October 26th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine may not have an opponent on next monthâ€™s election ballot but he does have a cause.
Fontaine says heâ€™s doing everything he can to persuade voters to reject the proposed synchronization of municipal, state and federal elections. Itâ€™s one of four referendum questions that will appear on the ballot of the citywide election Nov. 8.
â€śIâ€™m speaking out against it every chance I get,â€ť says the mayor.
Robert L. Lemay
WOONSOCKET- Robert L. Lemay, 74, of St. Barnabe St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday. He was the husband of Claire H. (Duplessis) Lemay. They were married on September 3, 1956.
Born in Blackstone, he was a son of the late Leo and Anita (Robert) Lemay. He resided in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Lemay was a veteran of the Unites States Air Force.
Mr. Lemay's career spanned for over 30 years of service at Industrial Machine Corp. in Georgiaville until his retirement.
James J. Serra
BELLINGHAM- James J. "Jim" Serra, 51, of Bellingham, MA, died on October 21, 2011 in Rehoboth, MA in an automobile accident.
He was the beloved husband of Donna J. (Ferris) Serra and the loving father of Amber J. Serra of Bellingham.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his teamâ€™s tuneup against Assumption College.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s been a long, difficult year for Woonsocket High, but on Tuesday afternoon, the one-win Villa Novans nearly came away with the highlight of their season and a big upset victory over their playoff-bound, crosstown rivals.
Down by a 2-0 score after a half of action, Mount St. Charles Academy battled back with three goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half and held on for a 3-2 victory before a large gathering at the Mountiesâ€™ lower soccer field.
WOONSOCKET â€” Maple cabinets, granite island, plush, multi-hued carpets with that brand-new smell.
Thereâ€™s a feast for the senses in Paul and Lorraine Jacobâ€™s new house on Hillsdale Street. But the most important component of the only new house built in the city this year is something you canâ€™t see or touch.
Call it generosity: When the Jacobsâ€™ 46-year-old cape was destroyed by fire last winter, a citywide network of supporters launched a prolonged and persistent fundraising campaign to help the couple rebuild bigger and better than ever.
Elaine E. Lorigan
LINCOLN- Elaine E. (Croteau) Lorigan, 69, of Wake Robin Rd. died Sunday October 23, 2011 in Fatima Hospital. She is survived by her loving partner, Art Canestrari, of Cumberland, RI.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Harold E. and Eugenie (Bouley) Croteau.
Elaine enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends, she enjoyed entertaining, at her dinner parties and special events. She was an avid world traveler. She also enjoyed being a member of her Bowling and Bocce League.
Clayton L. Wilson, Jr.
NO. SMITHFIELD- Clayton "Butch" L. Wilson, Jr., 61, of Homestead Ave., died Friday, October 21, 2011 at home. He was the husband of Carol (Hewitt) Wilson of No. Smithfield.
Born in Franklin, MA, he was the son of the late Clayton L. and Elizabeth (Caramo) Wilson, Sr.
Mr. Wilson worked as a painter for several local businesses for many years.
Eugene G. Laliberte
LINCOLN- Eugene G. Laliberte, 86, of Old River Road died Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar In-Patient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Thelma M. (Bombardier) Laliberte. Mr. and Mrs. Laliberte celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last month.
Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Joseph and Leona (Dyke) Laliberte, he had lived in Mapleville for 40 years before moving to Lincoln 2 years ago.
Mr. Laliberte was a deliveryman and warehouseman for Sandvik Manufacturing Company before retiring in 1990.
PROVIDENCE â€” Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
Thatâ€™s why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.