January 4th, 2013
LINCOLN â€“ Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland â€” but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
â€śWhat we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,â€ť Lucier said.
Therese Y. Riley
WOONSOCKET- Therese Y. (Gagne) Riley, 83, a lifelong resident of Woonsocket, died Friday, January 4, 2013 in the St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Frank V. Riley, who died in 1989.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Emile J. and Alberta I. (Mousseau) Gagne.
Susan K. Wahl
CUMBERLAND- Susan K. (Donahue) Wahl, 60, of Cumberland, died January 1, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She was the wife of David R. Wahl whom she married May 19, 1973.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Lillian M. (Barker) Donahue.
Susan was a selfless woman and devoted "Grammy." She enjoyed Sudoku puzzles and decorating.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury has determined that city police officers broke no law last spring when they engaged in a high-speed motor vehicle chase in pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, who died in an ensuing crash.
The grand jury completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lescarbeauâ€™s death Thursday, concluding that â€śthe actions of the officers were legally justified,â€ť Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâ€™s office said in a statement.
PROVIDENCE â€” Woonsocket Sen. Roger A. Picard has been named chairman of the powerful Senate Corporations Committee after serving on that body for only four years, starting the year after he arrived in the Senate from the House of Representatives.
Formerly the vice chairman of the panel, Picard succeeds Cranston Sen. Joshua Miller, who was named chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services.
The Corporations Committee considers legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology and telecommunications.
LINCOLN â€” At a practice session two days after Christmas, Lincoln High head coach Tom DiIorio watched as his boys' team swam through a set of 25-yard sprints, and â€“ suddenly â€“ he heard one of his star athletes, junior Jason Kimball, scream in agony.
LINCOLN â€” Even in the throes of defeat, there was no taming the excitement of Lincoln High sophomore Nicole Moneghan and freshman Mollie Westrick.
Even before the Lions had suffered a 56-38 Division II loss to Mount St. Charles at the MacColl YMCA natatorium on Thursday afternoon, Moneghan â€“ still in the pool after winning the 500-yard freestyle â€“ splashed around in her lane after receiving word from head coach Tom DiIorio she had finally broken the coveted six-minute mark.
â€śI did what?â€ť she grinned.
Joseph Edgar LaPlante
WOONSOCKET- Joseph Edgar LaPlante 89, of Ward St. died Sunday December 30th. He was the husband of the late Rita M. Charrette.
Born in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Eugene and Eva (St. Jean) LaPlante.
Mr. LaPlante was an aeronautical engineer at Quonset Point Naval Station for twenty six years retiring thirty nine years ago. He served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. He coached Bernon Little League Baseball's Farm League and Woonsocket Youth Hockey for many years. He was a member of the National Organization of Retired Federal Employees.
WOONSOCKET â€” Congress may have gotten the nation past one fiscal cliff, but this teetering city of 41,000 is still on course to fall into a local version of the abyss in 2013.
After the reigning state Budget Commission temporarily balanced the books last year, the financial forecast calls for the city to lapse into deficit spending again by May 25, according to Finance Director Thomas Bruce.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy last month, three new recruits have joined the North Smithfield Police Department.
Chief Steven E. Reynolds said the officers were sworn in immediately after graduating by Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton and will be assigned to a field training officer.
Theyâ€™ll spend 14 weeks with their professional mentors prior to patrolling the streets on their own.
The new officers are: