February 25th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â Itâs official: Michael A. Morin is the new state representative for House District 49.
The Woonsocket firefighter won his stripes as an unopposed Democratic candidate in yesterdayâs special election after finishing first in a three-way primary a month ago.
Morin was elected with just 233 votes. A total of 46 write-in ballots were cast against him for a variety of candidates.
âIâm just looking forward to getting going,â Morin said. âIt seems like the primary was six months ago already.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Burrillville High starters and subs stormed the floor after manufacturing a thrilling 38-35 triumph over rival North Smithfield before approximately 300 fans at the Lovett Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
They had stellar reason: With the victory, the Broncos sealed the Division III-North crown, which is pretty much a rarity for them.
Senior tri-captain David Reynolds paced the visitors with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jared Cabral chipped in 10 points. Junior center Isaiah DeSilva only netted a pair, but pulled down nine boards with five blocks.
Nelson L. Labonte
BRISTOL- Nelson L. Labonte, 93, formerly of Woonsocket, died, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in the R.I. Veterans Home. He was the husband of the late Therese (Valois) Labonte.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Joseph and Victoria (Bouchard) Labonte.
Mr. Labonte was a United States Army Veteran serving in WWII.
He worked as a Machinist for Taft Pierce, for 27 years prior to retiring.
He is survived by one son, Joseph F. and his wife Mary Labonte of Woonsocket, and one daughter, Anne M, and her husband Keith Choquette, of North Smithfield, and five grandchildren.
Montcalm J. LaRochelle
CUMBERLAND- Montcalm J. "Larry" LaRochelle, 86, of Mendon Rd. Cumberland died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Jeannette M. (Dumont) LaRochelle. They were married on November 24, 1949.
Born and raised in Manville he was a son of the late Adolphe and Edouardina (Gouin) LaRochelle.
Mr. LaRochelle was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He received the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He taught dancing for Arthur Murray studios while in Japan.
WOONSOCKET- Janice Pleau, 85, formerly of Chateau Clare in Woonsocket died on Feb. 19, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Louis Pleau.
She leaves 3 daughters, Cheryl DuBois of Ga., Loretta Badeau and Leslie Brite of Woonsocket and 1 son, the late Robert Pleau. She has 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild.
A private service will be held at the Veteran's Cemetery on Feb 27.
CUMBERLAND- Walter Polucha, 87, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. He was the husband of Vivian (Picard) Polucha and the late Doris (Maggioli) Polucha.
Born in Blackstone, MA, he was the son of the late Simon and Anna (Wojcik) Polucha.
WOONSOCKET â The state Budget Commission running city financial affairs indicated during its meeting in Harris Hall on Monday that it still has questions about a plan to implement a full-day kindergarten program in local schools in the fall and wonât consider the change until additional supportive information has been submitted by the School Department.
WOONSOCKET â In one of the biggest personnel moves sheâs made since taking office, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt appointed Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw as the next permanent chief of the Woonsocket Fire Department.
Shatraw, 48, is a 28-year veteran of the fire department who worked his way up through the ranks after starting out as a private in 1986.
WOONSOCKET â The public has been invited to remember George Nasutiâs many contributions this Saturday at Woonsocket Highâs Saravia Gymnasium beginning at 2 p.m.
âItâs going to be a celebration of life,â said Carnell Henderson, Woonsocketâs head football coach and for now the primary overseer of Villa Novan athletics.
While some of the details pertaining to this open celebration are either still in the process of becoming finalized or remain under wraps until Saturday, Henderson confirmed that there would be a speaking program.
UXBRIDGE- Thomas "Mac" McMurray passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 23, 2014.