October 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” The die is cast.
A massive 200-page bill, months in the making, to radically change public employee retirement payments for everyone from the newly-hired worker to the longest-surviving pensioner was finally introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, ending an extended period of public expectation and speculation.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state fire marshal has concluded that arson was the cause of a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged a vacant six-family house at 368 East School St. Monday night.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Lt. Michael Morin of the Woonsocket Fire Department said a $5,000 reward is now offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.
The arson conclusion was based, in part, on where the fire started, evidence of prior illegal entry, and the fact that all utilities had been cut off, said Morin.
LINCOLN â€“ The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academyâ€™s home field at the McKinnon-Alves Complex promises to be buzzing with fans lined up and down its sidelines tonight when the Saints host Rogers High in a 5:30 p.m. contest and senior standout Kytresa Ivey-Jones takes aim at a coveted milestone only a select few high school players ever reach.
WOONSOCKET â€” Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court for extra time to seek a full court review of a decision allowing Jason Pleau to remain in state custody to avoid a possible death penalty in connection with the robbery and murder of a gas station manager from Lincoln.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha wants the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to give prosecutors until Nov. 23, about two weeks longer than normal, to appeal the ruling.
WOONSOCKET â€” Advocates for small business and economic development from around the region shared some blunt talk about whatâ€™s missing from the federal governmentâ€™s job-growth policy yesterday with someone they hope can make a difference â€“ U.S. Treasurer Rosa â€śRosieâ€ť Rios.
A guest of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the woman whose signature appears on new paper money is a member of President Barack Obamaâ€™s Business Council and a senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Richard A. Catalano
BELLINGHAM- Richard A. "Rick" Catalano, 64, of Bellingham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at home. He was the beloved husband for 25 years of Dorothy M. (Wise) Catalano.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cartier's Funeral Home, Bellingham, MA.
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Maryan Elizabeth Herbert
WOLFEBORO, NH - Maryan Elizabeth (Scott) Herbert, 90, died on October 11, 2011 at the Goldenview Healthcare Center in Meredith, NH.
Mrs. Herbert was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 7, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Marion (Barber) and Frank Davenport Scott.
After living in the Franklin, MA area most of her adult life she retired to the Lakes Region in 1987.
Mrs. Herbert worked as a secretary for the Franklin School District, and with her husband at Franklin Paint Company. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed painting on canvas.
Francis J. Collin
BLACKSTONE- Francis J. Collin, 76, of Blackstone, MA died Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Beaumont Nursing Home, Northbridge, MA. He was the husband of Evelyn (Crisafulli) Collin.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, son of the late Fillmore and Dora (St. George) Collin.
Mr. Collin was a U.S. Army Veteran and then worked as a Deli Manager for the former Almacs in Blackstone, MA. He was also a member of St. Vincent DePaul.
Johnsie P. Jackson
WOONSOCKET- Johnsie P. Jackson 62, of Willow St. died Sunday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Gladdin, SC a daughter of the late Young Gladney and Trockcell (Gibson) Gaffney. Johnsie was a line worker for the former Miller Electric Co. for over twenty years.