beausoleil) Saillant, whom he was married to for forty-six years.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Theodore and Theresa (Kemp) Saillant.
Mr. Saillant worked as a foreman for the New England Insulation Company before retiring in 2012. Bob enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family and grandchildren at the ocean. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan.
Antoinette Diane Maurice
WOONSOCKET- Antoinette Diane (Manseau) Maurice, 91, of Woonsocket, died Friday, April 11, 2014 in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Walter J. Maurice. Born in Quebec, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Elphege and Hostorie (Trahan) Manseau.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Given that they have little or no experience in carpentry or the construction trades, the members of six families from the Greater Woonsocket area are going to be spending a good part of the summer doing something very strange.
Theyâ€™re going to help build each otherâ€™s houses on a parcel of land not far from Pascoag Reservoir.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The keys to the Clippersâ€™ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.
The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. Thereâ€™s plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.