March 9th, 2012
Thomas E. Arthur, Jr.
CHEPACHET- Thomas E. Arthur, Jr., 55, of Victory Highway, Chepachet, died Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Rachel L. (Henshaw) Arthur whom he married April 28, 1978. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Thomas and Claudette (Lauzon) Arthur, Sr.
Thomas worked as a groundskeeper for Green Lawn, Woonsocket. He loved fishing and playing pool.
Maureen C. Smith
BLACKSTONE- Maureen C. (Sayer) Smith, 75, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Milford Regional Medical Center with her loving husband by her side. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth J. Smith.
Born in London, England on August 19, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Clara (Wheaton) Sayer.
Simone G. Cornell
BLACKSTONE- Simone G. Cornell, 83, of Blackstone, MA, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, MA. She was born April 23, 1928 in Woonsocket, RI, daughter of the late Donat and Alma (Forand) Rouette.
She was the loving and caring wife of 58 years to the late Bernard R. Cornell.
Valerie B. Tellier
BURRILLVILLE- Valerie B. (Manteau) Tellier, 99, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Bayberry Commons, Pascoag. She was the wife of the late J. Oliver Tellier.
Born in Harrisville, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Bernadette (Clapprod) Manteau.
Valerie worked as a Kitchen/Dietary Aide at Zambarano Hospital of Pascoag for many years.
WOONSOCKET --- This year has been a tale of two seasons for Mount St. Charles.
The first season was not a very good one by the programâ€™s standards. Back-to-back losses to La Salle in early December and a 3-4 record in January did not sit well with the teamâ€™s loyal fan base, even though Mount was entering the season with one of its youngest teams in several seasons.
WOONSOCKET â€” George Coderre sounded more like a proud father rather than a head coach upon being informed that Woonsocket High senior Kailey Fugere had been selected by Gatorade as the 2011-12 R.I. Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
â€śSheâ€™s always been an outstanding athlete,â€ť noted Coderre on Thursday morning, â€śbut to see her round out her game and see her adjust from year to year â€¦ sheâ€™s a quiet and unassuming kid and to see her take on more of a leadership role, thatâ€™s why sheâ€™s been a pleasure to coach.â€ť
Spring is just around the corner, and it sure felt like it this week. Above, Bill Callaghan of Northborough, Mass. enjoys a walk through Lincoln Woods Wednesday. Callaghan had just dropped his wife off at Twin River casino and came to Lincoln Woods to enjoy the
beauty of the state park.
When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Tootell Natatorium back on Feb. 25, she desperately wanted to defend her titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
Naturally, it had something to do with her desire to achieve personal-best times â€“ not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest â€“ but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police locked down the high school and voc-tech Thursday afternoon following a report of a student with a handgun.
According to Det. Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr., police received information that a 17-year-old old Woonsocket High School student may have brought a handgun onto school property. The high school and vocational school were immediately placed into lockdown.
WOONSOCKET â€” Citing surging deficits driven by deficient financial controls in the School Department, Fitch Ratings knocked down the cityâ€™s bond rating four notches Wednesday from BBB- to BB-.
The move puts the cityâ€™s $117 million portfolio of general obligation bonds in junk territory on the Fitch scale for the first time. The old rating was Fitchâ€™s lowest investment grade.
â€śUnfortunately, itâ€™s not something we didnâ€™t expect,â€ť said Mayor Leo T. Fontaine. â€śClearly the pressure from the school departmentâ€™s $10 million deficit was the last straw for Fitch.â€ť