September 2nd, 2011
BURRILLVILLE- Marie "Rose" Larochelle, 82, resident of Pascoag, died August 29, 2011 at Bayberry Commons Health Center.
She was the wife of the late Normand Larochelle who served in WWII.
Born in Woonsocket RI, a daughter of the late Joseph & Aldea (Hamel) Roberge.
BURRILLVILLE - A veteran cop with the Burrillville Police Department, who received the state's highest honor for lifesaving last year, was feted by the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery at a Mass. Statehouse ceremony earlier this month as a 2010-2011 Heroes Among Us recipient.
Last year, Lt. Dennis C. Leahey was one of six Rhode Islanders honored for their lifesaving heroics during a ceremony at the statehouse. Then-Gov. Donald Carcieri and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis presented each hero with the state's 2010 State Lifesaving Medal, which are awarded every year.
WOONSOCKET â For Neftali Melendez, Wednesday started with a bang, but it went downhill from there.
Melendez was startled awake about an hour before dawn by the sound of an explosive device blowing apart the door of his first-floor apartment at 196-202 Fourth Ave., police said.
Melendez, 25, now held at the ACI on drug charges, had been the target of an undercover narcotics operation for weeks, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
CRANSTON â Mount St. Charles Academy saw 14 seniors, most of them starters, graduate from last yearâs playoff team that finished second in Division II-North.
With a new batch of talented upperclassmen mixed in with some quality underclassmen, MSC head coach Miles Henderson was cautiously optimistic on how his squad would fare for the upcoming fall season.
After the first few weeks of practice, that confidence level increased a notch or two.
BURRILLVILLE - Wilfred P. Normandin, 84, died Monday, August 29, 2011 at his home in Pascoag. He was the husband of Nancy-Hope (Round) Normandin whom he was married to for 44 years.
Born in Pascoag, he was the son the late Wilfred A. and Eva (Jacques) Normandin.
Normand P. Phaneuf
WOONSOCKET- Normand P. "Sonny" Phaneuf 85 of Thibeault Ave died Tuesday August 30,2011 at the VA Medical Center in Providence. He was the son of the late Malvina (Paquin) Phaneuf and Joseph Phaneuf.
He is survived by his wife Clarice "Candy" Courtemanche, a son Marc J. Phaneuf and his wife Louise of Pascoag, a daughter Celeste Bedigian and her husband Peter of Uxbridge and a sister Rita Kingsley of Taunton. He also leaves three grandchildren; Katherine Stapp, Angela and Matthew Bedigian.
Norm was a lifelong Woonsocket resident.
Lawrence E. Colerick
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ.- Lawrence E. Colerick, 82, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.
He was born May 22, 1929, in Rhode Island to Edwin C. and Charlotte A. Colerick.
Mr. Colerick enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served as an EM2 during the Korean War until 1954. He graduated from Boston University in 1958 and worked for American Cyanamid until 1970. He was then affiliated with Oxirane Corp., subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Co., as midwestern regional manager until he retired in 1985.
CUMBERLAND â The Blackstone Valley area will be well represented on Friday night at Tucker Field with four local squads participating in a trio of Injury Fund tilts.
The two-quarter, non-league games, which begin at 6 p.m., kicks off with Central Falls battling Shea, followed by last yearâs Division II state runner-up Tolman facing Cumberland at 7 p.m.
While tomorrow nightâs game means nothing in the standings, Cumberland coach Chris Skurka will be eager to see how his club fares against the Tigers.
SMITHFIELD â Save for the inaugural event in 2001, the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Cross-Country Race/Walk has consistently drawn an average of 500 participants each year.
The potential is there for possibly double that amount on Sept. 10 when the 11th annual event takes place at the Bryant University campus.
BLACKSTONE â Main Street in this village-like outpost on the state line usually has everything a busy mother of two needs, but lately it just hasn't been the same.
âYou can't do anything in Blackstone,â said Tara Rogala as she pulled up to the drive-through at Dean Bank. âYou can't do laundry. You can't do groceries. I have to drive 20 minutes to Woonsocket to do anything. Not having power with two small kids isn't easy.â