July 19th, 2011
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.
George E. Gibson, Jr.
BELLINGHAM- George E. Gibson, Jr., 66, of Bellingham, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 17, 2011 at Woonsocket Health Center with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 44 years of Lauren (Wilson) Gibson.
CUMBERLAND- Arnold Sousa, 86 of Hilltop Road, passed away Sunday in the Grandview Center, Cumberland. He was the loving husband of Esmeralda (Gonzalez) Sousa.
Born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland, he was the son of the late Cypriano and Theresa (Gomes) Sousa. He was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Sousa was a Life Underwriter for the Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co., retiring 1983. He owned the former Arnolds Market in Central Falls and also worked for four years at the former Owens-Corning Firberglass.
He was a WW II US Navy Veteran.
Arlene E. Klazer
SARASOTA, FLORIDA- Arlene E. Klazer 66 of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Punta Gorda, Florida died on July 14, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida.
She was born on November 21, 1944 in Uxbridge, Massachusetts to Raymond Lulu and Stella Podeski Lulu.
Arlene was a beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics for many years. She was a member of the Polish -American Society of St. Petersburg. Florida. Past member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, Florida, and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Sarasota, Florida.