October 27th, 2011
LINCOLN â€” Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is â€śthis closeâ€ť to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
â€śNobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but â€” trust me, itâ€™s not just in Rhode Island, all across the country â€” municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.
WOONSOCKET â€“ What is an appropriate slogan for the 2011 Mount St. Charles girlsâ€™ volleyball teams?
â€śKeep the good times rollingâ€ť seems applicable, given that the Mounties under the careful watch and observation of head coach Josh Dâ€™Abate have blossomed into a perennial championship contender. Standing at 13-0 in Division I-North with one regular season game remaining â€“ tonight at home vs. La Salle â€“ this Mount team is following in the footsteps of its decorated predecessors (MSC has posted a whopping 65-10 regular-season record since 2007, winning the Div. II championship in 2009).
There are phone calls and then there are phone calls like the one Mount St. Charles hockey coach Dave Belisle received from Catholic Memorial coach Bill Hanson in late September.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine may not have an opponent on next monthâ€™s election ballot but he does have a cause.
Fontaine says heâ€™s doing everything he can to persuade voters to reject the proposed synchronization of municipal, state and federal elections. Itâ€™s one of four referendum questions that will appear on the ballot of the citywide election Nov. 8.
â€śIâ€™m speaking out against it every chance I get,â€ť says the mayor.
Robert L. Lemay
WOONSOCKET- Robert L. Lemay, 74, of St. Barnabe St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday. He was the husband of Claire H. (Duplessis) Lemay. They were married on September 3, 1956.
Born in Blackstone, he was a son of the late Leo and Anita (Robert) Lemay. He resided in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Lemay was a veteran of the Unites States Air Force.
Mr. Lemay's career spanned for over 30 years of service at Industrial Machine Corp. in Georgiaville until his retirement.
James J. Serra
BELLINGHAM- James J. "Jim" Serra, 51, of Bellingham, MA, died on October 21, 2011 in Rehoboth, MA in an automobile accident.
He was the beloved husband of Donna J. (Ferris) Serra and the loving father of Amber J. Serra of Bellingham.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his teamâ€™s tuneup against Assumption College.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s been a long, difficult year for Woonsocket High, but on Tuesday afternoon, the one-win Villa Novans nearly came away with the highlight of their season and a big upset victory over their playoff-bound, crosstown rivals.
Down by a 2-0 score after a half of action, Mount St. Charles Academy battled back with three goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half and held on for a 3-2 victory before a large gathering at the Mountiesâ€™ lower soccer field.
WOONSOCKET â€” Maple cabinets, granite island, plush, multi-hued carpets with that brand-new smell.
Thereâ€™s a feast for the senses in Paul and Lorraine Jacobâ€™s new house on Hillsdale Street. But the most important component of the only new house built in the city this year is something you canâ€™t see or touch.
Call it generosity: When the Jacobsâ€™ 46-year-old cape was destroyed by fire last winter, a citywide network of supporters launched a prolonged and persistent fundraising campaign to help the couple rebuild bigger and better than ever.
Elaine E. Lorigan
LINCOLN- Elaine E. (Croteau) Lorigan, 69, of Wake Robin Rd. died Sunday October 23, 2011 in Fatima Hospital. She is survived by her loving partner, Art Canestrari, of Cumberland, RI.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Harold E. and Eugenie (Bouley) Croteau.
Elaine enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends, she enjoyed entertaining, at her dinner parties and special events. She was an avid world traveler. She also enjoyed being a member of her Bowling and Bocce League.