October 12th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” Local voters did their job during Tuesdayâ€™s non-partisan primary for City Council, pruning the field of 15 candidates by one, and may also have provided an informal forecast for the November 8th election.
The small turnout of 2001 voters decided to drop perennial election candidate Michael E. Moniz from the list of contenders and also named City Council President John F. Ward the top vote getter despite his placement of last on the ballot list.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Built on what was once a polluted, burned-out mill site overlooking the Blackstone River, the $80 million middle school campus has been named the winner of a prestigious national award recognizing the best environmental reclamation projects in the country.
The redevelopment trade publication Brownfield Journal chose the Hamlet Avenue campus as the 2011 winner of its â€śgold standardâ€ť award in the social impact category.
Roger W. Thibault
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Roger W. Thibault, 82, of North Smithfield, RI died October 11, 2011 in St. Antoines Residence, North Smithfield, RI. He was the husband of Rita (Lemire) Thibault and the late Cecile Thibault.
He was born in Blackstone, MA son of the late Wilfred and Daleda (Pelletier) Thibault.
Ronald J. Wilkinson
WOONSOCKET- Ronald J. Wilkinson passed away at home.
He leaves a companion of 17 years Sandra Krupdki, two children Rhonda Sarafian and Ronald Jennings, 1 sister Janice Raposa of Fall River, Mass. There will be no calling hours.
Rita Marie Blais
PEORIA, ARIZONA- Rita Blais, 86, of Peoria, Arizona formerly of Pawtucket, RI and Central Falls, RI, passed away on October 8, 2011.
She was born on April 1, 1925 in Woonsocket, RI as one of 11 children to John and Mary (Elias) Joseph, and was married to Joseph O. Blais of Central Falls, RI, who preceded her in death in 1975.
PHILADELPHIA, PA- Beatrice (Flashner) Helfand, 95, of Philadelphia, formerly of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Woonsocket, RI, died Monday, October 10, 2011 in Philadelphia surrounded by her loving and devoted family. Her husband of 68 years, Henry Helfand, died in 2003.
Born in Stoughton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Isadore and Anna (Smith) Flashner.
Rene H. Gagne
BELLINGHAM, MA- Rene H. Gagne, 72, of Bellingham, MA passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Franklin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was the beloved husband for 50 years of Lorraine (Guilbault) Gagne.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on November 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Henry and Beatrice (Aubin) Gagne. He was the brother of the late Annette Barr. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
WOONSOCKET- Donna M. Kwandranc, of Fourth Avenue died Saturday, October 8, 2011 in Rhode Island Hospital. A lifelong city resident, she was the daughter of Roland Ayotte of Woonsocket and Marguerite (Champagne) Dubois of Central Falls.
Beside her parents, she leaves five children including Aaron Kwandranc of Woonsocket and his two children. She also is survived by her two sisters, Suzanne Desjardin of Woonsocket and Valerie Egan of Burrillville. She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Kwandranc, Jr.
Deborah J. McAssey
WOONSOCKET- Deborah J. McAssey, 62, of Avenue A died suddenly on October 6, 2011 while at home.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late James T. and Mildred (MacLeod) McAssey.
Deborah worked as a Unit Secretary for Landmark Medical Center for forty years. She was a graduate of RI Jr. College.
Linda M. Jackson
CHEPACHET, RI- Linda M. Jackson, 53, died October 8, 2011 at her home in Shirley, ME. She was born December 2, 1957 in Providence, RI, daughter of Russell and Gloria (Simmons) Wallace.
She grew up Chepachet, RI, moving to Maine in the early nineties, making her home in Shirley. Linda enjoyed writing and had published articles in the Moosehead Messenger, Piscataquis Observer, and Yankee Magazine. She enjoyed gardening and operated Moosehead Seed Company, and also worked as a realtor.