Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET- Raymond G. Surprenant, 80, of Woonsocket, died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Patricia A. (Richard) Surprenant. They were married on June 14, 1952.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Arthur and Ella (Lavimoidiere) Surprenant. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
A heavy equipment mechanic by trade, Ray was employed at Aiello Construction Co. in Smithfield for many years and had also worked for several other firms in the area.
John L. Roy
BLACKSTONE- John L. Roy, 69, died Thursday April 4, 2013 in Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of Frances Y. (Bernier) Roy. John and Fran would have celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary May 3 2013.
Born in Woonsocket, son of Annie (Glowacki) Roy, of Lincoln, and the late Leonard Roy.
He worked as an Assembler, tester, for Crosby Valve & Gage, for 22 years prior to retiring.
He was a member of St. Joseph Senior Citizens and St. Agatha's Senior, the Golden Hearts.
MILLVILLE- Denise (Jarret) Lafayette, 80, of Millville, died Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Paul A. Lafayette, whom she married January 23, 1954.
Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Marie Rose (Remy) Jarret.
Denise worked for US Rubber, Finklesteins and CVS headquarters. Denise was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Raymond R. Houle, Sr., 80, of Lincoln, RI and Naples, FL, died April 4, 2013 at Greenville Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Smithfield. He was the husband of Jeannette (Gervais) Houle and the late Ruth M. (Turcotte) Houle.
Born in Nasonville, he was the son of the late Oliver and Adeline (Godard) Houle.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In conjunction with the Woonsocket Education Department, the police yesterday warned parents and children about a man who has been exposing himself to youngsters on their way to Coleman Elementary School.
â€śWeâ€™re doing everything we can to find him,â€ť said Detective Jamie Paone, spokeswoman for the police. â€śHopefully someone can provide us with more information to help us identify this guy.â€ť
Police believe same man exposed himself to children on their way to Coleman at least four times in the last year, she said. The most recent incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday.
Just one day after state officials assembled to roll out a raft of proposed school safety legislation, a lockdown at the University of Rhode Island triggered by reports of a gunman on the South Kingstown campus brought new immediacy to what has become a national conversation about guns.
Diane J. Peterson
WOONSOCKET- Diane J. (Chamberlain) Peterson 59, of Willow St. died Monday at home.
She was born in North Attleboro, MA a daughter of Rita (Girard) Chamberlain of Woonsocket and the late Arthur Chamberlain.
Diane was a stock person for Market Basket for four years before retiring in 2009. She had previously worked as a Certified Dental assistant for twenty five years in Waltham, MA, and was a graduate of South Eastern Technical Institute. She loved to read, and sew, and spend time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN(AP) â€” The University of Rhode Island is ending a lockdown and says an investigation has revealed there was no gun or active shooter at any time on its South Kingstown campus.
The school ordered students and staff to stay indoors Thursday after reports of a gunman on campus.
A student in an 11 a.m. physiology class told The Associated Press that she was sitting in the back of a large lecture hall when someone sounding scared yelled "You're a nice guy! You're a nice guy!"
The student says people then started to run and scream, and the professor told all the students to run.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s like the forgotten stepchild of the Budget Commissionâ€™s five-year plan.
Pension rollbacks, cuts in workersâ€™ healthcare benefits and supplemental taxes have glommed all the attention as strategies for helping the city start to chip away at a projected deficit on track to reach $105 million by 2017.
But the calculus of fiscal solvency also calls for raising $1 million a year in new revenue by hiking residential trash fees, and a company called Waste Zero from Cambridge, Mass., showed commissioners how they can do it this week.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of Rutgers University's Wednesday afternoon firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and orally abusing his players, some local â€“ and legendary â€“ high school coaches/athletic directors chose to â€śweigh inâ€ť on the subject.
Rice's dismissal came at the helm of a video that news outlets nationwide carried throughout the afternoon and evening hours. It showed numerous clips of Rice rifling basketballs at players' backs, legs, etc., grabbing them by their jerseys and shoving them; he also could be heard screaming obscenities and homosexual slurs at them.