August 4th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â "We're in this to the end."
That was the battle cry and official response from Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Solicitor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has demanded the city remove the WWI and WWII memorial cross at Place Jolicoeur.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Veronica Teja, of North Smithfield, died in Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Pandely and Evanthia (Milla) Teja.
Veronica was a junior accountant for over 30 years at Amica Insurance in Providence, retiring in 1985. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket.
Veronica is survived by her sister, Valeria Teja, with whom she lived. She was predeceased by her brother, Ionel Teja.
PAWTUCKET â You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up lifeâs journey along the way is simply too tall an order, not to mention how distracting it can be from the pursuit of reaching what each individual interprets as the zenith.
WOONSOCKET â The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.
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Pamela R. Ducharme
BURRILLVILLE- Pamela R. Ducharme 49, resident of Burrillville passed away on July 31, 2012 at RI Hospital.
She was the loving wife of Andre Ducharme.
She was born in Woonsocket RI, a daughter of the late Armand & Therese (Guerard) Trudeau.
Pamela worked as a CNA and Med Tech for the Trinity Health Center in Woonsocket. She was a professional arm wrestler, and also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening and playing cards.
WOONSOCKET â Just in time for another round of public scrutiny, the World War I monument at the center of a simmering constitutional feud with a Wisconsin atheist group has gotten a makeover worthy of prime time.
The once-disintegrating masonry has been restored, the brass plaque bearing the names of the war dead has been professionally spiffed up, and the cross at the heart of the dispute gleams whiter than ever.
Read more in our print edition.
WOONSOCKET â When students return to Woonsocket High School on Aug 29 they are going to find some areas of school to be brighter and newer looking thanks to the help of a local business.
Chet Chomka, the manager and owner of Vose True Value Hardware at 849 Cumberland Hill Road had made a point of letting local schools know about the True Value Foundation's âPainting a Bright Futureâ grant program last fall. Chomka was thrilled to learn earlier this year that Woonsocket High School was among 100 schools selected nationwide to win the award of 40 gallons of paint under the program.
WEST WARWICK --- Itâs been a number of years since Navigant Credit Union Post 85 enjoyed a postseason run like this one, but on Wednesday night, the Woonsocket ballclub moved closer to a state championship by nailing down another impressive victory.
The eighth and lowest seed remaining in the R.I. playoffs, Post 85 rode the strong arm of Brandon Rainville and held off a late comeback by its third-seeded rival to produce a 4-3 triumph, its fourth straight tournament âWâ, at McCarthy Field.
Alice M. Fowler
BURRILLVILLE- Fowler, Alice M., 96, of Ashton Court, Harrisville, died July 25, 2012 at Overlook Nursing Home. She was the widow of William Fowler.
Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of Olaf and Alma (Soderburg) Friden.
Mrs. Fowler was a good mother to her own children along with the many others she unselfishly raised. She was an avid reader.
Itâs easy to get swept up with the sentiment that for Lars Anderson, Tuesday was Liberation Day.
The moment the Red Sox brought Adrian Gonzalez into the fold in December 2010, Andersonâs path to reach the big leagues with the club that drafted and developed him became infinitely harder. The deal with the Padres made Gonzalez a rich man while simultaneously poured cold water on the notion that Anderson was Bostonâs first baseman of the future.