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April 15th, 2013

UPDATE: Three dead, over 140 injured in Boston Marathon explosions

April 15, 2013

BOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people — including a child — and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."

Marcel "Mike" Rivard

April 15, 2013

Marcel "Mike" Rivard

CUMBERLAND- Marcel J. "Mike" Rivard, 83, died Saturday in Landmark Medical Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of Alice M. (Durand) Rivard.
Born in Quebec, Canada, son of the late Alphonse and Albina (Plante) Rivard.
He was a Foreman machinist for the Industrial Machine Corp, in Georgiaville, until he retired in l982.
Mr. Rivard, served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a former member of the American Legion Fairmount Post 15, and also of the Veteran of Foreign War, and a member of the Chemawa Country Club.

Sylvia D. Moreau

April 15, 2013

Sylvia D. Moreau

CUMBERLAND- Sylvia D. Moreau 92, formerly of Mendon Rd. died Saturday at Landmark Medical Center.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Frederick and Delima (Tetreault) Moreau.
Sylvia was an office clerk for the former Ann & Hope Department Store in Cumberland for twenty years before retiring in 1981.
She is survived by several nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Lillian Theroux.

Rita I. Laflin

April 15, 2013

Rita I. Laflin

WOONSOCKET- Rita I. (Gagnon) Laflin, 87, a lifelong city resident, died April 11, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Charles M. Laflin, Jr and the daughter of the late Viateur and Rose (Savoie) Gagnon.

April 14th

McGair: Plenty of blame to go around in R.I. high school football officials saga

April 14, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

There’s plenty of blame to go around now that a Massachusetts group has been given the responsibility to assign, evaluate and train officials for Ocean State-based games.
It’s the result of an embarrassing fallout exposing unfortunate and regrettable decisions made by all involved parties in the saga over the fate of Rhode Island high school football officials.

Maier blast leads PawSox past Rochester in 11, 5-2

April 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- Freshly activated off the disabled list, Mitch Maier made a thrilling debut at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Maier, a 30-year-old center fielder who suffered a left wrist sprain back on March 17, spent the last few weeks in extended spring training, and he admitted being anxious about returning to the diamond.

Schools OK bill to speed up aid

April 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee has voted its support of a legislative bill that would allow the city to collect scheduled increases in state school aid immediately.
School Committeeman Christopher Roberts submitted the resolution approved by the committee under a unanimous vote on Wednesday that asks the General Assembly to speed up state aid awards scheduled under the state’s revised school aid formula.

Mayor proposes tax amnesty

April 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The City Council tonight is expected to pass Mayor Leo T. Fontaine’s request to make June a tax-amnesty month.
The administration is asking the council to support legislation to waive 15 percent interest charges on delinquent taxes of up to $3,000. The offer would apply to any real estate owned by the same individual for three years, business equipment and motor vehicles.
As far as Tax Assessor Chris Celeste knows, the city has never had a tax amnesty event before, and he doesn’t anticipate that there will ever be one again if the council supports the plan.

April 13th

Message of Hope

April 13, 2013

There is her faith, an anchor point that holds her safe in an ever-changing world, and there is also her large family – her brother Ralph, 89, the surviving member of her seven siblings, speaks with her often and her many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and even now adult pupils whom she taught for many years in area Catholic School.

Sister Hope, who turns 102 on May 19, is still in charge of her life as a sign in her room at Mount Saint Rita’s Health Centre professes.

Quick Decision: Woonsocket's Nordby suffers first MMA loss

April 13, 2013

LINCOLN – June 17, 2011 is one of the most memorable days of Kody Nordby’s life, and it’s not just because that was the day he graduated from Woonsocket High.
Rather, it’s what happened immediately after he received his diploma. Nordby hustled to the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Mass. to make his amateur debut against Mark Johnson of Brighton, Mass. at the AFO’s (American Fighting Organization) Summer Brawl II.

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