August 2nd, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The demolition company whose work at an old mill site was blamed for causing a major sewage spill into the Blackstone River last week did not have an active â€śDig Safeâ€ť clearance for the job, as required by state law, city officials say.
A notice alleging a violation by Coventry Building & Wrecking was sent to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Tuesday, said Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent.
WOONSOCKET â€” Despite the expectations of some local lawmakers, the General Assembly set aside barely enough money in the state budget to make a dent in an ambitious rehabilitation plan that's been mapped out for ailing World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Among other things, that means inner-city kids who had been expecting a â€śsplash parkâ€ť to replace now-drained Social Ocean as early as this season probably won't see one next summer, either, says Robert Paquette, chief of recreation for the state Department of Environmental Management.
CUMBERLAND â€” After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusettsâ€™s titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.
Paul L. Martel
WOONSOCKET- Paul L. Martel 80, formerly of Fulton St. died Monday at the Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Elphege and Eugenie (Marcotte) Martel.
Paul worked at Belmont Woolen Mill, Woonsocket Hospital as a kitchen aide, and Cape Cod Restaurant before retiring in 1980.
Therese O. Cote
BELLINGHAM-- Therese O. Cote 87, of 33 Mann St. died Monday at home. She was the wife of the late Albert C. Cote.
Mrs. Cote was born in Woonsocket a daughter of the late Theophile and Albertine (Harnois) Lamothe.
She was a homemaker for most of her life, and had previously worked at the former Glenoc Mills and Jacob Finklestein and Sons. Therese enjoyed shopping and gardening.
Gerard H. Tessier
WOONSOCKET- Gerard H. Tessier, 79, of Front St., died Sunday July 31, 2011.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Eddy and Beatrice (Bessette) Tessier.
Gerry worked for Auger Men's Wear for 40 years and Donnelley's for 10 years and also Lanoie's for several years before retiring, in 1995.
He is survived by one brother Andr Tessier, of North Smithfield, one sister, Gertrude Tessier, of Woonsocket.
He also was the brother of the late Lucille Anderson and several nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when youâ€™ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games â€“ Lavarnwayâ€™s mashing rate heading into Mondayâ€™s action â€“ you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.
WOONSOCKET â€” Nearly a million gallons of partially treated sewage is thought to have spilled into the Blackstone River when a demolition crew at the burnt-out Seville Dyeing site accidentally ruptured an underground sewer main Friday afternoon, the state environmental agency said.
The effluent is believed to have been streaming unchecked from the broken main for more than 48 hours before a neighbor noticed and called the city's water department, said Angelo Liberti, chief of surface water protection for the state Department of Environmental Management.
Beatrice A. Beaudoin
WOONSOCKET- Beatrice A. Beaudoin 95, formerly of Woodland Rd. died Monday at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Herve A. Beaudoin.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Ludger and Lumina (Lozeau) Poirier.
WOONSOCKET- Therese Beauparlant 80, formerly of Cumberland and Blackstone, died Sunday in St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Albert Beauparlant.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Hidas and Laura Gagnon.
Mrs. Beauparlant was a dietary aide for St. Antoine for many years retiring in 1996.
She is survived by her brother Roland Gagnon of Cumberland, her godchild Michelle Fay, many nieces and nephews, and her dearest friend of many years, Marlene Gagnon. She was also the sister of the late Blanche Godin.