Archive - Feb 2013
PROVIDENCE â€” It was right around Thanksgiving when Woonsocket High senior Kaylnn â€śK.K.â€ť Pitts placed all her cards on the table.
â€śI want to win the [indoor] state championship in the high jump,â€ť is what Pitts set out to obtain, the quote appearing in this very newspaper on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The teenagerâ€™s day of reckoning came Saturday afternoon at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house, site of the R.I. Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Pitts made good on her promise, capturing the high jump crown with a â€śsudden deathâ€ť leap of five feet, four inches.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tommy Brien is livid. So are Dave Jarrett and the other volunteers in Woonsocket who run youth and recreational leagues and use the cityâ€™s parks and fields.
Brien reported on Thursday night that on the agenda of Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting is a proposal to establish fees for those who participate in the recreational programs that utilize the cityâ€™s facilities -- charges that could severely cripple the budgets of some of the cityâ€™s leagues.
BELLINGHAM â€” Election season in Bellingham is officially under way.
Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian has posted the calendar for the 2013 town election season. Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk's office; the last day to obtain papers is March 7.
Candidates must return papers with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters by March 26 to make it onto the ballot. The annual town election is slated Tuesday, May 7.
WOONSOCKET â€“ With elderly homeowners bracing for a big tax hit as the city addresses its long-term structural deficit, Council President John Ward is offering some legislative help to soften the blow.
Ward is proposing a measure that would simultaneously relax eligibility requirements for the senior citizens property tax exemption while making the benefit more generous.
In recent years, the senior exemption has grown so antiquated that a paltry 19 property owners are currently taking advantage of it, according to the tax assessorâ€™s office.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Woonsocket lawmakers â€” Rep. Robert Phillips and Sen. Marc Cote â€” want to offer a six-year tax break for businesses that come to or start up in Rhode Island and hire at least two people.
A new company, Phillips told The Call Thursday, would get a 50 percent reduction in its corporate tax for each of the first three years it is in business and a 25 percent reduction for the next three years.
WOONSOCKET --- One bad minute of hockey at the end of the second period turned out to be Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s undoing on Friday night in its showdown against the No. 7 ranked team in Massachusetts.
Malden Catholic snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring twice in the final 36 seconds of that middle period and held onto its lead through a wild final period en route to a 5-3 victory before a large gathering at Adelard Arena.
Anne E. Simmons
ANNAPOLIS, MD- On February 14, Anne E. "Mimi" Simmons, 81, of Annapolis, MD and formerly of Cumberland, RI, died at home after a 10 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born October 8, 1931 in Woonsocket, RI to the late Peter and Catherine Keriaco, she graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1945 and then graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in 1949.
WOONSOCKET- Theresa (Robitaille) Plasse, 82, of St. Joseph's St., died February 8, 2013 in Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Roland Eaton.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Armand and Marianne (Lanois) Robitaille.
She is survived by her son, Roland Eaton of Glendale; her two daughters Tammy Andrews of Lincoln, and Linda Dawood of Bellingham, MA; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Raymond and Robert Robitaille.
Arthur J. Caron
FRANKLIN- Arthur J. Caron 89, of Franklin, died Wednesday February 13, 2013 at the Milford Regional Medical Center, after being stricken ill at his home. He was the husband of the late Madeline E. (Gasbarro) Caron who died in 2009.
Born January 7, 1924 in Bellingham a son of the late Joseph and Victoria (Boiteau) Caron, he was raised and educated in Bellingham and was a Franklin resident for over 50 years.
WARWICK â€” It was supposed to be a wild free-for-all, unbeaten Cumberland High battling flawless Bishop Hendricken for bragging rights in the state's top division.
Instead, the Hawks strung together seven straight triumphs between 160 pounds and 106 to sail to a stellar 47-9 dual-meet beatdown of the Clippers at the hosts' gymnasium on Thursday night.