May 14th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€“ Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer.
They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here.
At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island.
WOONSOCKET â€” After back-to-back calamities claimed two landmark mills last year, it seemed as if the storyline for the future of the cityâ€™s historic mills was cast in stone â€” a gravestone.
But a new and unexpected narrative emerged yesterday as a homegrown plastics company announced plans to take over the sprawling Jules Desurmont Mill, one of the most blighted architectural holdovers from the mill era left in the city.
Francis M. Danahey
WOONSOCKET- Francis M. "Bud" Danahey, 88, died May 14, 2012 in Mount St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland. He was the husband of the late Mary H. (Podorozny) Danahey.
Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late George H. and Anna C. (Moore) Danahey.
Eva A. Peroni
BLACKSTONE- Eva A. Peroni, 87, of Blackstone, MA died Friday, May 11, 2012 in Blackstone, MA. She was the wife of the late Raymond L. Peroni.
Born in Walpole, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alamido and Finimola (Massey) Guisti.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Raymond J. Lapierre, Sr., 55, of St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, died May 13, 2012 in his home. He was the husband of Linda L. (Beauregard) Lapierre.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, he was the son of the late Aram and Noella (LaFlash) Lapierre.
Mr. Lapierre was an antiques dealer.
CUMBERLAND- Bridget Champagne, 72, of Cumberland, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Born in Achill County Mayo, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Kathleen (Corrigan) O'Malley.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Lambert and her husband Paul, three brothers, Patrick, Thomas, and Farrell O'Malley, three sisters, Anne Hoban, Kathleen Traynor, and Celine Murray, three grandchildren, Liam, Kelley, and Keith Lambert, and a great granddaughter, Payton. She was the sister of the late Tony O'Malley.
WOONSOCKET- Lillian Larue 86, formerly of 547 Clinton St. died Friday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Rosario and Lillian (Vermette) Larue.
Lillian worked in the linen department at the former Woonsocket Hospital for fourteen years before retiring in 1989. She had previously worked at the former Mt St. Frances Orphanage for thirty one years. She was a member of St. Ann's Ladies Guild and the Kennedy Manor Club.
Henry F. Rivet
BURRILLVILLE- Henry F. Rivet, 73, of Burrillville, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, Henry was the son of the late Edgar and Mary (Charrette) Rivet.
Joseph "ED" Croteau
NORTH PROVIDENCE- Joseph E. Croteau, 74, formerly of Woonsocket, died, Wednesday May 9, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Karen (Fortune) Croteau.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Josephat and Lillian (St. Pierre).
Mr. Croteau was a Maintenance Supervisor for TECH Industries, for 25 years prior to retiring. He previously worked as a chemical batch mixer for Tyca Corp. in Holliston, MA. and also in maintenance at the Bocce Club.
PAWTUCKET -- Alex Hassan opened the season a dismal 0-for-17 at the plate before he broke out of the slump with a 3-for-4 outing at Rochester on April 13.
Slow but sure, his confidence increased, and that was more than obvious on Sunday afternoon.
Hassan finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer, sacrifice fly, two RBI and three runs scored to pace the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ 5-4 come-from-behind triumph over the Clippers before 5,516 fans at McCoy Stadium.