October 31st, 2011
WOONSOCKET- Helen Ann (Kaffel) Skiffington, of Third Ave, Woonsocket, died peacefully Saturday October 29, 2011. For 52 years she was the beloved wife of the late John J. Skiffington Jr., former RI Speaker of the House and RI House Majority Leader.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Tekla (Frodyma) Kaffel.
WOONSOCKET - Victor D. Dubois, 85, resident of Woonsocket, died October 28, 2011 at the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Born December 15, 1925, in Woonsocket, a son of the late Dennis & Celia (Robillard) Dubois.
Victor worked in area textiles as an oilman, a lifelong Woonsocket resident formerly of Mt. Vernon Apts. He was a WWII Navy Veteran.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Alice Comire, Aurore Morrisette, Lillian Brissette, Viola Silba, and Dora Lambert.
WOONSOCKET - Lorraine D. Frenette, 64, resident of Woonsocket, died October 27, 2011 at the Landmark Medical Center.
Born September 16, 1947 in Woonsocket, a daughter to the late Donat J. Sr. & Dorothy (Bernard) Frenette.
Lorraine worked 28 years as a med nurse for Zambarano, a resident of Woonsocket formally of Cumberland. She enjoyed crocheting in which she learned on her own.
She is survived by her brother, Donat J. Frenette Jr. of Woonsocket and her niece, Jesse Frenette also of Woonsocket.
FOSTER â The state meet for cross country takes place next Sunday at Ponaganset High.
For some schools, such as the Lincoln boys' team, their âstate meetâ took place on Saturday at the class championships.
The Lions were among a handful of schools that needed a quality placement in their respective class meet to earn a trip to the states because they did not get an automatic berth by finishing among the top three in their division.
A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.
Mike Carey is dressed for the elements as the rain turns to a heavy, wet snow just as he begins parking cars for âThe Little Shop of Horrorsâ at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday afternoon. The calendar may still say fall but a rare early norâeaster hit New England anyway.
FOSTER â The ultimate goal for Mount St. Charles senior Patrick Butler and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley is to finish among the elite at next weekendâs state championships on Nov. 6.
All of their races beforehand are geared toward peaking in time to compete with the big boys on cross-countryâs biggest stage.
PAWTUCKET --- Ponaganset put the exclamation point on a perfect season on Saturday morning at Slater Park, winning the Division III state title in the same determined fashion that has marked the Chieftainsâ play over the past two months.
âWeâre on Cloud Nine right now,â Ponaganset coach Jamie LaRose said after her squad blanked Scituate 4-0 in a match that took only 70 minutes to complete. âThis has absolutely been an unbelievable season.â
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â If General Treasurer Gina Raimondoâs pension reform proposal does not pass, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, his already hard-hit city would face a 12 percent tax increase just to fund the cityâs pension plans.
WOONSOCKET â A former textile manufacturing complex that helped put the city on the map is entering its final days before a demolition crew erases it from the Hamlet Avenue and Davison Street landscape.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik reported this week that plans are moving forward for the razing of the former French Worsted mill complex at 153 Hamlet Ave., the last buildings of a textile manufacturing operation that once filled both sides of Hamlet Avenue.