March 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â A supplemental tax bill would be an unwelcome burden and a hardship to many city residents, but bankruptcy would certainly be worse.
That appears to have been the consensus among members of the City Council, who debated their options during a three-hour meeting last night.
PROVIDENCE â Invoking the tactics, the slogans and in some cases the costumes of Colonial America, opponents of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs 2 percent surtax on restaurant tabs tossed bags of tea into the muddy, mostly drained Waterplace Basin on Wednesday.
Declaring that Rhode Island suffers âtaxation without competent representation,â the protesters decried the negative effects they believe the tax would have not only on restaurants, but on the entire economy of the state.
On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet â or maybe it was Keaney blue â as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
Lucienne A. Brisson
BLACKSTONE- Lucienne A. (Deblois) Brisson, 87, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Marcel R. Brisson.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on September 28, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Olina (Picard) Deblois.
Helene A. LaBarre
WOONSOCKET- Helene A. (Latraverse) LaBarre 85, died Tuesday, March 20 in the Roger Williams Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Herve A. LaBarre.
She was an inspector for the Electric Molding Co. for eighteen years retiring in1988. Mrs. LaBarre was a volunteer at the St. Antoine Residence for many years, and regularly attended the Adult Day Care Program of Sr. Services in Woonsocket.
Gerald A. Gingras
CUMBERLAND- Gerald A. Gingras, 76, of Cumberland, died Sunday March 18, 2012, in Landmark Medical Center, with his family by his side.
He was the husband of Lucille (Dubois) Gingras.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Roland and Anna (Pincince) Gingras.
Mr. Gingras was a United States Army Veteran.
He worked as a Baker for the Former Fernandes Super Market for 35 years, and also for Leo's Bakery, and Rojacks.
Marie Flora Stewart
WOONSOCKET- Marie Flora Stewart 90, formerly of 218 Pond St. died Monday at The Friendly Home.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Edmund and Eva (Paquin) Ouillette. She was an assembler for the Royal Electric Co. for many years, retiring in 1983.
Five years have passed since the R.I. Interscholastic League recognized cheerleading as a full-fledged varsity sport. Time will tell if such a distinction remains in place moving forward.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says heâs advised the major employees unions representing police, fire and teachers that he might ask them for a 10 percent pay cut to help close a $10 million gap in the School Departmentâs budget.
But whether he follows through depends on what happens tonight, when the City Council takes up a resolution to borrow some $4.3 million on the anticipation of collecting supplemental taxes.
WOONSOCKET â When police arrested 27-year-old Maurice Godin on drug charges last week, they didnât just get their man.
They got the last laugh.
Strange as it seems, Godin made no effort to keep his illicit behavior a secret from the authorities. On the contrary, police say he had a history of boasting directly to police officers about being a âgood drug dealerâ and sometimes berated them for being unable to catch him.