April 13th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â With scant cash to spare for frills in this struggling town, the mayor is resorting to a novel method of raising money to finance a Fourth of July fireworks display.
Mostly, it involves dinner, dancing, and cocktails, not necessarily in that order.
Itâs Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâs Charity Ball, scheduled to take place April 27 at the historic St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee made a rare appearance testifying before a Senate committee Thursday, pushing for passage of his package of municipal relief bills.
Joining him before the Senate Finance Committee were mayors of several communities supporting the legislation, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.
Evelyn R. Langevin
BLACKSTONE- Evelyn R. (St. Amant) Langevin 100, of Blackstone , died Friday at home. She was the wife of the late Emile H. Langevin., and mother of the late Evelyn Clark.
Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Alfred St. Amant. Mrs. Langevin was a textile worker for the former Maurel Worsted in Woonsocket for thirty five years before retiring in 1972.
WOONSOCKET- Jeannine Blouin, 61, passed away on April 7, 2012 at home in Woonsocket.
Jeannie was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Jean T. and Edith G. (Viau) Blouin.
For twenty years she had benefited from the care and support of Avatar and their wonderful caregivers. With their loving support, Jeannie was able to participate in many activities in the community. We want to thank the Avatar support professionals who helped Jeannie achieve her full potential.
Armand L. Plouffe
WOONSOCKET- Armand L. Plouffe 89, formerly of Earle St., passed away Tuesday, April 10, in the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Theresa (Dulac) Plouffe. Together they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May of this year.
He was born in Woonsocket , a son of the late Xavier and Albertine (Gaudette) Plouffe.
Mr. Plouffe was a cost accountant for Whitinsville Machine Works for over thirty five years retiring in 1984, and was a WWII Army veteran.
Eleanor M. Gauthier
SAN ANTONIO, TX- Eleanor M. Gauthier, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in San Antonio, TX where she was living with her daughter.
She was born February 2, 1921 to John and Anna Mazur in Ware, Massachusetts.
THOMPSON, CT- Bertha (Ballou) Waters, 87, of Thompson, CT, died April 11, 2012.
Calling hours Sunday 2 to 4 PM at Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam, CT followed by a Memorial Service at 4 PM. Donations to the Recreational Fund, Pierce Memorial Baptist Home, PO Box 326, Brooklyn, CT 06234. Share a memory with her family "Light a Candle" at
WOONSOCKET â On Tuesday, host Cumberland High pounded out 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, en route to a 14-0 âmercy ruleâ pasting of Smithfield High.
Skipper Paul Murphyâs crew didnât supply him and assistant Dale OâDell with the same kind of offensive barrage 48 hours later at Mount St. Charles, but it did register eight hits to post a second consecutive âmercy ruleâ triumph over the Mounties, this time an 11-0 verdict on Thursday.
WOONSOCKET â School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan is working on a sweeping restructuring of local elementary schools and the middle school that could restore all-day kindergarten at the early elementary level and also move fifth graders to the middle school.
Donoyan has presented an overview of the possible changes to city leaders and state legislators and is in the process of meeting with the school staff to obtain their reactions to the proposal.
Raymond A. Fontaine
WOONSOCKET- Raymond A. Fontaine, 59, life long resident of Woonsocket, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Woonsocket Health Center, located on Poplar Street in Woonsocket, after a sudden and progressive illness. He was married to Jeannette M. Gina (Malenfant) Fontaine for 36 wonderful years, where they said their "I Do's" in Holy Family Church in December of 1975. They would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary this December. Born December 31, 1952, Raymond was a son of the late Raymond and Jeannette L. (Desjardin) Fontaine.