June 3rd, 2011
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.
PROVIDENCE â€” U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said the Justice Department is working with government and law enforcement officials in Rhode Island and several other states to â€śbring clarityâ€ť to the federal government's policy on the sale and distribution of state-sanctioned medical marijuana.
WOONSOCKET â€” As expected, union employees of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a four-year contract with the parent company of Caritas Christi Health Care.
The vote came one day after a Superior Court judge approved the merger of Landmark Health Systems and Steward Health Care System of Boston, ending a long search for an acquisition partner for the struggling hospital group.
BURRILLVILLE - Timothy J. Guertin Jr., 58, of Harrisville, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Peggy (Weeden) Guertin.
Born in Providence, he was the son of Dorothy (White) Guertin and the late Timothy J. Guertin.
Tim worked as a computer programmer. He also served in the US Marine Corp. and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Richard L. Dufresne
WOONSOCKET- Richard L. Dufresne, 76, of Woonsocket, died Tuesday evening at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Jeannette L. (Cote) Dufresne. They were married on May 30, 1955 and had just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Monday.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Ernest and Florida (Morin) Dufresne. He remained a lifelong resident of the city.
For two days in the hot sun, Cumberland High collectively played its best golf of the season at the RIIL State Championship.
Its efforts were amply rewarded.
Jamison Randall earned the individual title and, along with his teammates, the Clippers captured the team crown on Wednesday afternoon with a four-stroke victory over Portsmouth and North Kingstown at the Cranston Country Club.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles Academy has faced Cranston East in the playoffs in each of the last four years.
Four times, four wins.
The latest of those victories came on Thursday night as the third-seeded Mounties blanked the No. 6 seed Thunderbolts, 3-0, in the Division I quarterfinals. Mount posted scores of 25-18, 25-17, 25-19.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” For the Woonsocket baseball team, Rapture beckons once more.
Another do-or-die affair â€“ the fifth such of these playoffs â€“ awaits the Villa Novans Friday afternoon, at stake a berth in next weekâ€™s Division II championship series at McCoy Stadium. Such drama and suspense was created thanks to Johnstonâ€™s wild 14-8 win in Game 2 of the semifinals Thursday afternoon at Pierce Field.
CUMBERLAND â€” Mayor Daniel J. McKee is proposing a $79.1 million budget for fiscal 2011, which reflects an increase over the current $76.2 fiscal year budget, according to information released by the mayor's office last week.
Included in the overall budget is McKee's proposed level-funded school budget, which is $1 million less than what the School Department had requested in funding for next year. Residents will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed spending plan at a public hearing hosted by the Town Council's Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.