Archive - May 2013
WOONSOCKET â In a city flirting with bankruptcy, even stray dogs and cats are feeling the squeeze.
Animal Control Officer Doris Kay says her supply budget of $6,000 wasnât enough to feed sheltered pets this year, but sheâs facing a cut of some 16 percent in the weeks ahead.
While private donors are expected to help fill the food gap, thereâs no relief in sight for another precious commodity at the animal control facility off Cumberland Street: space.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â North Smithfield made it official on a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon -- the Northmen have repeated as Division II-North champions.
Backed by the spectacular four-hit pitching of junior ace Karissa Carlton and rallies in the first and fifth innings, the Northmen clinched the title outright by posting a 5-0 victory over neighboring foe Burrillville on the Northmenâs campus.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh off a 6-2 swing through the International Leagueâs South Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated Gwinnett by a 5-3 count Tuesday night before 3,596 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Making his first appearance on the mound since getting roughed up by Minnesota last Wednesday at Fenway Park, Allen Webster tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to picking up his second victory with the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â Finally, a little clarification to âmanagerâs decision.â
For roughly seven minutes Tuesday, PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina stood in his office and shed some light as to why shortstop Jose Iglesias was absent from the lineup for three consecutive days after getting removed in the top of the fifth inning of the May 4 contest.
It was fairly obvious that DiSarcina caught wind as to what some folks were passing off as the explanation to why Iglesias spent time on the bench. Such suspicions were way off base because they didnât come straight from the horseâs mouth.
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles head coach Josh DâAbate expected his crew to come out firing on all cylinders against visiting South Kingstown on Tuesday night.
After all, the Rebels had entered the important clash at 9-1, their lone loss occurring against Division I-South leader Coventry in only the third tilt of the season. He anticipated his Mounties, leading the North section, to want to prove its wherewithal against one of Rhode Islandâs best.
GLOCESTER â There will be an 87th July 4th Ancients and Horribles Parade in Glocester this year thanks to Michael L. DeGrange and dozens of other residents who have answered the townâs call for help.
DeGrange, who has a long history of community service and volunteerism, has agreed to chair the Ancients and Horribles Parade Committee, which just a couple of weeks ago nearly disbanded because there were not enough members to hold a legal meeting.
WOONSOCKET â Despite a request from the applicants to table the proposal for fine-tuning, the Zoning Board has unanimously rejected developer Leszek Przybylkoâs plan to convert the Stadium Building into 21 owner-occupied condos.
The proposal represented a $1.3 million investment in a deteriorating landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the operators of the adjoining Stadium Theatre were hotly against it, arguing that low-cost housing would drag down theatre business.
The zoners apparently agreed, killing the plan on a 5-0 vote.
Claire L. Rancourt
MANVILLE- Claire L. Rancourt, 78, of Manville, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She was the loving wife of Paul R. Rancourt. They were married on September 17, 1955.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Diana (Sarazin) Durand. She resided in Manville for over 50 years.
Mrs. Rancourt was employed at Cadillac Textile and later in the office at the Holiday in Manville and the Manville Video.
Claire was a member of the St. Joseph and St. Agatha senior citizens clubs.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The streak is still alive.
After playing five drama-free contests that were decided by nine or more runs, unbeaten Lincoln encountered its toughest test in nearly a month when the Lions trekked down to Ryan Park for a Monday night showdown with second-place North Kingstown.
And while the Lions were able to come away with a 3-2 win, it was far from easy, and it took eight innings and some daring baserunning from Casie Beauchemin to produce the game-winning run.
WOONSOCKET â Though the Budget Commission has informed state lawmakers that they must have a bill authorizing the city to levy $2.5 million in supplemental taxes passed and signed by the governor no later than tomorrow, the fate of the measure is looking more uncertain than ever.