July 19th, 2011
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton is calling for a change to the town charter that would give the town administrator veto power over the budget, a move she says will provide a better system of checks and balances.
PROVIDENCE- Annette Spearman, 51, a former CNA, of 4 Bodell Avenue, Providence, died Friday at home. She was the wife of Keith Robinson.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Mack and Earlene (Vance) Spearman.
Besides her husband, she is survived by sons, Joshua and Jonathan Robinson, daughters, LaTanya and LaToya Robinson, brother, Russell Spearman, sisters, Yvonne, Rose, Nikita, and Deborah Minte Spearman, and 6 grandchildren.
"Joe" E. Perry
BURRILLVILLE- Joseph "Joe" E. Perry, 55, resident of Mapleville, died July 15, 2011 in the Fatima Hospital. Loving husband to Cheryl (Dumas) Perry.
Born in Woonsocket, son of Rita (Lapre) Perry and the late Joseph E. Perry.
Joe worked for the CVS Distribution Center, and owned & operator Aubrees Cash for Gold in No. Smithfield. He was a former district manager for Rug Doctor. A resident of Mapleville for twenty five years. Joe enjoyed cooking and working outdoors.
UXBRIDGE- Deacon William J. Lucier, 69, a resident of Uxbridge for 35 years, died Sunday July 17, 2011 in U Mass Medical Center, Lake Ave., Worcester. He was the husband of Nancy J. (Deveau) Lucier.
WOONSOCKET- Peter Bilyj of Church St. passed away peacefully on Monday at the Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center in Woonsocket with his family at his side. He was the loving Husband to Helena (Lepecha) Bilyj who passed away on July 8th.
Born July 25th 1924 in the Ukraine son of the late Ivan & Maria Bilyj. He and his late wife arrived in this country in 1949 settling in Woonsocket.
Celia E. Pelland
CUMBERLAND- Celia E. (Brackett) Pelland, "Skippy" 79, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late William N. Pelland.
Born in Blackstone, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Brackett and the late Florence (Cabana) Bousquet.
WOONSOCKET â€“ With an eye on the fiscal pain already felt by city employees, members of the City Council on Monday adopted a ten-percent roll back in pay the council and school committee members receive for their city service.
The move approved by a 4-1 council vote with City Councilwoman Suzanne J. Vadenais opposed was a compromise from the 20-percent pay cut Councilman Daniel Gendron had initially proposed for the two panels. City Councilmen Christopher Beauchamp and Roger Jalette were not in attendance.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” There were more than a half dozen birdie putts that either lipped out or just missed the mark. There were two holes that he probably wished he could have had back.
But after an opening round of 3-over 73 at the 82nd annual New England Amateur Championship on Monday, Pawtucketâ€™s Kyle Hoffman was perfectly content with how he shot the ball at the challenging and tricky Metacomet Country Club.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with a shooting that left a Sayles Street man seriously injured Friday night.
The victim was identified Monday as Neil Coppinger, 24. He was still a patient at Rhode Island Hospital yesterday, where he was admitted in critical but stable condition, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
Coppinger was outside his home on the dead-end alongside the Blackstone River when he was shot in the upper torso. Police found Coppinger on the ground bleeding about 11 p.m., shortly after the shooting was reported.
WOONSOCKET â€” Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket and existing historic districts in Cumberland, North Smithfield and two Massachusetts communities is the National Park Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept.
In a long-awaited report released yesterday, the park service says the continuation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as it currently exists is still one of three options under consideration.