January 2nd, 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
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.
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
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ If the New Year has been rung in, that can only mean one thing: Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and itâ€™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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The 2013 General Assembly session began Tuesday with leaders of both chambers emphasizing the importance of turning Rhode Islandâ€™s ailing economy around and improving its business climate.
Commencing his fourth term as Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, saying, â€śThe struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.â€ť
WASHINGTON â€” Racing the clock, the White House sealed a New Year's Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to neutralize across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Democratic officials.
Under the deal, taxes would remain steady for the middle class and rise at incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples â€” levels higher than President Barack Obama had campaigned for in his successful drive for a second term in office.
December 31st, 2012
Just when you thought it was going to be awfully difficult to top all the great accomplishments and moments that took place in 2011...
Another wonderful year has passed in the Blackstone Valley, and 2012 supplied the regionâ€™s sports scene with an abundance of state championship teams, remarkable individual performances, and its Triple-A baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, seizing its first Governorsâ€™ Cup title since 1984.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police said they risked crashing their cruisers on icy, snow-choked roads as they rushed to investigate a report of a disturbance involving a gun Saturday, and this was their reward: Two cops assaulted by a man who fabricated the story.
Jody Dilazzaro, 39, was charged with assaulting Officers James Cote and Justin Mowry, who were among several policemen who responded to Dilazzaroâ€™s Oakton Street residence about 6:40 p.m.
He was charged with two counts of assaulting public officials, resisting arrest, possession of an illegal knife and filing a fraudulent report of a crime.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island General Assembly will hit the ground running in 2013, opening its session on New Yearâ€™s Day and delving into issues such as taxes, economic development, same-sex marriage and gun control early in the year.