September 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ Though Bill Fagan has pretty much lived his whole life within a few blocks of his home on Gaskill Street, sometimes he wanders.
Itâ€™s no big deal for the reedy fellow with a gentle manner to walk to Mendon, Mass., where the locals know him so well they toot their horns when they see him.
BURRILLVILLE â€” If ever thereâ€™s a team thatâ€™s in need of a bye week, itâ€™s Burrillville.
The Broncos donâ€™t play again until Saturday, Oct. 6 â€“ exactly two weeks from Saturdayâ€™s tough-to-swallow 14-6 setback to Division III rival Narragansett. Burrillville heads into its long respite at 0-2 in league play while Narragansett was able to pull even at 1-1 on the young campaign.
WOONSOCKET â€” Carnell Henderson admitted his Woonsocket High players were more than down-in-the-mouth about suffering a 43-6 pasting to powerhouse Johnston in its Division II opener last week, but claimed they seemed ready to move on during workouts this past week.
He called the quintet of practice sessions â€śvery goodâ€ť for a variety of reasons, but one kept coming to the fore.
CUMBERLAND â€” A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
MILLVILLE â€” The elderly are going without the option of a senior services van as the result of an ongoing dispute between the towns of Millville and Blackstone over a regional senior transporation contract.
The towns' inability to come to terms on an agreement since June recently prompted Blacktone to tell Millville it can no longer transport Millville seniors with its senior vans.
The decision has left about a dozen Millville residents who counted on the vans for doctor visits and to make other health-related appointments to seek other means of transportation.
Ernest A. Tessier Sr.
WOONSOCKET- Ernest A. Tessier Sr. 92, of Warwick St. died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. He was the husband of Gertrude (Blain) Tessier.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Frederick and Valeda (Lagace) Tessier.
Ernie served as a 2nd Lieutenant pilot in the US Army/Air Corps during WWII. He worked in the Quality Control Laboratory at Provost Lefebvre & Co. Inc. for over thirty years before retiring in 1985. He was a golf enthusiast and was a member of the Northern RI Bridge Club.
PAWTUCKET â€” The time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a â€śjob well doneâ€ť seal of approval in the form of a September promotion to Boston remains alive and well. The only difference is that this time, skipper Arnie Beyeler will be joined by a valued member of his coaching staff.
One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2.
A blog entry that appeared on the New York Timesâ€™ website earlier this week noted that, since 1990, â€śonly 22 of the 184 teams that started the season 0-2 ultimately made the playoffs.â€ť Referencing back to when the league last expanded in 2002, just 10.1 percent of the 79 teams saddled with a donut and exactly two â€śLâ€™sâ€ť were able to right the ship and achieve postseason status.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Flanked by supporters, State Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) announced Thursday that heâ€™s launched a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the Democratic primary to firefighter Stephen M. Casey by 52 votes.
Perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the House, Brien said he lost because some voters wound up at the wrong polling places and also because he was targeted by pro-labor interests who supported Casey.
â€śThis is our chance to get it right,â€ť Brien said.
WOONSOCKET â€” The annual St. Judeâ€™s Breakfast for the benefit of St. Judeâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Club Par-X, 36 Stanley St. Joe Hyder, general chairman, urges everyone to wear red, white and blue this year in tribute to the annual â€śSalute to Americaâ€ť theme, chosen to mark the presidential campaign year.