May 20th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Stopping three people from committing suicide. Solving a three-year-old murder investigation. Catching numerous suspects in violent assaults and armed robberies. Taking high level drug dealers off the city's streets. It's all in a year's work at the Pawtucket Police Department, and on Thursday, a merit awards and memorial ceremony was held to highlight these achievements.
Alice B. Gagnon
FAIRFIELD, CT - Alice B. (Guimond) Gagnon, 98, of Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT and formerly of Carter Ave., Pawtucket, RI, died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. She was the wife of the late Irenee G. Gagnon.
Born in Grosvenordale, CT., she was a daughter of the late Amable and Lydwin Dusomble Guimond. She lived in Pawtucket until 1994 when she relocated to Fairfield, CT.
Mrs. Gagnon was a weaver for over 30 years in the Blackstone Valley textile mills. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church, Pawtucket, and enjoyed playing golf and cards.
The recent string of rainy weather, resulting in a myriad of postponements, will not impede the high school baseball playoffs from starting on time.
The Interscholastic League sent out a reminder to coaches on Thursday â€“ the fourth consecutive day that wetness impacted the high school scene â€“ that Monday is still the last day of the regular season. The brackets in Division I and II will be distributed to the schools on Tuesday with Wednesday serving as the official opening of the postseason.
PAWTUCKET â€” There's strength in numbers. That's why the merger of two longstanding and successful credit unions is good news for local residents in this challenging economy.
Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pawtucket, and Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Woonsocket, are merging.
The announcement by credit union officials was made this week, with the legal merger set to take place on Sept. 30.
WOONSOCKET â€” James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
â€śAs it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,â€ť said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
â€śThey will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” The first offseason departure has arrived for Providence College as the school announced Thursday that sophomore guard Duke Mondy has been released from his commitment.
Mondy departs after a 2010-11 campaign that saw the Michigan native sit out the final four games of the season. At the time the only thing PC officials said about Mondyâ€™s situation was that it was a "coach's decision." Mondy did appear at Ed Cooleyâ€™s introductary press conference in March, telling Blackstone Valley Sports when asked to clarify his situation that, â€śIâ€™m good, just canâ€™t wait to play.â€ť
Gertrude R. Griffin, 65 died Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Impatient
Center in Providence.She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Griffin.Born in Pawtucket Gertrude was the daughter of the late Corrine (Ledoux) Swindelles.
She worked as a Behavioral Specialist at the James L. Maher Center in
Bristol until December 2010.
Gertrude is survived by a son; Joseph P. Griffin, Jr. of Foster; two
daughters, Marie Worthington of Pawtucket and Deborah Griffin of
Cranston; two brothers, Edward Swindelles and James Swindelles both of
Arthur J. Brassard
LINCOLN - Arthur J. Brassard, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Summit Commons, Providence. He was the husband of Diana L. (Berard) Brassard. They had been married 71 yrs.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Remy and Eugenie (Blain) Brassard and the stepson of Ombeline (Croteau) Brassard. He was a self-employed owner of Spring Water Association and Rent All Inc. Mr. Brassard was an Army veteran of WW II. He was a Staff Sargeant with Company F 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and a Purple Heart receipient.
Lois B. Fortin
LINCOLN - Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin, 74, of School Street, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Gabriel Fortin. Mr. & Mrs. Fortin were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July.
Born in Valley Falls, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Slater) Vivier, she had lived in the Albion section of Lincoln for the past fifty years.
Mrs. Fortin was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
WOONSOCKET â€” This has been a nightmarish year for Mount St. Charles Academy, a team most folks predicted would again compete for the Division I-North title and embark on a long run in the state tournament.
There have been the injuries. Two of the Mountiesâ€™ top players -- ace pitcher Olivia Hendricks (foot injury) and third baseman Nicole Silva (illness) -- out indefinitely. The four losses they suffered in the last inning. The five straight games they stranded 10 or more runners on base.
