February 20th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was a time for looking to the future and also one to remember the past as the police department honored two of its members with promotions Friday night.
Sgt. Edward J. Doura Jr. was sworn into the rank of lieutenant by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, and Patrolman Michael Villard, in turn, assumed Douraâ€™s former rank as sergeant.
Following his introduction to gathered family members, fellow officers and friends by Capt. Edward Lee, Mayor Fontaine thanked those in attendance for helping to recognize the department members at a milestone in their lives.
BURRILLVILLE - The local community is rallying around a Harrisville family that was displaced from their home after a Feb. 13 garage explosion and house fire, which left the owner of the 505 Mount Pleasant home with second- and third-degree burns over 43 percent of his body.
A benefit pasta lunch and dinner to raise funds for 56-year-old Walter W. Andrews, and his wife, Wendy Andrews, is being coordinated by Town Councilman Edward Blanchard and town resident Brenda Keeble with the help of several town residents, including Tina Hope Copley and Kelly Klegraefe.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Kaylnn â€śK.K.â€ť Pitts put on her sweats and just sat down on the infield.
Like most of the athletes and spectators at Saturdayâ€™s R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships, all the Woonsocket High sophomore could do was watch what was transpiring in the high jump area and marvel.
Pitts, the reigning outdoor titlist, had what she described as her best effort of the season in the high jump. Unfortunately, on this particular afternoon that would â€śonlyâ€ť get her second best in the final results.
BURRILLVILLE - Police are seeking help from the public to determine the whereabouts of a 56-year-old Burrillville man who went missing on Feb. 6.
Lt. Kevin S. San Antonio said the police department is actively seeking information regarding Denis Chartier, 56, of Burrillville, who was reported missing by his family.
Chartier is the assistant coach of Brown University's women soccer team.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In a town where cocaine has long been king, heroin could be making a push for supremacy in the illicit drug trade.
The latest statistics show the amount of heroin police seized in 2010 increased by a staggering 284 percent compared to the year before, while cocaine seizures dropped 54 percent. Marijuana seizures also fell â€“ by 47 percent.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Even though he has considerably less players than most in Division II, St. Raphael Academy coach Robert Gribbin doesnâ€™t like to use the words â€śtired legsâ€ť when describing his teamâ€™s play in the late stages of a game.
But what has been a common theme among his Saints squad this winter is it seems to lose some of its luster in the third period after hanging for the first two.
It happened again Friday night in a Div. II-North battle with first-place Cumberland at Adelard Arena.
Clark, Ernest J. Jr.
WOONSOCKET- Clark, Ernest J. Jr., 89, of Woonsocket, died February 12, 2011. He was the husband of the late Simone Clark. Survived by 2 sons Michael and John Clark. He was an honored career veteran an active volunteer of St. Ann's Church and known for his service at the BINGO. Inquiries for the memorial service, please contact John at 401-952-8756. No solicitation please
James J. Clancy
BLACKSTONE- James J. Clancy 86, of Farnum St. Blackstone, died Thursday. He was the husband of Lucille (Gagnon) Clancy.
Mr. Clancy was born in Boston, MA. He worked for the Cushing Hospital in Framingham for 30 years.
Visiting hours will be held Monday 9:00-11:00 AM at the Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home, 99 Cumberland St. Woonsocket, with a service in the funeral home at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations to Hasbro Children's Hospital, PO Box H Providence, RI 02901-9979 in his memory would be appreciated. Please visit
FRANKLIN- Gregory E. Monaghan, 59, of Franklin, MA died, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Milford Care & Rehabilitation Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Guyette) Monaghan who he married in 1975.
Born in Newton, MA on June 3, 1951, he was a son of Mary (Driscoll) Monaghan of Millis, MA and the late James Monaghan.
Mr. Monaghan was a resident of Franklin for 25 years and formerly resided in Medway, MA and Millis. He was a graduate of Millis High School, Class of 1969.
CUMBERLAND â€” In states where wrestling holds a prominent place in the high school sports winter season -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Iowa come to mind â€“ people flock to big dual-meets in large numbers. When two unbeaten teams meet, fans and coaches and former wrestlers fill the stands, contributing to a raucous setting not often seen in Rhode Island.