August 25th, 2012
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.
WOONSOCKET â€” The time of the year has changed and so has the location, but the YMCA Race Against Racism 5K is coming back to Woonsocket for a second running and looking to improve on its success from a year ago.
Last yearâ€™s event became the first road race in nearly two decades to hit the streets of Woonsocket. Held on a sunny April 10 at River Island Park, over 200 people signed up for the race and 181 finished it.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee yesterday won the Budget Commissionâ€™s unanimous support to appeal to the state Supreme Court a recent lower court ruling that put the kibosh on its efforts to pry some additional funding from the state to run public schools.
The litigation, initiated in partnership with Pawtucket in 2009, has cost the two cities roughly $275,000 so far, including $102,000 from Woonsocket, according to Samuel D. Zurier, one of the lawyers handling the suit.
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BLACKSTONE â€“ Mosquitoes captured from a surveillance site off Gaskill Street, just over the state line from Woonsocket, have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Bay Stateâ€™s Department of Public Health confirmed on Thursday.
The state now plans on spraying the area with mosquito-killing insecticide after 8 p.m. on Monday. This is the same type of spraying that has been done elsewhere using the pesticide sumithrin, according to the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project.
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