July 26th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council accepted a list of 15 proposed charter amendments from the Charter Review commission and now begins its own work on which of those measures should be presented to local voters in November.
BURRILLVILLE- Edward Allen, "Ted" Gartland, 67, passed away on July 25, 2011. Loving husband of 40 years to Suzanne Leduc, Ted was the son of John and Alice (Whittaker) Gartland of Nasonville.
Mary M. Chita
BLACKSTONE- Mrs. Mary M. (Thomas) Chita, of Park St., Blackstone, died July 24, 2011 at home. She was the wife of the late John P. Chita
Born Aug. 1, 1921 in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Hollings and Martha (Allsop) Thomas. She was a Blackstone resident most of her life.
Mary worked for the former Tupperware Company, the Polytop Corporation and Donnellys Jewelry Manufacturer.
She was a member of the Blackstone School Department PTA and enjoyed gardening and dancing with her late husband.
Jacqueline M. LeClair
SLATERSVILLE- Jacqueline M. LeClair, 89, lifelong resident of Slatersville, died Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford, MA.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Adrien and Alfreda (Robillard) LeClair.
She worked fifty-two years as a receptionist for a local Optometrist. Jackie loved to knit and spend time with her family and friends.
Leo A. Savoie
NO. SMITHFIELD- Leo A. Savoie, 83, of Brentwood Dr., No. Smithfield, died Sunday, July 24, 2011 in The Friendly Home, Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Adelard and Yvonne (Gelinas) Savoie.
Itâ€™s a 13.1-mile race. No matter how you look at it, it possesses some kind of challenge for anyone that attempts the distance.
But this one will be a little more fun. Actually, it could be a lot more fun.
On Sunday morning, Aug. 7, an expected 8,000 runners and walkers will invade the capital city for the inaugural Rock nâ€™ Roll Providence Half Marathon. The race is the latest of the popular Rock nâ€™ Roll Marathon series that has already made its way to 25 U.S. cities and an additional two more internationally.
Two-time regular-season champion Cumberland Post 14 and red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79 will be among the â€śElite Eightâ€ť teams that will play for the state championship this week when the R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament moves into the double-elimination format.
In seasons past, the double-elimination portion of the postseason wouldnâ€™t get under way until four ballclubs were left standing after winning a best-of-three quarterfinal and semifinal-round series.
WOONSOCKET â€” After complaining publicly and threatening to file an open meetings complaint, School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh says she was finally furnished with the names of the members of the committee in charge of searching for a new superintendent yesterday.
But Phongsavanh remained highly critical of the process, saying it has been unnecessarily opaque and closed off to input from communities of interest outside the school department.
â€śIt's been a shady process,â€ť asserted Phongsavanh, the newest member of the School Committee. â€śI don't understand why they've been so secretive.â€ť
Thomas J. Bouchard
WOONSOCKET- Thomas J. Bouchard, 79, of Conrad St., died Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Jeanne M. (Moreau) Bouchard. whom he married in 1963.
Born in Esmond, he was the son of the late Joseph and Eva (Dufresne) Bouchard.
He lived in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Roger E. Whittaker
WOONSOCKET- Roger E. Whittaker, 79, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Greenville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. He was the beloved husband for 27 years of Evelyn D. (Turcotte) Whittaker and the late Barbara (Walsh) Whittaker.
Born in Providence on August 8, 1931, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Barrett) Whittaker. He was the father of Robert B., Charlene and Cheryl Whittaker. He was the brother of the late Joseph Whittaker. He also leaves his brother in law Richard J. Turcotte of Woonsocket.