January 20th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ After enduring a barrage of criticism for dragging the city deeper into a fiscal quagmire, the school department is going on the offensive.
Woonsocket Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan has scheduled a series of three forums in the next two weeks, inviting the general public to discuss student achievement, teaching issues and, yes, finances.
Joseph Winston Sr.
PROVIDENCE- Joseph Winston Sr. 74, formerly of Woonsocket, died Thursday at the Philip Hulitar Center.
He was born in Scotts, MS, a son of the late Mary Peters and J.W. Winston.
He was one of six children. He was the husband of the late Sally B. Winston, and was the long time friend and companion of Miss Lillie Harmon. He worked as a custodian for the Framingham School Dept. for 19 years before retiring in 1978. He enjoyed fishing and playing checkers.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain â€śvery, very painful cuts â€¦ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â€ť
But, he added, â€śwe canâ€™t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the â€¦ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â€ť Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of â€śreform before revenue.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” An audit of Cumberland's finances shows the town ending the 2011 fiscal year with a $3.6 million surplus in its general fund, according to Town Finance Director Steve Woerner, who highlighted the results of the municipal audit at the Town Council's meeting Wednesday. The audit was conducted by the Warwick-based public accounting firm of Bacon & Company, LLC.
â€śWe had a very good year, just as we intended to,â€ť Woerner told the council.
Life, weâ€™re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâ€™s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâ€™s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâ€™s the journey within the journey.
MAPLEVILLE- Robert Ames, 57, of Zenon St., Mapleville, died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Maynard L. and Catherine (Dwyer) Ames. He was a lifelong resident of Mapleville.
Mr. Ames plied his trade as a welder and was employed by Supreme Corporation in Harrisville and previously worked at Janell Truck Bodies.
Robert enjoyed fishing and playing in a pool league.
Robert J. Danis
MILFORD- Robert J. Danis, 86, of Milford MA, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in his home. He was the husband of Antoinette (Andreola) Danis of 52 years.
He was born in Woonsocket RI, son of the late George Danis Sr. and Rose (Halon) Danis and lived in Woonsocket before moving to Milford MA in 1959. He was a graduate of the Woonsocket High school class of 1942.
He was a World War II Navy Veteran.
Mr. Danis retired in 1984 from the former General Motors Corp. in Framingham where he was employed as a foreman and also on the repair line.
Leslie A. Imondi
WOONSOCKET- Leslie A. (Kuczer) Imondi, 66, of Knight St., died Tuesday January 17, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, with her family by her side.
She was the wife of Richard A. Imondi. Richard and Leslie were married for 34 years.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Wasyl and Helen (Boyko) Kuczer.
Leslie worked as a LPN at Milford Whitinsville Regional Hospital for 44 years retiring in 2010.
She also was an artist specializing in watercolor.
JOHNSTON -- Before setting its sights on Fridayâ€™s big battle with undefeated Moses Brown, Burrillville had to deal with a pesky Johnston team determined to climb its way up the Division II-North standings.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, they didnâ€™t deal with their hosts very well, and as a result, they turned in one of their worst performances of the season.
The Broncos turned the ball over 32 times and scored just seven points in the final 8:57 of their Wednesday night contest against the Panthers and ended up on the short end of a 51-36 score.
CUMBERLAND â€” Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3Â˝-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charityâ€™s Board of Directors, along with Director John McManus, officially presented the check to the Spadano family at the Cumberland police station.
Cops For Kids With Cancer, a small non-profit organization made of law enforcement incur when their children are diagnosed with cancer.