January 9th, 2013
CUMBERLAND â€” Mayor-elect Daniel J. McKee took the oath of office at an inaugural ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Blackstone River Theater.
McKee, 61, ran unopposed in the November general election, winning a sixth term as Cumberland's mayor.
Among those attending the ceremony last Sunday were state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Congressman David Cicilline, as well as a contingent of state representatives and fellow mayors and town administrators.
Mary Jane Giberson
WOONSOCKET- Mary Jane (Mariani) Giberson, 96, of Winter St., Woonsocket and formerly of Atlantic City, NJ died January 7, 2013 in The Friendly Home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late William J. Giberson.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Jane (Toomey) Mariani.
Marie Annette Vezina
WOONSOCKET- Marie Annette Vezina, 94, of Woonsocket, died January 6, 2013 in Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence with family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Elie and Anne Marie (Paquet) Vezina.
Ms. Vezina worked for Union St. Jean Baptiste for 32 years and was an accounting supervisor. She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of Precious Blood Church. She loved traveling, was an avid reader and dearly loved animals.
Joan C. Briere
BLACKSTONE- Joan C. Briere, 66, of Blackstone St. Blackstone, Mass., died Friday January 4, 2013 in the Lydia Taft House in Uxbridge with her family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Raoul and Jean (Evan) Briere.
She was former owner and operator of Casablanca, in Fall River, Mass. Joan enjoyed gardening and yard work and she loved her animals.
Daniel Normand Paquin
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Daniel Normand Paquin age 30 died unexpectedly Friday Jan. 4, 2013.
Born Oct. 9, 1982 in Woonsocket.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Daviesâ€™ battle with North Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon â€“ a hard-fought clash from the opening tap to the final buzzer â€“ Patriots coach Joe Handy took one last glance at the scoreboard on the other end of his gym and let out a sigh of relief.
A little of this, a little of thatâ€¦
Weâ€™ll have some baseball news to chew on Wednesday afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is unveiled for public consumption. In the eyes of this non-voter, Cooperstown should roll out the welcome mat for one non-steroid tainted newcomer on the ballot, Craig Biggio, whose inclusion is based purely on achieving 3,000 hits â€“ one of those mythical benchmarks that automatically trigger inclusion into the gameâ€™s exclusive fraternity.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Woonsocket has hopped on the bandwagon of a new and little known state law that has already enabled East Providence to collect millions in previously delinquent property taxes by intercepting state income tax refunds.
Itâ€™s called the Tax Refund Offset Program, and it works like this: If youâ€™re running a sizeable enough delinquency with the city on real estate, motor vehicle or business equipment taxes, the state Department of Revenue will capture funds from your Rhode Island income tax return this year so they can be applied to the city debt.
Mary A. Desjarlais
BURRILLVILLE- Mary A. Desjarlais, 87, of Laurel Ridge Avenue died Saturday, January 5, 2012 at Bayberry Commons.
Born in Harmony, she was a daughter of the late Omer and Lucille ( Plante) Plante. She lived in Pascoag for 44 years.
Mary was a bookkeeper for the former Monahan Transportation Company of Warwick for 30 years until retirement.
Jacqueline M. Gadoury
LINCOLN- Jacqueline M. Gadoury 91, of Sayles Hill Rd. died peacefully Tuesday in The Holiday Nursing Home.
She was born in Woonsocket, the daughter of the late Thaddee and Leonie (Dumontel) Gadoury.