May 2nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” An atheist group from Wisconsin may want the World War I monument bearing a prominent Latin cross removed, but a throng of people rallied around the marker yesterday with another idea, expressed in thunderous enthusiasm.
â€śItâ€™s staying where it is,â€ť boomed Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, former adjutant general of the Rhode Island National Guard. â€śIt stays where it is, as it is, right here in the city of Woonsocket. A round of applause and cheers rose from the sea of faces as Centracchioâ€™s voice boomed over a high-decibel PA system, â€śThis is the line in the sand.â€ť
Call it a case of allâ€™s well that ends well as Aaron Cook is officially a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Reached Wednesday night, Joe Bick, Cookâ€™s agent, says he went ahead and filed the necessary â€śopt-out notificationâ€ť paperwork shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar read May 2, one day following the May 1 opt-out clause that the veteran pitcher had written into the minor-league deal he signed back in January.
WOONSOCKET â€” Skipper John Marsella refused to let junior Brandon Rainville step into the batterâ€™s box after he suffered an injury to his right pinkie finger earlier in the season.
The hiatus: Two weeks, and Rainville was just itching to get back into the lineup.
â€śHe took some swings (Tuesday) and he looked OK; he said he felt OK, so we let him hit (Wednesday),â€ť Marsella stated. â€śStill, we batted him ninth (in the order) because we didnâ€™t want him to have too many at-bats.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Steward Health Care System surpassed a preliminary but important regulatory hurdle in its bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center Tuesday as a health department subcommittee recommended approval of the Boston suitorâ€™s application to assume â€śeffective controlâ€ť of the hospital.
An eight-member subcommittee of the powerful Health Services Council voted unanimously in favor of Stewardâ€™s application after airing issues of Stewardâ€™s financial strength, quality of care and commitment to the needy during a series of earlier meetings.
WOONSOCKET- Blanche Nault 86, of East School St. died Wednesday at the Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Walter Makolandra and Roland Nault.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Cordelia (Chamberland) Beland. Mrs. Nault was an assembler for AT Cross for fifteen years before retiring in 1989.
Ronnie L. McKeage
BELLINGHAM- Ronnie L. McKeage, 48, of Bellingham, MA passed away at home on Saturday, April 28, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Margo (Deschamps) McKeage.
He was the loving father of Jason Deschamps and his wife Melissa of Woonsocket, RI; and his cherished grandsons Jason Deschamps, Jr. and Andrew Deschamps.
PROVIDENCE â€” It seems like almost yesterday, but it was on Oct. 14, 2006 when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. presented a marquee intracity duel between Providence super middleweights and bitter rivals Peter Manfredo Jr. and Joe â€śThe K.O. Kidâ€ť Spina that generated a ton of buzz across the state and packed the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police surprised two masked men as they were lugging computers out of Woonsocket High School through a smashed window early Sunday.
One of the suspects escaped after scaling a fence, but another was captured after a foot chase. Police also recovered about $12,000 worth of computer equipment the alleged intruders had removed from the school.
Maxwell A. Johnson, 19, was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with felonious intent and conspiracy to commit a felony.
WOONSOCKET â€” The monument defense fund hadnâ€™t even been officially created yet, but Mayor Leo Fontaine accepted the first donation, hand-delivered, all the way from Spring Lake, Michigan.
â€śI really had no idea this was going to happen,â€ť said Dennis Masson, as he wrote a check for $1,000 to the fund at City Hall yesterday afternoon.
BOSTON â€“ For Aaron Cook and the Red Sox, D-Day â€“ as in Decision Day â€“ is at hand.
With Tuesday marking May 1, the day in which Cookâ€™s minor-league opt-out clause officially takes effect, Boston must decide whether to promote the veteran pitcher and place him on the active roster or risk losing him to free agency. Reached Monday night, Joe Bick, the agent for Cook, spelled out a step-by-step process that included all involved parties.