June 18th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – For his final high-school act this year before turning his attention to the summer baseball travel circuit, Alex Lataille turned in flawless performance on the mound that on this particular day was championship caliber.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council and the Woonsocket Teachers Guild could jointly file suit in Superior Court as early as next week in attempts to prevent RISE Mayoral Academy from opening later this summer.
Council President Albert G. Brien and Jeffrey Partington, president of the WTG, said the council and the teachers union will be co-plaintiffs in the suit because the city and the teachersâ€™ union have a shared interest in preventing the school from opening.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island House on Tuesday unanimously approved an $8.67 billion state budget proposal.
"We put out a pro-jobs, pro-economy budget," Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said. "The members rallied around it."
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican, voted for a budget for the first time since being elected in 2008. He praised the tax cuts, changes to the Medicaid system and other initiatives to help businesses.
"This budget is as good as you're going to get in a Democratic state," he said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Cumberland High skipper Andy Tuetken knew long before the start of this R.I. Division I Tournament championship set that upsetting top-ranked and unbeaten Hendricken would be a tall order.
He nevertheless understood his never-say-die squad was peaking at the right time, especially after producing a pair of impressive semifinal wins against a Lincoln team that had been rolling.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Rhode Island School Superintendents and members of local School Committees assembled at the Statehouse on Tuesday to voice support for General Assembly legislation that would give the cities and towns more say on whether a new charter school should serve their community.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.
Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Anyone who has stopped in at Chanâ€™s Fine Oriental Dining, at 267 Main St., Woonsocket, can tell you how much its owner, John Chan, loves jazz and blues music.
Photographs and paintings of the greats of jazz and blues cover the walls of the restaurant, and also of the adjoining dinner theater that has helped build Chanâ€™s reputation as an advocate and promoter of the music genres.
His reputation in that role was recognized in a very special way Monday night as Chan received the 2015 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts at Trinity Repertory Co. in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Virtually every time Tolman High meets Mount St. Charles on the diamond, Tigers' mentor Theo Murray mentions his personal history with the Woonsocket Catholic school.
It seems back in 1992, when Murray represented Shea as a standout senior third/first baseman, his Raiders held a precarious lead over the Mounties in the R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final. In the end, however, MSC prevailed with a late rally, 7-6, eliminating Shea from a berth opposite Westerly, the eventual state champion.
CUMBERLAND – Because they competed in different leagues within Division I, Cumberland High didn't face fellow state finalist Hendricken during the regular season, but that doesn't mean Clippers' first-year skipper Andy Tuetken hasn't done his homework.
He knows full well what his club is up against when the two meet in the opener of the best-of-three D-I championship set, slated for today at 6 p.m. inside McCoy Stadium.
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.