Archive - 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ If youâ€™re thinking about getting lost anytime soon, youâ€™ll probably have better luck in another town.
The North Smithfield Police Department has just sworn in Joery, a police dog whose many talents include scent-tracking missing humans. And â€“ oh yeah, donâ€™t even think about running away from the cops, because if Joeryâ€™s snout isnâ€™t enough to rein you in, the teeth may come into play.
Joseph F. Ducharme
BURRILLVILLE- Joseph F. Ducharme, 66, of Harrisville, RI, passed away March 22, 2013, at the Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pascoag, RI.
He was the son of Ruth (Mayhew) Ducharme of Harrisville and the late Bertram Ducharme.
Joseph was a lifelong Burrillville resident.
Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, Ronald Ducharme, of Harrisville.
Victor J. Karasek
BLACKSTONE- Victor J. Karasek, 97, died Saturday March 23, 2013 at St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield. He was the husband of the late Mary (Svitil) Karasek.
Born in Montreal, Canada he was the son of the late Joseph L. and Anna J. (Benak) Karasek.
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.