July 25th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” After complaining publicly and threatening to file an open meetings complaint, School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh says she was finally furnished with the names of the members of the committee in charge of searching for a new superintendent yesterday.
But Phongsavanh remained highly critical of the process, saying it has been unnecessarily opaque and closed off to input from communities of interest outside the school department.
â€śIt's been a shady process,â€ť asserted Phongsavanh, the newest member of the School Committee. â€śI don't understand why they've been so secretive.â€ť
Thomas J. Bouchard
WOONSOCKET- Thomas J. Bouchard, 79, of Conrad St., died Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Jeanne M. (Moreau) Bouchard. whom he married in 1963.
Born in Esmond, he was the son of the late Joseph and Eva (Dufresne) Bouchard.
He lived in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Roger E. Whittaker
WOONSOCKET- Roger E. Whittaker, 79, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Greenville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. He was the beloved husband for 27 years of Evelyn D. (Turcotte) Whittaker and the late Barbara (Walsh) Whittaker.
Born in Providence on August 8, 1931, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Barrett) Whittaker. He was the father of Robert B., Charlene and Cheryl Whittaker. He was the brother of the late Joseph Whittaker. He also leaves his brother in law Richard J. Turcotte of Woonsocket.
Nancy S. Homand
HOPEDALE- Nancy S. (Ingham) Homand, 79, of Freedom St. died Sunday, July 24, 2011 at her home. She was the wife of the late Augustine A. "Gus" Homand.
Mrs. Homand is survived by three sons; Scott A. and his wife Marjorie Homand of Hopedale, Shawn A. and his wife Beth Homand of Falmouth and Kris G. and his wife Diane Homand of Millville and 9 grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Susan Ingham of Hopedale and Barbara Nelson of Amherst, NH. She was predeceased by her brother, Alfred Ingham and her stepfather, George Safstrom.
Rev. Maurice L. Gilbert
MILLVILLE- Rev. Maurice L. Gilbert, 71, Pastor of St. Augustine's Church in Millville died Friday, July 22, 2011 at his residence. He had served as Pastor of St. Augustine's Church in Millville from December 2003 until the time of his death.
Rev. Gilbert is survived by one sister Helen B. Gilbert of Millville, several cousins and his faithful companion and pet "Missy". A very special thank you to Laure Berthelette of Millville for her compassionate care and to the entire St. Augustine's parish for their support.
WARWICK â€“ Another day, another offensive explosion by Cumberland American.
Manager Dave Belisleâ€™s club moved within one win of claiming the Major Division state championship Sunday, throttling Cranston Western 15-0 in a four-inning mercy-rule affair at Warwick West Side Little Leagueâ€™s Abe Klitzner Field.
PROVIDENCE â€” Woonsocketâ€™s long overlooked connections to the Civil War have gone on display at Brown Universityâ€™s John Hay Library thanks to a collaborative effort by the Libraryâ€™s special collections department and the Foss Media Center at Woonsocketâ€™s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Foss Media Director Elizabeth Vangel, a Woonsocket native, worked with Hay Library curator Holly Snyder to offer â€śRicochet: Woonsocket in the Civil Warâ€ť as a Hay Library exhibit running through Sept. 23. The project marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the war between the Union and the Confederate states in 1861.
WOONSOCKET â€” Robert Moreau, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Review, has announced he intends to run for a seat on the City Council.
â€śAs a lifelong resident of Woon-socket, namely the Bernon District, I am pleased to announce my candidacy,â€ť Moreau said in a statement. â€śThroughout my lifetime I have been involved in various aspects of the community. To name a recent few, I served 23 years on the police department, am an active volunteer in pioneering a flourishing boxing program at the cityâ€™s Boys and Girls Club, and am currently Director of Security for the Woonsocket Housing Authority.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€” The gravestone of Civil War soldier Stephen M. Hopkins is once again standing tall.
Hopkins, who died at age 26 from wounds received in the Battle at Fredericksburg, is buried in historical Cemetery #12 on Howard Avenue in Pascoag, but his gravestone had toppled many years ago and was broken in three pieces.
On July 16, members of the Black-stone Valley Cemetery Networking Group met with members of the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society to do something about it.
WARWICK â€“ A three-run deficit in the first inning? Just a minor inconvenience for Cumberland Americanâ€™s potent offense.
The District IV champions smacked three home runs Saturday in their Major Division state tournament opener, using an eight-run fifth to blow open a tie game en route to a 13-3 victory over Portsmouth at Warwick West Side Little Leagueâ€™s Abe Klitzner Field.