October 29th, 2011
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â If General Treasurer Gina Raimondoâs pension reform proposal does not pass, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, his already hard-hit city would face a 12 percent tax increase just to fund the cityâs pension plans.
WOONSOCKET â A former textile manufacturing complex that helped put the city on the map is entering its final days before a demolition crew erases it from the Hamlet Avenue and Davison Street landscape.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik reported this week that plans are moving forward for the razing of the former French Worsted mill complex at 153 Hamlet Ave., the last buildings of a textile manufacturing operation that once filled both sides of Hamlet Avenue.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- For a team that hasnât experienced many close contests this year, North Smithfield handled the pressure of Friday nightâs Division IV nailbiter on the road with North Providence quite well.
The Northmen picked up a huge victory before a large crowd, a 27-21 overtime triumph, that not only spoiled the Cougarsâ âSenior Nightâ festivities, but also saw one of N.S.âs youngest players, sophomore receiver Peter Keenan, score the game-winning touchdown on a reverse handoff.
CUMBERLAND -â The pressure is off.
Cumberland High secured its first playoff berth in three years on Friday night, shocking previously-unbeaten Central, 19-6, at Tucker Field. Senior running back Ryan Gaumond scored twice for the Clippers, who improved to 4-2 in Division II-A and fourth place in the division. The Knights dropped to 5-1.
BLACKSTONE- Bernardette Plasse, 94, of Blackstone, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center with family by her side. Born in Woonsocket, RI on May 1, 1917, she was the beloved daughter of the late Napoleon and Lea (Girard) Plasse and the loving sister of Rita E. Menard of Blackstone and the late Aldor, Theodore, Roland, Leonard, Napoleon, Joseph and Mary Jane Plasse, Florence Guilmette and Violet Hogue. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
BURRILLVILLE- Normand G. Gagnon Jr. 42, resident of Harrisville, died October 22, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, a son of Normand G. Gagnon Sr. of Harrisville and the late Jane (McFadden) Gagnon.
Normand was a life long resident of Burrillville, he worked for the CVS Co. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his niece and nephew.
Besides his father he is survived his brother Jamie Gagnon and his wife Suzette, nephew, Evan Gagnon and niece Halie Gagnon all of Foster.
WOONSOCKET â Perfect regular season. Three more wins and it will be the perfect ending.
Mount St. Charles Academy finished up the league portion of its Division I-North slate unbeaten on Thursday night, courtesy of a 3-1 victory over visiting La Salle Academy on Senior Night with scores of 25-20, 25-12, 21-25, 25-20.
Mount concludes it second straight 14-0 league season and now prepares for the quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed in the state tournament next weekend, tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, on its home court.
Before Tolman can set its sights on a repeat Division II-B regular-season title, the Tigers are going to have to overcome a tall order tonight -- namely one of the biggest and best defensive teams in all of Division II in West Warwick.
The Wizards, who are 4-1 and a game behind Tolman (5-0) in the standings, boast plenty of size in their front seven with veteran linemen Aaron Koehler and Cesar Jimenez and two defensive ends that clearly have the attention of Tolman head coach Dave Caito.
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 âthis closeâ to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
âNobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but â trust me, itâs 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?
âKeep the good times rollingâ seems applicable, given that the Mounties under the careful watch and observation of head coach Josh DâAbate 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).