Monday, December 10, 2012
Ornament with numbered card on sale Dec. 17 at City Hall, Pepin Lumber.
Mayor Leo Fontaine called a press conference Friday at 2 p.m., gathering a group of local veterans and members of the Woonsocket War Memorial Committee to announce the city's Christmas tree ornament will depict the Place Jolicoeur war memorial. The Place Jolicoeur Monument was erected to honor William Jolicoeur, a Woonsocket resident who gave his life in the forests of France during World War I. The monument also honors Henry, Louis and Alexander Gagne, who gave their lives during WWII. The memorial drew national attention in May when the FFRF demanded removal of a cross from the memorial and Fire Department's website. The challenge was ideological but is not yet legal. Pepin Lumber on Cumberland Hill Road will sponsor the ornament this …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
War Memorial Committee, Veterans, Officials honor veteran on anniversary of his death.
A crowd of about 200 including the family of William Jolicoeur honored the World War I veteran on the anniversary of his passing in 1921 at Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters Wednesday. The ceremony took place next to the recently restored Place Jolicoeur monument honoring the deaths of Jolicoeur, and the sons of Bernadette Gagne, Alexandre, Henri and Louis, who died in World War II. Place Jolicoeur was first dedicated by Marshall Foch on Nov. 13, 1921 in memory of William. Then on May 30, 1952 the memorial was dedicated in honor of the Gagne Brothers Alexandre, Henri and Louis who all died in World War II. Members of William Jolicoeur's family were present for the rededication, inlcuding Anita Wilbur, his niece. Wilbur, her …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
It's a busy day in Woonsocket - keep abreast with these things to know:
Walk - Today schools across the state will participate in the International Walk to School Day. The event is the celebration of getting to class by foot or bicycle, sponsored locally by the Coalition for Transportation Choices and its member groups, Audubon Society of RI, AARP, and Sierra Club RI. So, take extra care on your way to work today, and remember to be alert for kids walking to school in general. Local schools participating include:Bernon Heights School, Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School, Leo A. Savoie School, and Viola Berard School. Place Jolicoeur -Today at 4 p.m., The Woonsocket War Memorial Committee will conduct a Remembrance Ceremony of WWI Veteran, William Jolicoeur on Oct. 3, the anniversary date of his passing in …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Woonsocket War Memorial Committee will present newly restored Place Jolicoeur Monument.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Woonsocket War Memorial Committee will conduct a Remembrance Ceremony of WWI Veteran, William Jolicoeur on Oct. 3, the anniversary date of his passing in 1921. The ceremony will take place at Fire Station #2, 5 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI. The event will also present the recently restored Place Jolicoeur Monument. The public is invited to attend beginning at 4 pm. Invited guests include a representation of the RI National Guard, Honor Guard and Flag Line by volunteers of Patriot Guard Riders, United Veterans Council, Mayor Leo Fontaine, members of the City Council, members of Woonsocket War Memorial Committee, and the family of William Jolicoeur.
Resolution moving public comment later in agenda to coincide with Council members' comments coming at Oct. 1 meeting.
The City Council heard from a citizen seeking a solution to what was described as the deplorable condition of several Woonsocket properties during the public comment part of their agenda Monday night. Diane Iskierski said when she comes and goes to work each day, "I take different routes so I don't have to look at some of the deplorable buildings in Woonsocket." She said the buildings along Cass Avenue are particularly unkempt. One building in particular, she said, 285 Cass Avenue, the site of a fire in January, had three bathtubs hanging out of a back wall, with no roof. Iskierski said years ago, the city would respond quickly to property owners with maintenance issues that affected the community. She told a story about a neighbor who …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Mayor, United Veterans Council announce noon stop at monument.
Place Jolicoeur, the focus of an ideological but not yet legal battle between the city and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will be the last stop on Woonsocket's annual Memorial Day Parade. This morning, Mayor Leo Fontaine's office and the United Veterans Council announced a final wreath laying ceremony at the memorial at 5 Cumberland Hill Road at noon Monday. The site, which sits in front of Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters, was the subject of a challenge from the FFRF demanding removal of religious symbols from the Place Jolicoeur memorial and Fire Department website earlier this month. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Clinton and Cumberland Streets. Participants marching in the parade will gather behind the …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Mayor Fontaine speaks about history of Place Jolicoeur Monument.
Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a crowd of more than a thousand people about the history of the Place Jolicoeur Memorial Wednesday afternoon. The crowd gathered at Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters for a rally organized to answer a challenge demanding removal of religious symbols from the Place Jolicoeur memorial and Fire Department website. WPRO's John DePetro was the master of ceremonies for a long list of dignataries, including Mayor Leo Fontaine and Retired RI Adjutant General Reginald Centracchio. Fontaine spoke about the sacrifice and loss of the Jolicoeur and Gagne families, and the perseverance of Mrs. Gagne, who, after losing three sons, dedicated herself to veterans groups and the community. Fontaine said the stories …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Statement comes hours before rally to preserve memorial, web site in face of demands of Freedom From Religion Foundation.
In a release distributed today, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin applauded Mayor Leo Fontaine, the Woonsocket City Council and the City of Woonsocket for gearing to fight a challenge demanding removal of religious symbols from the Place Jolicoeur memorial and Fire Department website. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wants a cross removed from the monument and the Firefighter's Prayer and image of an angel removed from the website. Kilmartin's support is added to that of Retired RI Adjutant General Reginald Centracchio, who has organized a rally to support keeping the monument at Fire Department Headquarters as-is, to be held at the site today, 4:30 p.m. Last night, the City Council considered a resolution to set up an …