April 25th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” Despite Cumberland Town Council President James T. Higgins' best efforts to drum up unanimous support, the council last week ended up voting 6 to 1 to adopt a resolution in support of Governor Lincoln Chafee's municipal reform and relief legislative package.
The vote came one week after Chafee personally urged the council to support his municipal rescue package, saying support of the proposals will ease the financial burden on cities and towns and help stave off more local bankruptcies.
PROVIDENCE â€“ At the core of it was a vexing question that Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel just couldnâ€™t let go.
Why would a woman, abandoned in the snow â€ślike road killâ€ť after a hit-and-run in Woonsocket, suddenly decide that a jail-time sentence was too severe for the driver?
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Creighton Fitzpatrick, 41, of North Smithfield, died April 23, 2012 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. Born in Woonsocket, he is the son of Margaret (Kennedy) Fitzpatrick of North Smithfield, and Harold Fitzpatrick of Woonsocket.
He worked as a restaurant manager for Ellie's in Blackstone and also worked as a home loan officer. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a 1988 graduate of Woonsocket High School, a New England sports enthusiast, was an avid reader and especially enjoyed watching movies.
CUMBERLAND- Simone Drainville, 85, of Cumberland, passed away, Thursday, April 19, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of John Drainville. They were happily married for sixty five years.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Elenore (Couplet) Sportini.
Mr. and Mrs. Drainville have lived in Cumberland since 1958.
Carolyn L. MacLure
NORTH PROVIDENCE- Carolyn L. (Sherman) MacLure, 51, of North Providence passed away at home on Saturday, April 21, 2012. She was the wife of Norman MacLure of North Providence.
Born in Cranston she was the daughter of the late Louis G. and Helen M. (Fountaine) Sherman, Jr.
She was self-employed as a graphic designer, as well as being a talented painter and writer. She was also a dedicated wife and mother always fighting for what was best for her family.
PAWTUCKET --- A few pitchers who could find themselves with the Boston Red Sox in the very near future stated their cases for a promotion on Monday night in the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s doubleheader with the Durham Bulls.
In the opener, starting pitcher Justin Germano and rehabbing Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller teamed up to blank Durham on three singles, and run-scoring singles by Mike Rivera and Tony Thomas provided all the offense in a 2-0 victory.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The thorny constitutional principle of separation of church and state is rearing its head over a 1921 World War I monument featuring a prominent Christian cross on city property.
Unlike the recent prayer banner controversy in Cranston, which was sued by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the threat of legal action in this case is coming from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national nonprofit organization halfway across the country.
Eileen M. Berard
BURRILLVILLE- Eileen M. Berard, 80, lifelong resident of Nasonville, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Phillip Hulitar Inpatient Care Unit.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late James and Edith (Ferris) Murphy.
Loving wife to the late Gerard "Bug a boo" Berard.
Ronald W. Nault
POMPANO BEACH, FL- Nault, Ronald W., 61, of Pompano Beach, FL died April 9, 2012. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Taylor) Nault.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Marcel Nault and Jeanne (Lafreniere) Beaulieu.
Ron was a marine veteran of the Viet Nam War. He worked for the Laborers International Union of North America for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Natalie Nault of Cranston, stepson Leigh Gilbert of Burrillville, brother Robert Nault of North Smithfield , and grandson Caleb Gilbert.
Juliette I. Guay
LINCOLN/MANVILLE- Juliette I. Guay, 72, of Manville, R.I. passed away on Wednesday at home. A daughter of the late Hubert Guay and Ernestine (Paradis) Guay, she was born on May 17, 1939 in Woonsocket, R.I.
She was employed for 29 years by the State of R.I., formerly T.D.I. Division. After retirement, she volunteered for ten years as a reading coach in elementary schools in Woonsocket and Northern Lincoln. Julie was a member of the St. John Vianney Prayer Group, and was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Manville.