December 23rd, 2012
The chorale at St. Anthony‚Äôs Church in Woonsocket, under the direction of Mary Bienkiewicz-Picard, will sing at the Christmas Day 9 a.m. Mass. The 22-member choir will perform a variety of traditional and ethnic musical selections. Guest soloist Ryan Latour will render the holiday selection of ‚ÄėO Holy Night.‚Äô Latour recently performed at the Stadium Theatre‚Äôs version of ‚ÄėIn the Mood‚Äô and he is a lifelong parishioner of St. Anthony‚Äôs Church.
The church will offer Christmas Eve Vigil at 5 p.m. Monday, but again there will be no Midnight Mass.
BURRILLVILLE ‚ÄĒ Boss Arena‚Äôs loss promises to be Levy Arena‚Äôs gain next weekend.
After busing down to the University of Rhode Island the past two Christmas vacations to play in the featured eight-team, two-day Holiday Classic, Burrillville coach Steve Daigle found out two months ago that the tournament was not coming back this winter.
Scrambling to find an alternative tournament to keep his players active during the break, Daigle instead decided to create his own, and judging by the early reports, this one looks like it has the makings to be a success.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee and the police department to purchase new desktops and related equipment as part of a department-wide overhaul of its computer systems.
The $23,635 to purchase the new computers will not come from town funds, but rather a 2009 COPS law enforcement technology grant.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ This past July, 12 dedicated students enrolled in the RIRAL Transition to College Adult Education program to prepare for their return to college. After five months of academic preparation, they graduated at Woonsocket Harris Library this week in front of dignitaries from CCRI, the state Department of Education and Mayor Leo Fontaine.
The graduates are: Christie Ayala, Alex Ballina, Melissa Cabral, Monica Dias, Janisse Dossantos, Yvette Garza, Diana Gomez, Andrew Ming, Priscila Nassif, Carolina Osorio, Deanna Pickering and Wendy Wilmarth.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚Äď Police Lt. Jared Salinaro still loves his job, but it‚Äôs just not as easy coming to work as it used to be.
That‚Äôs because he has to leave the house without his longtime partner, Vasko the police dog.
Vasko was a staple of the patrol division for more than six years, with a sable snout as familiar to police officers in Woonsocket and other Valley towns as it was here. Though he‚Äôs still eager to work, Vasko‚Äôs been forced into retirement because Salinaro, his exclusive handler, was recently promoted into a position that no longer keeps him tethered to a police cruiser.
WOONSOCKET- Madeleine Ladouceur 90, formerly of Sweet Ave died Thursday at The Holiday surrounded by her loving nieces. She was the wife of the late Valmore R. Ladouceur.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Calixte and Rose (Lemire) Vaillant.
Mrs. Ladouceur was a picker for Sadwin's Manufacturing Co. for twenty years before retiring in 1991.
Frank H. Martin
NO. SMITHFIELD- Frank H. Martin, 94, of Old Smithfield Road, No. Smithfield, died December 21, 2012 in The Holiday, Lincoln. He was the husband of the late Doris M. (Goewey) Martin.
Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Louise (Baldauf) Martin.
Danielle M. Spellman
BLACKSTONE, MA- Danielle M. Spellman, 38, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012. She leaves the love of her life, Eric D'Angelo.
Born in Boston, MA on August 8, 1974, she was the daughter of David J. Spellman, Sr. and his wife, Frances of South Yarmouth, MA, and the late Elizabeth M. (Battite) Spellman.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A 21-year-old woman was beaten, bitten and threatened with a knife during a feud with her boyfriend Wednesday, police said.
Brad Johnson, 19, of 78 Spring St., was arrested after fleeing the residence and charged with domestic assault with a deadly weapon, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone.
Police said the victim tried to call 911 several times while they were en route to the residence, but the only thing the caller managed to say was that someone was holding a knife to her neck.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Another unconfirmed report that Walmart is bidding on a ‚Äúsupercenter‚ÄĚ project on Diamond Hill Road has prompted the city to ask the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant for clarification.
‚ÄúIt is my sincere hope that if and when you find yourself in a position to be able to comment to me about Walmart‚Äôs plans, you will take the opportunity to do so and have an internally consistent message conveyed by the city to support your own,‚ÄĚ wrote Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik on Thursday.