February 17th, 2013
Young hockey fans cheer for the Mount St. Charles boys hockey team as they take on Malden Catholic High School at Adelard Arena Friday night.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ An end of the fiscal year surplus of over $600,000, lower taxes, a favorable bond rating and a fully-funded pension account are some of the accomplishments the town realized last year.
Those were some of the highlights in Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton's annual "State of the Town" address delivered to the Northern Rhode Island Advisory Group, a small business affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce, earlier this month at Banneker Industries.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒThere is a lot about Thomas E. Mundy that local folks will be remembering following his death at the age of 92 on Jan. 26.
Some will remember him for his longtime service on the North Smithfield School Committee; or for the floral business, Mundy‚Äôs Flower and Greenhouses, that he ran with his wife of 67 years, Clare (Ide) Mundy, on Victory Highway; or for his family life and work with local youth sports.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ It was right around Thanksgiving when Woonsocket High senior Kaylnn ‚ÄúK.K.‚ÄĚ Pitts placed all her cards on the table.
‚ÄúI want to win the [indoor] state championship in the high jump,‚ÄĚ is what Pitts set out to obtain, the quote appearing in this very newspaper on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The teenager‚Äôs day of reckoning came Saturday afternoon at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house, site of the R.I. Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Pitts made good on her promise, capturing the high jump crown with a ‚Äúsudden death‚ÄĚ leap of five feet, four inches.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Tommy Brien is livid. So are Dave Jarrett and the other volunteers in Woonsocket who run youth and recreational leagues and use the city‚Äôs parks and fields.
Brien reported on Thursday night that on the agenda of Monday‚Äôs City Council meeting is a proposal to establish fees for those who participate in the recreational programs that utilize the city‚Äôs facilities -- charges that could severely cripple the budgets of some of the city‚Äôs leagues.
BELLINGHAM ‚ÄĒ Election season in Bellingham is officially under way.
Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian has posted the calendar for the 2013 town election season. Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk's office; the last day to obtain papers is March 7.
Candidates must return papers with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters by March 26 to make it onto the ballot. The annual town election is slated Tuesday, May 7.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď With elderly homeowners bracing for a big tax hit as the city addresses its long-term structural deficit, Council President John Ward is offering some legislative help to soften the blow.
Ward is proposing a measure that would simultaneously relax eligibility requirements for the senior citizens property tax exemption while making the benefit more generous.
In recent years, the senior exemption has grown so antiquated that a paltry 19 property owners are currently taking advantage of it, according to the tax assessor‚Äôs office.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Two Woonsocket lawmakers ‚ÄĒ Rep. Robert Phillips and Sen. Marc Cote ‚ÄĒ want to offer a six-year tax break for businesses that come to or start up in Rhode Island and hire at least two people.
A new company, Phillips told The Call Thursday, would get a 50 percent reduction in its corporate tax for each of the first three years it is in business and a 25 percent reduction for the next three years.
WOONSOCKET --- One bad minute of hockey at the end of the second period turned out to be Mount St. Charles Academy‚Äôs undoing on Friday night in its showdown against the No. 7 ranked team in Massachusetts.
Malden Catholic snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring twice in the final 36 seconds of that middle period and held onto its lead through a wild final period en route to a 5-3 victory before a large gathering at Adelard Arena.
Anne E. Simmons
ANNAPOLIS, MD- On February 14, Anne E. "Mimi" Simmons, 81, of Annapolis, MD and formerly of Cumberland, RI, died at home after a 10 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born October 8, 1931 in Woonsocket, RI to the late Peter and Catherine Keriaco, she graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1945 and then graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in 1949.