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April 9th, 2011

AHL great Mayer loves reminiscing about his playing days

April 10, 2011

LINCOLN – Marielle Mayer will have been married to Gilles Mayer – she calls him simply Gil – for 60 years on May 5, and she honestly can't recall her husband ever being so confident.
Better make that overconfident.
When their adult son, Andre, mentioned that his dad and former American Hockey League great Johnny Bower used to compete for Goalie of the Year honors, and that they still see each other at Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society events, a scribe asked the elder Mayer who won the laurel more often.
“He knew I was better, so he won't argue,” Gilles grinned.

April 8th

This house could be yours for $100,000 -- and some luck

April 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET – It'll take not just a decent credit score but a bit of luck to claim the keys to this house. But for whomever can put the two together, it really will be like hitting the jackpot.
Worth $140,000, the three-decker at 41 Bennett St. will be sold by the owner – the City of Woonsocket – for just $100,000. But with three units, the house is easily capable of generating enough rental income to cover the mortgage and put some money aside.
The city plans to sell the house by lottery to eligible applicants on June 1.

Gov't shutdown averted, but it was a waiting game Friday night in R.I.

April 9, 2011

(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE – A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending — the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.

April 7th

Lauzon arrested for embezzlement

April 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The other shoe dropped for embattled undertaker Todd W. Lauzon as the State Police arrested him for embezzling over $27,000 clients had given him for “pre-need” funeral contracts.
The charges come nearly five months after the director of the now-defunct T. Lauzon Funeral Home had his license suspended by the state Department of Health — allegedly for cremating a body and burying the ashes in a cemetery without obtaining the necessary permits.

April 6th

Ambulance slams into pole on 146

April 6, 2011

LINCOLN — A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.

April 5th

City tries out free trash bins

April 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The city has teamed up with a private startup company from Grafton, Mass., in an effort to increase recycling in the downtown business district.
Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent, said the city has replaced a half-dozen traditional garbage cans between Market and Depot squares with specialized recycling bins provided by Go Green Solutions.
The bins, which cost the city nothing, are designed with three color-coded deposit slots — green for paper, blue for cans and bottles, black for non-recyclable waste.

Woonsocket cop honored for saving man's life

April 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Tears streamed down the man's cheeks as he stood on the railing of the Hamlet Avenue Bridge, thinking about the end.
Patrolman Kevin Sanford saw the dog leash looped around the man's neck. The hasp was clipped on so that if he jumped the leash would cinch around the man's neck from his body weight. The other end of the leash was tied around the lower rung of the bridge railing.

April 4th

Millville man, 20, killed in car crash

April 4, 2011

MILLVILLE — Police say excessive speed was a factor in the crash of a motor vehicle that left a 20-year-old local man dead Sunday.
Christopher Mitrano of 9 Allard Court was pronounced dead at the scene about 1 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle, said Police Clerk Blaine Sheppard.
Sheppard said Mitrano's 2002 Camry swerved off Chestnut Hill Road and slammed into “multiple trees” with such force the car was severed.

Things moving fast with Landmark sale

April 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The sale of Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center and its subsidiary, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield — possibly to different buyers — could be a done deal by April 13.
Though the identities of some of the bidders vying for Landmark's assets has started to leak out, the special master in charge of the financially struggling hospital said he would release the full text of all the bids after a Superior Court hearing tomorrow.

April 3rd

Woonsocket's Picard brothers came home from WW II

April 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- There can be no greater moment during war time than when parents are reunited with sons and daughters who are serving in the military.
The Picard family had such a moment in the photo above as sons Raymond and James, took a picture in front of their Jenkes Street home with their parents, Anna and Patrick.
James Picard’s daughter, Linda Fontaine, sent these photos from the family scrapbook in to The Call.
Here is part of what she wrote:

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