Archive - Feb 2013
WOONSOCKET- Walter E Makolandra 58, of Woonsocket, died Wednesday, February 27, at home. He was the husband of Linda (Robinson) Makolandra.
He was born in Slatersville, a son of the late Walter Makolandra and Blanche (Beland) Nault.
Mr. Makolandra was a baker for many years for the Family Bakery, and Brunetti's Bakery in Woonsocket, before retiring in the mid 90's due to illness. Afterward, he became a dealer in antiques and collectibles. It was his enthusiasm for collectibles, and his love of antiquing that kept him active throughout his illness.
Marlene A. Corkins
WOONSOCKET- Marlene A. (McDevitt) Corkins, 77, of Fairmount St. died Monday February 18, 2013 in Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of John Corkins.
Born in Walpole, Ma. daughter of the late William and Edna(Gould) McDevitt.
Marlene was a Homemaker.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Residents will get the opportunity on March 4 to offer input on the recommendations proposed in the long-awaited report by the School Buildings Task Force, which went to work three years ago to address school buildings needs, including options for the deteriorating Halliwell Memorial Elementary School.
The School Committe is hosting the special public meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School cafeteria, 1850 Providence Pike.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A new plan designed to foster economic growth on Main Street recommends that the city do more of what itâ€™s already doing well â€“ arts and entertainment.
â€śIt specifically builds off the existing businesses and strengths of Market and Monument squares by promoting the growth of additional restaurants and performance spaces,â€ť the plan says. â€śThe squares are already home to several restaurants and performance venues, which attract customers and visitors from Woonsocket and beyond.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ The recent parole granted to convicted â€śthrill killerâ€ť Alfred Brissette Jr. of Woonsocket â€“ which shocked the populace and angered law enforcement and correctional officers â€” is generating proposed legislation to shake up the membership of the state Parole Board and to prevent such early releases in the future.
CUMBERLAND â€” Basketball-wise, Tom Lazaras, Mitchell Baxter and Trent Vasey werenâ€™t going to teach Ben Bradley, Dylan Boisclair, Rob Reedy and Greg Joubert anything new. Yet in order to reach the championship destination that Cumberland Highâ€™s basketball camp dropped anchor upon last weekend, the first group of Clipper triplets had to do some gardening.
LINCOLN - Two elderly women who were reported missing since Tuesday afternoon were found safe and unharmed early Wednesday morning on Cape Cod, police said.
Police said 75-year-old Marie Bonin of North Smithfield, and her friend Ana Marchwicki, 89, who resides at The Holiday retirement home in Lincoln, were located in Truro, Mass., on the Cape in good condition.
Truro police said the two women got lost and confused and ended up in in that outer Cape town, which is about a two-hour drive from Lincoln.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A local woman has been cleared of wrongdoing following her arrest on charges of pointing her fingers like a gun at an elementary school teacher and pretending to shoot her.
Vanice Armstrong, 26, of 170 Cumberland St., was arrested on Dec. 18, four days after the massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
District Court Judge Christine Jabour found Armstrong not guilty of disorderly conduct after a one-day trial on Monday, court officials say.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission unanimously approved a draft bill for state lawmakers Tuesday that would raise about $2.5 million in supplemental taxes drawn from two sources: single-family homes, including condos, and motor vehicles.
If the legislature goes along with the plan, $2 million would be raised by reducing the homestead exemption from 39 percent to about 29.9 percent, an adjustment that translates into a $437 supplemental tax bill on the average home, according to Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste.
BLACKSTONE â€“ A fast-moving fire believed to have been caused by a woodstove destroyed a circa 1850s home at 163 and 165 Main St. Tuesday, leaving two families homeless.
No one was injured by the fire despite the residents having to flee their homes quickly when it was discovered just before 6 a.m.
The flames are believed to have spread from a woodstove on the first floor of one of two apartments in the two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame building up into the second floor, the attic and roof area.