Archive - May 2014
BOSTON â€” When seven-year-old Tyler Seddon of Burrillville has his life-saving cord blood transplant at Tufts Medical Center early next week, the most critical part of the entire procedure will be the roughly three-week period following the transplant.
â€śDuring those three weeks weâ€™re waiting for the new cells to come in, but thereâ€™s also a high risk for infection,â€ť says Dr. Michael Kelly, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Tufts Medical Center and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A legal claim seeking more than $2 million in damages has been filed against the Woonsocket Education Department by a veteran teacher who claims she was fired in 2013 for protesting improper budget cuts in special education programs.
Cynthia Boss claims school officials were unlawfully shifting special education students into regular classrooms at the same time their performance auditors were recommending a 5 percent cut in the special education budget.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware thereâ€™s a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For much of Thursday, the Red Sox were tight-lipped as far as naming a starting pitcher for Saturdayâ€™s game against Tampa Bay.
To borrow from the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, a trail of breadcrumbs was left around McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon prior to Pawtucket wrapping up its four-game series with Gwinnett. The breadcrumbs may have not formed a path that led directly to the locker room of the intended PawSox pitcher who will take Clay Buchholzâ€™ spot, though their mere metaphorical presence did help to shed some light on the matter.
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland didnâ€™t need to seek the services of a witch doctor or a sorcerer to eradicate the single-elimination playoff round curse that had plagued the team in recent years.
Instead, the Clippers parlayed the strong three-hit pitching of Juliet Nelson with some errorless defense and clutch hitting into a 7-0 triumph over Westerly at Tucker Field that not only exorcised their demons, but also vaulted them into the double-elimination portion of the Division I state tournament.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A little more than a year after the City Council overwhelmingly scratched the idea, the panel will take another crack at allowing residents to keep backyard chickens Monday.
The proposal, which is more restrictive than the one defeated by the council last April, is sponsored by three of the councilâ€™s seven members, which very likely means itâ€™s already just one vote short of approval.
WOONSOCKET _ Scott A. Bootland, 58, of Grove Street, died May 28, 2014 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Stella (Czarny) Bootland of Woonsocket, and the late George Bootland. He was a lifelong city resident.
Mr. Bootland worked the past fifteen years as a registered nurse for Zambarano Hospital, Pascoag and was previously employed by Landmark Medical Center for over ten years. Scott enjoyed bowling, playing pitch and trips to the casino with his mother.
WOONSOCKET - Gerard Frappier, 79, Retired Vice Principal of Bellingham Memorial Junior-Senior High School, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. He is survived by his brother, Omer Frappier, and his sister, Jeanne Pepin, both of Woonsocket, and was the brother of the late Joseph Frappier of Bellingham.
Funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 4th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM at All Saints Church, 323 Rathbun St., Woosocket, RI. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be private.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The House of Representatives has passed a Woonsocket-focused measure that would relax the stateâ€™s employment restrictions on retired municipal workers, which have already forced two of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâ€™s department directors to resign.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nearly seven months have passed since Stephen Drew last appeared in a major-league game.
Naturally, the goal is to see as many pitches as possible following such a lengthy layoff. Given that this is considered spring training for Drew, something he acknowledged prior to going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Pawtucketâ€™s 3-0 victory over Gwinnett at frigid McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night, thereâ€™s also a sense of urgency on the shortstopâ€™s part.