April 23rd, 2011
WOONSOCKET - School Superintendent Robert J. Gerardi Jr. will be meeting with school officials in Maynard, Mass. this week to discuss a possible employment contract after the Maynard School Committee last week voted to hire Gerardi as its new school chief.
If Gerardi accepts the position, he would likely leave Woonsocket in June when Maynard's current superintendent, Mark Mastersin, retires. Gerardi could make a formal announcement regarding his departure as early as this week.
Gabriel Chattman, 9, Cadence Archambault, 3, and Faith Chattman, 2, all of Woonsocket, happily count their Easter eggs after taking part in an Easter egg hunt for all ages Saturday morning at the Lincoln Mall. The scene will be repeated all over the Blackstone Valley this morning. Happy Easter to all!
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
â€śI came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,â€ť said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. â€śI had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.â€ť
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- When the R.I. Interscholastic League looked into realigning its three softball divisions during the offseason, there was plenty of talk of dropping North Smithfield to Division III -- and for good reason.
Over their past four seasons, the Lady Northmen had won just a dozen games and languished near the bottom of the Division II-North standings. Their 12-62 record over this span was the worst in the entire league, and a far cry from the 2005 team that went 17-3 and reached the Division II state finals.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Chafee administrationâ€™s economic development projects tend to be high-profile, big-ticket items such as creating the Knowledge District in the former I-195 corridor, revitalizing the airport/train station district and continuing the Quonset Point expansion.
But in the Blackstone Valley, Chafee has his eye on revitalizing the main streets of the small distressed cities.
He has made much-publicized tours of Main Street in Woonsocket and Broad Street as it links Central Falls with Pawtucket.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The litter and brush holed up at Cass Park put up a fierce battle, but in the end they were no match for the good soldiers on Earth Day.
Take Chuck Adelsberger, for example. Normally, he's a mild-mannered environmental engineer for Camp Dresser McKee. Drafted by a core group of Earth Day organizers, he donned jeans and armed himself with a heavy-caliber plastic rake to go after the fallen oak leaves stubbornly entrenched in a thorny mass of wild rose bushes and brambles.
NO. SMITHFIELD- Alfred "Fritz" J. DiSalvo, 87, of Merrimac Rd., died Thursday, April 21, 2011 in St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield. He was the husband of Shirley L. (Bray) DiSalvo whom he married June 19, 1948.
Born in No. Providence, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Antonia (Calci) DiSalvo.
Helen Lillian Demers
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Helen Lillian (Foley) Demers, lifelong North Smithfield resident, age 93, serenely passed to the other side, surrounded by her children, on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
Predeceased by her husband, Harold V. Demers, Sr. They were married in 1942 and began their family of one daughter and two sons, Jan Demers of North Smithfield, formerly of Washington, DC, Harold V. and his wife, Diane of Greenville and Robert J. of Scituate, Massachusetts.
WOONSOCKET - Allan Thomas Sheldon, a long time resident of Woonsocket, RI, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2011 at Miriam Hospital.
Allan was a loyal volunteer at the Agape Center for many years and will be missed.