March 28th, 2014
WOONSOCKET- Ronald N. Charbonneau 41, of Fabien St. died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Seven Hills residence on Gilfillan Rd. in North Smithfield, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Warwick, a son of the late Paul E. and Lilianne (Rajotte) Charbonneau. Ronnie was a member of the former Homestead Group which is now Seven Hills.
Mary Linda Poirier
TUCSON, ARIZONA- Mary Linda Poirier, 70, passed away March 19, 2014.
She was born in Woonsocket, and a resident of Blackstone prior to transferring to Tucson, Arizona to work for Mountain Bell Telephone Company in 1976. With thirty years of service, she was a life member of AT&T Pioneers.
Married over forty-five years, Linda was a devoted and loving wife, mom and grandma. Joining her husband, Daniel and daughter, Marie in heaven, she can finally rest in peace. She will be deeply missed. No services are pending.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee has directed the administration to solicit cost proposals to find out why hot water is still coming out of taps with a murky color at the twin middle schools off Hamlet Avenue.
Peter Fontaine, the facilities manager for education department, said the quality of the water has greatly improved after efforts to increase circulation in distribution system began eight weeks ago. But school officials are still not satisfied and they want to find out for sure if sluggish circulation, as they first suspected, is the cause of the problem, or if itâ€™s something else.
Kenneth N. Bonollo
CUMBERLAND- Kenneth N. Bonollo, 73, of Mohawk St., passed away Thursday in the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth F. (Barbour) Bonollo.
Born in Milford, MA he was the son of the late Nello and Mary (Franchini) Bonollo. He was a life long Cumberland resident.
WOONSOCKET- Roosevelt Harris, 78, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Oakland Grove Health Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Lelia (Harmon) Harris.
Born in Newberry, South Carolina, son of the late Lou Walsh and Inez (Spearman) Harris.
Mr. Harris was owner and operator of Harris Home Builders, and also was a construction worker for various construction companies in the area.
PORTUGAL- Clarinda Fernandes, 96, of Portugal passed away in her sleep on March 4, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Horacio Ferreira.
Born in Portugal, daughter of the late Manuel and Recardina Maria Fernandes.
Clarinda was a homemaker, loved by everyone who knew her; she had a great love for her family, and life in general.
Edith V. Namaka
WOONSOCKET- Edith V. (Dunford) Namaka, 95, of Woonsocket, died March 27, 2014 in Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Centre. She was the wife of the late Paul Namaka.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Frederick C. and G. Mabel (Gainer) Dunford.
Edith worked as a stitcher for local dress shops, retiring in 1982. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Woonsocket, and the Creapeau Court Social Club, where she was a kitchen volunteer.
Daniel L. Brown, Jr.
WOONSOCKET- Daniel L. Brown, Jr., 90, of St. Antoine Villa in North Smithfield, RI, formerly of Woonsocket, passed away on March 26, 2014 at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
He was the husband of the late Stella (Fedyszyn) Brown.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, son of the late Daniel Sr., & Eva (Dumas) Brown.
BOSTON -- A Boston city councilor says two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon in the four-story building in the densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Smoke and flames fanned by strong winds poured from the roof and windows for hours.
Councilor Josh Zakim represents the area and confirms the firefighters' deaths.
Major thoroughfare Storrow Drive was shut down for a time, and people were asked to stay out of the area. Boston EMS says at least 18 people were taken to hospitals.
SMITHFIELD â€“ When a soldier in the military is very far from home it helps to have an inexpensive way to get in touch with the people they love.
Nicholas Alberti, 22, a Bryant University senior, has been aware of that fact for several years as a result of his friends, Robbie and Brittnay Bergquistâ€™s work to make inexpensive calls for overseas service members a real option.