Sonny Kelly of Gladu Wrecking and Recycling looks on as Marco Berube, operating the excavator, begins the process of demolishing the Bouvier Furniture Company building on North Main Street in Woonsocket Wednesday. The building will be completely leveled by the end of the year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was another year dominated by the cityâ€™s teetering financial condition, but that wasnâ€™t the only big story of 2012.
A World War I monument that most people never thought twice about â€“ if they were aware of it at all â€“ suddenly gained new notoriety when it was attacked by a Wisconsin atheist group. The governorâ€™s determination to spare an accused killer from the death penalty triggered an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. And the career of a rising political star was unexpectedly nipped in the bud.
Hereâ€™s a recap of the Top 10 from 2012, in reverse order:
Nancy L. Alward
WOONSOCKET- Nancy L. Alward 67, resident of Woonsocket, passed away December 24, 2012 at her residence.
She was born March 11, 1945 in Framingham MA, a daughter of the late Charles & Dorothy (Hunt) Alward.
Nancy worked for the Jill Realty for 14 years previously she worked for the City of Woonsocket in the city hall department. She lived most of her life in Woonsocket.
She is survived by her children Gregory and Barry Girard, Roxanne Raiche and Shelly Heldenbergh all of Woonsocket, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Pauline T. Laquerre
WOONSOCKET- Pauline T. (Guertin) Laquerre, 85, of Elmore Ave., died December 26, 2012 in The Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Emile J. Laquerre.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Lillian (Lareau) Guertin.
Mrs. Laquerre worked twenty-five years as a High School Lunch Aid for Woonsocket and Burrillville, retiring in 1991. She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyr's Church, Woonsocket.
Theresa M. Levitre
BLACKSTONE- Theresa M. Levitre, 90, of Blackstone, MA died Friday, December 20, 2012. She was the wife of Robert G. Levitre.
She was born in Blackstone, MA, daughter of the late Gaetano and Petrina (DelPozzo) Cortellessa.
Mrs. Levitre worked at the former Blackstone Cotton Mill before staying at home to raise her family in Blackstone, MA.
A Providence & Worcester Railroad train waits to depart from the Woonsocket train depot on a run of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's annual holiday offering of the Polar Express. The station was once a key transportation link for the city but now serves as a headquarters for the Blackstone River Valley National Hertiage Corridor and only hosts special visits of passenger trains for events like the Polar Express, movie productions, or fall foliage tours.
PROVIDENCE â€” His primary outlet and source of pure enjoyment having been taken away, the question was then posed as to how Nyheem Sanders planned on incorporating competitive basketball back into his life.
It was a college career squarely on the bubble, and thatâ€™s where the story of this Pawtucket native begins.
No one wants to hear the message that Sanders was told in fall of 2011, when Bob Walsh, the menâ€™s basketball head coach at Rhode Island College, informed Sanders that he didnâ€™t figure into the Anchormenâ€™s plans for the upcoming season.
BURRILLVILLE â€” As the scoreboard clock ticked down to â€ś0:00â€ť on Monday night, Nov. 5, Jaime LeClair-Roy sat in the front row of the Roger Williams University Stadium's stands with her family, numb not from the bitter cold but at what she was witnessing.
Her daughter, senior goalkeeper Alex LeClair, had just led her Burrillville High girls' field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Smithfield, and in the process sealed for the Broncos their first Division II state championship in 28 years.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Richard Nixon was president then, the Beatles were still a band, and men in space suits were still a few months shy of walking on the moon.
Deputy Fire Chief E. Craig Beausoleil joined the North Smithfield Fire Department in 1969, a time when the all-volunteer squad of good samaritans could hardly be called a department at all.
After 45 years on the job, Beausoleil will come to work for the last time Thursday, saying so-long to the only job heâ€™s ever known as an adult.
The Cumberland High School Clef Singers performed at a concert Thursday night in the community room at Cumberland Public Library.