May 17th, 2012
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.
BLACKSTONE, MASS- Alfred (Jack) Poxon 82 Formerly of NH died May 2, 2012 at the Blackstone Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Born March 13, 1930 in Woonsocket, RI and was the son of the late Ernest and Rose A (Reynolds) Poxon.
Alfred was a horse trainer who traveled the racing circuit along the East Coast for most of his career and retiring from the Rockingham Racetrack in NH.
He was the former husband of the late Bella (Rue) Poxon.
PROVIDENCE â€” Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine, Council President John Ward and Finance Director Thomas Bruce spent Tuesday afternoon trying to convince the House Finance Committee that a 13 percent supplemental tax in the city would not be just a stopgap measure to temporarily forestall the inevitable appointment of a state budget commission or receiver a few weeks or months down the road.