March 17th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â The school department was once again looking for budget reductions on Thursday as the School Committeeâs budget subcommittee began a review of ways to solve a projected $1.6 million shortfall in the $59.8 million spending plan already sent to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said that âeverythingâ possible to be cut in the proposed budget would be looked at in the new round of budget work.
WOONSOCKET â In a shot across the bow of the firefighter's union, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has proposed a shift restructuring of the fire department that would virtually eliminate overtime.
The mayor's proposal would fold the 124 members of the fire department into three rotating platoons instead of four, the current norm. And instead of working an average of 42 hours a week before overtime kicks in, every firefighter would have to work 56.
PROVIDENCE â Game Two was no contest. Mount St. Charles again rules Division I in Rhode Island girls hockey.
The Mounties parried Bay Viewâs best shot in the first period on Thursday night at Schneider Arena and then knocked the Bengals out with five goals in the middle stanza en route to a 7-1 victory that swept the two-game championship series.
Mountâs BriaAnna Narodowy was named Most Valuable Player in the finals, taking home the Alice Sullivan Award named in honor of the pioneer of womenâs sports in the Interscholastic League.
Lucille Hogue St. Germain
BLACKSTONE- Lucille (Marcotte) Hogue St. Germain, 83, of Blackstone, passed away March 16, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete under the direction of Cartier's Funeral Home, Bellingham, MA
Colleen A. Kafer
WOONSOCKET- Colleen A. (Carter) Kafer, 45 of Libbeus St. died Sunday, March 13, 2011.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of Donald and Elizabeth (Fuqua) Carter of Mapleville, R.I.
She was a life long resident of Woonsocket.
Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers Donald W. Carter Jr. of North Smithfield, Dennis J. Carter of Glocester, R.I., and two sisters Donna Lynn Harju, of Michigan and Mary Beth Smith of Pascoag, R.I., and many nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by her companion Roland Tetreault, of Woonsocket.
If you read newspapers on a regular basis you know that each day can bring both good and bad news.
Those of us who work the news business learn that early on in our jobs and it helps you form a thicker skin to the more troubling news that inevitably comes along.
Most times anyway.
Monday was one of those days when the news going into the paper drew a longer look and sparked that sense of sadness that comes with losing someone you knew.
Christine Nowak, 50, a Call reporter for 15 years, was up there on the proof sheets in an obituary.
PROVIDENCE â Mount St. Charles Academy has relied primarily on its offense to get the job done this season.
Wednesday night it was the defense turn to make the headlines.
Lauren Deguire's goal in the first period was all the offense that was needed as the top-seeded Mounties held off No. 2 seed Bay View Academy, 2-0, in the opener of their best-of-three championship finals at Providence College's Schneider Arena.
WOONSOCKET â He never smoked or drank. No one can recall that he ever raised his voice in anger. And the khakis and loafers he was fond of wearing were as low-key as his personality.
In many ways the Pulitzer Prize was a crown that never quite fit Edwin OâConnor, author of âThe Last Hurrah,â and the cityâs most famous Irish-American native son.
And, sadly, perhaps its most forgotten.
âAside from the catch-phrase âlast hurrah,â which has become part of the English language, he really has been forgotten,â says Robert Rose, an independent TV producer from Lincoln.
MILLVILLE â This week would have been just around the time that John F. Dean Sr. would dye his trademark white beard green in honor of St. Patrickâs Day. It was a springtime tradition that would often turn the heads of passing motorists while Dean, looking like an over-sized leprechaun, was out with his highway crews filling potholes.
Today, rather, it was a somber mood in Millville, as friends and family mourned the passing of 78-year-old Dean, a lifelong resident of Millville and longtime town highway surveyor, who died Tuesday at Landmark Medical Center after a brief illness.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Roderick J. Ducharme Jr. of No. Smithfield, passed away on March 10, 2011.
Born Dec. 18, 1926 in Pascoag, RI, he was the son of the late Roderick & Aldea (Martin) Ducharme. Roderick proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He is survived by a brother Robert J. Ducharme of Woonsocket and a sister Rita M. Wash of Lake Forest, CA.
His Funeral & Burial will be; private.