August 26th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has gotten the Budget Commissionâ€™s OK to negotiate the sale of thousands of surplus trash bins, but it turns out he doesnâ€™t have as much bargaining leverage as he hoped.
The bins are so awkwardly bulky, and there are so many of them â€” over 10,000 in all â€” that it would be a logistical nightmare to transport them very far, says Fontaine.
Translation: Theyâ€™re almost certainly heading for the neighboring town of Cumberland.
Read more in our print edition.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The North Smithfield Police Department announced that it has launched a new telephone â€śtip lineâ€ť for residents to call anonymously with information to help solve crimes.
Effective immediately, the number is 401-762-9983, the police said in a statement. The tip line can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
â€śThe purpose of this line is to allow any member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous to call this number to report criminal activity or any suspicious activity that is occurring ...â€ť the statement says.
CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the â€śYoâ€ť Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind â€“ run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned â€“ win the sixth annual race.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting its 14th annual Labor Day open house celebration, sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Friends and family members watched as the Woonsocket Police Department promoted three officers Friday in a ceremony at Harris Hall.
Edward Cunanan, a law enforcement professional since 1990, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Sean Carpenter and John Raymond were bumped up from officers to sergeants.
During his career at the Woonsocket Police Department, Cunanan has done stints in the juvenile division, the tactical unit and the gang unit. Heâ€™s also a member of the Special Reaction Team (SRT), the Honor Guard, and the detective division, where he currently serves.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Police seek the publicâ€™s help in locating two men wanted on felony larceny warrants.
The warrants were issued for Larry A. Bates Sr., 52, and Larry A. Bates Jr., 29, both of whom are allegedly responsible for the theft of commercial HVAC units from several businesses in North Smithfield. The dollar amount of the units exceeds $50,000, police said.
Police said the two men may be armed with a gun and operating a 1998 white Dodge with white painted windows. The vehicle's Rhode Island combination plate is 67167.
LINCOLN â€“ Calling it Northern Rhode Islandâ€™s "premier" health and fitness center, the man described by associates as the driving force and creative genius behind MacColl YMCAâ€™s new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot family fitness center said the state-of-the-art facility will be at the forefront of helping families and communities maintain healthy lifestyles.
Jeanne M. Trahan
PAWTUCKET- Jeanne M. (Lefebvre) Trahan, 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Roger A. Trahan for 49 years.
Born in Blackstone, MA, she was a daughter of Beatrice (Champagne) Lefebvre of Blackstone, MA and the late Constant Lefebvre.
Jeanne worked in the accounting department of the RI Textile Co., Pawtucket, for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed crocheting, crafting artificial floral arrangements and making her own scented hand lotions.
Richard R. Lussier
PLAINVILLE - Richard R. Lussier, 50, of Plainville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Howley) Lussier and loving father of Kyle, 13 and Alec, 10.
Born in Woonsocket, RI in 1962, he was the son of the late Gloria and Laurent Lussier.
Richard was a graduate of the New England Institute of Technology and worked in the electronics industry for many years. He was an avid sports fan and also enjoyed watching his boys participate in many sports though the years.
Annie L. Bina
BELLINGHAM- Annie L. (McIsaac) Bina, 89, of Bellingham, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012 at Medway Country Manor after a period of decreasing health. She was the beloved wife of the late Jordan Bina of Dorchester deceased May 3, 1997.
Born in Boston on October 15, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Angus and Catherine M. (McNeil) McIsaac.