Archive - 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Assistant coach Paul Mercier put it best after North Smithfield High pulled off an amazing, come-from-behind 3-2 triumph over West Warwick on Thursday afternoon: â€śThe girls were a whole lot happier today than they were 24 hours ago. It was a really quiet ride home.â€ť
WARWICK â€“ Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday.
The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and one next year. It also came with some provisions that keep the commissioner on a short leash.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Just a week into the official start of hurricane season, Southern New England will get a sample of what Mother Nature may have in store as the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea pummel the region today with torrential rain.
The first named storm of the season lashed Florida with winds up to 60 mph, but the trek across land will sap most of Andreaâ€™s windpower by the time she arrives this morning
Still, the National Weather Services is predicting Andrea could dump 3 inches or more of rain in the Greater Woonsocket area, most of it tonight.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee on Wednesday approved three recommendations by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan to fill principal and assistant principal posts in the district while also granting the nod to the postings of two elementary principal vacancies.
The action by the four committee members present â€” Christopher Roberts, Eleanor Nadeau, John Donlon and Anita McGuire-Forcier â€” sends Middle School Assistant Principal Robert Picard to head the Bernon Heights Elementary School. School Committee Chairwoman Vimala Phongsavanh was absent.
LINCOLN â€“ Police charged a 47-year-old Railroad Street man with domestic assault by strangulation on his girlfriend following a disturbance early Wednesday morning in an apartment he shares with several other people.
Robert B. Williamson was also charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone in connection with the alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend during the incident.
GLOCESTER- Leonhardt, Irene Lillian (Cooney) "Gram", 81, of Chepachet passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, June 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of George "Bud" Leonhardt, Jr. for 60 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John and Irene (McLinden) Cooney.
Frances T. Duff
LEXINGTON- Frances T. (Mulligan) Duff, 87, a resident of Youville Place in Lexington for the past 2 years, formerly of Westford and Chelmsford, passed away on June 5, 2013 following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Leon J. Duff who died in 1993.
She was born in Woonsocket, RI on June 22, 1925, a daughter of the late John J. Mulligan and Ellen M. (Whalen) Mulligan.
The Rev. Deacon
Susan J. North
NORTH SMITHFIELD- North, The Rev. Deacon Susan J. (Gardner), 59, passed away suddenly, Monday June 3, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Christopher R. North.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of Alice Phyllis (Davis) Gardner and the late Alfred Byron Gardner, Jr.
WOONSOCKET â€” If Mount St. Charles planned to overcome a tough opponent and earn a spot in next Tuesday nightâ€™s Division I semifinals, the Mounties were going to have to do something they hadnâ€™t done during the regular season.
Win a five-set match.
After going 0-for-3 in matches that were decided by 3-2 scores, the Mounties were able to cap a two-hour thriller with visiting North Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon with an impressive 15-12 victory in their quarterfinal-round matchup.
PROVIDENCE â€” North Smithfield High head coach Tom Bourgeois stood on a sidewalk in front of Rhode Island College's Gaige Hall late Wednesday afternoon and struggled to find words to describe his squad's inability to field the ball cleanly â€“ or muster a timely hit.
His top-seeded Northmen (from II-North) had entered this R.I. Division II Tournament winners' bracket semifinal tilt against fifth-ranked East Greenwich having dropped just one league decision all year, that a 5-3 nailbiter at Cranston East back on April 10.