October 20th, 2012
GLOCESTER â Some say they worked the land. Others say the land worked them.
Survival wasnât for the faint of heart among the grist-millers, farmers, cider-pressers and others who labored in the townâs earliest and most primitive enterprises, says historian Betty Mencucci.
Their stories unfold in vivid detail in episode three of âWest of the Seven Mile Line â A History of Glocester.â Itâs the latest â and last â in the Seven Mile series of documentary videos on the townâs history that Mencucci and her husband, Carlo, began working on five years ago.
WOONSOCKET â The school departmentâs efforts to prepare two of its school buildings for return to the city for possible conversion to new uses appear to be moving forward.
School Department Facilities Director Peter Fontaine said Friday that the Second Avenue Elementary School has been emptied of all of its contents and is awaiting a final vote by the School Committee to turn the building back to city control.
BELLINGHAM â Getting the needed two-thirds majority vote, Special Town Meeting voters last week approved a Proposition 2-1/2 override that will raise taxes in order to pay for a $15.4 million water treatment project.
Article 16 of the 23-article warrant asked voters to finance the project to construct water mains and a water treatment plant, as well as modify existing treatment and pumping systems to treat the town's drinking water through disinfection and reduce iron and manganese in tap water. The project will also ensure the town's wells meet state groundwater guidelines.
WOONSOCKET â Farmers and shepherds, tradesmen and teachers, the Macedonian-Romanians first heard the siren song of American-style opportunity in the late 1800s.
Like other European immigrant groups at the turn of the century, the newcomers from the Balkan region settled anywhere there were jobs. This boomtown of textile factories, a place that came to be known as the epicenter of the nationâs Industrial Revolution, was a natural magnet.
Anne Marie Bartlett
WOONSOCKET- Anne Marie (Bousquet) Bartlett, 64, of Pond St. died Tuesday October 16, 2012 at home.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Felix and Anne (Parisi) Bousquet.
Anne worked as a Waitress for New England Steak & Seafood for 20 years, prior to retiring.
PAWTUCKET â In the end, it came down to the first doubles match, and on this day, the Mount St. Charles senior tandem of Emily Cardosa and Julia Martin were not going to be denied.
Not after already losing three times this year to the East Greenwich team of Kerri Whelan and Julia Waicberg. And certainly not with Mount desperately needing them to win their match in order to capture Thursday afternoonâs Division I semifinal-round affair at Slater Park.
WOONSOCKET â Two tart-tongued female impersonators will dish up an evening of Vegas-style song, dance and comedy in the Milk Fundâs first fundraiser of the year at the Coachmenâs Lodge in Bellingham on Nov. 9.
The featured performers are Kitty Litter and Sabrina Blaze, aka Stephen Hartley and Wayne Alan Hawkins. Theyâve been selling out theater venues with their cross-dressing schtick and comic banter for years, including a number of shows in the local area.
WOONSOCKET â Losing a family member to illness can leave a person feeling helpless, which hinders the process of coming to terms with that life-changing loss.
But there are ways to take proactive steps toward moving on, which also bring a sense of fighting back.
Noneajean McFarlane found that to be true this fall as she worked to organize a team in Sundayâs Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Roger Williams Park in Providence.
McFarlane, a Call graphic designer, decided to put together a team for the American Cancer Society fundraiser in light of her own losses last spring.
Florence R. Nadeau
WOONSOCKET - Florence R. (Guilmette) Nadeau, 87, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Ballou Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert H. Nadeau. Born in Woonsocket on June 16, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Francois and Victoria (Dubois) Guilmette.
She was the loving mother of Jeannine F. Sonier of Woonsocket. She leaves her cherished 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Gerard Guilmette of Woonsocket and the late Valmire and Raymond Guilmette, Yvonne Peloquin and Jeannette Pellizzari.
Ja Quann Coyle
WOONSOCKET - Ja Quann "Amari" Coyle, 22 Months of Woonsocket, passed away on Monday, October, 15, 2012, at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Twyla Coyle.
Amari had a smile that would melt your heart. He was an amazing little boy that had an infectious smile and amazing personality. He was nicknamed "our little Marine" by his grandfather.