January 3rd, 2012
Armand R. Forget
BELLINGHAM- Armand R. Forget, 81, of Bellingham, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center with family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Cecile L. (LaPoint) Forget and his companion Georgette Beaudoin.
Born in Bellingham on June 10, 1930, he was the son of the late Arthur and Loretta (Trudeau) Forget.
Ida A. Wilby
WOONSOCKET- Ida A. (Lucchesi) Wilby, 86, of Woonsocket, died Friday, December 30, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Norman Wilby.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Armido and Theresa (Simonini) Lucchesi.
Ida was a stitcher for the Former Woonsocket Coat for ten years, retiring in 1987 and had also worked for the former Woonsocket Dress Company. She was a Communicant of St. Agatha's Church. Ida was a member of the Senior Citizen's Clubs at both St. Joseph's Church and St. Agatha's Church.
MENDON- Arthur C. Manstream Jr., 72, of Asylum St. died Wed. Dec. 28 after an illness.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Virginia M. (Piorkowski) Manstream; his 4 children Susan M. Ethier and her husband Joseph with whom he lived, David T. Manstream of NY City, Steven M. Manstream of Milford, and Kathleen M. Manstream of Long Island, NY; 4 grandchildren Joseph Ethier, Rebecca Eland, Jocelyn Brant, and Daniel Ethier; and several nephews and nieces.
BURRILLVILLE â€” While the Burrillville Anti-Bullying Task Force is having success meeting many of the goals set forth in its mission statement, incidents of bullying are still occurring in the town's public schools, Town Councilman and Task Force Co-Chairman Edward J. Blanchard told the council recently.
â€śI've talked to parents and teachers and it all comes back to the original issue of the school resource officer,â€ť said Blanchard.
PROVIDENCE â€” With cities on the brink of insolvency and joblessness stubbornly high, Rhode Island lawmakers returning for a new legislative session say 2012 is shaping up to be a pivotal year.
Just as they spent last year finding ways to fix the state's fiscal problems, lawmakers say 2012 must be devoted to helping cities and towns weather a fiscal crisis that shows few signs of abating.
â€śThe fiscal integrity of the municipalities is going to be the year's big issue,â€ť said House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence. â€śThis is make-it or break-it time.â€ť
BOSTON --- After watching his father and younger brother make news on the baseball diamond last summer with the New England champion Cumberland American Little League all-star team, Brian Belisle got an opportunity to steal the show on one of baseballâ€™s most historic ballfields on Monday night.
But Belisle did so with a hockey stick, not a bat and glove, with his Mount St. Charles Academy teammates at Fenway Park in their â€śFrozen Fenway 2012â€ť duel against Cathedral High of Springfield, Mass., and the junior center came through with the best game of his young high school career.
WOONSOCKET â€” Disasters put people in the position of having to make a decision that can't be called back, rethought, or corrected when they are wrong.
The disaster creates pressure to be dead-on right that firefighters feel whenever they arrive at a scene like they found at the former Alice Mill of the U.S. Rubber Co. at 85 Fairmount St. early in the evening of June 7, 2011.
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) â€” Two people from Rhode Island are dead after a car they were riding in rolled over several times in the early hours of the new year before ending up in the embankment on I-95 North in Connecticut.
The Hartford Courant identified the dead as 46-year-old Terrance Bernard and 25-year-old Savannah Wakely of Woonsocket, who were passengers.
The crash also injured the 32-year-old driver, Jamain Jerry Allen, and 27-year-old Jennifer Shaver, all of Bridgeport.
Itâ€™s two days into 2012. The past year is now a distance memory. Time sure does fly. It seems like just a short time ago that the winter season was wrapping up, one that included an extraordinary performance by the Tolman High boysâ€™ basketball team in the Division II quarterfinals. The summer, as it always does, went by quickly. But not before a group of young 12-year-old kids from the Cumberland American All Star team earned their way to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
December 31st, 2011
BURRILLVILLE â€” The Town Council has ratified a tentative contract agreement between the town and the union that represents Town Hall and other municipal government employees.
Town Manager Michael C. Wood told the council last week that after more than nine months of negotiations, town employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 94, Local 186 accepted a new contract that not only gives employees a less than 2 percent annual wage increase, but also gives back some management rights to the town.