July 28th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.
Understand that veteran minor-league ballplayers have provisions written into their contracts that grant them the freedom to explore and seek opportunities elsewhere. These clauses â€“ no doubt put in at the suggestion of oneâ€™s agent â€“ are designed with the playerâ€™s protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the teamâ€™s magical run culminating in a 4-2 defeat to Robbinsville, N.J. in semifinal-round action of the Eastern Regionals at Breen Field.
The defeat closes Cumberlandâ€™s stay at the 10-team tournament, which featured teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, at 4-2. In its six games, Cumberland outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin and outhit them, 49-24.
PAWTUCKET â€” Northern Bernon's summer campaign ended at Pineview's Tomlinson Field on Thursday night, but there were no tears shed and a minimum amount of frowns cast after it dropped a 10-5 decision to Johnston.
Instead, skipper Ron Masse and his assistants chose to accentuate the positives following the championship game of the R.I. Little League Junior Division (13-14) Tournament.
WOONSOCKET â€” Synagro Technologies Inc.â€™s plan for a $10 million heat-to-energy cogeneration facility took a giant leap forward yesterday after the Budget Commission approved a $6.5 million deal on taxes for the new construction.
The cash, to be parceled out over 20 years, isnâ€™t the only perk in the works for the struggling city. Thereâ€™s cheap electricity in the deal, too, and itâ€™s â€śgreen,â€ť to boot.
Read more in our print edition.
LINCOLN- Rita (Bourque) Gregoire, 92, of Lincoln, died July 24, 2012 in the Holiday Nursing Home, Manville. Her husband of 53 years, Armand J. Gregoire, died in 1993. Born in Woonsocket, Rita was the daughter of George and Delores (Desjarlais) Bourque.
Rita was a communicant at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” One down, two to go.
The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team took its first step towards what it hopes will be the programâ€™s first-ever Eastern Regional championship and a spot in the Little League World Series on Wednesday afternoon by capturing its quarterfinal-round game with ease.
WOONSOCKET â€” If the sale of Landmark Medical Center falls through, most Rhode Islanders would blame Blue Cross, a new poll suggests.
The poll, conducted by Marttila Strategies of Boston, was commissioned by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Landmark Medical Center, and Steward Health Care, the for-profit chain that wants to buy Landmark.
CUMBERLAND â€” Residents will get the opportunity on Aug. 7 to offer input on a proposed plan to consolidate the town's fire services as a single municipal public safety department that would not only include the town's four independent fire districts, but emergency medical service and police as well.