January 18th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€” The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts is well under way with Mardi Gras and has announced five contestants for queen of the festivities. They are Diane Bessette, Kayla Guilbeault, Sheylon Lawson, Jo-Ann Maurice and Sandy Paul.
The queen will preside over Mardi Gras on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and unmask her cohort, King Jace XIX.
As in tradition, King Jace XIX is a secret. Dave Richards of radio station WOON will be releasing the clues shortly and the public is invited to guess who is portraying the king this year.
STUART, FL- William C. Perreault, 77, died on January 7, 2013 at Martin Memorial Medical Center, in Stuart, FL.
William was born in Pawtucket, RI and moved to Jensen Beach 23 years ago coming from North Smithfield, RI.
William was a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, FL, he served in the CB's in the US Navy, he was a member of the VFW in Jensen Beach, FL, a member of the American Legion and Loyal Order of the Moose and he was a 4th Degree Grand Knight in North Smithfield, RI.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- Colonel James A. MacDougald, United States Air Force (Ret.), age 84, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1972, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at his home in Colorado Springs.
He had retired from the United States Air Force in 1980 after serving his county for over 27 years. He was a successful entrepreneur and business owner, serving as president and CEO of AMI Industries, Inc. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Gertrude R. Cote
BLACKSTONE- Gertrude R. (Caron) Cote, 91, of Blackstone, MA, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Milford Regional Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond G. Cote.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on July 16, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Donat and Laura (Lamontagne) Caron.
CUMBERLAND- Dennis "Dino" Ravenelle, 65, of Biltmore Ave., died Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Pauline S. (Palmari) Ravenelle whom he married September 6, 1969.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Harvey and Lillian (Tremblay) Ravenelle.
NORTH SMITHFIELD -- With all due respect to other Division III squads with title-game aspirations, if another North Smithfield-Middletown matchup isnâ€™t contested in the state final in March, it would be a tragedy.
This one, honestly, was that entertaining.
With 1.8 seconds left in regulation, and the Northmen trailing 50-49, it appeared senior guard Walker Strick had landed a baseline trey to lift the hosts to a thrilling, come-from-behind 52-51 victory over the Islanders.
The two officials, however, indicated the scoreboard was incorrect, and deemed an overtime session necessary.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When it comes to flying the friendly skies, Red Sox manager John Farrell has mapped out a travel schedule that will certainly make the time pass by a little quicker â€“ not mention rack up frequent flyer miles.
Following his appearance at Thursdayâ€™s Red Sox-themed â€śTown Hall Meetingâ€ť at La Salle Academy, Farrell will hop on a plane Friday morning and head to Dallas for some face-to-face time with pitcher John Lackey. Farrell then plans to shoot over to Fort Myers on Saturday to see pitchers Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales, both of who have already reported to JetBlue Park.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Saint Antoine Residence, Rhode Islandâ€™s largest long-term care facility, is gearing up for a major milestone - it's 100th birthday.
Saint Antoine is celebrating its centennial year in 2013 with a variety of events and communications that will take place throughout the calendar year, Wendy Fargnoli, Saint Antoineâ€™s executive director, said at a special anniversary announcement ceremony held Wednesday on the Saint Antoine community campus in North Smithfield.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Teachers in every classroom in every school now have updated phones to allow continual communication with the central office and principal's office during classroom lock downs.
All doors and entryways at all school buildings are locked and secured. Teachers who are not actively teaching class are patrolling hallways. School liaisons at each of the schools are in constant communication with the Police Department.
CHICAGO --- Cumberland High cross country star Trevor Crawley added another accolade to his accomplishments on Thursday with his selection as the 2012-13 Gatorade Rhode Island Boysâ€™ Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellent, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course.