May 22nd, 2013
WOONSOCKET â There is no question the city has been in a struggle to survive fiscally in recent months but Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said Wednesday the upcoming 125th anniversary of the cityâs incorporation should still be a time for city residents to recall all the things that make it great.
And to that end, a group of more than 100 volunteers from city organizations, businesses, and committed residents is now working on a Main Street block party everyone involved hopes will equal or exceed the celebration of the cityâs 100th Anniversary in 1988.
LINCOLN â Will the fifth time be the charm for North Smithfield?
After coming up short in the programâs quest for its first Division III championship from 2004-06 and last season, the Northmen have earned another crack at grabbing that elusive title.
In a semifinal-round match that took just 55 minutes to complete and offered zero drama to the small scattering of fans on hand, the undefeated Northmen cruised to a 4-0 triumph over Exeter/West Greenwich at Lincoln Highâs courts.
Joseph C. Carchia Sr.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Joseph C. Carchia Sr. 66, resident of North Smithfield, died May 20, 2013, at the Home & Hospice Care of RI, in Providence.
He was the husband to Marla (O'Hara) Carchia.
He was born in Providence RI, a son of Jennie (Minicucci) Carchia, and the late Carlo Carchia.
Joseph worked for the State of RI, for over thirty years. He was a resident of Slatersville for thirty years. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran, and was a member of the VFW in Forestdale.
Charles T. O'Rourke
WOONSOCKET- Charles T. O'Rourke, 69, of Gaskill St. died May 17, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Charlie was the husband of Barbara H. (McMahon) O'Rourke for forty-nine years. Her kindness and beauty lived within his heart.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late George J. and Laura B. (Jalette) O'Rourke of Woonsocket and Wilmington, NC.
WOONSOCKET- Mary Kamer, 81, of Dulude Ave, died Monday May 20, 2013 at home with her family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Shookry and Eva (Doura) Kamer.
Mary worked as a stitcher for 35 years at Finkelsteins, prior to retiring.
Mary was a very caring and giving individual, everyone could always count on Mary to be there when needed. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time at the Ocean.
She was past president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union.
PAWTUCKET â Concrete evidence as to why Steven Wright is experiencing a downturn on the mound recently was on full display in the first inning of his latest start on Monday.
Dealing with a bases-loaded mess that came about due to a walk and two singles, Wright looked in at Indianapolisâ Jerry Sands, owner of a .168 batting average. As has been the case lately, Wright quickly fell behind, this time 2-0 to Sands.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucketâs new third baseman came out feeling pretty good about his showing at the hot corner on Tuesday afternoon.
âIt was fun to see the game from a different angle,â smiled Jose Iglesias after the PawSox came out on top in a wild 9-8 affair against Indianapolis. âIâve never played third base in my life and it wasnât bad.â
Iglesias was making his professional debut at third after logging 313 games at shortstop between the majors and minors. His first chance came in the third inning where Iglesias one-hopped a throw to first baseman Drew Sutton. He was charged with an error.
LINCOLN â Back on April 30, Mount St. Charles Academy head coach Sean McClelland had to face crosstown rival Woonsocket without three of his top four singles players, including senior tri-captain Jack Ricci, sophomore Mike Doody and junior Travis Connolly.
The first two were out due to illness and a back injury, respectively, while Connolly missed it for what McClelland termed âa disciplinary reason.â
WOONSOCKET â A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the stateâs economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled âThe Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,â says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.
WOONSOCKET â At a time when residentsâ fees for curbside trash collection are expected to double in the months ahead, the city is still subsidizing the cost of trash collection in public housing projects by more than $50,000 a year, according to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The mayor is pushing the Woonsocket Housing Authority to absorb those costs, but a preliminary plan unveiled during a meeting of the Budget Commission Monday was rejected by the WHA as needlessly âpunitive.â