May 1st, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The monument defense fund hadnâ€™t even been officially created yet, but Mayor Leo Fontaine accepted the first donation, hand-delivered, all the way from Spring Lake, Michigan.
â€śI really had no idea this was going to happen,â€ť said Dennis Masson, as he wrote a check for $1,000 to the fund at City Hall yesterday afternoon.
BOSTON â€“ For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day â€“ as in Decision Day â€“ is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cookâ€™s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.
BOSTON â€“ The sight of Josh Reddick sporting a green and gold Oakland Aâ€™s uniform inside Fenway Park Monday night only further augments the idea that not every drafted-and-developed Red Sox type has a seat waiting for him at the parent clubâ€™s table.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Wisconsin group that condemned a World War I monument bearing a Latin cross as a violation of the separation of church and state because itâ€™s located on city property may have a legal battle on its hands after all.
Buoyed by offers of free legal assistance and an outpouring of public support, the City Council will decide tonight whether to establish a defense fund to keep the monument at Place Jolicoeur, in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 2, with the Latin cross intact.
WOONSOCKET â€” It doesnâ€™t matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldierâ€™s name on that monument, says Lucien Jolicoeur, and he would be just as angry if the cross were removed, as a First Amendment defenders group is demanding.
â€śThe cross is my very biggest complaint,â€ť Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. â€śI donâ€™t care if itâ€™s my uncle or another solider. I donâ€™t think anyone has a right to touch that cross.â€ť
Lionel J. Bibeault
CUMBERLAND- Lionel J. Bibeault, 89, of Eaton Street, formerly of Old River Road, passed away Thursday in the Hebert Nursing Home, Smithfield. He was the husband of the late Jacqueline (Rousseau) Bibeault.
Born in Blackstone, MA he was the son of the late Omer and Marie (Giguere) Bibeault. He resided in Cumberland for many years, previously residing in Lincoln.
Mr. Bibeault was the owner of the Crawford Door Sales of Pawtucket, and the former Country Kitchen of Cumberland for many years.
Ryan J. Lalumiere
PROVIDENCE- Ryan J. Lalumiere, 25, resident of Providence, passed away on April 28, 2012 at the Tavares Pediatric Center in Providence.
He was born April 1, 1987 in Woonsocket, son of Suzanne Lalumiere.
Carmelo "Babe" Lemme
WOONSOCKET- Carmelo "Babe" Lemme, Cam passed away on March 26, 2012 At the Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Ctr. In Woonsocket of Pneumonia, "Babe", as he was known to his friends was a well known Woonsocket citizen.
He was born on July 12, 1929, son of the late Peter & Mary (Petraca) Lemme.
He resided in Woonsocket all his life. While serving in the ARMY National Guard, he attained the rank of Master SGT, (E7) in Company B, 118th Engineer Battalion.
Elza E. Saletnik
BURRILLVILLE- Elza E. Saletnik, 94, a lifelong resident of Pascoag, passed away on Friday April 27, 2012 in the Overlook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pascoag.
Born in Framingham, MA, she was the daughter of the late Jan and Stanislawa (Maliga) Saletnik.
BURRILLVILLE- Alfred Cournoyer, 83, died Friday, April 27, 2012 in Bayberry Commons, Pascoag. He was the husband of Lillian (Choquette) Cournoyer of Pascoag, whom he married on May 30, 1950.
Born in Slatersville, he was the son of the late Nazaire and Eva (Guertin) Cournoyer.
Alfred worked as a Caster at American Standard of Wauregan, CT for 33 years before retiring. He was a member of VFW Post in Florida and of Pascoag Knights of Columbus. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps and was a Veteran of the Korean War.