Archive - Mar 2013
B. Ella Dauphinais
WOONSOCKET- B. Ella (Hebert) Dauphinais, 96, of Mendon Road died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late John Dauphinais.
Born in the Arctic section of West Warwick, a daughter of the late Peter E. and Albina (Crepeau) Hebert, she had lived in Woonsocket for most of her life and had lived in North Smithfield for 17 years.
Mrs. Dauphinais was a stitcher for the former Woonsocket Coat & Suit Company for many years until its closing in 1985.
Doris M. Bellonzi
CUMBERLAND- Doris M. Bellonzi, 90 of Rolling Acres Drive, passed away Friday, March 22 at home. She was the wife of the late Leo A. Bellonzi.
Born in Attleboro, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Flynn) Kiff. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life, previously residing in Attleboro.
Claire D. Metivier
WOONSOCKET- Claire D. Metivier, 76, of Woonsocket, died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late John and Dora (Gagnon) Metivier. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for over 60 years.
Claire enjoyed playing bingo and being an aunt to her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by a sister Rita R. L'Esperance, and her husband Raymond, of Woonsocket and her nieces and nephew Lisa Lyons, Lori Mullins, Linda Peterson, Michael L'Esperance and Cindy L'Esperance.
Helene H. Salois
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Helene H. Salois, 84, of North Smithfield, died Friday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence. She was the wife of the late Walter E. J. Salois who died in 1979.
Born in Paris, France she was a daughter of the late Gaston Quainon and Henriette H. Podevin. She was raised in Paris and went to work at an early age. She lived through the German occupation of France and was witness to the historic liberation of France by Allied Forces in 1944.
SEMINOLE, FLA.- Giacomo 'John' Palma of Seminole, Florida, a Rhode Island native passed away at home on March 19, 2013.
He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on October 4, 1925, the son of Raffaele Palma and Antoinetta (Bisanti) Palma. He attended local schools and graduated from Johnson & Wales College.
During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Baltimore. As one of the first men aboard, he earned the distinction of "Plank Owner". He remained in the Navy during the Korean War and received numerous ribbons and medals.
PROVIDENCE â€” A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooleyâ€™s face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooleyâ€™s pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Department is weighing new programs to help at-risk students prepare for graduation, but School Committeeman Christopher Roberts believes local parents should also have a role in that process.
Roberts wants statistics on school attendance for at-risk students included in an upcoming committee review into what steps could be taken to improve at-risk studentsâ€™ chances of complying with new state graduation requirements.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The "Big Bellies" are coming to Burrillville.
Visitors to Spring Lake Beach, Hauser Memorial Field and other outdoor public spaces in town should get a glimpse this summer of Burrillville's first solar-powered trash cans. The town is planning to install "BigBelly" solar-powered waste and recycling stations at five locations in town as part of a pilot program to encourage public space recycling.
WOONSOCKET â€” There are several reasons as to why Woonsocket High captured its first Rhode Island Interscholastic League's State Competitive Cheerleading Co-Ed Division championship since 2006 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house on March 9.
But having James (call him â€śCoach Jayâ€ť) Lemire as the chief architect â€“ not to mention his mentor, Dawn Castonguay â€“ easily leads the way.
Lemire, now 24, graduated from Woonsocket back in 2006, and during his final three years, he and his teammates took the Co-Ed crown each time.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Neil Lanctot is coming home to give a talk about baseball great Roy Campanella at the Museum of Work & Culture on Sunday. But he wonâ€™t be thinking just about the major leagues or his work as a published author.
Lanctot, son of the late Mayor Francis L. and Claire Lanctot, will also be thinking about his native city and how growing up here gave him interests that led to his success as both a college professor and writer.
The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with refreshments.