June 2nd, 2012
BELLINGHAM â€” On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 174 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and did it with class and style.
"One of the greatest joys as an educator and a parent is to watch children grow and witness their accomplishments and realize their goals," School Supt. Edward L. Fleury said at Friday's 74th commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2012 graduating seniors.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As expected, one of the newly seated Woonsocket Budget Commissionâ€™s first official deeds was to ask the state to hand over some $3.1 million in school aid to the cash-strapped Woonsocket Education Department nearly a month sooner than it was due.
Itâ€™s still not enough to get the WED through its last pay period of the year, on June 29, and the panel will go back to the drawing board on Tuesday to reassess its options.
PROVIDENCE â€” There were T.J. Sorrentine and Mike Martin, two longtime buddies sitting Thursday night in a restaurant on Thayer Street. Earlier that day, it was revealed that Martin would be returning to his alma mater as the menâ€™s basketball head coach at Brown University.
WOONSOCKET â€” Coming off of a convincing 13-2 win over North Smithfield Wednesday afternoon to start their playoff run, the Woonsocket Villa Novans defeated the Narragansett Mariners, 4-2, to keep their playoff momentum going in the Division II Region 2 playoffs.
LINCOLN â€” The sixth time was the charm.
After watching a successful season get cut short in the Division III semifinal round in each of the last five years, Davies took a torch to the history books and finally earned the right to play for a state championship.
A 10-run uprising in the home half of the second inning, sparked by a grand slam home run to center field by Madison Cooper, and another remarkable outing by ace pitcher Madison Goodhart were the keys to the Patriotsâ€™ 15-2 triumph over Central Falls on Friday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET- Paulette R. Baillargeon, 74, of Woonsocket passed away peacefully on Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Woonsocket Health Center with her family by her side.
Born in Woonsocket on March 25, 1938, she was the daughter of the late William and Lucille (Lottinville) Baillargeon.
She was the beloved sister of Lucette Martel and her husband, Albert of Bellingham. She leaves her cherished nieces and nephew, Alan Martel and his wife Renee of Uxbridge, MA, Rochelle Mancuso of Millville, MA and Melissa Riley of Foxboro, MA.
William Michael Cree
BURRILLVILLE- William Billy Michael Cree, 63, resident of Burrillville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late William and Helen (Donovan) Cree.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâ€™s 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” His players were in great spirits on Thursday afternoon, taking some batting practice with wiffleballs beyond the left field fence and sharing a laugh or two, but North Smithfield coach Tom Bourgeois found himself with a few butterflies a half hour before his teamâ€™s Division II single-elimination playoff opener against Portsmouth.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Fresh off of a 1-0 win in the 12th inning of its playoff opener against Middletown, No. 8 seeded Cumberland continued its impressive playoff run with a 6-2 upset win over No. 1 seeded North Providence on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars had won the previous two meetings between these two teams -- 4-2 at home and 6-2 at Cumberland -- but the Clippers got the win when it mattered most, in the playoffs.