January 10th, 2013
Paul E. Girard
WOONSOCKET- Paul E. Girard, 80, formerly of Park Ave., Woonsocket, died Tuesday morning at The Friendly Home. He was the loving husband of Marguerite H. (Poirier) Girard. They were married on February 12, 1955.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Albani and Cora (Roy) Girard. He was a resident of the city for most of his life and also lived in Harrisville for several years.
Mr. Girard was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Era.
Woonsocket firefighters battle a structure fire at 179-183 Lincoln St. in Woonsocket shortly after noon Thursday. There were five occupied units in the six-unit structure and all residents, including one cat and one dog, escaped safely. The fire is believed to have started in the cushion of a couch on the porch of the building and spread up the walls. (Photo/Ernest A. Brown)
PROVIDENCE â€” A man awaiting trial on Burrillville police charges of child molestation was recaptured here Wednesday after a week on the lam from home confinement, the state police said.
Robert Spaulding, 34, surrendered after State Police searched for him at his motherâ€™s house and the homes of other relatives and friends.
â€śHis trial was coming up,â€ť said Detective Commander Michael J. Winquist of the state police. â€śI guess he thought he wasnâ€™t going to be there.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Mayor-elect Daniel J. McKee took the oath of office at an inaugural ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Blackstone River Theater.
McKee, 61, ran unopposed in the November general election, winning a sixth term as Cumberland's mayor.
Among those attending the ceremony last Sunday were state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Congressman David Cicilline, as well as a contingent of state representatives and fellow mayors and town administrators.
Mary Jane Giberson
WOONSOCKET- Mary Jane (Mariani) Giberson, 96, of Winter St., Woonsocket and formerly of Atlantic City, NJ died January 7, 2013 in The Friendly Home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late William J. Giberson.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Jane (Toomey) Mariani.
Marie Annette Vezina
WOONSOCKET- Marie Annette Vezina, 94, of Woonsocket, died January 6, 2013 in Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence with family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Elie and Anne Marie (Paquet) Vezina.
Ms. Vezina worked for Union St. Jean Baptiste for 32 years and was an accounting supervisor. She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of Precious Blood Church. She loved traveling, was an avid reader and dearly loved animals.
Joan C. Briere
BLACKSTONE- Joan C. Briere, 66, of Blackstone St. Blackstone, Mass., died Friday January 4, 2013 in the Lydia Taft House in Uxbridge with her family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Raoul and Jean (Evan) Briere.
She was former owner and operator of Casablanca, in Fall River, Mass. Joan enjoyed gardening and yard work and she loved her animals.
Daniel Normand Paquin
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Daniel Normand Paquin age 30 died unexpectedly Friday Jan. 4, 2013.
Born Oct. 9, 1982 in Woonsocket.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Daviesâ€™ battle with North Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon â€“ a hard-fought clash from the opening tap to the final buzzer â€“ Patriots coach Joe Handy took one last glance at the scoreboard on the other end of his gym and let out a sigh of relief.
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Weâ€™ll have some baseball news to chew on Wednesday afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is unveiled for public consumption. In the eyes of this non-voter, Cooperstown should roll out the welcome mat for one non-steroid tainted newcomer on the ballot, Craig Biggio, whose inclusion is based purely on achieving 3,000 hits â€“ one of those mythical benchmarks that automatically trigger inclusion into the gameâ€™s exclusive fraternity.