October 2nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ Two men who were already facing charges in connection with a string of house breaks in Lincoln and North Smithfield have been linked to the armed robbery of a Social Street liquor store in July.
Max Charlemagne, 26, of Pawtucket, and Christopher Noel, 31, of Lincoln, were arraigned Tuesday in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy. They were ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Police say the men robbed JB Liquors in broad daylight on July 11, making off with $600 in cash.
WOONSOCKET â€” Organizers of Autumnfest 2012 say this year's edition of the city's famed Columbus Day weekend celebration is shaping up to be one of the best ever.
Autumnfest Steering Committee Chairman Timothy Paul Tuesday announced final preparations for the three-day event, which will be held at World War II Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday. Fireworks will be on Sunday at 9 p.m., and the Autumnfest parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Ronald A. Comire, Sr., 67, of North Smithfield, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Jean L. (Martel) Comire, whom he married September 27, 1998.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Aime Comire and Beatrice R. (Remillard) Comire Motte.
Lillian V. Bastien
CHEPACHET- Bastien, Lillian V. (Hawkins), 87, passed away September 29, 2012 at home in Chepachet where she resided all her life. She was the beloved wife of Louis A. Bastien, Sr., for 65 years.
Lillian was born in Chepachet and was the daughter of the late Walter S. and Rose M. (Glode) Hawkins.
She was a member of the Chepachet Union Church.
BELLINGHAM - Mary Adele (Senior) Schroeder, 84, of Bellingham, MA, died Monday, October 1, 2012 at Milford Regional Medical Center. She was the wife of Daniel Schroeder who died in 1994.
Born in the Hyde Park section of Boston, MA on February 10, 1928, she was a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Lestrange) Senior.
Mrs. Schroeder grew up in Hyde Park, graduated from Hyde Park High School and has been a Bellingham resident since 1961.
She had worked as a bakery clerk at the former Fernandes Supermarket in Medway, MA and Walpole, MA for many years.
Earl A. Fontaine Sr.
BURRILLVILLE- Fontaine, Earl A.,., 66, of Sayles Ave., passed away Monday October 1, 2012 at Roger Williams Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Paulette C. (Lanctot) Fontaine for 44 years.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Antonio and Lillian (Belanger) Fontaine.
Mr. Fontaine was a Coach Bus Driver before his retirement and was a Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- John McCabe, 86, of N. Smithfield, RI died in Philip Hulitar Hospice Center on Sept. 29th.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, son of the late Anthony and Cecelia (Carey) McCabe of N. Smithfield.
Jack was the husband of Janet (Ethier) McCabe. They were married in Northbridge, MA on May 3, 1952. Jack was a resident of Blackstone, MA for thirty years.
LEHIGH ACRES, FL- Lise Spirka, age 76 of Lehigh Acres, FL passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres.
She was born in Albion, Rhode Island on July 9, 1936 to Rodolphe and Jeanne (Leroux) Begin. She was an active member and volunteer at St. Raphael Catholic Church.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€“ Quick, whatâ€™s Woonsocket got more of than any other community in the state?
If your guess was affordable housing, well, youâ€™re wrong.
Political leaders have long touted the factoid as proof of the cityâ€™s evolution into a sanctuary for the poor, but Woonsocket no longer has the highest concentration of affordable housing, a new study says.
HousingWorksRIâ€™s 2012 survey of statewide housing costs says the distinction now belongs to Newport, a city that some, ironically, think of as a sanctuary for the wealthy.
WOONSOCKET â€” Patrons and employees dragged an intoxicated, unruly man from the Vintage Sunday afternoon before he destroyed the front door in an effort to get back in.
The 67-year-old Woonsocket resident identified as Bernard Joseph Bernard III never had a single drink at the Market Square dining spot, according to police reports.