October 19th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” Hereâ€™s the $6 million question: Does the pension reform proposal now in the hands of the General Assembly pull the city back from the brink of impending financial calamity?
Hereâ€™s the answer: Too soon to tell.
James B. Burns
NO. SMITHFIELD- James B. Burns, age 82, of No. Smithfield, a former district sales manager for the General Electric Company, died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Kathleen (Toomey) Burns.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Matthew J. and Alice (Kilcline) Burns and had lived in RI for most of his life.
He also lived in Simsbury, Ct for a period of time while working for General Electric. After retiring from General Electric, he worked for the former Electric Maintenance Works, Woonsocket.
Cora B. Roberts
N. SMITHFIELD- Cora B. Roberts 101, of 10 Rhodes Ave. died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Leo T. Roberts with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Born in Woonsocket the daughter of the late Alfred and Regina (Beauregard) Bergeron, she was formerly of Buell Ave, and had lived most of her life in North Smithfield.
Mrs. Roberts was a bookkeeper for several area businesses including the former Grants Department Store. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening.
PROVIDENCE- Rev. Frederick K. Jellison, 96, of East Street died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. He was the husband of the late Ruth E. (Cummings) Jellison. They were married for over 67 years.
Born in Bangor, ME, a son of the late Hosea E. and Olive I. (Doherty) Jellison, he had lived in Woonsocket for 25 years, Lincoln for 27 years, North Providence for 2 years before moving to Providence 1 years ago.
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.