September 3rd, 2011
MILLVILLE â€” It was a moment that Millville's senior citizens had been waiting years for. The town's brand new Senior Center opened in June of 2007 and, for the first time, there was a bigger, more modern space where they could get their blood pressure checked, participate in a knitting groups or exercise classes or get information about Social Security benefits.
Now, that same building is slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts and a decision by voters in June to reject two Proposition 2Â˝ override ballot questions.
BURRILLVILLE --â€“ The length of a soccer field from goal to goal is about 100 yards.
During Friday afternoonâ€™s Division III-North opener between Burrillville and Classical, it was more like 50 yards.
Too bad for the host Broncos, it was not in their favor.
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If the Gwinnett Braves earn the International League wild-card playoff berth this weekend, they probably wonâ€™t have ace pitcher Julio Teheran available for their first-round series against Pawtucket. The Atlanta Braves reportedly will use their top minor league prospect next Thursday in a doubleheader against the New York Mets.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox will have to wait just a little bit longer to call themselves Northern Division champions.
The PawSox kept up their end of the bargain after holding on for a 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Thanks to Lehigh Valley staging a 2-1 walk-off win over Buffalo, the magic number for the PawSox to officially clinch the division stands at a lone game.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Marguerite "Maggie" (Bernier) Lebel, 92, danced her way to the Lord with her family by her side on Thursday, September 1, 2011 were she was a resident of St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, RI. She was the beloved wife of the late Armand J. Lebel.
Born in Malbai, Canada on August 31, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Anatole and Lea (Lavallee) Bernier.
BURRILLVILLE- Marie "Rose" Larochelle, 82, resident of Pascoag, died August 29, 2011 at Bayberry Commons Health Center.
She was the wife of the late Normand Larochelle who served in WWII.
Born in Woonsocket RI, a daughter of the late Joseph & Aldea (Hamel) Roberge.
BURRILLVILLE - A veteran cop with the Burrillville Police Department, who received the state's highest honor for lifesaving last year, was feted by the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery at a Mass. Statehouse ceremony earlier this month as a 2010-2011 Heroes Among Us recipient.
Last year, Lt. Dennis C. Leahey was one of six Rhode Islanders honored for their lifesaving heroics during a ceremony at the statehouse. Then-Gov. Donald Carcieri and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis presented each hero with the state's 2010 State Lifesaving Medal, which are awarded every year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For Neftali Melendez, Wednesday started with a bang, but it went downhill from there.
Melendez was startled awake about an hour before dawn by the sound of an explosive device blowing apart the door of his first-floor apartment at 196-202 Fourth Ave., police said.
Melendez, 25, now held at the ACI on drug charges, had been the target of an undercover narcotics operation for weeks, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
CRANSTON â€“ Mount St. Charles Academy saw 14 seniors, most of them starters, graduate from last yearâ€™s playoff team that finished second in Division II-North.
With a new batch of talented upperclassmen mixed in with some quality underclassmen, MSC head coach Miles Henderson was cautiously optimistic on how his squad would fare for the upcoming fall season.
After the first few weeks of practice, that confidence level increased a notch or two.
BURRILLVILLE - Wilfred P. Normandin, 84, died Monday, August 29, 2011 at his home in Pascoag. He was the husband of Nancy-Hope (Round) Normandin whom he was married to for 44 years.
Born in Pascoag, he was the son the late Wilfred A. and Eva (Jacques) Normandin.