September 7th, 2012
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The North Smithfield Emergency Management Association (EMA) has begun collaborative talks with agencies in Burrillville, Glocester and Smithfield with the goal of sharing staff and pooling resources as a regional emergency management team to help residents in the three communities weather storms and other emergency situations.
The first of several monthly meetings was held recently at the North Smithfield Town Hall to address current needs and future objectives, North Smithfield Town Administrator and Public Safety Director Paulette D. Hamilton said Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center have reached an agreement to extend their existing reimbursement contract, ending the threat that the health insurerâ€™s members would not be covered for services rendered at the hospital.
Provided the pact is approved by the Superior Court â€“ a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday â€“ Blue Cross will honor the terms of its existing reimbursement agreement with Landmark until Dec. 31, or 90 days after Steward Health Care purchases the hospital, whichever comes first.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s closing time for your Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ as in closing out the opposition and advancing to the Governorâ€™s Cup finals.
First things first as the PawSox still need to notch one more win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Such a scenario could come to fruition as early as Friday night at Rochesterâ€™s Frontier Field after Pawtucket grabbed Game Two of its opening-round series Thursday night by a 3-2 count at McCoy Stadium before 2,214 supportive and at times enthusiastic fans.
The temptation to overlook this weekâ€™s non-league gridiron slate is great, understanding that league play â€“ set to commence a week from now â€“ serves as judge, jury and executioner.
Over time, principles rooted in Darwinism help in separating the wheat from the chaff by performing the simple act of drawing a line right down the middle. Such a divide wonâ€™t begin on Friday night as teams partake in what could essentially be chalked up to the final installment after nearly four weeks of preseason camp.
Michael F. Duason
WOONSOCKET- Michael F. Duason, 25, passed away on Tuesday, Sept, 4th. he was the loving son of Melanie Duason.
Michael was a 2005 graduate of Medway High School. He was a second degree brown belt in Karate and won several championship awards in self defense weaponry.
Besides his mother he is survived by a daughter Kayden Eppich of Norwood, MA. He was the nephew of Regina Anderson, Arthura Martinelli, Lisa Petrillo, Frank & Pete Duason, he also leaves several cousins.
PROVIDENCE â€” Last year, Mount St. Charles rattled off 15 straight victories, the first 14 good for an undefeated regular-season mark and the Division I-North championship, before falling to Ponaganset in a crushing state tournament semifinal.
The Mounties, hoping for a repeat of that success in 2011, opened this campaign in rather impressive fashion, posting a rather easy 3-0 triumph over Division I-North foe Classical at the Al Morro Athletic Complex gymnasium on Wednesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€“ One down, five to go.
Seeking to claim the franchiseâ€™s first Governorâ€™s Cup championship in 28 years, the Pawtucket Red Sox grabbed Game One of the best-of-five opening-round series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-4. The PawSox fell behind 4-0 after 2Â˝ innings before compiling seven unanswered runs to end the contest, which was witnessed by 1,518.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Larry Lucchino admitted Wednesday that he tries to clear his schedule and make a once-per-season pilgrimage to McCoy Stadium. In that regard, the Red Soxâ€™s president and CEO should thank the PawSox for advancing to the Governorâ€™s Cup playoffs.
Providing a textbook case of better late than never, Lucchino took in Wednesdayâ€™s playoff opener from Pawtucket president Mike Tamburroâ€™s box.
Arriving roughly 3 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled 7:05 first pitch, Lucchino spent quite a bit of time in the home teamâ€™s clubhouse and in the company of PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler.
WOONSOCKET â€” Former funeral director Todd Lauzon has been ordered to serve four years in prison for embezzling money from numerous clients who purchased prearranged funeral contracts from him between 2002 and 2009.
Lauzon, 39, was sentenced by Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to 30 counts of embezzlement, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Vogelâ€™s full sentence was 20 years, with four to serve, and the balance suspended, with probation. She also ordered Lauzon to make $137,000 in restitution to his victims.
WOONSOCKET â€” A spokesman for Republican congressional challenger Brendan Doherty said Wednesday he will remove a campaign sign from private property on South Main Street after a complaint about the size of the advertising was filed at the cityâ€™s zoning office.
â€śWe donâ€™t want to ruffle any feathers,â€ť said Robert Coupe, spokesman for the campaign. â€śIf thereâ€™s a complaint, weâ€™ll remove it.â€ť
Jeff Burlingame, a city firefighter, told The Call he filed the complaint because the sign is larger than the zoning code allows for political advertising.
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