April 28th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” In a city desperate for a jolt of economic euphoria, almost nothing makes civic heads swoon like the notion of commuter rail. Just look what it did for nearby Franklin, one of the fastest-growing towns in Massachusetts during the 1990s.
The idea gained traction after a preliminary study several years ago, but it, along with many other great ideas, crashed into the Great Recession.
LINCOLN â€” When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
Helen S. Lafreniere
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Helen S. (Rumas) Lafreniere, 84, of Cider Mill Rd., died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Roszkowski) Rumas.
PROVIDENCE â€” As Landmark Medical Center's financial health grows increasingly frail, a Superior Court judge said yesterday he's not ready to accept any of the offers on the table for the Woonsocket hospital because they all contain contingencies that could cause the sale to founder or they advance unsatisfactory models of patient care.
But Judge Michael Silverstein didn't reject the offers, not yet anyway â€” he gave the bidders until May 6 to resolve the issues and said he would decide whether to choose one by May 10.
Robert A. Homer
NEWPORT- Robert A. Homer, 77, lifelong Newport and Fifth Ward resident, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011. He was the husband of Alice E. (Lovell) Homer, father of Robert A. and William C. Homer, grandfather of Kathryn and Erin Homer all of Middletown, RI.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 2, at 10am in St. Augustin Church, Carroll Ave, Newport. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” This was a case of dĂ©jĂ vu that East Providence High liked and Mount St. Charles Academy didnâ€™t.
Courtney DeCastroâ€™s second walkoff hit of the season, a run-scoring single with two outs in the home half of the eighth inning, drove in younger sister Amy DeCastro with the run that helped the Townies grab a 2-1 victory over the Mounties in their Division I crossover affair at Pierce Field.
PROVIDENCE â€” With the second half of the league season approaching quickly, Wednesday afternoon seemed as good a time as any for Woonsocket High head coach John Marsella to analyze his clubâ€™s play up to this point.
Keep in mind Marsella was asked to grade his Villa Novans following a 4-2 loss to division-leader Central High at Joe Williams Field. Though Woonsocket owns an impressive record â€“ 7-2 Division II-North â€“ there is still room for growth and improvement, at least according to the top guy.
Anita Y. Howard
WOONSOCKET- Anita Y.(Montmarquette) Howard 69, of Loring St. died Monday at home.
She was born in Cumberland, a daughter of the late Leopold and Vitaline (Menard) Montmarquette.
Anita was a generous person who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and also enjoyed baking, painting and writing poetry.
Audrey Y. Lake
BELLINGHAM- Audrey Y. (Chick) Lake, of Pulaski Blvd. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 10th She was the loving wife of Arthur Locke.
Born July 12, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Virgue A. & Kitty (Wasylean) Chick, she resided in Bellingham most of her life and was also a resident of Maine.
Besides her husband she leaves 3 daughters Roya, Roxanne, & Zarrin also 2 stepbrothers Gary & William Chick. Along with eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
PROVIDENCE â€” Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ€™ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
â€śThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâ€™s no argument about that,â€ť Chafee said in response to a question from Call Publisher Barry Mechanic. â€śItâ€™s a cost we donâ€™t want to pay.â€ť