November 21st, 2011
Yvonne T. Emond
CUMBERLAND- Yvonne T. Emond,70, of Eli Street, Cumberland died Friday, November 18, 2011. She was the wife of Emile J. Emond. They had been married 52 years.
Mrs. Emond was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Leonard and Flora (Brouillette) Buckley.
Besides her husband she is survived by her children, Tina Emond of Cumberland, andTodd Emond and his wife Ruth of Warwick. She also leaves two grandchildren, Victoria and Brandon, two nieces and one nephew.
She was the mother of the late Emile J. Emond Jr.
Jeanne d'Arc Fontaine
WOONSOCKET- Jeanne d'Arc (Melancon) Fontaine 87, Woonsocket, died peacefully Saturday surrounded by her loving family at the Miriam Hospital. She was the loving wife of Bernard Fontaine.
Mrs. Fontaine was born on September 11, 1924 in Montreal, P.Q. Canada, the daughter of the late Omer and Marie-Anna (Beauchemin) Melancon. She came to reside in Woonsocket at an early age.
Charles S. Williams, Jr.
NO. SMITHFIELD- Charles S. "Tutty" Williams, Jr., 89, of Follett St., No. Smithfield, died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center.
He was a wonderful, caring husband, father and grandfather and was adored by his family. He was the husband of Grace V. (Demaine) Williams.
Born in Smithfield, RI, he was the son of the late Charles S. and Hannah (Crossman) Williams, Sr..
Central Falls and North Smithfield arenâ€™t Thanksgiving football rivals but the two Division IV playoff teams are inextricably linked this week.
They are linked because if North Smithfield defeats Scituate on Thursday morning, it wins No. 1 seed in next weekâ€™s playoffs and would host No. 4 seed Central Falls in the semifinal round scheduled for next Tuesday evening.
â€śI donâ€™t want my guys to overlook Scituate,â€ť North Smithfield coach Wes Pennington said on Sunday when the potential playoff matchup with Central Falls was raised.
PROVIDENCE â€“ During a time when school budgets are slashed and teachers are in dire need for resources and incentives for their students, National Grid Foundation scored an assist in providing a $30,000 grant to support the Providence Hoops for the Stars Program.
Hoops for the Stars is a partnership program that provides inner-city students with the opportunity to earn tickets to Providence College menâ€™s basketball games in return for hard work in the classroom and positive behavior in the community.
Dressed in matching pajamas, two-year-old Isabella Paulson and her aunt Amanda DelPonte get ready for the Polar Express to depart the Woonsocket Depot yesterday for the 90-minute excursion and reading of Chris Van Allsburg's classic "The Polar Express," presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. The local depot has been dubbed the Polar Express Train Station this holiday season, with trips coming up today, Nov. 20, and on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 11, 16, 17and18. The train leaves at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m on Fridays, and at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The budget war between the school department and the city administration will continue for at least another legal skirmish, following a 3-2 vote of the outgoing committee Wednesday night.
The school committee had school department attorney Richard Ackerman lodge an appeal of the city's move to cut school spending last year even though it subsequently cut its $62 million budget to the $59 million figure. Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and the city council maintained it was the only funding available for schools.
Ponaganset and Burrillville could both use a win on Thursday to finish their seasons with a good taste in their mouths.
Each squad struggled this season. Ponaganset missed the playoffs with a 3-4 record in Division II-B while Burrillville suffered through a 1-7 season in Division III.
Burrillville won this holiday game 21-0 last year on its home field. The Broncos lead the series, 14-11.
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.