February 25th, 2011
WOONSOCKET -- The options for finding ancestral information through the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) have expanded in a way that will make it easier for local researchers to access faraway record repositories without having to leave the Societyâ€™s 78 Earle St. base.
The local research center has affiliated with the Family History Library system operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, the world's largest resource for genealogical records, according to AFGS members.
WOONSOCKET â€“ To keep from being kicked out on the street, a group of merchants in Main Street's embattled Commercial Block agreed to share a $6,600 utility bill that's been ignored by the Florida bank that foreclosed on the property and the Providence company the bank hired to manage it.
Jamil Safdar, the proprietor of Liberty Market, said he and six other commercial tenants agreed to chip in at the eleventh hour even though the bill isn't their responsibility. The deadline for payment was Friday morning.
WOONSOCKET â€” Hope High eventually found a way to slow down Maria Saia and her Mount St. Charles teammates in the first half.
The Blue Wave werenâ€™t quite so lucky in the second half.
A strong spurt to begin action after the break broke open a tight game and enabled the first-place Mounties to enjoy Senior Night with a 58-44 victory over Hope in their Division II-North contest on Friday. Saia, one of seven seniors on this yearâ€™s squad, finished with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Senior teammate Adrianna Maurano chipped in 14.
CUMBERLAND- Bertha Blanche (Monjeau) Lariviere died peacefully after a brief illness at Mt. St. Rita' s Medical Center in Cumberland on February 25, 2011. She was the wife of the late Joseph Raoul (Ralph) Lariviere.
Born in New Bedford MA, she was the daughter of the late Hormidas and Mary (Hebert) Monjeau.
Before returning to Woonsocket, she was an inspector for Quantum Electronics in Wallingford, CT for ten years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the Holy Family Christian Group, St. Joseph Sr. Citizens, St. Johns Sr. Citizen. and the RSVP Choral.
Mary Jane Cantara
WOONSOCKET- Mary Jane (Godin) Cantara 82, of 547 Clinton St. died Wednesday at Kent County Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Cantara.
Mrs. Cantara was born in Woonsocket a daughter of the late Felix and Roseanna Gagne. She was a homemaker.
Helen M. Alexander
WOONSOCKET- Helen M. (Marchwicki) Alexander, 92, of Irene Blvd., died Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at home. She was the wife of the late Edmund Alexander.
Born in Ware, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria (Babiarz) Marchwicki.
Mrs. Alexander was employed as a Telephone Operator for the former New England Telephone, now Verizon, for forty-five years. She was a member of the New England Telephone Pioneers and a member of the St. Stanislaus Ladies Guild.
Marion E. Crimmings
BELLINGHAM- Marion E. (Bethel) Crimmings, 92, of Bellingham died Thursday, February 24 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville. She was the wife of the late Warren Crimmings who died in 2002.
She was born in Milford; daughter of the late Fred & Blanche (Crocket) Bethel and was raised in Milford and was a graduate of Milford High School.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A win on Senior Night for North Smithfield turned out to be more than just a nice way to honor its lone 12th grader, Anissa Robitaille.
It earned the Northmen a few extra daysâ€™ rest for the upcoming Division III playoffs.
Jamie LaFazia scored 14 points and teammate Sidra Ethier netted nine and grabbed 11 rebounds as North Smithfield avenged an earlier loss and held off visiting Central, 48-44, at Lovett Gymnasium.
WOONSOCKET- Vang Kingvilay, 72, of Woonsocket, died Sunday evening at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the loving husband of Chantay Kingvilay.
Born in Laos, Mr. Kingvilay came to the United States in 1981 and resided in Woonsocket for the past several years.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.
Ralph J. Anderson
MILLVILLE, MA- Ralph J. "Midge" Anderson, 87, of Millville passed away Wed. Feb. 23, 2011 at home. He was the husband of the late Laura (Richardson) Anderson.
A lifelong resident of Millville, he was a longtime radio engineer at the former WWON radio station in Woonsocket, RI for over 20 years.
He was born in Millville on Jan. 11, 1924, the son of the late Ralph and Aagot (Kristensen) Anderson and was a graduate of Blackstone High School. He later was a graduate of radio engineering school in RI.