June 27th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council approved a proposed $129 million city budget plan early Tuesday morning but not before engaging in a pitched debate over a projected $6,375 savings for keeping the River Island Park ice rink closed next winter.
The ice rink's operation was ultimately retained in the 2012-13 spending plan but will now have to survive the state-appointed Budget Commission's final action on the city's budget in the coming days.
WOONSOCKET â€” As the declaration period winds down today, five challengers have surfaced to run against incumbent lawmakers, with most targeting House members involved in the controversial sinking of the supplemental tax bill two weeks ago.
Stuart Gitlow, a psychiatrist from the North End, Michael Morin, a Woonsocket firefighter, and Michael Moniz, have all taken out papers to run against incumbent State Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49).
Read more in our print edition.
Ten-year-old Ansley Girard of Woonsocket, reads her Pokemon book in a comfortable perch in a window sill at the Woonsocket YMCA Tuesday.
Leo P. Beauchamp
WOONSOCKET- Leo P. Beauchamp, 84, of Woonsocket, died June 24, 2012 in his home. He was the husband of Priscille (Dumais) Beauchamp, who died in 2004.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Anne (Bonin) Beauchamp.
Joseph L. Levesque
WOONSOCKET- Joseph L. Levesque, 83, of Paradis Ave., Woonsocket, died Sunday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Tyler) Levesque. They were married on May 22, 1959.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Edward and Aurore (Jarvis) Levesque. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mr. Levesque served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Following his service Mr. Levesque was employed in the local textile industry at several area firms before his retirement.
William H. Gilbert
CUMBERLAND- William H. Gilbert, 83, of Wysteria Lane, died Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Patricia (Morley) Gilbert.
Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Chester and Eda (Koerner) Gilbert, he had lived in Cumberland for the past forty-six years.
Mr. Gilbert was owner of Concordia Music Corp., and prior to that, he was an engineer for Raytheon, and for Sylvania.
ENGLEWOOD, FL- Our beloved wife and mother Miriam "Mim" Bourne passed away at her home in Englewood, Fl on May 9, 2012 at the age of 83.
"Mim" was born in Harrisville, RI and worked for the State of RI until retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Stanley E. Bourne, and his family; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Susan Nicholson with grandson Samuel Willneff in Virginia Beach, VA; grandson, Ashley J Nicholson of Cordele, GA; nieces, Laurel Magan and Dale Correia of MA.
Interment will be in Chepachet, RI at Acotes Cemetary at a later date.
Alfred J. Caron
CUMBERLAND/LINCOLN/WOONSOCKET/NORTH SMITHFIELD- Alfred J. "Pete" Caron, 88, a Cumberland resident for almost 50 years, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012 at Mount Saint Rita Health Centre. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Muriel Bergesson.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Alfred and Marie (Chartier) Caron.
Beverly Ruth Gray
BELLINGHAM- Beverly Ruth (Dempsey) Gray - On June 24, 2012 after a short period of declining health.
Known by her family as Bevy, her friends called her Bev. As Bevy wished, she passed away at home surrounded by those near and dear to her.
Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Elsie Dempsey.
Bevy was married to Edwin W. Gray for forty nine years, Eddie passed away in March of 2006.
Richard T. Tokarski
WOONSOCKET- Richard T. Tokarski, 63, of Woonsocket passed away early Monday morning, June 25, 2012 due to terminal illness.
Richard retired from GM where he had worked for more then 30 years. He was an avid softball player.