November 23rd, 2012
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley estimates that his coaching responsibilities account for â20 percentâ of his duties at Providence College.
Ask him just how much that small slice in an otherwise demanding pie means to him and Cooley will tell you pointblank that coaching supplies a jolt that by and large remains unmatched. The time he spends on the basketball floor alongside his assistants and players or in the video room breaking down tape is pure nirvana â not to mention a prime chance to reinforce what his primary job entails.
For the three area football squads fortunate enough to land a spot on the âTuesday Night Lightsâ dance card, it was back to work on Friday in preparation for their respective semifinal-round contests.
It goes without saying that the limited window between the Thanksgiving contests and a game filled with Super Bowl aspirations represents a busy stretch where mental preparation supersedes the physical aspect.
WOONSOCKET â Councilman Roger Jalette says the city sometimes assesses sewer and trash fees to dwelling units deemed unfit for occupancy, but itâs unfair to the property owners and shouldnât be allowed.
The longtime councilman introduced a proposal to rectify the situation earlier this week, but colleagues on the City Council voted to table the measure for further study.
Councilman Daniel Gendron, vice president of the panel, said one of his concerns is that the proposal could become administratively unwieldy and open the door to abuses.
LINCOLN â The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store âmapsâ to help customers find what they were looking for.
Ernest J. Champagne
BLACKSTONE- Ernest J. Champagne, 91 of Blackstone formerly of Woonsocket, died November 21 in the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham. He was the husband of the late Cecile (Lefebvre) Champagne for 54 years until her death in 2000.
Born in St. Norbert Canada, May 26, 1921, the son of the late, Adelard and Melina (Berneche) Champagne.
Mr. Champagne came to Woonsocket in 1925 where he lived until moving to Blackstone in 1992.
Mr. Champagne had been the chief warehouse supervisor for Owens Corning Fiberglass for several years before retiring.
BURRILLVILLE - F. Michael "Homey" Davis, 63, of Pascoag, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Patricia (Rainone) Davis.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Evelyn (Moore) Davis.
Michael worked at Hostess of Providence for 32 years before retiring in 2005. He was also worked for Moe's Towing.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael R. Davis of Pascoag, a daughter, Carrie Ann Pariseau of Harrisville, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Isabelle D. Turner
BURRILLVILLE - Isabelle D. (Bishop) Turner, 81, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in the Friendly Nursing Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Joseph Turner.
Born in Pascoag, she was the daughter of the late Edgar L. and Ella J. (Prouty) Bishop Sr. She was the lifelong companion of George Sederback
Isabelle worked for Normandin Chevrolet in Woonsocket as Office Manager for 17 years until retiring. Since retiring she had worked part-time for A & M Compressed Air Products in Uxbridge, MA.
WOONSOCKET â After running a local soup kitchen for 25 years, Pat Dempster knows there are always a few bumps that come up in the road.
Dempsterâs Because He Lives Ministries experienced more than a few of those on her way to a smooth ride after losing its longtime home in the basement of the First Baptist Church on Blackstone Street and going without a home for a time.
LINCOLN â It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.
PROVIDENCE â Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.