April 28th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ A late morning fire Saturday forced residents of a five-family apartment building at 24 Hope St. to flee for their lives.
All of the residents were reported to have made it to safety even though two were forced to jump from a second-floor window and a pregnant woman and her young child had to be assisted from their apartment by a neighbor.
The 11:23 a.m. fire heavily damaged the three-story, wood-frame building and the reported 15 people living there were all expected to be left homeless.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket found the perfect way to top Thursday afternoonâ€™s big victory over the Prout School -- by coming back the very next day to soundly beat a Division II-North rival on the road.
The Villa Novans broke open a tight game by rallying for four runs in the top of the fifth inning and rode the splendid five-hit pitching of freshman ace Amanda Nunez the rest of the way to a windswept 9-2 victory over Burrillville.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Former Judge Robert G. Flanders Jr. pulled no punches in relating the impacts of a state-run receivership and bankruptcy on a local community while appearing before the Woonsocket Taxpayersâ€™ Coalition Thursday evening.
Yes, Flanders told the gathering in the Elks Hall on Social Street that his role as state receiver for Central Falls has resulted in lower costs to balance the community's troubled budget, but he has also had to raise taxes and eliminate some local services such as the senior center and public library.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Wisconsin group challenging the constitutionality of a cross on a war memorial on city property says it expects to prevail without the type of long legal battle that unfolded over a prayer banner ordered removed this year from a public high school in Cranston.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to Mayor Leo Fontaine this month saying the Christian cross on a 1921 monument outside Fire Station No. 2 is unlawful because it violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
Shirley M. Picchioni
UXBRIDGE, MA- Shirley (Russell) Picchioni, 78, of North Uxbridge died Tuesday April 24, 2012 in Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Center, Northbridge. She was the wife of John V. Picchioni, Sr.
A longtime resident of North Uxbridge, Mrs. Picchioni was employed as a registered nurse at Landmark Hospital in Woonsocket for many years. Later, she worked for St. Vincents Hospital and Beaumont Nursing Home.
She was born Dec. 6, 1933 in Worcester, daughter of the late Raymond and Regina (Paquin) Russell and was a graduate of St. Vincents School of Nursing, Worcester.
PAWTUCKET- Jeannette Savard, 101, of Woonsocket and formerly of Pawtucket, entered into eternal peace, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. She was the wife of the late Amedee Savard.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie (LaFontaine) St. Jean.
Mrs. Savard lived most of her life in Pawtucket before moving to Woonsocket in 1999. She was a woman of great faith, a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt to her many nieces and nephews and friend, she will be greatly missed by all.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” This one was almost too close for comfort.
Owners of a 7-1 lead just two innings into its Division II crossover contest with Middletown on Thursday afternoon, North Smithfield appeared to be well on its way to an easy win, and possibly one of the mercy-rule variety.
LINCOLN â€” Euphoria quickly gave way to frustration Thursday afternoon at rainy Chet Nichols Field.
Lincoln, which rallied for three runs in the home portion of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 against visiting Toll Gate, watched as the Titans pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth to secure a 4-3 verdict.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€” Marlene Gagnon shoves her hand deep into a rack of multi-colored clothing and yanks out a long, white gown of slippery sateen fabric with a ribbon of hieroglyphic-like imagery running up the back.
â€śThatâ€™s Cleopatra,â€ť she says.
When William Jolicoeur went off to war as part of the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division in 1917, he was part of a band of men that was very welcome in France. General John Pershing was glad to have them. Marshal Ferdinand Foch was glad to have them.
You see, they were from Woonsocket and could speak the native tongue, making them even more valuable than the other doughboys who were landing in Europe in droves.