November 6th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” House aspirant Stephen Casey and incumbent Reps. Robert Phillips and Lisa Baldelli Hunt were all winners last night, but the biggest loser of all wasnâ€™t a person.
It was an institution: The School Committee.
LINCOLN â€” A woman visiting Twin River Tuesday evening said she wouldnâ€™t give a second thought to voting approval of full casino gambling.
Of course the woman was a resident of Massachusetts and her comment was directed toward the approval of casino gambling in her state not Rhode Island. â€śWhy should Massachusetts give up money to Rhode Island,â€ť the woman said before heading on her way.
That question may well have been on the minds of both state and local voters Tuesday as they gave a solid vote of approval to the expansion of casino gambling at Twin River.
Robert J. Pierce
WOONSOCKET- Robert J. Pierce, 63, of Woonsocket, died Monday evening at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Theresa Pimental.
He was a resident of Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Pierce served in the Army during Vietnam. He received the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Natasha Anderson, 14, left, and Samantha Clark, 13, enjoy the afternoon while holding campaign signs for Stephen Casey, a candidate for state representative in District 50, outside Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket Tuesday.
Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots on Election Day at Cumberland High School Tuesday morning.
Therese D. Tessier
CUMBERLAND- Therese D. Tessier 81, formerly of Cumberland, died Monday, October 29, in the Oakland Grove Health Care Center.
She was born in Manville, a daughter of the late Narcisse and Rosilina (Leclerc) Tessier. She was a Manville resident most of her life.
Miss Tessier worked for the Milford Shoe Co. for many years before retiring in 1996.
She is survived by her companion Janet Allen and her brother Narcisse Tessier Jr. of Cumberland.
Her funeral with Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM in St. James Church, Division St. Manville.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islanders were facing long lines and, in at least two polling places, the wrong ballots as they began voting Tuesday in a hotly contested congressional race and on whether to allow the state's two slots parlors to turn into full-fledged casinos.
Officials said the incorrect ballots were delivered by the state Board of Elections for two polling places, West Kingston Elementary School in South Kingstown and Elks Lodge in West Warwick. Voting was delayed in each location, and some voters left without casting a ballot, according to town officials.
Jeanne C. Boucher
CUMBERLAND- Jeanne C. Boucher, 87, of Cumberland, passed away Thursday, November 01, 2012. She was the wife of the late Gilles M. Boucher.
Born in Manville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Olivine (Antaya) Maranda.
Mrs. Boucher lived most of her life in Cumberland. She was a volunteer for the SPRED Program, worked as a seamstress for the former Finkelstein's of Woonsocket, and was a bus monitor for the Cumberland School Department. She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family.
BRISTOL â€” When Burrillville High senior tri-captain Laura Hauser went home after school to grab her uniform Monday afternoon, there was a strange addition next to her jersey, laying right there on her bed.
â€śIt was about 2:30, and I found a lucky penny, with the head up,â€ť she explained. â€śMy mom said she didn't have any idea how it got there. I almost walked out of the house without it; I got to my car, then forgot I didn't have it, so I turned around and raced back to get it.
â€śI mean, I'm a superstitious person,â€ť she added.
For the eight football teams that succeeded in qualifying for the Division II postseason, the objective is crystal clear â€“ survive to play the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
Of the three local participants, only one team is guaranteed a coveted spot in the semifinals. Woonsocket and St. Raphael will lock helmets in a quarterfinal-round clash at Pariseau Field come 6 oâ€™clock Saturday night. Meanwhile, Cumberland rolls out the welcome mat for Westerly, which ventures to Tucker Field Friday.