June 5th, 2011
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Residents will get the opportunity this week to offer input on the proposed Fiscal 2012 $33.9 million town operating budget for next year.
The annual public hearing on the budget kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Dean Auditorium on Green Street.
The proposed $33,977,854 budget represents a $747,215 decrease over the current $33,230,639 budget. The spending plan includes a $20,914,816 school budget, up $155,121 over last year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city is ready to order a new fire truck from a South Dakota company to replace Engine No. 3 â€” a workhorse of the fire department that's about ready for retirement.
If the City Council approves, Crimson Fire will supply the Woonsocket Fire Department with a new engine at a cost of $263,981.
The city will pay for the vehicle in one fell swoop with proceeds from its $2 million federal Community Development Block Grant, an annual allotment which has been used for purchasing firefighting apparatus in the past.
PROVIDENCE â€” Waiting to compete in the high jump at Saturdayâ€™s RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s versatile junior Ali Sayles nearly missed the finals of the 100-meter high hurdles.
Itâ€™s a good thing she got there in time. A few minutes after hustling her way over to the starting line, Sayles was crowned an individual titlist.
â€śItâ€™s just crazy,â€ť she said. â€śI wasnâ€™t expecting it at all.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Down, but not out.
That was the mindset of the players of ninth-seeded Mount St. Charles Academy during their Division I playoff matchup with top-seed Lincoln High on Saturday.
Facing a three-run deficit entering the seventh inning, the underdog Mounties scored four times in the final frame en route to a 4-3 win over the Lions in the opener of the double-elimination tourney at Lonsdale Elementary School.
Taylor Messier tied the contest at 3 with a two-run double and teammate Emily Hendricks drove in the game-winner with base hit in the gap.
PROVIDENCE â€” Lincoln Highâ€™s perfect season came to an end at the hands of â€¦ a perfect season.
In Saturdayâ€™s clash between two unbeaten teams trying to etch their names into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League history books, it was Tiverton that emerged with an unblemished record â€” and the Division II state championship.
A late second-half comeback fell short for the Lions, who watched the Tigers celebrate a 12-8 victory at Rhode Island College to cap a 17-0 campaign.
BLACKSTONE â€“ As students, they made it through difficult economic times and the challenges of an unsettled and dangerous world.
Now the future looms for 104 members of Blackstone-Millville Regional High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2011, and the purple-and-gold-dressed graduates walking into the schoolâ€™s 41st commencement Friday evening were told to count on successes already achieved to make it a bright one.
High School Principal Richard Porter pointed to the eveningâ€™s perfect weather as making the ceremony a special one just as would the performances by a â€śfabulousâ€ť BMR band and chorus.
BELLINGHAM - On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 115 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and they did it with class and style.
"What beautiful weather," outgoing School Superintendent David N. Fischer said at Friday's 73rd annual commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2011 graduating seniors. Yesterday's postcard-perfect weather saw the ceremony held outdoors for the first time in three years.
Rene A. Noury
WEST HAVEN, CT - Rene A. Noury, 82, a professional portrait photographer at Loring Studios in New Haven and Milford, CT for many years, died peacefully on May 27, 2011 under hospice care at his current residence at West Walk, West Haven, CT.
He previously had resided at Dwight Street, in New Haven for over 50 years. He was originally from Central Falls. He was an avid lover of flowering plants and collected rare antique and art pieces.
Roger A. LeBrun
PUNTA GORDA, FL- Roger A. LeBrun, 77, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away Monday, May 31, 2011 in Tampa, FL.
He was born May 16, 1934 in Woonsocket, RI to Adelard and Germaine (Bolduc) LeBrun.
Roger served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from Helix Technology in 2000 after 20 years of service. He was former owner and manager of Rogers Colonial Craft in Woonsocket, RI. Roger was a member of the American French Genealogy Society of Woonsocket, American Legion and YMCA. He enjoyed yard work, woodwork and his hobby was genealogy.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Hugh Finch of Harrisville is Rhode Island's winner of the first Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Collaborative Teen Video Challenge, a national program that promotes summer reading.
A total of 20 states were represented in the CSLP's 2011 "You Are Here" teen video challenge winning videos, including Finch's 1:30 minute video of the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville.
The national Collaborative Summer Reading Program contest encouraged teens to develop video skills, have fun and persuade others to use libraries all summer long.