May 19th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” There's strength in numbers. That's why the merger of two longstanding and successful credit unions is good news for local residents in this challenging economy.
Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pawtucket, and Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Woonsocket, are merging.
The announcement by credit union officials was made this week, with the legal merger set to take place on Sept. 30.
WOONSOCKET â€” James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
â€śAs it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,â€ť said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
â€śThey will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” The first offseason departure has arrived for Providence College as the school announced Thursday that sophomore guard Duke Mondy has been released from his commitment.
Mondy departs after a 2010-11 campaign that saw the Michigan native sit out the final four games of the season. At the time the only thing PC officials said about Mondyâ€™s situation was that it was a "coach's decision." Mondy did appear at Ed Cooleyâ€™s introductary press conference in March, telling Blackstone Valley Sports when asked to clarify his situation that, â€śIâ€™m good, just canâ€™t wait to play.â€ť
Gerald R. Deragon
FORT MYERS, FL- Gerald R. Deragon, 73, of Fort Myers, FL, entered into eternal peace early morning on May 9, 2011.
A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3357 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI on Saturday, June 11, at 10:00 AM, with the burial service following at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. To view the obituary and sign the book guest please visit www.horizonfunerals.com
Carole L. Quinley
NO. SMITHFIELD- Carole L. (Marshall) Quinley, of Bradenton, Fl, formerly of No. Smithfield, died Thursday, May 19, 2011. She was the wife of the late Eugene A. Quinley.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Gladys (Bibbins) Marshall.
CAPE COD- Jean-Paul Lambert, formerly of Woonsocket, died Wednesday May 18, 2011 in the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He was the husband of Alice T. (Ouellet) Lambert for almost 70 years.
Born in St. Cuthbert, Canada, Jean-Paul was the son of the late Oscar and Marie (Turcotte) Lambert. He resided in Woonsocket most of his life, and relocated to Cape Cod two years ago.
Lois B. Fortin
LINCOLN- Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin, 74, of School Street, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Gabriel Fortin. Mr. & Mrs. Fortin were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July.
Born in Valley Falls, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Slater) Vivier, she had lived in the Albion section of Lincoln for the past fifty years.
Mrs. Fortin was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
Richard G. Crotty
PASCOAG- Richard G. Crotty, 85, of Pascoag, R.I. and formerly of Worcester, Mass., died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Pascoag.
WOONSOCKET â€” This has been a nightmarish year for Mount St. Charles Academy, a team most folks predicted would again compete for the Division I-North title and embark on a long run in the state tournament.
There have been the injuries. Two of the Mountiesâ€™ top players -- ace pitcher Olivia Hendricks (foot injury) and third baseman Nicole Silva (illness) -- out indefinitely. The four losses they suffered in the last inning. The five straight games they stranded 10 or more runners on base.
WOONSOCKET â€” Prime Healthcare has now withdrawn its offer for Landmark Medical Center, making it the second bidder to walk away from the court-supervised sale of the troubled hospital in four days.
But this time there was a familiar ring to the Ontario, Calif., company's justification for pulling out â€” problems with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island.