May 2nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Steward Health Care System surpassed a preliminary but important regulatory hurdle in its bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center Tuesday as a health department subcommittee recommended approval of the Boston suitorâ€™s application to assume â€śeffective controlâ€ť of the hospital.
An eight-member subcommittee of the powerful Health Services Council voted unanimously in favor of Stewardâ€™s application after airing issues of Stewardâ€™s financial strength, quality of care and commitment to the needy during a series of earlier meetings.
WOONSOCKET- Blanche Nault 86, of East School St. died Wednesday at the Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Walter Makolandra and Roland Nault.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Cordelia (Chamberland) Beland. Mrs. Nault was an assembler for AT Cross for fifteen years before retiring in 1989.
Ronnie L. McKeage
BELLINGHAM- Ronnie L. McKeage, 48, of Bellingham, MA passed away at home on Saturday, April 28, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Margo (Deschamps) McKeage.
He was the loving father of Jason Deschamps and his wife Melissa of Woonsocket, RI; and his cherished grandsons Jason Deschamps, Jr. and Andrew Deschamps.
PROVIDENCE â€” It seems like almost yesterday, but it was on Oct. 14, 2006 when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. presented a marquee intracity duel between Providence super middleweights and bitter rivals Peter Manfredo Jr. and Joe â€śThe K.O. Kidâ€ť Spina that generated a ton of buzz across the state and packed the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police surprised two masked men as they were lugging computers out of Woonsocket High School through a smashed window early Sunday.
One of the suspects escaped after scaling a fence, but another was captured after a foot chase. Police also recovered about $12,000 worth of computer equipment the alleged intruders had removed from the school.
Maxwell A. Johnson, 19, was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with felonious intent and conspiracy to commit a felony.
WOONSOCKET â€” The monument defense fund hadnâ€™t even been officially created yet, but Mayor Leo Fontaine accepted the first donation, hand-delivered, all the way from Spring Lake, Michigan.
â€śI really had no idea this was going to happen,â€ť said Dennis Masson, as he wrote a check for $1,000 to the fund at City Hall yesterday afternoon.
BOSTON â€“ For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day â€“ as in Decision Day â€“ is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cookâ€™s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.
BOSTON â€“ The sight of Josh Reddick sporting a green and gold Oakland Aâ€™s uniform inside Fenway Park Monday night only further augments the idea that not every drafted-and-developed Red Sox type has a seat waiting for him at the parent clubâ€™s table.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Wisconsin group that condemned a World War I monument bearing a Latin cross as a violation of the separation of church and state because itâ€™s located on city property may have a legal battle on its hands after all.
Buoyed by offers of free legal assistance and an outpouring of public support, the City Council will decide tonight whether to establish a defense fund to keep the monument at Place Jolicoeur, in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 2, with the Latin cross intact.
WOONSOCKET â€” It doesnâ€™t matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldierâ€™s name on that monument, says Lucien Jolicoeur, and he would be just as angry if the cross were removed, as a First Amendment defenders group is demanding.
â€śThe cross is my very biggest complaint,â€ť Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. â€śI donâ€™t care if itâ€™s my uncle or another solider. I donâ€™t think anyone has a right to touch that cross.â€ť