June 23rd, 2011
John S. Wikiera MSW, ACSW, LIC.SW
WOONSOCKET- John S. Wikiera, 59, of Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, R.I. passed away on Thursday June 16, 2011, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Emil and Ann (Herman) Wikiera.
John was a graduate of URI, obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master's Degree in Social Work and John pursued a career in Sociological Counseling.
He was an avid fisherman.
MILLVILLE â Voters in the special election Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected two Proposition 2-1/2 override ballot questions.
By a vote of 415 to 126, voters defeated Question 1, which had asked residents to act on a $300,000 override to fund general government for fiscal 2012, which begins July 1.
By a vote of 382 to 157, voters also rejected Question 2, which asked residents to act on a $100,000 override for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.
WOONSOCKET â The city has begun seizing the trash carts of property owners who have ignored repeated requests to make good on overdue curbside collection fees.
It's all part of a new effort to recoup roughly $250,000 in delinquent trash fees, said Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.
âIt's a last resort,â she said. âWe don't want to be doing it. We want people to pay their bills.â
âIâve seen the old videos from the parades (when the Boston Bruins won titles in â70 & â72) back when they were held at City Hall Plaza. You definitely donât want to put the horse before the cart, but you canât help but think what the celebration would entail. They would have to break out the duck boats.â
â Dave Goucher, May 2009
WAYLAND, MA- Emma L. (Bayer) Kerivan Krystyniak, 86, of Wayland passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of Michael Krystyniak of Wayland and the late Robert Kerivan deceased in 1986.
Born in Natick on August 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Leila (Christie) Bayer.
BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â Bellinghamâs Brian Higgins really had to earn his berth in the Northeast Amateur Invitational field.
Higgins, who will tee off at Wannamoisett Country Club this morning for the third straight year in this prestigious event, remembers how he first got his foot in the door during the summer of 2008.
WOONSOCKET â Amid the buzzing grind of power saws and wood chippers, two state lawmakers proclaimed the on-again, off-again makeover of neglected World War II Veterans Memorial State Park on â is on again.
The work began with the thinning of the dense canopy of trees that clogs parts of the 13-acre park, said State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket). In the months ahead, she said, other contractors would be hired to build two basketball courts, a splash park and a baseball field to replace the existing tennis courts.
WOONSOCKET â An apparent accident at the former St. Francis House apartment building at 167 Blackstone St. claimed the life of a relative of the buildingâs owner Tuesday afternoon.
Alan Fernandes, 49, of Woonsocket, stepped on a glass skylight in the floor of the buildingâs attic and fell four flights down the open stairwell below to the buildingâs basement, according to Woonsocket Police Lt. Eugene Jalette.
Fernandes, brother of the buildingâs owner Gary Fernandes, was transported by city rescue personnel to Landmark Medical Center where he later died, according to Jalette.
Lionel J. Mercier
PALM BAY, FL.- Lionel J. Mercier 87, formerly of Woonsocket, passed away Saturday April 16, 2011 at the Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne FL.
He was born in Blackstone, a son of the late Arthur and Gloriana (Beaudoin) Mercier.
He was a WWII veteran and a member of the American Legion, both in Palm Bay and in Woonsocket Post 85.