April 10th, 2012
Marie T. (Garrity)
BLACKSTONE - Marie T. (Garrity) Erickson, 83, of Blackstone, died Wednesday April 4, 2012 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA. She was the wife of the late J. Vincent Erickson. Born in Worcester, MA she was the daughter of the late John and Georgette (Massey) Garrity.
Paul G. LeVasseur
CUMBERLAND- Paul G. LeVasseur, 80, a lifelong resident of Cumberland passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012 at home. He was the husband of Yvonne (Arnold) LeVasseur.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late George and Robina (Fowler) LeVasseur. He was an army veteran of the Korean War.
Paul worked for many years at Cumberland Construction and recently for Arenco Construction in New Hampshire.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Finally, there‚Äôs some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the team‚Äôs upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturday‚Äôs one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
‚ÄúI felt healthy and that‚Äôs all I can ask for,‚ÄĚ said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď A public hearing conducted by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and the state Department of Health on the proposed acquisition of Landmark Medical Center by the Steward Health Care System of Massachusetts made one thing absolutely clear Monday-- area residents and public officials, Landmark's employees and most importantly its patients all want the 114-bed acute care facility and its Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island (RHRI) to remain open.
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, you‚Äôre definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the region‚Äôs top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The School Committee will consider toughening requirements for a passing grade and attendance in local schools when the panel meets on Wednesday.
School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh is proposing that the committee raise a passing grade to 70, the requirement that had been in place until the committee voted last year to lower it to a grade of 60 as a way to retain more at-risk students in school.
The committee, at that time, also modified the penalties for absenteeism for similar reasons.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Think of a place where a young person can get help with their homework from a certified teacher, meet with friends in a safe setting and even spend a little time thinking about college or a future career.
If you are picturing an afterschool program at a local school, think again. It‚Äôs the new Mary A. Longtin C-3 (College, Community and Career) Center.
The center, which was dedicated Thursday afternoon, offers its visiting young people two classrooms and a computer center all created in a 3,500-square-foot former industrial building at 120 Northeast St.
During Saturday‚Äôs East Woonsocket Liitle League Opening Day parade, Logan Coles gives two thumbs up while marching with his Yankee teamates.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ A couple of bunts and a couple of stolen bases decided the Division II-North‚Äôs best pitchers‚Äô duel of the young season on Friday.
Jessica Tremblay‚Äôs safety squeeze bunt in the bottom of the third inning drove in Jamie LaFazia with the run that allowed North Smithfield sophomore Karissa Carlton to outduel Burrillville junior Cassidy Tedeschi and the host Northmen to squeak out a 1-0 victory that took 85 minutes to complete.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Sometimes painted as the Molly Hatchet of the Rhode Island medical marijuana movement, putting the axe to the state‚Äôs three proposed compassion centers before they had a chance to open, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he just wants to make sure everyone knows where his office stands on the issue so there will be ‚Äúno surprises‚ÄĚ when, and if, a dispensary opens up.