February 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The much-bemoaned financial burden of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant will begin hitting home in the form of steep hikes in sewer fees as soon as the next bills go out in May.
The average homeowerâs bill of $69.23 per quarter will rise by some 12 percent, effective immediately, followed by a series of increases in each of the next four calendar years of 11, 11, 5 and 5 percent, respectively, under an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council.
Heralding the 1663 Royal Charter for the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as âone of the great human rights documents of the world,â Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles IIâs grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the stateâs founder, and the charter in his speeches and Statehouse presentations, Chafee appointed a 34-member commission to organize a celebration for the sesquarcentennial, which will culminate on July 8, 2013.
CENTRAL FALLS â Just a minute before he and his troops began walking toward the door for a celebratory bus ride home, Cumberland High head coach Gary Reedy was told that this Division II-North clash against host Central Falls High ended with a combined 45 personal fouls and 39 turnovers.
Blanche F. Savageau
WOONSOCKET- Blanche F. Savageau, 86, of Woonsocket, died Friday February 10th at Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Edith (Woodward) Savageau. She remained a lifelong resident of Woonsocket.
Blanche was employed at several textile firms in her younger years and enjoyed playing bingo.
She is survived by her brother Ernest Savageau, and his wife Cecile, of Woonsocket, and a niece Karen Frigon and a nephew Kenneth Savageau.
Funeral services and burial are private.
Troy M. Mathieu
PROVIDENCE- Troy M. Mathieu, 48, of Providence, previously of Woonsocket, died Saturday, February 18, 2012 at home. He was the son of Rita A. Lefebvre of Key Largo, FL and the late Richard L. Mathieu.
Troy had worked as a surveyor. He was also a veteran of the Navy.
Troy is survived by his brother Reid Mathieu of Chesapeake, VA, and three sisters, Cindy Perkins of Woonsocket, Debbie Mathieu of Pawtucket and Deena Bousquet of Hampton, NH, five nieces and 3 nephews. Troy was also the brother of the late Eric Mathieu.
WOONSOCKET â Woonsocket High overcame some early jitters, developed better ball control and eventually coasted to a 61-40 Division I-North victory over North Providence High at the Villa Novansâ Savaria Gymnasium on Monday night.
It was quite the way to celebrate âSenior Nightâ in its home arena. Prior to the opening tip, head coach George Coderre reveled in the hard work and dedication exhibited by his four seniors over the past four years, and gave Michelle Brayboy, Allyson Cartier, Kailey Fugere and Caitlyn Marcoux bouquets of flowers to thank them.
WARWICK â Andrew Etheridge has had his share of superb performances during his brilliant high school career at Burrillville, but the one he produced on Monday afternoon may have been his very best.
With his Broncos trailing 1-0 to last-place North Kingstown after a period of play, the senior co-captain put his team on his shoulders and responded with five straight goals.
Etheridge eventually ended the contest with a sixth goal to help the playoff-bound Broncos skate to an 8-2 triumph at Thayer Arena and the 11th victory in their last 12 games.
WARWICK â Those reports on Cumberlandâs demise down the stretch have been greatly exaggerated.
The Clippers put the clamps on a four-game winless streak in a very big way on Monday afternoon by beating the team they are battling for second place in the Division II-North ranks, Pilgrim.
Andrew Dulac and Michael Kinch supplied the early scoring and goaltender Patrick Noke turned away 27 shots to lead the Clippers to a much-needed 2-0 victory at Thayer Arena.
WOONSOCKET â The state chapter of the ACLU has filed a âfriend of the courtâ brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston, siding with Gov. Chafee in his efforts to prevent accused murderer Jason Pleau from facing a possible death sentence at the hands of federal authorities.
Four other ACLU affiliates, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, which are covered by the courtâs jurisdiction, are also parties to the brief, as are the national and state associations of criminal defense lawyers.
BELLINGHAM- Mr. Norman L. McLinden Jr., 60, of Bellingham MA, died Friday (February 17, 2012) at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was a husband, father, grandfather, son, accomplished writer and teacher and the husband of Janet (Jackson) McLinden.
Mr. McLinden was born in Milford MA, the son of Norman L. McLinden Sr. and the late Irene (Blaco) McLinden. He attended Bellingham public schools and received his bachelors degree from Northeastern University. He also received his masters degree from Lesley University.