Archive - Jul 2, 2013
There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocketâ€™s annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickinâ€™ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The cityâ€™s lawyers donâ€™t want the state courts to hear the first legal challenge to the Budget Commissionâ€™s unilateral cuts in retiree health benefits.
Lawyer Daniel Kinder said the city asked the state Superior Court to move the case to the federal system on Tuesday. The city had the leverage to do so because retired policeman Glen Hebertâ€™s suit rests on a federal law â€“ the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Defendants in such cases have the right to ask for the switch to the federal system, which is considered a routine process, according to Kinder.
Albert J. Houle
BURRILLVILLE- Albert J. Houle, 89, of Mapleville, RI, passed away June 30, 2013, at the Overlook Nursing Home, Pascoag, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the loving husband of 58 years to Irene (Meinville) Houle.
He was born in Woonsocket RI, son of the late Herve & Opalma (Fontaine) Houle.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Maria Suffoletto, 97, formerly of LaFlamme Ave. died Sunday June 30, 2013 in the St. Antoine Residence with her family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket, Daughter of the late Giuseppe and Magherita (Ciccolella) Suffoletto.
Maria worked as a Group Leader at Tupperware for 27 years, retiring in 1983.
She was a former member of the St. Anthony's Lady Guild.
She is survived by her sister Ida Laplume, of Woonsocket and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Maria was predeceased by 12 siblings
Sheila A. Conrardy
HARRISVILLE- Sheila A. (Ballou) Conrardy, 69, of Harrisville, died June 29, 2013 in Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Burrillville. She was the wife of the late Robert P. Conrardy.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ann (King) Ballou, Sr.
Sheila was a homemaker, and also worked as a nurse for several local nursing facilities.
Patrick V. O'Hara, Jr.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Patrick V. O'Hara, Jr., 65, of Summit Ave., died June 30, 2013 at home surrounded by love. He was the husband for forty-five years of Claire (Vallieres) O'Hara.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Patrick V. and Lera M. (Lawrence) O'Hara. Raised in Tennessee, Patrick had been a resident of North Smithfield since 1974.
Doris H. Berard
WOONSOCKET- Doris H. (St. Germain) Berard, 77, formerly of Thomas St., died Friday June 28, in Oakland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Blackstone, MA, a daughter of the late Albert and Eva (Soucy) St.Germain.
She worked in geriatric transport for the Lakeview Nursing Home for many years, retiring in 1996.
Elizabeth G. Gariepy
WOONSOCKET- Elizabeth G. Gariepy, 92, of Woonsocket passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013. She was the wife of the late J. Leo Gariepy.
Born in South Barre, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Lydia (Huot) Martel.
Mrs. Gariepy had lived in Bellingham, MA before moving to Woonsocket in 1988.
Carol A. Karakehian
BLACKSTONE- Carol A. (Tycks) Karakehian, 65, of Blackstone, MA. passed away on Wednesday June 26th at her residence she was the loving wife of David M. Karakehian.
Born Dec. 31, 1947 in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. & Bertha (Uruski) Tycks.
She resided in Blackstone for many years. Carol was employed at the S.M.T.C. Manufacturing Co. as a assembler in Franklin, MA. previously she was a Data-Processor for the former Tupperware Co.