November 24th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â It is certainly an advantage to have a museum in town when it comes to expanding educational opportunities for a communityâs youth.
Staff members at the Museum of Work and Culture here in Woonsocket are also aware that research and planning are required for local teachers to use a museum as the best educational resource possible.
Thatâs why a group of local fifth-grade teachers sat with the museumâs education coordinator, Elizabeth Maynard, in the buildingâs upstairs conference room last week to talk about their past and future visits to the Market Square facility.
WOONSOCKET â Rhode Island Housing, the owner of Glenark Landing, is taking the 67-unit, subsidized housing complex into foreclosure.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says the state agency owes the city over $200,000, money lent to the original developers of the mill-to-apartment conversion project in 1988.
Fontaine said foreclosure would wipe out the debt, but the city might not give up so easily. The mayor wants the City Council to explore its options at a briefing session Monday night, including the possibility of legal action.
Freshman seasons seldom get any better than the one Kelsey Lace enjoyed at The College of Saint Rose.
The Glendale resident and 2012 Mount St. Charles Academy graduate made a very seamless transition this year from R.I.âs top division in high school volleyball to the Northeast-10 Conference, and for her excellent efforts, she received a pair of prestigious honors.
WOONSOCKET â Thereâs something about âbackyard brawlsâ that bring out the best in Joe Gardner.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club super middleweight, who owns a 9-5-1 mark, is 6-1 in fights against opponents from Rhode Island and nearby communities in Massachusetts, and his only loss came in May 2010 when he decided to end a 6 1/2-year layoff by taking on New England champion Vladine Biosse on short notice.
PROVIDENCE â Thereâs a burden placed on Providenceâs Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton thatâs almost unrivaled in terms of their value to the team.
With point guard Vincent Council sidelined, the pressure falls squarely on Cotton and Henton to carry the load. Neither one can afford the luxury of an off night, particularly since there arenât too many proven scoring options behind them.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley estimates that his coaching responsibilities account for â20 percentâ of his duties at Providence College.
Ask him just how much that small slice in an otherwise demanding pie means to him and Cooley will tell you pointblank that coaching supplies a jolt that by and large remains unmatched. The time he spends on the basketball floor alongside his assistants and players or in the video room breaking down tape is pure nirvana â not to mention a prime chance to reinforce what his primary job entails.
For the three area football squads fortunate enough to land a spot on the âTuesday Night Lightsâ dance card, it was back to work on Friday in preparation for their respective semifinal-round contests.
It goes without saying that the limited window between the Thanksgiving contests and a game filled with Super Bowl aspirations represents a busy stretch where mental preparation supersedes the physical aspect.
WOONSOCKET â Councilman Roger Jalette says the city sometimes assesses sewer and trash fees to dwelling units deemed unfit for occupancy, but itâs unfair to the property owners and shouldnât be allowed.
The longtime councilman introduced a proposal to rectify the situation earlier this week, but colleagues on the City Council voted to table the measure for further study.
Councilman Daniel Gendron, vice president of the panel, said one of his concerns is that the proposal could become administratively unwieldy and open the door to abuses.
LINCOLN â The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store âmapsâ to help customers find what they were looking for.
Ernest J. Champagne
BLACKSTONE- Ernest J. Champagne, 91 of Blackstone formerly of Woonsocket, died November 21 in the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham. He was the husband of the late Cecile (Lefebvre) Champagne for 54 years until her death in 2000.
Born in St. Norbert Canada, May 26, 1921, the son of the late, Adelard and Melina (Berneche) Champagne.
Mr. Champagne came to Woonsocket in 1925 where he lived until moving to Blackstone in 1992.
Mr. Champagne had been the chief warehouse supervisor for Owens Corning Fiberglass for several years before retiring.