Archive - Sep 2013
Dr. Thomas S.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Dr. Thomas S. McCooey, 91, resident of North Smithfield died at home, September 4, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He was married to Margaret (McLaughlin) McCooey for 65 years.
He was born in Blackstone, MA, son of the late Dr. James H. McCooey, Sr. & Winifred (Stacy) McCooey.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite the crimp in city budgets, the Woonsocket Police Department has found a way to bring beat cops back to Main Street, at least on a limited basis.
The city allocated a sliver of its $2.1 million Community Development Block Grant â€“ just $10,000 â€“ to fund the departmentâ€™s â€śFeet on the Beatâ€ť program.
â€śWeâ€™re still looking for ways to expand the program, but we think this is enough for us to have one officer walk the Main Street beat one night a week for a year,â€ť said Police Chief Thomas S. Carey.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Even though he was the winning pitcher in the decisive game, Charlie Haeger wished to have the spotlight redirected elsewhere.
â€śThe real hero you guys should be talking to is standing over there,â€ť said Haeger while pointing in the direction of Chris Martinâ€™s locker.
BLACKSTONE - From a distance, the 5.5 acres of cow corn at Wojcik's Farm on Milk Street looks like any other small-farm corn field.
But step inside the thick jungle of stalks and you'll find an intricate labyrinthe of paths, where on a sunny fall day you're likely to find hundreds of people scratching their heads as they navigate their way through what some local enthusiasts say just might be the best corn maze in the Blackstone Valley.
The farm's corn maze opened Labor Day weekend and between now and Oct. 27 the farm will be visited by thousands of people looking to get lost.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Josh D'Abate's resume as the girls' head volleyball coach at Mount St. Charles is ridiculously impressive.
What's flabbergasting, downright astonishing, is how he became one in the first place.
He refuses to offer his age, but admits he's an â€śearly 30-somethingâ€ť who graduated from Smithfield High School in the â€śmid-1990s.â€ť He never took part in any JV or varsity sport while a Sentinel, and never picked up a volleyball, excepting perhaps in gym class, until long after his 17th birthday.
(Again, he didn't divulge when).
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police say an East Woonsocket woman was attacked with a knife after she confronted neighbors she suspected had broken into her home.
Toni Janis, 28; and Chad Nunes, 33, both of 2229 Diamond Hill Road, Apt. E, are facing felony charges stemming from the assault, said Det. Jamie Paone.
Theyâ€™re also charged with numerous counts of receiving stolen goods, breaking and entering, and larceny â€“ 16 counts in all. The charges stem from the break into the victimâ€™s home as well as thefts from the motor vehicles of three other neighbors.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Steven Wright returned to McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon. His Pawtucket Red Sox teammates didnâ€™t get back from Rochester until 5:30 on Friday morning.
The move to make sure that Pawtucketâ€™s Game 3 starter was well rested paid off handsomely. Wrightâ€™s knuckleball baffled the Rochester hitters to the tune of 6.1 scoreless innings as the PawSox downed the Red Wings, 5-1, before 4,681 enthusiastic and supportive fans Friday night at McCoy Stadium.
Edward R. Michaud
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Michaud, Edward R. "Ted", 65, of Slatersville, passed away September 4, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence.
He was the loving husband of 41 years to Simonne R. (Martin) Michaud.
He was born in Pawtucket, son of the late Edward & Eleanor (Berthiaume) Michaud.
Ted worked for RI School for the Deaf as a bus driver and previously was a truck driver for several area companies. He was a resident of Slatersville, previously living in Providence. He enjoyed playing golf, and loved to spend time with his wife.
Rita A. Plante
JOHNSTON- Rita A. Plante 91, of Pocasset Bay Manor in Johnston, formerly of Mapleville, died Thursday at Fatima Hospital. She was the wife of the late Alfred Plante and Oscar H. Beauchamp.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Emma (Aubin) Chabot.
Rita was a salesperson for Mary Kay Cosmetics for many years and was awarded a pink Cadillac.
She is survived by two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Rita was predeceased by her son Oscar J. Beauchamp, and brother Armand Chabot.
LINCOLN â€“ Fans flocked to Lincoln High's Ferguson Field on Thursday afternoon/evening to catch a glimpse of what their varsity grid teams may offer this season in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's four divisions.
Perhaps the most tense tilt for the crowds attending this R.I. Injury Fund quadruple-header came in the form of Shea's 7-0 victory over Woonsocket, that a battle of usual Division II mainstays. The most entertaining contest, however, was the third, a free-for-all between D-I's East Providence and D-II's St. Raphael Academy.