May 26th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ Citing continued erosion of the school departmentâ€™s finances, Moodyâ€™s Investor Service downgraded the cityâ€™s bond rating from Ba2 to B2 Thursday, three notches deeper into junk territory.
Moodyâ€™s said the city remains on watch for further downgrades. Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings, which already pegs the cityâ€™s bond rating at a junk-level BB-, is scheduled to reevaluate the assessment next week and could follow Moodyâ€™s lead, said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After an eleventh-hour parliamentary maneuver in the House killed his supplementary tax plan, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said itâ€™s inevitable that a state budget commission will take over the cityâ€™s finances, injecting more uncertainty than ever into the cityâ€™s financial picture.
WOONSOCKET â€” Three days after the Rhode Island Department of Health gave its blessing, state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin Friday announced he has approved - with conditions - the proposed sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Steward Health Care System, a for-profit Massachusetts hospital group.
Kilmartin's decision, which finally paves the way for the sale, came just days after State Health Director Michael Fine announced his decision to approve the deal, under which Landmark would become a for-profit hospital.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox received some much-needed outfield help Thursday. Despite putting up impressive numbers with Double-A Portland, J.C. Linares was not the player the Red Sox organization chose to promote.
Instead, Ronald Bermudez was the one summoned to Triple A. Selecting Bermudez over Linares may be viewed in some corners as a curious decision, especially when taking into account that the 27-year-old Linares is leading the Sea Dogs in hitting (.311), RBI (25), on-base percentage (.406) while ranking second among regulars in home runs (six) heading into Thursdayâ€™s action.
LINCOLN â€” The large gathering of Woonsocket fans who drove down Route 146 to watch one of their own, super middleweight Joe Gardner, take on Julio Garcia on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center received a low blow at what they witnessed in the four-round fight.
And speaking of low blows, that turned out to be the theme of the final three rounds. Garcia dealt them, Gardner received them, and the end result was an unpopular unanimous-decision victory by Garcia (by 40-34, 39-35, 39-35 scores) that left Gardner, his corner, and his many supporters seething.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Win and youâ€™re in the playoffs. Lose and feel the pain that goes with realizing that your season is kaput before Memorial Day.
With so much riding on Fridayâ€™s outcome, there was no time for either Lincoln or St. Raphael to get caught up with what potentially lies ahead. There would be no tomorrow for one team, nor would any partial credit be awarded as the Lions and Saints entered this pivotal final game of the regular season sporting identical 7-10 league records.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Darnell McDonald knows that the Red Sox need outfield help in the worst way possible. Thatâ€™s why the 33-year-old is holding out hope that his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox is of the short and sweet variety.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be more than a few days; a lot of guys up there are out,â€ť noted McDonald Friday prior to going 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly while playing five innings in left field for the PawSox.
Rita C. Renaud
CUMBERLAND- Rita C. Renaud 91, formerly of Willis Dr. died Thursday at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Edgar J. Renaud.
Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Blais) Langevin.
Rita was a supervisor at Texas Instruments for fifteen years before retiring in 1983. She was a former member of the St Joseph Sr. Citizens and St. Louis Sr. Citizens.
Claire I. Ottaviano
DEBARY, FL- Ottaviano, Claire I., 80 of Debary, FL. passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Claire was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Ottaviano.
She is survived by her children; Sandra Rymanski, David Ottaviano and Donna (Mike) Pyburn, her caregiver for the past 6 years; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 2PM on Sunday May 27, 2012 at Baldauff Funeral Home 1233 Saxon Blvd. Orange City, FL. 32763.
PROVIDENCE â€” In a shocking, tearful reversal of a stand she took two days before, Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt torpedoed the bill that would have allowed Woonsocket to impose a 13 percent supplemental tax, legislation city leaders say was vital in order to avoid the need for a state budget commission.