August 22nd, 2015
MILLVILLE â€” The summer squash and zucchini did great in Bill Laquidaraâ€™s backyard garden this summer. But compared to another one of their oddball cousins in the veggie family, well, letâ€™s just say they donâ€™t measure up.
Say hello to Laquidaraâ€™s cucuzza, an alarmingly lengthy variety of squash thatâ€™s not usually a first choice for New England gardeners. Indigenous to the Mediterrean region, the cucuzza may be a native of Italy, where itâ€™s been widely cultivated for centuries and the locals pronounce it ko-KOO-tza, or goo-GOOTZ.
WOONSOCKET â€” After less than six months on the job, Patrick Morganelli, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, has been placed on paid administrative leave from his $115,000-a-year job for the foreseeable future, the organizationâ€™s governing body says.
Neither the WHAâ€™s Board of Housing Commissioners nor its legal counsel would say why Morganelli was suspended, calling the issue a private personnel matter.
â€śI wish I could tell you more,â€ť said David Lahousse, chairman of the board. â€śBut I canâ€™t do that without getting myself in trouble.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Deb Hunt would listen to her grandson Isaiah DeSilva whenever he talked about balancing a heavy summer course load and his college football responsibilities.
Hunt interpreted what DeSilva expressed as nothing more than the desire of an incoming freshman who was fully intent on honoring his agreed-upon student-athlete duties. Never once did anyone close to DeSilva believe that the football portion of the equation was seriously hanging in the balance.
LINCOLN â€” Citing her leadership and dedication to academic achievement, the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association has chosen School Supt. Georgia Fortunato as the 2015 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year.
â€śGeorgia is an outstanding example of what a superintendent should be,â€ť said Tim Ryan, RISSAâ€™s executive director. â€śShe runs an excellent school system. The academics are outstanding and she has earned the respect of the entire community. The manner in which she leads the Lincoln schools is commendable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Classic cars were back on Main Street Wednesday evening, and drew a big crowd of area car enthusiasts to appreciate their place in American life.
Main Street shut down promptly at 5 p.m. as city Human Services Director Linda Plays had promised, and the car exhibitors had their spots up and down Main Street, from Market Square to Depot Square by 6 p.m.
LINCOLN â€” Two of Rhode Islandâ€™s beloved school sports coaches will be the center of attention, as the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC), celebrates another milestone, with its 30th Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremonies. This special event is set for Thursday, October 1 at Twin River Casino Event Center, 100 Twin River Road.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court judgeâ€™s order wiping out Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempestâ€™s murder conviction and subsequent decision to release him on bail after more than 23 years in jail were both put on ice Tuesday â€” at least temporarily â€” by a single justice of the state Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg ordered a stay of Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procacciniâ€™s orders until all five members of the high court are available to review them, on Sept. 17.
LINCOLN — Signed by the Garden State Grays just two weeks ago, RHP John Tangherlini, a native Rhode Islander and Lincoln High School graduate, is making some big impressions in the big-league environment that is the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent league with teams in the northeastern United States and Canada.
After all, the 24-year old has baseball in his blood.
PAWTUCKET â€” Every two years, Smith & Streetâ€™s SportsBusiness Journal releases its annual rankings of the top minor-league markets in the country.
WOONSOCKET â€” State prosecutors will take one last bite at the apple today in attempts to keep Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. behind bars pending their appeal of a Superior Court judgeâ€™s decision to vacate his 1992 murder conviction in the death of Doreen Picard.
Barring any intervention by the Supreme Court, Tempest will be released from the medium security section of the Adult Correctional Institutions sometime after 4 p.m., according to Cory Cloud, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.