August 2nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.
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Pamela R. Ducharme
BURRILLVILLE- Pamela R. Ducharme 49, resident of Burrillville passed away on July 31, 2012 at RI Hospital.
She was the loving wife of Andre Ducharme.
She was born in Woonsocket RI, a daughter of the late Armand & Therese (Guerard) Trudeau.
Pamela worked as a CNA and Med Tech for the Trinity Health Center in Woonsocket. She was a professional arm wrestler, and also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening and playing cards.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Just in time for another round of public scrutiny, the World War I monument at the center of a simmering constitutional feud with a Wisconsin atheist group has gotten a makeover worthy of prime time.
The once-disintegrating masonry has been restored, the brass plaque bearing the names of the war dead has been professionally spiffed up, and the cross at the heart of the dispute gleams whiter than ever.
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WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ When students return to Woonsocket High School on Aug 29 they are going to find some areas of school to be brighter and newer looking thanks to the help of a local business.
Chet Chomka, the manager and owner of Vose True Value Hardware at 849 Cumberland Hill Road had made a point of letting local schools know about the True Value Foundation's ‚ÄúPainting a Bright Future‚ÄĚ grant program last fall. Chomka was thrilled to learn earlier this year that Woonsocket High School was among 100 schools selected nationwide to win the award of 40 gallons of paint under the program.
WEST WARWICK --- It‚Äôs been a number of years since Navigant Credit Union Post 85 enjoyed a postseason run like this one, but on Wednesday night, the Woonsocket ballclub moved closer to a state championship by nailing down another impressive victory.
The eighth and lowest seed remaining in the R.I. playoffs, Post 85 rode the strong arm of Brandon Rainville and held off a late comeback by its third-seeded rival to produce a 4-3 triumph, its fourth straight tournament ‚ÄėW‚Äô, at McCarthy Field.
Alice M. Fowler
BURRILLVILLE- Fowler, Alice M., 96, of Ashton Court, Harrisville, died July 25, 2012 at Overlook Nursing Home. She was the widow of William Fowler.
Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of Olaf and Alma (Soderburg) Friden.
Mrs. Fowler was a good mother to her own children along with the many others she unselfishly raised. She was an avid reader.
It‚Äôs easy to get swept up with the sentiment that for Lars Anderson, Tuesday was Liberation Day.
The moment the Red Sox brought Adrian Gonzalez into the fold in December 2010, Anderson‚Äôs path to reach the big leagues with the club that drafted and developed him became infinitely harder. The deal with the Padres made Gonzalez a rich man while simultaneously poured cold water on the notion that Anderson was Boston‚Äôs first baseman of the future.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď It‚Äôs Sunday morning in the PawSox clubhouse, a time of day when players and coaches alike seek to shake the sleep out of their eyes in preparation for that day‚Äôs 1:05 first pitch.
Everyone has their own routine. For some, the crossword puzzle beckons. Others, a trip to the indoor hitting cage is imperative. Then there‚Äôs kicking back on the plush leather sofa to watch what the majority deems is acceptable on television. Sometimes it‚Äôs a movie; other times, like this past Sunday morn, the viewing is the Summer Olympics.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ From Garrett Mock‚Äôs vantage point, his capacity ‚Äď relief pitcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox ‚Äď represents only the tip of iceberg regarding exactly who he is.
Mind you, Mock wasn‚Äôt always a devout Christian. The 29-year-old experienced a pair of self-described awakenings ‚Äď one in 1998 and again in 2006 ‚Äď that placed everything in proper context.
Nowadays when he takes the mound, Mock isn‚Äôt just seeking to get the opposition out; he aims to continue to stay true to his spiritual side that he first tapped as a teenager growing up in Houston, Texas.
WEST WARWICK ‚ÄĒ As the eighth seed in this R.I. American Legion Tournament, that after finishing the league campaign at a mediocre 11-11, Navigant Post 85 wasn't expected to do much, especially after suffering a disastrous 14-1 loss to North Providence Post 29 in the first game of a best-of-three preliminary set last Friday.
Navigant, however, responded with 6-3 and 9-0 victories over the Senators this past weekend, and gained a bit of confidence entering the double-elimination portion of the tourney.