January 5th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” A fire believed to have broken out in the basement area of a six-apartment tenement building at 285 Cass Avenue left eight residents looking for temporary housing Wednesday evening.
Everyone was reported to have exited the three-story, wood-frame building without injury after a resident, alerted by a neighbor, ran through the structure banging on all the doors as the fire spread up from the lower level shortly after 6 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Count Jim Boeheim as a fan of the turnaround act Ed Cooley is trying to perform at Providence College.
While receiving praise from the dean of Big East coaches is a sign that Cooleyâ€™s work is not going unnoticed around the league, the PC head coach was in no mood to talk about moral victories following his teamâ€™s third straight loss, the latest a 87-73 setback to top-ranked Syracuse Wednesday night at The Dunk.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” With several players returning from last yearâ€™s playoff team, North Smithfield is considered to be among one of the top teams in Division III.
After a slow 0-2 start to begin the season, the Northmen are now starting to play like one.
North Smithfield earned its fourth straight league win (and sixth overall) on Wednesday night, defeating a much-improved Davies Tech outfit, 43-35, inside the Lovett Gymnasium.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man who holds a state permit to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana, and his brother, are facing drug trafficking charges after police seized a combined 108 marijuana plants from their home and motor vehicle â€“ far more than the permit allows, police said.
Joseph and Ronald Proia, both of 30 Manila Ave., were ordered held without bail following their arraignment in District Court Tuesday.
Two other men who arrived during a raid of the Proia residence were also arrested, including one for possession of a small amount of marijuana.
PROVIDENCE â€” When the General Assembly abruptly dropped the exemption of car values for local tax purposes from $6,000 to $500 last year, drivers suddenly hit with tax bills several times higher than they were before started paying attention to the way values are placed on their automobiles, and they didn't like what they saw.
LINCOLN - Eleuterio G. Alikpala MD, 85, died Tuesday afternoon at home. He was the husband of Basilia Ramirez MD.
Born November 22, 1926, in Pola, Mindoro Philippines, a son of Eleuterio Alikpala Sr. and Catalina Gaba Alikpala.
He is also survived by three daughters, C. Marissa Alikpala, Laura Wilson, Leah Russell; three sons, Jason Alikpala, Eric Alikpala and Andrew Alikpala; 3 brothers, Eduardo Alikpala, Ernesto Alikpala and Exequiel Alikpala of the Philippines; and 8 grandchildren.
WHITINSVILLE - Therese D. Fregeau, 87, formerly of Clinton St., Woonsocket, died Friday December 30, 2011 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville. She was the wife of the late Charles R. Fregeau.
Born and raised in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alida (Godbout) Roy.
She was employed at AT Cross in Lincoln until her retirement in 1987.
Therese was a member of the St. Ann's Choir and also a member of the Kennedy Manor Club. She enjoyed wearing jewelry, listening to many different varieties of music, and making sweaters for her grandchildren.
WOONSOCKET - Lucien E. Dube, 90, formerly of Monty Ave., died Tuesday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Roy) Dube.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Louis and Graziella (Chevalier) Dube. He served in the US Army during WWII. Lucien worked for Mine Safety Appliance Co. for twenty nine years before his retirement. He was a member of the St. Joseph Veteran's Club, and the YMCA Senior Fitness Club.
WOONSOCKET - Louise A. Laprade, 65, of Diamond Hill Rd, died peacefully Wednesday December 28, 2011, at home with her family by her side. She was the wife of Robert M. Laprade. Robert and Louise, were married on September 30, 1967 in Precious Blood Church, they celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on September 30, 2011.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter, of the late Roger and Stephanie (Sally) (Zadroga) Houle.
Prior to retiring Louise worked as an activities director at the former Evergreen Nursing Home, on Greene St. in Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET - Michael "Mike" W. Demrest, 42, passed away suddenly on January 1, 2012 at his home.
He was born in Milford, MA on April 10, 1969. He was the son the late William Demrest Sr. and the late Joyce Lussier. He was a Woonsocket resident most of his life.