February 6th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ The few merchants left in Main Streetâ€™s prominent Commercial Block have been temporarily forced to close after city officials declared the building unsafe Monday.
Building Inspector Chris Chianese cited the owner, Stamatos Properties of Jamaica Plain, Mass., for failure to provide an approved heating system for the ground floor tenants.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of â€™78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâ€™s incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâ€™s also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâ€™s daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâ€™s heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
PROVIDENCE â€” With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs â€“ and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored â€” as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.
CUMBERLAND â€” When the game got down to crunchtime, Tom Lazaras, Ben Bradley and the rest of the Cumberland High squad put on a clinic on how to close games out.
Protecting a 60-54 lead with 3:11 remaining, Cumberland put down the clamps defensively to secure a well-earned 71-57 triumph against Shea High on Tuesday night at Wellness Center. The Raiders had managed to within striking for much of this Division II contest featuring two division leaders. Then came the gameâ€™s most important stretch, which saw the Raiders miss 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and 13-of-14.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Head coach T.J. Ciolfi claimed to be less than ecstatic after his North Smithfield High squad, with a notable edge in height, allowed under-.500 Warwick Vets to manufacture a 9-0 run at the end of the initial half to slice a 13-point deficit to 39-33.
He had wanted more efficient board work from senior tri-captain/center Matt Walkow and junior forward Peter Keenan.
â€śMatt and Pete got an earful at intermission,â€ť Ciolfi confessed. â€śI felt that with our size advantage, we shouldâ€™ve started the game with more rebounds.â€ť
Joan E. Carey
BLACKSTONE, MA- Joan E. (Carpenter) Carey, 78, of Blackstone, MA, died peacefully February 2, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of John F. Carey.
Born on July 29, 1934 in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Leland and Ruth (Johnson) Higgins and the late Ernest Carpenter.
Mrs. Carey was passionate about music, reading, crossword puzzles, the beach, camping, roses, birds, and politics.
Paul R. Desrochers
WOONSOCKET- Paul R. Desrochers 25 resident of Woonsocket died February 3, 2013 at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
He was the son of Paul Desrochers of Woonsocket and Deborah (Hall) Parenteau and her husband Paul of Millville MA.
He was born October 31, 1987 in Woonsocket RI.
Paul worked for the Eastern MA Movers in Franklin. He was a resident of Woonsocket and Millville MA. He was the class valedictorian of 2005 at Valley Tech. He enjoyed music and writing.
Frances E. Vandal
CUMBERLAND- Frances E. (Burns) Vandal, 85, of Cumberland Hill died Sunday evening at The Holiday Retirement Home in Manville after an illness. She was the wife of the late Normand O. Vandal.
Born March 4, 1927, in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elodie (Peloquin) Burns.
Mrs. Vandal was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church in Cumberland, and previously a long-time communicant of Precious Blood Church in Woonsocket. She attended St. Anne's School in Woonsocket and the Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson, N.H.
PAWTUCKET â€” The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring â€“ a glittery reminder of what was achieved â€“ with PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. For the purpose of this exercise, we thought it would be appropriate to touch upon several key subject plots that were taken into consideration during the â€śhas a nice ring to itâ€ť process.
Finding the right designer
WOONSOCKET â€“ After projecting that the city would incur a growing deficit on track to reach $95 million by 2017 the Budget Commission yesterday endorsed a still-sketchy, five-year plan to crawl back into the black, mainly through supplemental taxes, changes in union contracts and cuts in pension and other retirement benefits.