February 22nd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sportsâ€™ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine.
WOONSOCKET â€” Continuing concern over pension reform and the cityâ€™s shaky financial condition are helping fuel one of the biggest retirement waves among police and firefighters since 2009.
Fourteen workers have tendered retirement papers since December â€” six police officers and eight firefighters, according to figures supplied by the cityâ€™s personnel department.
Nearly 50 additional public safety employees, including 18 police officers and 26 firefighters, are currently eligible to retire with at least minimum basic pension benefits.
PALM BAY, FL- Philip W. McMullin, Jr., 79, of Palm Bay, FL, Whitinsville, MA and formerly of Bellingham, MA, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2012 at Washburn House in Worcester, MA with his family by his side. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Dunham) McMullin and the late Audrey A. (Willhauck) McMullin.
Born in Newton, MA on November 3, 1932, he was the son of the late Philip W. and Barbara (Connolly) McMullin.
Celeste I. Cardin
UXBRIDGE- Celeste I. (Filion) Cardin, 47, died Tues. Feb. 21, 2012 in Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of David M. Cardin.
Mrs. Cardin was a Para Professional for 11 years in the Uxbridge Public School System working with special needs students and young adults at both Whitin Middle School and the Independence Project. Celeste had previously worked at Fr. Marot CYO Center in Woonsocket, RI.
WOONSOCKET â€” The much-bemoaned financial burden of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant will begin hitting home in the form of steep hikes in sewer fees as soon as the next bills go out in May.
The average homeowerâ€™s bill of $69.23 per quarter will rise by some 12 percent, effective immediately, followed by a series of increases in each of the next four calendar years of 11, 11, 5 and 5 percent, respectively, under an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council.
Heralding the 1663 Royal Charter for the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as â€śone of the great human rights documents of the world,â€ť Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles IIâ€™s grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the stateâ€™s founder, and the charter in his speeches and Statehouse presentations, Chafee appointed a 34-member commission to organize a celebration for the sesquarcentennial, which will culminate on July 8, 2013.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just a minute before he and his troops began walking toward the door for a celebratory bus ride home, Cumberland High head coach Gary Reedy was told that this Division II-North clash against host Central Falls High ended with a combined 45 personal fouls and 39 turnovers.
Blanche F. Savageau
WOONSOCKET- Blanche F. Savageau, 86, of Woonsocket, died Friday February 10th at Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Edith (Woodward) Savageau. She remained a lifelong resident of Woonsocket.
Blanche was employed at several textile firms in her younger years and enjoyed playing bingo.
She is survived by her brother Ernest Savageau, and his wife Cecile, of Woonsocket, and a niece Karen Frigon and a nephew Kenneth Savageau.
Funeral services and burial are private.
Troy M. Mathieu
PROVIDENCE- Troy M. Mathieu, 48, of Providence, previously of Woonsocket, died Saturday, February 18, 2012 at home. He was the son of Rita A. Lefebvre of Key Largo, FL and the late Richard L. Mathieu.
Troy had worked as a surveyor. He was also a veteran of the Navy.
Troy is survived by his brother Reid Mathieu of Chesapeake, VA, and three sisters, Cindy Perkins of Woonsocket, Debbie Mathieu of Pawtucket and Deena Bousquet of Hampton, NH, five nieces and 3 nephews. Troy was also the brother of the late Eric Mathieu.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket High overcame some early jitters, developed better ball control and eventually coasted to a 61-40 Division I-North victory over North Providence High at the Villa Novansâ€™ Savaria Gymnasium on Monday night.
It was quite the way to celebrate â€śSenior Nightâ€ť in its home arena. Prior to the opening tip, head coach George Coderre reveled in the hard work and dedication exhibited by his four seniors over the past four years, and gave Michelle Brayboy, Allyson Cartier, Kailey Fugere and Caitlyn Marcoux bouquets of flowers to thank them.