September 21st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” A new study says the cost of rental housing has risen faster here than any other community in the Blackstone Valley.
The HousingWorksRI 2011 Fact Book, released this week, says the average two-bedroom rent in the city during the second quarter of the year reached $993, almost 75 percent higher than it was a decade ago.
The main culprit behind skyrocketing rents is the continuing wave of foreclosures, the agency said.
NORTH ATTLEBORO- Eileen (Lang) Mastromatteo age 85 years died in the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
Born in Norfolk, Massachusetts on November 21, 1925; she was the daughter of the late Philip and Amelia (Pescuma) Lang.
She graduated from Walpole High School with the class of 1943 and later from Kenneth's Hair Design School in Framingham. She has been a resident of North Attleboro for the past 14 years moving there from Franklin, Massachusetts where she spent 50 years.
Celia J. Novack
BLACKSTONE- Celia J. Novack, 94, of County St. passed away on Monday, Sept. 19th at the Milford Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late Walter Novack, and daughter of the late Clemens & Julia Bednarz.
She is survived by a nephew Walter and his wife Leydin, a great nephew, John, 2 nieces, Joanne and her husband Richard and Diane.
Brother Armand L. Gamache, S.C.
BURRILLVILLE- Brother Armand L. Gamache, S.C., (Brother John Damian), 86, of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Provincial House, Pascoag, RI, died September 20, 2011 at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland, RI.
Born in Nashua, NH, he was the son of the late Lionel Gamache and Marie (Gingras) Gamache.
WOONSOCKET- Elizabeth (Santucci) Viscione, 89, of Dana St., died June 16, 2011. She was the wife of the late Louis Viscione.
Born in Italy, she was the daughter of the late Donato and Concetta (Cecca) Santucci.
Mrs. Viscione worked as a credit manager for the former Carol Cable, Woonsocket and was previously employed as a cashier for the former Collimatti Market, Woonsocket. Her passion was her family and cooking.
WOONSOCKET â€” Without uttering a single word, former Mayor Susan D. Menard made it official yesterday: She will not be a candidate for mayor, leaving the freshman incumbent, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, to walk into a second term without opposition.
Menard did not return signed nomination forms to the Board of Canvassers by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, excluding herself from further competition in this season's balloting. In fact, despite publicly professing serious interest in taking on Fontaine last month, she never picked up the blank forms, which had been available at City Hall since Sept. 6.
WOONSOCKET â€” An observant neighbor helped police in the arrest of a city man charged with breaking into cars on North Main Street Sunday evening.
Todd J. Green, 40, of 502 North Main St., was later arrested on a charge of tampering with motor vehicles in connection with the case, police said.
Patrolman Enrique Sosa reported patrol officers responded to the 300 block of North Main Street just before 9 p.m. after a resident of the area observed a man attempting to break into a neighborâ€™s van and went out to confront him.
Maxine A. Degre
WOONSOCKET- Maxine A. (Chamberland) Degre 57, of Manville Rd. died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Rene E. Degre.
Born in Hartford, CT she was the daughter of Maximin Chamberland of Woonsocket and the late Phyllis (Garland) Chamberland.
Maxine was a driver for the Tellstone Bus Co. for over five years retiring in 2002. She enjoyed knitting, bingo, traveling and attending Pow Wows. Maxine also loved Tweety Bird and butterflies.
WOONSOCKET- Filomena (Gesualdi) Proietti, 88, of St. Antoine Residence, formerly of Greene St., Chateau Claire, died Monday, September 19, 2011. She was the wife of the late Vincent Proietti.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Francisco and Rosaria (DeCotis) Gesualdi. Mrs. Proietti worked as an Office Manager for the former Almacs, for several years.
She was a member of St. Agatha's Seniors, and St. Joseph Seniors and she also volunteer for 27 years at the Palm Beach Medical Center, while Filomena and her husband vacation in Florida, for the winter.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Winning another Northern Division title would be nice, but thatâ€™s not the No. 1 priority for head coach Tom Kenwood and his Cumberland High squad this fall.
With a talented team with plenty of depth, the Clippers are hoping to place among the top six at the state meet in early November and earn a ticket to the New England Championship. The last time thatâ€™s been done was the 2005-06 season when the Cumberland placed third behind team champion Bishop Hendricken.