November 17th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â Lisa Beaulieu will lead the school committee after being nominated and unanimously chosen as the new chairwoman of the board during a post-election reorganization meeting last week.
Former chairman Jeffrey Mutter was nominated and accepted the position of vice chairman, as well as chairman of the committee's Fiscal Management Subcommittee.
Member Linda Teel was named clerk and chairwoman of the Policy Subcommittee and Achievement and Communication Subcommittee.
WOONSOCKET â The venerable Champâs Diner has already beaten the odds just by surviving. Now NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is looking for someone who can really bring it back to life.
The 1920s dining car has anchored the Heritage Place retail plaza on Front Street for nearly six years, but NeighborWorks, the owner of the plaza, has never been able to find anyone to lease it as a going business.
For the most part, the impediments have been the same as those that hold back many small start-ups, including undercapitalization and insufficient access to credit.
PAWTUCKET â In a perfect world, Peter Manfredo Jr.âs No. 1 reasons for returning to boxing after a full yearâs retirement would be to satisfy his longing to win another world championship or to simply rekindle his love for the sport, which he has spent roughly four-fifths of his life competing on the amateur and professional levels.
Instead, Manfredoâs No. 1 reason for returning to boxing is simple and to the point. Itâs the reason why he wants to keep putting food on the table and providing a roof over his familyâs heads.
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In the eyes of George Nasuti and Carnell Henderson, the Woonsocket High football team has earned the right to compete under the lights at Barry Field.
The Novansâ designation as prime-time players is twofold. By virtue of last weekendâs heart stopping 29-28 overtime quarterfinal triumph against St. Raphael coupled with Central upsetting Johnston, Woonsocket qualified to host a Division II semifinal-round contest on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
WOONSOCKET â Middle School Band Director Nicole Denton hasn't forgotten her former neighbors in Seaford, Long Island (N.Y.) as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. Denton and another Long Island native, department speech therapist Marie Zaminer, have been working with their fellow school department employees to collect needed supplies for those with damaged homes or lacking utility services there and plan to deliver them this weekend with the help of Facilities Director Peter Fontaine.
CENTRAL FALLS â As an endorsement of the steps toward fiscal solvency taken by state receivers and the cityâs plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the Standard & Poorâs rating agency has upgrade Central Fallsâ bond rating to BB with a âstableâ outlook.
The city had previously had a C rating with a âdevelopingâ outlook. On the day after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy last month, Moodyâs Investors Service upgraded the cityâs bond ratings from Caa1 to B2 and changed its outlook to âpositive.â
Constance Theresa Pelletier
WOONSOCKET- Constance Theresa (Crepeau) Pelletier, 88, formerly of Cote Avenue, passed away Thursday October 4th, 2012 in the Woonsocket Health and RehabilitationCenter. She was the wife of the late Leo O. Pelletier.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Philibert and Blanche (Lemay) Crepeau. She resided in Woonsocket for most of her life, previously residing in Maineand Connecticut.
She was a 1943 graduate of the WoonsocketHigh School, and was a member of the Alumni Association.
Yvonne E. Roderick
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Yvonne E. (Taber) Roderick, 88, of Rhodes Ave. died Thursday November 15, 2012 in St. Antoine Residence, with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late William Roderick.
Born in Pawtucket, daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Guindon) Taber.
Yvonne worked as a Spinner in Worsted Textile for 35 years and also Burger King for 10 years prior to retiring.
She was a former member of St. Joseph Senior Citizens and AARP.
PROVIDENCE â The Woonsocket High School senior was unconscious when a fellow classmate sexually assaulted her in 2009, but the defendant claimed the act was consensual.
It took a Superior Court jury six hours to convict Dariel Martinez on Thursday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said.
Martinez, 20, is to be sentenced on Jan. 18 on one count of first-degree sexual assault. The crime is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.
Roger J. Sylvestre Jr.
SMITHFIELD- Roger J. Sylvestre Jr., 63, of Mowry Dr. Smithfield, died November 2, 2012 at home. He was the husband of Jacqueline M. (Nula) Sylvestre.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Roger Sr. and Kathleen (Keegan) Sylvestre.
He worked for Privilege Auto Parts of Woonsocket for many years. Roger served in the United States Army during Vietnam.