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January 3rd, 2013

City faces own fiscal cliff

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — 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 hires three police officers

January 3, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — 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.
They’ll spend 14 weeks with their professional mentors prior to patrolling the streets on their own.
The new officers are:

Prime Healthcare submits application to buy Landmark

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A California-based hospital group’s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island inched forward yesterday as the company delivered its application to purchase the hospitals to state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
State Health Director Michael Fine and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin now have 30 days to determine whether the voluminous amount of paperwork tendered by Prime Healthcare Services is complete.

January 2nd

Late turnovers doom Novans in loss to Blue Wave

January 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET -- Luis Garcia may have nailed an NBA-length trey at the buzzer, but it wasn’t enough for Woonsocket High on Wednesday night.
The Villa Novans committed 23 turnovers – including 14 in the final half – and converted just 10 of 24 from the charity stripe (41.7 percent) and ultimately dropped a 54-46 Division I crossover decision to Hope High before a crowd of perhaps 100.
After head coach Kyle Ivey-Jones’ bunch overcame a 29-22 deficit with 11:59 left in the second stanza, slicing the deficit to 34-30, Hope later mustered an 11-2 run in the span of 3:47 to seal the victory.

Alma A. Castonguay

January 2, 2013

Alma A. Castonguay

LINCOLN- Alma A. Castonguay, 95, of Sayles Hill Road, died Wednesday, December 26, at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in New Bedford, Mass., a daughter of the late Euclide and Eva (Holcomb) Castonguay, she had lived in Woonsocket, Manville, and Cumberland, before moving back to Manville.
Miss Castonguay worked as a stitcher for U. S. Rubber in Woonsocket, and later as an inspector at American Tourister in Albion and Woonsocket, before retiring in 1969.
She was a communicant of Saint James Church, Manville.

Gary M. Hebert

January 2, 2013

Gary M. Hebert

CUMBERLAND- Gary (The King) Hebert, 55, of Pine Swamp Rd. went to Heaven on Tuesday morning January 1, 2013 with his wife, daughters and grandchildren by his side. He was the beloved husband of Charlene G. (Tellier) Hebert.
Born in Central Falls, R.I., son of Theresa Hebert of Blackstone, MA. and the late Albert Hebert.
He worked as a roofer for Design Ventures prior to becoming disabled.
Gary enjoyed classical cars, once owning a 55 Buick, woodworking, but most of all spending time with his family and friends making them laugh.

Victoria E. Jacks

January 2, 2013

Victoria E. Jacks

CLERMONT, FL.- Mrs. Victoria E. (Grzych) Jacks of 4310 Hammersmith Dr., Clermont, FL., formerly of 100 So. Main St. Bellingham passed away of pneumonia on December 12, 2012 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.
She resided with her daughter in Florida for over sixteen years before moving to Lake Bennett Rehab Center. She was the wife of the late Clinton S. Jacks, who was well known in local aviation circles. Clinton and Victoria enjoyed many flying trips in their Taylorcraft around New England and to the islands.

Richard V. Saillant Sr.

January 2, 2013

Richard V.
Saillant Sr.

WOONSOCKET- Richard V. Saillant Sr. 61, of Rodman St. died Sunday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Diane (LaCasse) Saillant.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Theodore and Theresa (Kemp) Saillant.
Richard worked for the City of Woonsocket in the Parks and Recreation Department for many years before retiring in 2007. He had previously worked for Owen's Corning for several years. Richard loved his cats and fed many strays.

Aurea L. Vilandre

January 2, 2013

Aurea L. Vilandre

NORTH SMITHFIELD- Aurea L. Vilandre 89, formerly of Greenville, Rd., died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Lionel Vilandre.
Born in Manville, she was the daughter of the late Lionel and Bertha (Boss) Martin. Mrs. Vilandre was an assembler for Reliance Products for many years before retiring in 1985.

Quest for Queen of Mardi Gras is under way

January 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – If the New Year has been rung in, that can only mean one thing: Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for the Queen of Mardi Gras 2013.
The quest for the crown is officially on, according to the Northern Rhode Island Council on the Arts, which is marking the 19th anniversary of Woonsocket Mardis Gras this year.

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FOSTER — The state's biggest accordion festival is also its most intimate and charming. Hosted every August for the...

 

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