December 28th, 2012
Michael Heaton, left, and Jeff Lambert, employees of the Woonsocket Public Service Division, put the finishing touches on a protective cover for the coolant pipes at the outdoor skating rink at River Island Park in Woonsocket Friday in advance of water poured into the rink on Wednesday. Skating is expected to commence later next week.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Mayor Daniel McKee is mulling a bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.
â€śItâ€™s something Iâ€™m giving serious consideration to,â€ť McKee, a Democrat, told The Times Thursday. â€śI have interest in exploring that as an option. Itâ€™s a few years away, but itâ€™s not too early to start thinking about that if you actually want to make an effort toward it. Itâ€™s something that is worth looking at so I am taking a look at it.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A plan to begin sending property tax bills to some organizations that have traditionally been exempt is apparently on ice after the Budget Commission split on the issue in a 2-2 tie Thursday.
With Mayor Leo Fontaine absent due to an illness, Commission Chairman Bill Sequino and Peder Schaefer voted not to send out the tax bills, while Dina Dutremble and City Council President were in favor of doing so.
Based on the split, Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste says itâ€™s unclear what he should do and heâ€™s going to need a formal legal opinion before he moves one way or the other.
Alfred J. Stand
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Alfred J. Stand, 92, of North Smithfield, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Kathleen M. (Bennett) Stand.
Born in North Smithfield, he was the son of the late Charles and Julia (Cichacki) Stand.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When this possibility â€“ Providence College playing at Brown â€“ was first rumored last spring, more than a few eyebrows were raised.
A school hailing from the Big East thatâ€™s willing to serve as the away team in a venue that houses an Ivy League participant? Surely you jest?
What was once thought a mere pipedream becomes reality Friday night when the Friars take the steep climb up Waterman Street before hanging a left onto Hope Street. A few blocks down sits the Pizzitola Center, home to the Bears and site for what is truly a rare occasion.
LINCOLN â€” A sobering pre-New Yearâ€™s message about the dangers of drinking and driving was issued yesterday by State Police and the self-described numbers-crunchers of highway injury statistics, but no one put it more eloquently than Tori Andreozzi.
She said nothing.
Incapable of speaking, the 22-year-old woman sat awkwardly in a wheelchair while a family member held a sign above her head that said, â€śI am the victim of a drunk driver.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church will hold a special memorial New Year's Eve worship service on Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Led by the Rev. Lynn McCracken, the service will be "a time of remembrance surrounding the tragic loss of life from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a reflection for the new year ahead," McCracken said.
Constance A. Kluit
BELLINGHAM- Constance A. (Aangeenbrug) Kluit, 82, of Bellingham, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence, RI with loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Willem H. Kluit.
Born in Sassenheim, Netherlands on May 30, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Willem Aangeenbrug and Arina (van Ginhoven) van Voorst.
Mary Ellen Bliss
WOONSOCKET- Mary Ellen (Harvey) Bliss, 95, of Woonsocket, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in the Ballou Home. She was the wife of the late Joseph Ambrose Bliss.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Agnes (Daniels) Harvey.
SMITHFIELD â€” Prior to facing Davies Tech in a Red Division tilt of the 26th annual Rhode Island Board of Girls Basketball Officials/Smithfield Boosters Club Holiday Classic on Wednesday afternoon, Burrillville High head coach Lindsay Rachlow asked her players to work on what she deemed a few weaknesses.
They included more attention to finding the open girl and rebounding.
She saw some improvements in both as the Broncos crushed the Patriots, 54-23, at Smithfield Highâ€™s gymnasium, the long-term site of the event.