September 21st, 2012
CUMBERLAND â A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
MILLVILLE â The elderly are going without the option of a senior services van as the result of an ongoing dispute between the towns of Millville and Blackstone over a regional senior transporation contract.
The towns' inability to come to terms on an agreement since June recently prompted Blacktone to tell Millville it can no longer transport Millville seniors with its senior vans.
The decision has left about a dozen Millville residents who counted on the vans for doctor visits and to make other health-related appointments to seek other means of transportation.
Ernest A. Tessier Sr.
WOONSOCKET- Ernest A. Tessier Sr. 92, of Warwick St. died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. He was the husband of Gertrude (Blain) Tessier.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Frederick and Valeda (Lagace) Tessier.
Ernie served as a 2nd Lieutenant pilot in the US Army/Air Corps during WWII. He worked in the Quality Control Laboratory at Provost Lefebvre & Co. Inc. for over thirty years before retiring in 1985. He was a golf enthusiast and was a member of the Northern RI Bridge Club.
PAWTUCKET â The time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a âjob well doneâ seal of approval in the form of a September promotion to Boston remains alive and well. The only difference is that this time, skipper Arnie Beyeler will be joined by a valued member of his coaching staff.
One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2.
A blog entry that appeared on the New York Timesâ website earlier this week noted that, since 1990, âonly 22 of the 184 teams that started the season 0-2 ultimately made the playoffs.â Referencing back to when the league last expanded in 2002, just 10.1 percent of the 79 teams saddled with a donut and exactly two âLâsâ were able to right the ship and achieve postseason status.
WOONSOCKET â Flanked by supporters, State Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) announced Thursday that heâs launched a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the Democratic primary to firefighter Stephen M. Casey by 52 votes.
Perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the House, Brien said he lost because some voters wound up at the wrong polling places and also because he was targeted by pro-labor interests who supported Casey.
âThis is our chance to get it right,â Brien said.
WOONSOCKET â The annual St. Judeâs Breakfast for the benefit of St. Judeâs Childrenâs Hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Club Par-X, 36 Stanley St. Joe Hyder, general chairman, urges everyone to wear red, white and blue this year in tribute to the annual âSalute to Americaâ theme, chosen to mark the presidential campaign year.
Robert E. Dooley
BLACKSTONE- Robert E. Dooley, 73, of Farm Street, Blackstone, died Tuesday at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. He was the husband of Linda L. (Guimond) Dooley, whom he married, April 04, 1959.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Raymond Dooley and Helen (Plante) Moore.
He was employed as a Supervisor for Apex Pawtucket, retiring in 2001.
Rose Alma Ethier
WOONSOCKET- Rose Alma Ethier, 86, died in the company of loved ones on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield.
Born in Millville, MA, she was the daughter of the late Mederic and Cora (Gagnon) Ethier, and has been a Woonsocket resident since 1956.
CUMBERLAND â Looks like this new Division II thing is suiting Cumberland just fine.
After years of struggling in the Division I ranks and winning no more than five games in each of the last eight seasons, the Clippers are thriving in the stateâs second division and off to their best start in recent memory.