April 8th, 2012
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, youâre definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the regionâs top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
WOONSOCKET â The School Committee will consider toughening requirements for a passing grade and attendance in local schools when the panel meets on Wednesday.
School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh is proposing that the committee raise a passing grade to 70, the requirement that had been in place until the committee voted last year to lower it to a grade of 60 as a way to retain more at-risk students in school.
The committee, at that time, also modified the penalties for absenteeism for similar reasons.
WOONSOCKET â Think of a place where a young person can get help with their homework from a certified teacher, meet with friends in a safe setting and even spend a little time thinking about college or a future career.
If you are picturing an afterschool program at a local school, think again. Itâs the new Mary A. Longtin C-3 (College, Community and Career) Center.
The center, which was dedicated Thursday afternoon, offers its visiting young people two classrooms and a computer center all created in a 3,500-square-foot former industrial building at 120 Northeast St.
During Saturdayâs East Woonsocket Liitle League Opening Day parade, Logan Coles gives two thumbs up while marching with his Yankee teamates.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A couple of bunts and a couple of stolen bases decided the Division II-Northâs best pitchersâ duel of the young season on Friday.
Jessica Tremblayâs safety squeeze bunt in the bottom of the third inning drove in Jamie LaFazia with the run that allowed North Smithfield sophomore Karissa Carlton to outduel Burrillville junior Cassidy Tedeschi and the host Northmen to squeak out a 1-0 victory that took 85 minutes to complete.
WOONSOCKET â Sometimes painted as the Molly Hatchet of the Rhode Island medical marijuana movement, putting the axe to the stateâs three proposed compassion centers before they had a chance to open, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he just wants to make sure everyone knows where his office stands on the issue so there will be âno surprisesâ when, and if, a dispensary opens up.
WOONSOCKET Cecile (Brodeur) Bernard, 82, of Woonsocket, died Friday, April 6, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Rene G. Bernard whom she married April 30, 1955.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Clotilde (Poirier) Brodeur.
She lived in Woonsocket for most of her life.
She worked eight years as a house keeper for St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield, retiring in 1994.
Maria Josepha Giles
WOONSOCKET- Maria Josepha (Postigo de la Flor) Giles, 82, of Woonsocket, died Thursday in Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket. Born in Port of St. Mary, Spain, she was the daughter of the late Antonio Postigo Naranjo and Ana de la Flor Canas.
She came to the United States in 1969 with her son Jose, settling in Woonsocket in 1971.
PROVIDENCE- BEAULIEU, PATRICIA (Cunningham), 81, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Millbury Health Care Center.
She was the wife of the late Ernest A. Beaulieu, and the former wife of the late Angelo A. Notarantonio. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Walter and Lena (Auger) Cunningham.
Amelia M. Chartier
WOONSOCKET- Amelia M. (Ionta) Chartier 94, died peacefully Sunday April 1, 2012 in the Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Alpherie Chartier.
Mrs. Chartier was born in Manchaug, MA, a daughter of the late John and Theresa (Cacciapuoti) Ionta.
She was a stitcher for the Ark Garment Co. for many years, retiring in 1966. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, bingo and bus trips to Atlantic City. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and sharing stories of the old days. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.