Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ In the most ambitious venture of its kind since the recession, a North Smithfield businessman is proposing a $1.25 million conversion of the historic Stadium Building into 21 small condominiums.
The city, which has seen scant private investment on a downtown strip pockmarked by vacancies and blight, is giving Leszek Przybylkoâ€™s proposal for 329 Main St. a cautious thumbs-up. But not everybodyâ€™s clapping.
Mariette Le Breton
ORLANDO, FLORIDA- Mariette Le Breton, 91. of Orlando, Florida, died on April 5, 2013. She was the wife of the late Ovide Durand and Peter Le Breton.
Born is St Gregoire de Montmorency, Quebec, Canada on 4/23/1921, she was the daughter of Pierre Lacroix and Laura Deschenes. She came to this country as a child in 1923.
Mrs. Le Breton was employed by Lockheed Martin for over 30 years before retiring in 1985.
She was a longtime communicant of Good Sheperd Church in Orlando
Mariette will be remembered for her charitable giving to her church, family and friends.
Charles H. Bourgeois
WOONSOCKET- Charles H. Bourgeois, 89, of 300 Privilege Street, died Monday, April 8, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late William and Rose (Labossiere) Bourgeois.
Charles worked in several area mills, most recently at Jacob Finklesteins for 33 years.
KEITHVILLE, LA- MARTIN, MICHAEL FRANCIS, 56, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Keithville, Louisiana.
Son of the late Joyce Martin and late Francis Martin,
Michael grew up in North Smithfield, RI, and raised his family in Woonsocket, RI.
He is survived by his two sons, Brian Martin of Attleboro, MA and Kevin Martin of Woonsocket, RI, and his brother James Martin of Burrillville, RI.
Michael spent his career as an independent contractor, and enjoyed fishing, baseball, and hockey in his free time.
PALM BAY, FLORIDA- Steven Cherwinski formerly of 3 Sorel Ave. North Smithfield, passed away on March 6 in Palm Bay, Florida.
Born on March 12, 1932, he was the son of the late William and Catherine Cherwinski. Steven was born in Woonsocket and spent most of his life in North Smithfield.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Social service agencies in the city are bracing for a rise in demand for assistance with food, shelter and other supports as federal sequester cuts begin taking a toll on extended unemployment compensation at the end of the month.
About 1,120 city residents receive the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits, which is about 14 percent of the total statewide, according to the state Department of Labor and Training. The average EUC check is $377 a month and will shrink by about $47.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Through all the twists and turns on his basketball journey, Ricky Ledo never once lost sight of what he interpreted to be the brass ring.
Mentioning Ledo and the NBA in the same sentence is a parlor game thatâ€™s been en vogue for quite some time. The Providence native always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye when it came to pro hoops â€“ his tunnel vision so clairvoyant that the only matter left to itemize was to wait for Declaration Day.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Senior captain Zach LaFleur had just confessed to his â€śnewâ€ť head coach, Peter Berthelette, that he needed his help with the bat after striking out twice in his final two at-bats Tuesday afternoon.
But when asked what Burrillville Highâ€™s stellar 4-3 victory over Mount St. Charles in both teamsâ€™ Division II-North season opener meant to him, LaFleur responded immediately and with feeling.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police say a woman whose body was found in her home Monday night was the victim of a homicide, but they arenâ€™t saying much else.
The victim was identified as 57-year-old Donna Pike, who lived on the top floor of 79 Rathbun St., a gray, three-story stucco behind Leeâ€™s Convenience Store.
Saying they donâ€™t want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation, the police disclosed few details about how they believe Pike was murdered, the condition of the body or where in the apartment it was found.