Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď There‚Äôs a lingering question on the mind of award-winning filmmaker and city native Derek Dubois.
Does anybody outside this struggling ex-mill town care about its plight and how the people who live here cope?
The adjunct film professor at Rhode Island College and the director of seven film shorts is well on his way to finding out. He just finished the trailer for his first feature-length film, a documentary that will explore the tough times through the lens of the city‚Äôs annual Autumnfest celebration.
For years, the names rolled off your tongue so effortlessly that it felt like you were on a first-name basis with them. Everything felt so warm and reassuring when discussing certain Big East coaches that mentioning them in the same breath as death and taxes was perfectly acceptable.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes ‚Äď along with Jim Boeheim coaching at Syracuse. Ditto Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, Rick Pitino at Louisville and Mike Brey at Notre Dame.
BURRILLVILLE ‚Äď Last Saturday night, after Burrillville High had posted a solid 34-8 victory over Exeter/West Greenwich, head coach Gennaro Ferraro explained that ‚Äď following three previous dismal blowout losses ‚Äď he felt his squad was ‚Äúrounding the corner.
‚ÄúI thought the kids got bumped off their orbit a little bit ‚Ä¶ we needed this win, and we got it,‚ÄĚ he noted. ‚ÄúI think we're back on track.‚ÄĚ
If Saturday afternoon is any indication, the Broncos' thundering herd has ‚Ä¶ well, been heard, and who knows what to expect from them as November draws near.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ It came at the end of the day, but for Landmark Medical Center a decision by R.I. Department of Health Director Michael Fine supporting its acquisition by Prime Healthcare appears to be a major step forward toward a new beginning for the local 214-bed acute care hospital.
Fine issued decisions of approval on both change of effective control applications by Landmark and Prime late Friday, and also ruled favorably on their application for an acquisition under the state‚Äôs Hospital Conversion Act.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Mayor Leo Fontaine has amended a campaign finance report submitted to the state Board of Elections this week after the original erroneously indicated he neither spent nor took in any money since the beginning of the month.
Richard Thornton, director of campaign finance for the state Board of Elections, said the corrected report was filed on Wednesday, a day after the deadline, and since it contains significantly new information from the original, Fontaine will be charged a $25 late fee.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Saturday afternoon marked ‚ÄúSenior Day‚ÄĚ for the Woonsocket High football team, and a pre-game celebration ‚Äď one in which the dozen soon-to-be graduates issued flowers to their parents and/or guardians ‚Äď must have had them feeling rather satisfied.
The inner peace didn't quite show itself during the 48 minutes of battling against Division II-A foe Toll Gate, but the gritty Villa Novans nevertheless left Barry Field with a 20-8 triumph.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď On a campus where the men‚Äôs basketball program serves as a valuable gateway for public attention, nights like the one that took place at Providence College Friday are held in high esteem, not only by students, but the community at large.
With much fanfare, head coach Ed Cooley, his assistants and players rolled out the Black & White carpet for ‚ÄúLate Night Madness‚ÄĚ festivities at Alumni Hall.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The Italian Workingmen‚Äôs Club‚Äôs longtime commitment to helping out in the local community will be honored during a celebration of the private social organization‚Äôs 85th anniversary on Sunday.
Club President Marc Zagaglia said the anniversary celebration will begin in the club‚Äôs upstairs function room at 1 p.m. and include remarks by club members, city officials, and members of the city‚Äôs General Assembly delegation and possibly even U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, depending upon his Washington schedule.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď As promised, Albert G. Beauparlant has come up with a fitting final bash for the city‚Äôs 125th anniversary celebration, and also the people he wants to carry it out.
During an informal kickoff for the project at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library Friday afternoon, Beauparlant handed the reins for the upcoming Dec. 11 event to Call Publisher Mary Lynn Bosiak and co-chair Erik Cartier, or, actually, a flag.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ The last chapter in the high-profile and emotional story of a killer at the center of a constitutional battle over the death penalty was written in U.S. District Court yesterday as Jason W. Pleau was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.