May 18th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ Although a tabled bill that would let the city issue a 13 percent supplemental tax bill is now scheduled for a vote in the House Tuesday, it looks like the city is going to get a budget commission anyway.
CUMBERLAND â€” Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white â€śStrike Out Cancerâ€ť caps to wear, at $15 each.
PROVIDENCE â€” The bill to allow Woonsocket to assess a 13 percent extra tax on property and vehicles in the city appears to be headed for passage.
The House Finance Committee has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse and a vote on the Woonsocket bill is the only item on its agenda. Legislation is seldom brought up for a vote if there isnâ€™t sufficient support to pass it, at least at the committee level.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the first time, municipal ambulance crews who believe their patients are suffering a stroke can deliver them to Landmark Medical Center.
Thatâ€™s because Landmark was certified by the Joint Commission, the nationâ€™s main accrediting body of health care organizations, as a primary stroke treatment center, the hospital announced.
The state Department of Health has also added Landmark to its official list of Certified Stroke Centers, enabling Landmark to treat more residents from northern Rhode Island who have suffered a stroke or who are likely to.
Russell A. Jones
LEHIGH ACRES, FLORIDA- Russell A. Jones, 73, of Lehigh Acres, Florida passed away Monday, May 14, 2012 with his loving family by his side.
He was born September 17, 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas and Mary Ann (MacDougall) Jones and was the proud stepson of Eugene Walton.
MERRIMACK, NH- Rita (Varieur) Chapdelaine 94, formerly of 218 Pond St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday in the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. She was the wife of the late Arthur Chapdelaine.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Oliver and Roseanna (Lamoureux) Varieur.
Mrs. Chapdelaine was a homemaker and a member of the Woonsocket Sr. Center, and the St. Joseph's Sr. Citizens Club.
WOONSOCKET â€” When athletic director George Nasuti talks about â€śNovan Pride,â€ť heâ€™s referring to something that hopefully hits home for anyone whoâ€™s ever been touched by athletics in the Woonsocket School System.
WOONSOCKET â€” Though the supplemental tax legislation is not officially dead, itâ€™s dead enough for the state to begin gearing up for Plan B â€” the imposition of a budget commission to take over the cityâ€™s finances.
Finance Director Tom Bruce told The Call Wednesday that State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and city officials will mount a last-ditch effort to revive supplemental taxes in the House, but Gallogly is already making preparations to seat a budget commission for the city if the effort falters.
Robert K. Fortune
NORTON, MA- Robert K. Fortune, 30, died Saturday May 12, 2012 at his home in Norton, MA.
Born in Providence he was the son of Roger A. Fortune Jr. and his wife Debra of Chepachet and the late Luanne T. (Cullerton) Fortune.
He worked as a Manager for Burger King and also worked for Polseno Mike A. & Sons Fancy Apples of Pascoag. He was a 1999 graduate of Ponagansett High School. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing, his woodshop and basketball.
BELLINGHAM- Allen G. Crawford, Sr., 77, of Bellingham, MA for 50 years, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Kindred Hospital, Stoughton, MA with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of Joan E. (Tabor) Crawford.
Born in Weymouth, MA on May 16, 1934, he was the son of the late Stanley G. and Lillian Rose (Dow) Crawford of Quincy and was raised by the late Jessie and Preston Farrington of Franklin.