November 19th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Before it can gain access to capital thatâ€™s needed to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, the city must renegotiate antiquated pacts with neighboring communities that also use the facility, including two in Massachusetts, officials say.
The City Council recently gave Mayor Leo T. Fontaine the go-ahead to borrow the first $26 million for plant upgrades whose costs could top out at $40 million.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The rise of storefront churches in retail zones once dominated by the greengrocer and tailor isnâ€™t necessarily a trend greeted with the utmost reverence in a city struggling to save its traditional downtown for small business.
But the Rev. Al Berja of His Presence Church International was preaching to the choir when he asked the Zoning Board of Review for permission to put his church in an old cotton mill.
So far as anyone can tell, itâ€™s a first for Woonsocket â€“ and the Zoning Board likes it.
WOONSOCKET â€” It has been said more than a few times that success in high school sports comes in cycles. Talented players sometimes come in cohesive groups of classmates who win games from middle school on up through high school. And when they graduate, sometimes the cupboard is empty.
That could be the story of Woonsocket Highâ€™s football program, which won the last two Division II Super Bowls before falling back to earth this season, finishing 1-6 in league action.
Robert J. Hebert
PUTNAM- Robert J. Hebert, 79, of Killingly Ave, Putnam, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after a brief illness.
He was born on April 21, 1932 in Burrillville, RI, to the late Leo and Viola (Rabitaille) Hebert.
WOONSOCKET- Sophie Rembijas of Mapleville, RI passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Katherine (Wojick) Polacek.
Sophie was a modest, caring and family oriented individual. She was a hard worker who enjoyed life. Sophie enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling and casinos
Sophie is survived by her son, Timothy Rembijas of New York, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews.
PROVIDENCE â€” The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles Academy will be kicking off 2012 in style -- with a non-league showdown against a formidable Central Mass. foe at Fenway Park.
Mount coach Dave Belisle reported on Thursday that the four-time defending champions will face off with powerhouse Cathedral High of Springfield, Mass. on Monday, Jan. 2 in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap of a tripleheader at the home of the Boston Red Sox.
An added treat to the game is that the proceeds from it will benefit the victims of the tornado that struck Springfield on June 1.
WOONSOCKET â€” It seems like a very long time ago, but itâ€™s been only a decade since Woonsocket High was considered one of the competitive teams in the Met B-North ranks, racking up double digits in victories and making solid runs in the playoffs year after year.
Unfortunately for the Villa Novans, a lot has changed since their last winning season as a Met B (now Division II) team eight years ago. Only twice have they posted a winning record -- in Division III -- and last season, they hit rock bottom with a 1-15 mark that saw them get outscored 161-18.
Only in New England can you be sitting in an audience, watching a great presentation of Hamlet by the Gamm Theatre acting company of Pawtucket, when during intermission a man turns around in his seat and asks: â€śWhoâ€™s going to be the next manager of the Red Sox?â€ť
The interrogator was Bobby Fields, a former Pawtucket West student-athlete. He probably wonâ€™t recognize the rest of this but Shakespeare might.
WOONSOCKET- Leonard Van Bever, 93, of Ray Ave., passed away peacefully on Tuesday at home with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Phyllis M. (Samek) Van Bever.
Born July 4, 1918 in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Leonard & Marie (Henault) Van Bever, he resided in Woonsocket most of his life.