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May 24th, 2012

$69.8 million school budget gets first approval

May 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It took multiple meetings and a line-item-by-line-item spending review but on Wednesday the School Committee finally came to terms on how much money it needs to spend during the 2012-2013 school year.
Four members of the panel gave a unanimous first passage to a budget of $69.8 million after School Committeeman Christopher Roberts made a final round of adjustments based on his meetings with the School Administration and City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.

May 23rd

Francis A. Crisafulli

May 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET - Francis A. "Frank" Crisafulli, 86, of Woonsocket, died May 23, 2012 at The Friendly Nursing Home, Woonsocket. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy K. (Moon) Crisafulli.
Born in Woonsocket, where he lived all of his life, he was the son of the late Anthony and Josephine (Fauzza) Crisafulli.

UPDATED: Dept. of Health approves Landmark sale

May 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center is one giant step closer to becoming a for-profit hospital owned by Steward Health Care this week after the health department approved the sale, with numerous conditions.
Health Director Michael Fine announced Tuesday that the state Department of Health had approved Steward’s application to buy the struggling hospital under the complex Hospital Conversions Act.

May 22nd

RAISING THE BIG TOP

May 22, 2012

Despite the persistent rain, work crews set up the big top for the Piccadilly Circus at Barry Field in Woonsocket Tuesday. Two shows begin Wednesday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Carrier covers half of embezzlement losses

May 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A Chicago-based insurance carrier has covered more than half of the $389,000 the city had claimed as a financial loss due to embezzlement.
Axis Insurance Co. recently paid the city $200,000, the maximum its policy allows for claims of employee theft, said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.

House FinCom passes supplemental tax bill

May 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The House Finance Committee passed the Woonsocket supplemental tax bill on a 12-2 voted Tuesday allowing it to go to the House floor for a final vote on Thursday.
Two Woonsocket representatives, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Jon Brien told the panel they would lend their support to the bill “as a professional courtesy” to city officials, but both spoke about what they see as better alternatives for the city.

PawSox turn away Tides, 5-3

May 22, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. — The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.

Rita M. Danese

May 22, 2012

Rita M. Danese

LAGUNA WOODS, CA- Rita M. Danese, nee Charest, wife of pre-deceased John B. Danese, died during the early morning at 12:15 AM on May 18, 2012, in Laguna Woods, CA.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Emilie (Frechette) Charest.

Clem W. LaBine, Jr.

May 22, 2012

Clem W. LaBine, Jr.

WOONSOCKET- Clem W. LaBine, Jr., 64, died May 21, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket surrounded by family. He was the husband of Pauline (Peloquin) LaBine whom he married April 12, 1969.
Born in Newport News, VA, he was the son of the late Clem W. Sr. and the late L. Barbara (Degnan) LaBine.

Roger A. Desrosiers

May 22, 2012

Roger A. Desrosiers

BRADLEY, ME- Roger A. Desrosiers, 51, of Bradley, ME passed away unexpectedly on May 18.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, the youngest son of Raymond Desrosiers, Sr. and the late Lucienne Desrosiers.
He was a graduate of Bellingham Mass. schools and University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory with a degree in Music Education, and was an accomplished accordionist. He was a member of several Franco-American genealogical societies.

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