September 6th, 2011
WOONSOCKET- Donnie Alston 33, resident of Woonsocket, died August 27, 2011 at the Landmark Medical Center.
Born February 17, 1978 in Providence RI, son of Beverly (Lurvey) Chabot of No. Smithfield
Donnie worked for the former Homestead (formerly known as Arc of Northern RI). A Woonsocket resident for the last year, he previously lived in Pascoag where he lived most of his life. He competed in the Special Olympics where he received several medals.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Mary Cecilia (McQuade) Deslauriers, 98, of No. Smithfield, died Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in the Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Gerald A. Deslauriers, who died in 1998.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late William T. and Mary (Hewitt) McQuade.
Dollard L. Lavallee
NO. SMITHFIELD- Dollard "Del" L. Lavallee, 63, of Great Rd., No. Smithfield, died Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Linda (Rebello) Lavallee.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Emile and Rita (Brissette) Lavallee.
Mr. Lavallee was a maintenance technician for the RI Resource Recovery Group, Johnston. He was also a truck mechanic for Garelick Farms in Franklin, MA. Del was a member of the Teamsters, the Cercle Laurier and the Holy Ghost Society, No. Smithfield.
Sr. Rita Martinelli
Sr. Rita Martinelli, P.M. (Sr. Ste. Marie de la Presentation de Marie), 89, of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary died September 3, 2011 at St. Joseph Residence in Manchester.
She was born in Woonsocket, RI on August 11, 1922 to Henry and Eva (Morin) Martinelli.
She entered the order of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson in 1941, made her first profession in 1944 and her final profession in 1949.
WOONSOCKET â€” For most people, Labor Day is a last call for summer, a chance for one more family cookout or that final great day at the beach.
But at the cityâ€™s Museum of Work And Culture, the holiday was another chance to remember a difficult period of local history, a national textile workerâ€™s strike that came to town in early September 1934 and claimed the lives of two city men in the process.
As part of its Labor Day Open House 2011 program, the Museum staged two performances of Raymond H. Baconâ€™s short play about the strike and its local aftermath.
BURRILLVILLE â€” School in Burrillville will be open for all grade levels this Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Preschool students will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. But they should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
Kindergarteners will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. Thye, too, should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
The following is the schedule of open houses/orientations:
*Pre-school - Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m.
*Kindergarten - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.
*Grade 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6- 8 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The old mill buildings of Seville Dye and the U.S. Rubber Co. (Alice Mill) along the Blackstone River on Fairmount Street were destroyed by fires and their ruins razed over the summer by a wrecking ball.
But what happens now to the more than dozen of acres of industrial land at the two sites could play a major role in the cityâ€™s economic recovery.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his players danced to loud music while taking swigs of beer in the other room, Arnie Beyeler stood in the managerâ€™s office, his t-shirt completely soaked after several players cornered him near the visitors dugout and dumped beer all over him.
The fruits of victory are sweet if youâ€™re the Pawtucket Red Sox. The locals clinched the I.L. North Saturday night after rallying for a 12-7 victory past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The division title is the franchiseâ€™s first since 2003 and the fifth since 1991, when division play was introduced in the International League.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a city man in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred this summer.
Abdoulie Njie, 34, of 62 South St., is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of witness intimidation, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office.
The crimes took place between July 10 and July 25, the indictment says.
MILLVILLE â€” It was a moment that Millville's senior citizens had been waiting years for. The town's brand new Senior Center opened in June of 2007 and, for the first time, there was a bigger, more modern space where they could get their blood pressure checked, participate in a knitting groups or exercise classes or get information about Social Security benefits.
Now, that same building is slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts and a decision by voters in June to reject two Proposition 2Â˝ override ballot questions.