Archive - Apr 2013
PROVIDENCE â€“ In what backers are calling â€śa historic step forward,â€ť Pawtucket Sen. Donna Nesselbushâ€™s bill to legalize same-sex marriage is scheduled for a vote on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If the bill passes out of committee, it could come to a vote in the full Senate as soon as Thursday. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said recently that she expects the measure to get a full Senate vote by the end of this month.
The longer days and milder temperatures of April usually herald the arrival of daffodils, songbirds and short-sleeve shirts. But if youâ€™ve been listening lately youâ€™ve heard another sign that spring has finally sprung â€” the rumble of motorcycles on area roadways and highways.
Motorcycle season has arrived in Rhode Island and riders are hitting the roads after a long, cold winter. Itâ€™s a good time, motorcycle safety advocates say, to remind bikers of the importance of getting trained and wearing safety gear, and to urge car drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After a long winter, Ralph Bileau is planning to greet the spring planting season with a big assortment of garden plants and yard flowers at Bileauâ€™s Flower & Stove Shop at 665 Diamond Hill Road.
And, heâ€™s not alone.
Fontanaâ€™s Flowers and Greenhouses, at 1098 Diamond Hill Road, is already raising flats of vegetables and flowers that will be sold when planting season is warmly in place.
It is a tradition that has been going on for years for both businesses.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mary Green knew she was coming into a good situation this winter when she accepted the head coaching job at Mount St. Charles.
She didnâ€™t realize it was going to be as magnificent as it has been.
The former Bryant University two-sport standout has seen her Mounties roll out to a 4-1 mark â€“ the best start in the programâ€™s six-year history â€“ and take charge of Division III-North, quickly establishing themselves as the â€śteam to beatâ€ť in the five-team circuit.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The telling numbers from the high-school baseball summit that transformed McCoy Stadium into a special place Saturday werenâ€™t five and three â€“ five being the number of runs Tolman High produced compared to the three scored by the guests of honor â€“ Connecticutâ€™s Newtown High.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state-appointed Budget Commission in charge of city fiscal affairs has accepted a proposed city budget of approximately $127.3 million that includes all projected cost savings proposed in its effort to create a balanced five-year spending plan for the city.
The Commission moved to forward the budget proposal to a public hearing it expects to hold on May 8.
Budget Commission Chairman William Sequino Jr. said the panel would not discuss the proposal as it came up for a vote at the meeting Friday afternoon and would instead leave that discussion for the public hearing.
WATERTOWN, Mass. â€” A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They later wrote, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."
Tsarnaev's brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.
Albert Edouard Gabriel Bonte
GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA- Albert Edouard Gabriel Bonte, 89, of Greer, South Carolina, died peacefully November 2, 2012 with family by his side at NHC National Health Care.
Born April 26, 1923, in Mouvaux (Nord) France, he was the son of the late Eugene Albert Bonte and Eugenie Jeanne (Bellot) Bonte. He emigrated from France as a young child in 1928.
Thomas E. Riley, Jr.
SLATERSVILLE- Thomas E. "Sonny" Riley, Jr., 83, of Slatersville, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Gurka) Riley, whom he married May 30, 1950.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Thomas E. Riley, Sr. and Ida (Brunette) Riley. He was raised in Harrisville.
Leo A. Sawyer
CENTRAL FALLS- Leo A. Sawyer, 87, of Rand Street, passed on April 19th with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Rita L. (Bilodeau) Sawyer.
Born in Central Falls, RI, a son of the late Albert and Agnes (Tremblay) Sawyer, Leo resided most of his life in Central Falls and was a communicant of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church.
He was an employee of the former Sayles Finishing Plant for 18 years and the former American Broadloom for 27 years retiring in 1987.