LINCOLN â€” Despite giving a dire assessment of the current condition of the state pension fund, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that there is reason for optimism that the state will bring the $9 billion problem under control.
Raimondo said that Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed â€śare ready to line up and take on pension reform. They are talking about acting quickly, they are talking about a special session, they are talking about working with me to come out with concrete solutions.
PAWTUCKET â€” A new pavilion and garden project that is nearing completion on Roosevelt Avenue seems to represent the type of â€świn-winâ€ť situation that the Rhode Island School of Design's Architecture Department wants to have with local communities.
JOHNSTON - Brian Allard, 22, of Johnston and formerly of Lincoln, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of Brian Allard and Michelle (Earnheart) Allard. Brian had lived in Lincoln before moving to Johnston in February of this year. Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother, Brett Allard USMC, his sister, Brittany Allard, his paternal grandparents, Robert and Annabell Desautel, and his maternal grandmother, Anne Finnegan. He was the grandson of the late Frank Allard Jr.
James E. Brennan
PAWTUCKET - James E. Brennan, 91, of Monroe Street died on Monday at RI Hospital. He was the former husband of Edith E. Brennan (Hey) of Warwick and Lubomira Brennan of Pawtucket.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Michael F. and Catherine (Piggott) Brennan. He was a life long resident of the city.
Alice H. Pequeno
Lincoln - Alice H. Pequeno 90 of Parker St. died Tuesday May 17, 2011. She was the widow of Benjamin Gonsalves Pequeno.
Born in Central Falls a daughter of the late John and Maria Figueira Caires.
In 1927 the family moved to Paterson, NJ until 1933, moving back to Central Falls. In 1942 she moved to Pawtucket and in 1965 to Lincoln.
She worked for thirty years in several area worsted textile mills as a winder retiring in 1972. She enjoyed traveling and visited many countries.
PAWTUCKET - Daniel Desautel, 54, passed May 14, 2011. He was the husband of the late Linda (Dourant) Desautel.
He is survived by six children, Daniel and Michael Desautel, Tammy and her husband Jeffrey, Chrissie, Sherry and Raymond Dourant, a sister, Diane Desautel, 5 brothers, Freddie, Robert, Richard, Normand and Raymond Desautel, 8 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held Saturday from 3 to 5pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
PAWTUCKET â€” In his budget for the coming fiscal year, Mayor Donald Grebien is proposing to eliminate all funding for health insurance and dental benefits for members of the City Council. He would also like to see this benefit eliminated for the School Committee.
While a few members appear to be on board with this already, a majority say they think the benefit is deserved for the long hours and amount of work involved and do not like to see the option taken away.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High senior Alyssa Browning didn't know what shocked her more â€” the fact she had been selected as one of 68 recipients of the 2011 Lt. Governor's Leadership Awards, or that her mom Cindy didn't peruse the letter informing her.
â€śShe has a tough time keeping her hands off my mail, so it took everything she had not to open it,â€ť Browning giggled before the ceremony, held at the Rhode Island Department of Administration's atrium on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon.
Marguerite P. Platt
PAWTUCKET - Marguerite P. "Maggie" (Dyer) Platt, 84, of Nancy Street died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket.
Born in Cranston, a daughter of the late William and Anna (Fisher) Dyer, she had lived in Pawtucket for over 50 years.
A member of Park Place Congregational Church, Pawtucket, Maggie served as the sexton of the Church for 20 years, retiring in 1988. She was also a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Church.
Rose B. Kahla
PAWTUCKET - Rose B. Kahla, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Moses and Jennie (Zammat) Kahla.
Rose was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. She was a proud member of St. Basil the Great parish since 1934 and held various positions, she also was a member of the altar sodality, the senior citizens, the prayer line, and the English choir at the church.
She is survived by her brother, George Kahla, seven nieces, four nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mary Koussa and Charles Kahla.