June 15th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and the City Council square off in Harris Hall tonight as the mayor vetoed the panelâ€™s cuts in health care and a contingency account that allowed the council to deliver an FY 2016 spending plan of $134.9 million, more than $800,000 less than Baldelli-Hunt's.
The question is, will the council, after unanimously approving the cuts two weeks ago, override the mayorâ€™s veto?
Five of its seven members must reaffirm their original votes to do so.
BURRILLVILLE – Despite committing four errors and getting outhit, Burrillville moved one step closer to the Division III championship with a 3-1 win over Mt. Hope on Sunday at Eccleston Field.
The Broncos, who are now 3-0 in the playoffs, now head to Rhode Island College on Tuesday to take on either Mt. Hope once again or top seed Juanita Sanchez. The Huskies and Cavaliers are scheduled to play a losers’ bracket final this afternoon at RIC.
WEST WARWICK – With a trip to the R.I. Division I Tournament championship set on the line, Cumberland High first-year skipper Andy Tuetken delivered to his team one final bit of advice on Sunday.
“Jump on them early and often, gentlemen,” he implored them. “I want to see a lot of intensity.”
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A motor vehicle stop by R.I. State Police units on Route 146 in North Smithfield Friday night led to the arrest of two men on charges of possessing 850 grams of heroin.
As a result of an investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) task force, approximately $55,000 worth of heroin was seized, according to Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
PROVIDENCE – You create your own luck, and that’s exactly what the North Smithfield softball team tried to do Sunday afternoon with a spot in the Division II finals on the line.
North Providence responded in calm and cool nature, making defensive plays that took the air out of the Northmen’s attack. It was a scene that repeated several times and represented a major reason why the Cougars emerged from the losers’ bracket with a 2-1 victory.
PROVIDENCE â€” Jen Pasquariello can almost be described as North Smithfield head coach Paul Mercierâ€™s pet project.
â€śSheâ€™s not a starter. Sheâ€™s somebody who needed to be pushed and kind of wake up a little bit,â€ť said Mercier. â€śYouâ€™ve got to show the coaching staff during practices that you want to be out there.â€ť
It reached the point where Mercier sat down with Pasquariello as the regular season drew to a close. Since the coach-to-player moment, the naturally skilled Pasquariello has done everything within her power to reward Mercierâ€™s faith in her.
With the kids finishing up their last few days of school and the temperature on the thermometer rising every day, local beaches and town pools are preparing for the busy summer season.
PROVIDENCE â€“ General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is a step closer to winning his first major policy initiative â€“ one he says will create jobs and save millions in energy costs for cities like Pawtucket and Woonsocket, as well as private property owners.
The draft of the $8.6 billion state budget approved by the House Finance Committee a few days ago includes some $7 million worth of funding to rebrand the longtime Clean Water Finance Agency as a new entity, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.
BELLINGHAM â€“ When Dawn Costa met Jose Antonio Mangual Jr. last month, it was as if her prayers had been answered.
Mangual, a professional fundraiser and founder of the Milford, Mass.-based non-profit organization â€śA 2nd Chanceâ€ť â€” which claimed to raise money to help those who need "a second chance" in life â€” volunteered to raise money to benefit Costaâ€™s 2-year-old granddaughter, Brooklynn Rondeau, diagnosed with childhood leukemia in April.