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Hearing set on proposed zoning changes

September 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown more business-friendly—including one that removes parking requirements-- have been proposed by the Planning Department.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held by the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall. The City Council could give first passage to the changes that night, and a second vote will be required for adoption.

Ruling may put crimp in pension plan

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — State employees and schoolteachers “possess implied unilateral contract rights” to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.

Edward J. Grygalonis

September 13, 2011

Edward J. Grygalonis
Second Generation Farmer
Retired Lathe Operator
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Edward John Grygalonis, 83, of Ellis Road, North Attleboro, a proud second generation farmer and retired lathe operator, died on Thursday evening, September 8, 2011 at the Boston Medical Center following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Lillian L. (Gemme) Grygalonis who died on December 11, 1991.

Elaine Castle

September 13, 2011

Elaine Castle
EL PASO, TEXAS - Elaine (Messer) Castle, 92, formerly of Pawtucket, died September 1, 2011 while a patient at Sierra Medical Center, El Paso, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert Castle in January 2000.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pawtucket.
She is survived by her three children, Patricia Riley of El Paso, Texas, Robert W. Castle of Pawtucket and Diane Richardson of Bancroft, Idaho; ten grandchildren; and eighteen great grandchildren.

Kathryn E. Fee

September 13, 2011

Kathryn E. Fee
LINCOLN - Kathryn E. "Kitty" Fee, 95, of Sayles Hill Road died Sunday, August 20, 2011 at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville.
Born in Tarentum, PA, a daughter of the late Jerome and Eola (McAlpin) Fee, she had lived in Lincoln for the past 91 years.

Flavia A. DaCosta

September 13, 2011

Flavia A. DaCosta
PAWTUCKET - Flavia A. (Barros) DaCosta, 79, of John Street, passed away Tuesday at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Antonio DaCosta.
Born in Valley Falls, she was the daughter of the late Leonel and Margarida (Campos)Barros. She resided in Pawtucket for many years.
She was employed as a Sample Supervisor for Hasbro Inc. of Pawtucket for 15 years.
She was a communicant of St. Mary Church, Pawtucket.

Flavia A. DaCosta

September 13, 2011

Flavia A. DaCosta
PAWTUCKET - Flavia A. (Barros) DaCosta, 79, of John Street, passed away Tuesday at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Antonio DaCosta.
Born in Valley Falls, she was the daughter of the late Leonel and Margarida (Campos)Barros. She resided in Pawtucket for many years.
She was employed as a Sample Supervisor for Hasbro Inc. of Pawtucket for 15 years.
She was a communicant of St. Mary Church, Pawtucket.

Florence R. DeLauder

September 13, 2011

Florence R. DeLauder
CUMBERLAND - Florence R. DeLauder, 84, of 300 Broadway, passed away Monday at home.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Philias and Rose (Mercier) Girouard. She was a life-long Pawtucket resident.
Mrs. DeLauder was a Assistant Special Education Teacher, for the Fallon School of Pawtucket for 20 years, retiring in 1990.
She was a communicant of Blessed Pope John Paul II Parish of Pawtucket.

Helen Fidrych

September 13, 2011

Helen Fidrych
(October 19, 1915 - September 12, 2011)
SOUTH CAROLINA - Helen Therese Fidrych, 95, wife of Anthony Walter Fidrych(Deceased), died in Beaufort, South Carolina on September 12, 2011.

Jane M. Joachim

September 13, 2011

Jane M. Joachim
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Jane M. (Yarbrough) Joachim, 90, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred J. Joachim. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Walter and Yvonne (Lareau) Yarbrough, she resided in North Stonington, Connecticut before moving to South Attleboro over thirty-five years ago. Jane enjoyed dancing and bowling.
She leaves a son, Gary Joachim and his wife Gloria in Colorado; a granddaughter, Emily Joachim in Colorado; a sister, Doris Soucy of Cumberland, RI and nieces and nephews.

Normand J. Fortier

September 13, 2011

Normand J. Fortier
PAWTUCKET - Normand J. Fortier, 90, passed away Monday, September 12, 2011. He was the husband of the late Lillian (Fournier), Alice (Gagnon) and Edna(Butler) Fortier. Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Odais and Virginia Fortier.
Mr. Fortier was an Army Veteran serving during WWII and was a Master Plumber for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Central Falls V.F.W. and an avid golf and card player. He was also a member of pool and bowling leagues.

Paul J. M. Healey

September 13, 2011

Paul J.M. Healey
WARREN - Paul J.M. Healey, 79, of Emery Road in Warren, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Miriam Hospital surrounded by his family. For 50 years, he was the beloved husband of the late Nancy Jane (Ogg) Healey. Paul now joins his eternal sweetheart in Heaven.

Raimondo gives state senators a pension lesson

September 13, 2011

By JIM BARON

PROVIDENCE — General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isn’t making any promises.
“We would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,” she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, “so if you’ve earned it, it’s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.”

Rug maker frustrated with National Grid

September 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The owner of a local rug manufacturer said he has grown frustrated with National Grid's slow response to a loss of electrical power at his company — and it occurred long before Tropical Storm Irene.
On June 6 at around 11:30 a.m., a transformer located outside a mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. exploded while in the midst of being repaired by National Grid workers. The blaze that erupted caused damage to a stair tower, windows and a portion of the roof of the 325,000-square foot historic mill complex and disrupted power to 125 tenants.

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