November 30th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” An old textile mill on Mendon Road was briefly transformed yesterday into a busy shipping zone for one of the stateâ€™s largest holiday toy drops for the needy.
The floor of the Bonin Spinning plant was jammed with pallets stacked high with cardboard boxes filled with new action figures, dolls and games donated by Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro Inc.
WARWICK â€” Crimes are bound to occur and people will inevitably be arrested for committing criminal acts. But what happens to those convicted of crimes when they have met the terms of the prison sentences a judge has given them?
That question was the focus of a summit of government and community leaders at the Crown Plaza Hotel Tuesday that aired concerns over public safety and the rights of released prison inmates to restart their lives in the community.
Frederick Duncan "Fred" Balfour
BURRILVILLE- Frederick Duncan "Fred" Balfour, 87, of Pascoag formerly of Harrisville RI, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pascoag.
He was born Saturday, February 2, 1924 in Fall River, MA, son of the late Duncan and Elvira (Hathaway) Balfour.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION --- Cumberland knew exactly what it was going to get out of Chariho on Tuesday night -- a strong ground game to contain and a tough defense to penetrate offensively.
The Chargers controlled the clock by racking up 260 yards on 58 carries and limited the Clippers to just 151 yards of real estate en route to a 14-0 triumph in their Division II semifinal-round matchup.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ All season long the Central Falls football team has played for Jose Figueroa, a 2011 graduate and dedicated four-year player who lost his life in a drowning accident this past summer.
From high above, he had to enjoy this one.
With their eyes clearly on the prize in Tuesdayâ€™s Division IV semifinal contest with host North Smithfield, the fourth-seeded Warriors jumped out to a 21-point cushion by the third quarter and then held off a spirited rally by the top-seeded Northmen in the second half to hold on to an emotional 25-17 victory.
WOONSOCKET â€” Buoyed by a positive financial forecast, the city is ready to restore one of the first and most controversial casualties of the recession â€” streetlights.
With the support of Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, Councilman William Schneck will introduce a measure during his last meeting Monday calling on National Grid to reactivate about 1,200 streetlights that were shut off at the cityâ€™s request in March 2010.
WOONSOCKET- Linda (Fontaine) Roderick, 58, of Providence St., died peacefully with her family by her side on Monday November 28, 2011, at Landmark Medical Center, after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Frank Roderick.
Born in Woonsocket, beloved daughter of Doris Fontaine, of Woonsocket, and the late Lucien Fontaine; she was the loving mother of Marc Fontaine and Robin Roderick, both of Woonsocket.
Linda loved to sing with her children, play bingo and watch old movies and horror films.
She was a Homemaker.
Alice M. Forcier
CUMBERLAND- Alice M. Forcier, 95, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Adelard and Adeline (Smith) St. Laurent.
Alice was raised by her father and stepmother Leopoldine (Turcotte) St. Laurent.
Bertrand J. Bessette
WOONSOCKET- Bertrand J. Bessette, 75, formerly of Front St., Woonsocket, died Thursday November 17, 2011 at The Friendly Home.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Albert and Jeannette (Poisson) Bessette. He remained a lifelong Woonsocket resident.
Mr. Bessette was a graduate of Bryant College. He was the owner of B. Bessette and Associates accounting services on Front St. for over 35 years.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” There shouldnâ€™t be any tricks left, no alarms and no surprises when Central Falls ventures to North Smithfield for a game that will decide one-half of the Super Bowl field.
The two Division IV schools, less than 13 miles apart, met up a mere 2 Â˝ weeks ago with the host Northmen grounding the high-octane Warriors by a 27-6 score. Tuesdayâ€™s 7 p.m. kickoff will see the sides converge on a much bigger stage, meeting in the semifinals at the Northmen Athletic Complex.