January 6th, 2012
Bill Oâ€™Brien could be walking into a no-win situation as the next head football coach at Penn State. While the current Patriotsâ€™ offensive coordinator may seem like a solid choice on the surface, the news of his selection hit hard with Penn State alumni on Friday.
Former Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington represented the thoughts of many ex-players upon hearing the news that an â€śoutsiderâ€ť would be the next head coach.
Pauline T. Renaud
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Pauline T. (Blanchette) Renaud, 94, died Thursday, January 5, 2012 in St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Emile P. Renaud, to whom she had been married seventy-two years.
Born in Blackstone, she was the daughter of the late Adelard and Josephine (Duprey) Blanchette.
Pauline had worked as a machine operator for Polytop for seventeen years, retiring in 1979. She later was active in St Agatha's Senior Citizens organization.
Wayne G. Vose
NO. SMITHFIELD- Wayne G. Vose, 63, of Iron Mine Hill Rd., died Thursday, January 5, 2012 at home. He was the husband of the late Joyce A. (Pandolfi) Vose.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Irving C. and Barbara (Moore) Vose.
Mr. Vose worked as a Grocery Manager for the former Almacs, and as a Associate for Market Basket. Also, he was a twenty-seven year newspaper carrier for the Providence Journal. A Vietnam War Army Veteran, he was a member of the No. Smithfield and Cumberland Hill Fire Departments.
PROVIDENCE â€” After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 â€śshould be the year of the cities and towns.
â€śWe can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,â€ť the governor said. â€śWe've got to address it.â€ť
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ North Smithfield won its first three league games in Division III-North by an average of nearly 22 points.
First-year NS coach TJ Ciolfi knew No. 4 wouldnâ€™t be the same. Facing the Northmen in Thursdayâ€™s league showdown was equally-unbeaten Johnston, another talented squad that has beaten its three opponents by almost 26 points per outing.
"The teams are exactly the same,â€ť Ciolfi said. â€śWe are almost as identical in the way we play.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” If Tolman High ever fits the pieces together, the Tigers could be a tough out in the Division II playoffs.
It is coach Mike Kayataâ€™s job to develop his players into a cohesive unit over the next seven weeks, trying to get the most out of a roster that contains an explosive scoring guard in Juan Velez, a 6-foot-7 junior center named Jon Percy who is a sleeping giant, and several role players who might hold the key to this teamâ€™s ultimate outcome.
WOONSOCKET â€” When forsythia blooms in December, itâ€™s probably a bad omen for making ice.
But when the first true cold snap of the season settled over the region this week, Highway Foreman Rick Lambert knew it was time to crank up the ice-making machinery, at last.
That means the cityâ€™s municipal rink in River Island Park will finally open this year at 12:30 Saturday afternoon â€“roughly a month later than it did during last yearâ€™s more normal winter.
â€śWe started making ice when we came back after New Yearâ€™s, on Tuesday,â€ť Lambert said earlier this week.
Savannah L. Wakely
WOONSOCKET- Wakely, Savannah L., 25, of Woonsocket, RI and Waltham, passed away January 1, 2012.
Daughter of Jo-ann M. Wakely of Mansfield and late Terrance Bernard of Boston.
Mother of Anthony, Janiah and Xaviar, all of Woonsocket. Sister of Chavon and Terrance Bernard Jr., Rodney Maxie, Jr., Briana and Brionca Williams, Deja Jones, Kyle Colo'n, Jennifer Shaver, Siedah Moten.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Dezima "Daisy" Durand, 96, of North Smithfield, RI passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2012 at The Holiday in Manville, RI with family by her side. She was the beloved wife for 72 years of the late Leo A. Durand deceased on December 22, 2007.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on November 9, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Armand and Lydia (Tetreault) Guertin.
Rollande Y. Joyal
BLACKSTONE- Rollande Y. (Boivin) Joyal, 82, of Rathbun Street, died Wednesday, January 4th, in Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Westborough, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Roland Joyal.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Eva (Hervieux) Boivin.
She had worked as a Quality Control Inspector for Texas Instruments for twenty three years, retiring in 1990. She especially loved caring for her cats.