February 26th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â€“ They call it the freeze-thaw cycle, and itâ€™s the reason motorists are bobbing and weaving through some of the nastiest pothole fields on city streets in years.
For public works crews, the ups and downs of the February thermometer bring a cycle of their own to deal with the bumper crop of potholes: It starts with a shovelful of â€ścold patchâ€ť asphalt and goes something like this: Fill, tamp, repeat.
â€śFill it first, then level it off, then tamp,â€ť says Mark Gelinas, a highway division worker armed with a special tool for flattening the sticky, tar-based fill.
LINCOLN â€” After rolling to six straight triumphs, Lincoln High sustained a crushing 38-37 Division II-North loss to Moses Brown School on Feb. 12, and that sent it into a dismal tailspin.
On Valentine's Night, they dropped a 57-34 verdict to II Central-leading and unbeaten St. Raphael, 57-34, before getting exploited by Scituate (69-49) and Johnston (42-29) in two more league clashes.
WOONSOCKET- Alicja (Sulkowski) Haczynski, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 24, 2014. She was the loving wife of Zbiginiew Haczynski.
Funeral, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. from the Kubaska Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Woonsocket. Burial at St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Blackstone, MA. Calling hours Friday, February 28, 2014 from 4-8 pm. For full obituary go to:
LINCOLN â€” The Manville Fire District Board of Wardens says it now appears unlikely American LaFrance, the company contracted by the district in 2012 to build a new ladder truck, will be able to complete the job, but is assuring ratepayers the $300,000 deposit the district put down on the vehicle is protected and will not be lost.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s official: Michael A. Morin is the new state representative for House District 49.
The Woonsocket firefighter won his stripes as an unopposed Democratic candidate in yesterdayâ€™s special election after finishing first in a three-way primary a month ago.
Morin was elected with just 233 votes. A total of 46 write-in ballots were cast against him for a variety of candidates.
â€śIâ€™m just looking forward to getting going,â€ť Morin said. â€śIt seems like the primary was six months ago already.â€ť
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Burrillville High starters and subs stormed the floor after manufacturing a thrilling 38-35 triumph over rival North Smithfield before approximately 300 fans at the Lovett Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
They had stellar reason: With the victory, the Broncos sealed the Division III-North crown, which is pretty much a rarity for them.
Senior tri-captain David Reynolds paced the visitors with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jared Cabral chipped in 10 points. Junior center Isaiah DeSilva only netted a pair, but pulled down nine boards with five blocks.
Nelson L. Labonte
BRISTOL- Nelson L. Labonte, 93, formerly of Woonsocket, died, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in the R.I. Veterans Home. He was the husband of the late Therese (Valois) Labonte.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Joseph and Victoria (Bouchard) Labonte.
Mr. Labonte was a United States Army Veteran serving in WWII.
He worked as a Machinist for Taft Pierce, for 27 years prior to retiring.
He is survived by one son, Joseph F. and his wife Mary Labonte of Woonsocket, and one daughter, Anne M, and her husband Keith Choquette, of North Smithfield, and five grandchildren.
Montcalm J. LaRochelle
CUMBERLAND- Montcalm J. "Larry" LaRochelle, 86, of Mendon Rd. Cumberland died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Jeannette M. (Dumont) LaRochelle. They were married on November 24, 1949.
Born and raised in Manville he was a son of the late Adolphe and Edouardina (Gouin) LaRochelle.
Mr. LaRochelle was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He received the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He taught dancing for Arthur Murray studios while in Japan.
WOONSOCKET- Janice Pleau, 85, formerly of Chateau Clare in Woonsocket died on Feb. 19, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Louis Pleau.
She leaves 3 daughters, Cheryl DuBois of Ga., Loretta Badeau and Leslie Brite of Woonsocket and 1 son, the late Robert Pleau. She has 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild.
A private service will be held at the Veteran's Cemetery on Feb 27.
CUMBERLAND- Walter Polucha, 87, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. He was the husband of Vivian (Picard) Polucha and the late Doris (Maggioli) Polucha.
Born in Blackstone, MA, he was the son of the late Simon and Anna (Wojcik) Polucha.