Archive - Jun 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” It used to take a trip to New Hampshire or some other state if a Rhode Islander wanted to legally buy fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Thanks to the stateâ€™s approval of a fireworks sales law last year, you donâ€™t have to go any farther than the Diamond Hill Road business district to pick up legal Fourth of July firework display products.
CUMBERLAND â€” There was a lot of talk last year that the upcoming Cumberland American All-Star team had potential to be something special this season, especially after the latest batch captured the state title for 11-year-olds.
Two games into the District 4 Major Division Tournament, Cumberland American is proving it just may have what it takes to advance far this summer.
CUMBERLAND- Gracia Constantineau, 84, of Mendon Rd. Cumberland, died Monday evening at Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Marie (Dumas) Fournier. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for many years before moving to Cumberland in 1993.
Mrs. Constantineau was employed at Texas Instruments in Attleboro for over 37 years before retiring in 1993.
Jill Ann Considine
BLACKSTONE- Jill Ann Considine, 38, formerly of Blackstone, MA passed away Sunday at home in Candia, NH.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of James and Kathleen (Madge) Considine of Candia, NH. She resided in Candia for the past 3 years, previously residing in California and Tennessee.
She was a graduate of the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, Cass of 1991, and graduated from the Berkley College of Music.
WOONSOCKET- Hector "Tee" R. Lavallee 88, of Hebert Ave. died Tuesday at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Lucille (Malo) Masse Lavallee.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Euclide and Clara (Rondeau) Lavallee.
He was a resident of Delray Beach, FL for fifty four years where he was the owner, operator of Air All Air Conditioning for forty years. Mr. Lavallee was a paratrooper in the US Air Force during WWII.
Christine T. Landi
NORTH SMITHFILED- Christine T. (Gagne Lahousse) Landi, 63, of Providence Pike, died Monday, June 27, 2011 at home. She was the wife of Joseph R. Landi.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of Therese Gagne, and raised by her grandparents, the late Lucien and Edwidge Gagne.
Maurice L. Gagne
WOONSOCKET- Maurice L. Gagne, 93 of Third Ave, died Monday in North Bay Manor, Smithfield. He was the husband of Pauline V. (Muron) Gagne.
Born in Roubaix, France, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lucy (Trenteseaux) Gagne.
Mr. Gagne was an electronics engineer for the State of Massachusetts for twenty years before retiring in 1985. He was a pioneer in the television industry and built one of the first sets in RI. He had his own TV Repair business and was instrumental in training others in this field. He proudly served in the US Army Air Force during WWII.
Charles Joseph Ray
BILOXI, MS- Charles Joseph Ray, 87, of Biloxi, MS died on Sunday, June 26, 2011.
Mr. Ray was born in Blackstone, MA on March 20, 1924.
He enlisted in the US Marines on July 20, 1941 and served 8 years. Mr. Ray worked at Voi Shan/Fairchild, Rhondo Beach, CA for 29 years.
He was the son of the late, Lawrence and Mary Ray.
Gloria N. Pontbriand
HARTLAND, WI- Gloria N. Pontbriand passed away May 21, 2011 at the age of 71.
She was the loving mother of Linda (Doug) Pontbriand-Johnson and grandmother to Erika, Mark and Aaron Johnson. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Rochefort.
A Celebration of Gloria's Life will be held July 2, 2011 from 2-6 pm at Box Seats Family Restaurant, 332 Famum Pike, Smithfield, RI.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islandâ€™s biggest pension problem is in the past.
Devising a plan to take care of the retirement needs of current and future state employees is a relatively simple, do-able and affordable matter. It is filling in the massive hole of unfunded pension liability â€” estimated at somewhere between $7 billion and $9 billion â€” that the stateâ€™s elected officials have been digging over the last several decades that is going to take back-breaking work and bank-breaking amounts of money.