February 25th, 2011
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.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there wonâ€™t be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boysâ€™ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didnâ€™t make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. Johnâ€™s High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their stateâ€™s Division IA â€˜Super Eightâ€™ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.
WOONSOCKET â€” In an era of shrinking resources, the city has cut personnel, programs and perks residents have long taken for granted, but one frill that's survived the lean season is the popular municipal ice-skating rink at River Island Park.
Open seven days a week, the artificially-refrigerated rink overlooking the Blackstone River is still free, and even a kid who doesn't own a pair of skates can borrow some from the guy in the snack shed, then lace them up beside the glowing embers of a fire pit.
Lorraine R. Riopel
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Lorraine R. Riopel of Great Road died Monday morning, February 21st, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Bertha (Tavernier) Pfefferle.
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Titherington and Elaine L. Dwyer, her goddaughter, several nieces and nephews, and her business associate, Murielle Vallee of Vallee Jewelers.