July 11th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The Zoning Board of Review on Monday heard testimony on a proposed redevelopment of the former St. Francis House assisted living residence into 18 residential apartments and scheduled a decision on the matter for its next meeting on July 23.
The property's owner, city developer and business owner Gary Fernandes, is seeking to increase an earlier plan for 8 residential units in the five-level distinctive 167 Blackstone Street brick building through conversion of more of the building's available space, according to the proposal's architect, Dan Peloquin.
WOONSOCKET â€” The natural question for Navigant Credit Union Post 85 coach Jim Gauthier after his squad eked out a 3-1 verdict over the North Providence Post 29 Senators on Tuesday night was this:
Is it possible for a pitcher to be inconsistent, yet still toss a two-hitter?
â€śWe were just talking about that,â€ť Gauthier grinned, referencing the post-Post 85 meeting on the Renaud Field mound. â€śHe didnâ€™t have his best stuff, but he kept battling.â€ť
Marcel R. Hetu
WOONSOCKET- Marcel R. Hetu 80, of 547 Clinton St. died Monday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Lucille (Lambert) Hetu.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Alfred and Lila (Beaudoin) Hetu.
Marcel was a Machinist for EG & G Sealol Co. for over fifteen years. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and served in the Third Infantry Division from 1952-1954. Marcel was an avid Yankees fan.
WOONSOCKET -- A body was found floating in the South Main Street dam of the Blackstone River, in downtown Woonsocket, late this morning.
Using a rubber raft, police and firefighters pulled the body off the edge of the flood control gate at around noon.
The body appeared to be that of a black adult male. He was wearing a black T-shirt, what appeared to be swimming trunks or shorts that were black with a red and grey stripe across the waistline. He also had on a pair of black high-top sneakers.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sunday marked the first time Bob Montgomery saw Ryan Lavarnway up close and in person. Studying the Pawtucket Red Sox catcher from the television booth in the press box located high above McCoy Stadium, Montgomery made good use of the monitor adjacent to him, particularly when tracking Lavarnwayâ€™s mitt motion as he received the ball from the pitcher.
WOONSOCKET â€” Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has mailed 198,000 letters to customers in the Greater Woonsocket area notifying them that the insurance company may no longer do business with Landmark Medical Center and the Rehab Hospital of Rhode Island as of Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, respectively.
That means BCBSRIâ€™s members could still receive treatment at those hospitals, but they would be responsible for dealing directly with Blue Cross for claims reimbursement and paying the hospital out of their own pocket.
Robert M. Andrew
BELLINGHAM- Robert M. Andrew, 81, of Bellingham, MA passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI. He was the beloved husband for 46 years of Patricia B. (Bottomley) Andrew.
He was the loving father of the late Lynne R. Andrew. He leaves his cherished granddaughter, Julia P. Andrew of Bellingham, MA and his great-grandchildren, Elise, Elaina, and Jack.
Born in Fall River, MA on December 9, 1930, he was the son of the late Alfred and Juliette(Ledoux) Andrew.
Beatrice E. Guilmain
UXBRIDGE- Beatrice E. (Poirier) Guilmain, 84, of Uxbridge and formerly of Blackstone died Sat. July 7, 2012 in the St. Francis Rehab & Nursing Center, Worcester. She was the wife of the late Eugene L. Guilmain, Jr. who died in 2008.
Mrs. Guilmain was employed at the former Waucantuck Mill of Uxbridge and later for Hanora Spinning of Woonsocket.
She was born Aug. 4, 1927 in Uxbridge, the daughter of the late Victor and Evelyn (Snow) Poirier and was a graduate of Uxbridge High School.
Alice V. Richard
WOONSOCKET- Alice V. (Labonne) Richard, 85, died Thursday July 5, in the Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Adrien S. Richard.
Mrs. Richard was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Louis and Loretta (Girard) Labonne.
Mrs. Labonne was a textile worker for Empire Woolen Mills for many years before retiring in 1972. After retiring, she pursued her interest in caring for horses in Blackstone.
Jane E. Devine
UXBRIDGE- Jane E. (DeStefano) Devine, 76, died July 6, 2012 at home. She was the wife of Thomas E. Devine of Uxbridge.
Born in Woonsocket, the daughter of the late Ercole and Agusta (DeAngelis) DeStefano, she was a North Smithfield resident for forty six years prior to moving to Uxbridge in 2010.
Mrs. Devine worked as an elementary school teacher in Canton, MA,, No. Smithfield and Woonsocket, retiring in 1999. She attended Green Mountain College and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Boston University.