September 14th, 2012
Dylan Silva, of North Smithfield, paints a face on his pumpkin during last yearâ€™s North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival. This year's festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Smithfield High School, rain or shine.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hundreds of city retirees will soon be getting letters in the mail from the Budget Commission, apprising them of possible rollbacks coming in pension and health benefits.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After thinking it over for two days, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Friday approved an agreement ending a contract dispute over reimbursement rates between Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross.
The memorandum of understand brings Landmark back into the Blue Cross coverage network following the expiration of the partiesâ€™ last contract on July 17.
WOONSOCKET â€” During an impromptu summary of its progress in addressing the cityâ€™s financial crisis Thursday, members of the Budget Commission predicted it will take three to five years to eliminate a deficit on track to reach about $14 million by the end of the fiscal year.
The panel has been gathering information about, and discussing, shrinking personnel costs in several keys ways, including eliminating cost of living adjustments for police and fire department retirees, reducing current staff in those areas and putting every city employee on one, unified health plan.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee has approved the posting of nine teaching positions after hearing School Supt. Giovanna Donoyan's request for the action as the first step in filling vacant posts in local schools.
Donoyan submitted the teacher posting requests along with a list of 32 vacancies districtwide that also include administrative and non-certified positions.
Donoyan explained that the positions are already funded in the school department's budget and have been approved by both the committee and the state Budget Commission managing city affairs in earlier action.
With PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler standing off to the right, the players and coaches celebrate their Governors' Cup triumph in the visiting clubhouse of Knights Stadium Thursday night. Photo by Louriann Mardo-Zayat.
FORT MILL, S.C. â€“ When you cut right to the heart of the matter, itâ€™s pretty fitting that the Pawtucket Red Sox completed their ascension to the top of the International League mountain in the very same stadium that served as the launching point for a two-plus week stretch of unprecedented success.
Now the games count.
The preseason scrimmages, Injury Fund contests, and last weekendâ€™s non-league openers are all history. Now the high school football games, pitting division opponents against each other, mean something in the standings.
And they get under way tonight, with eight league games scattered throughout the state, and one, a Division IV contest between North Smithfield and Hope, taking place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Providence.
Alice M. Pearson
WOONSOCKET- Alice M. (Daigneault) Pearson 85, of Hemond Ave, died Wednesday in the Friendly Home. She was the wife of Rene Pearson with whom she celebrated their sixty first wedding anniversary in June of this year.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Aime Daigneault, and the Mary (Koury) Daigneault.
PAWTUCKET â€“ PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler likes to point out that each playoff game has been the equivalent of a box of chocolates â€“ you just never know whoâ€™s going to play the role of hero on a given night.
Wednesday saw Pawtucketâ€™s battery of pitcher Zach Stewart and catcher Dan Butler step to the forefront and take their bows. Their induction into the clubâ€™s ever-expanding legion of primetime performers was officially cemented after PawSox silenced the Charlotte Knights, 2-0, in Game Two of the Governorsâ€™ Cup finals before an audience of 3,525.