May 19th, 2012
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â When Andy Rithiphong, a senior at the University of Rhode Island and a Woonsocket native, walks across the stage Sunday to receive his diploma, he will represent the product of the dedication his professors have given to their teaching in a more unique way than most. Rithiphong is one of three URI students to obtain a bachelorâs degree in Chinese, an achievement he holds as an especially personal accomplishment.
By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
CUMBERLAND â As promised, Mayor Daniel J. McKee's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will see a modest property tax increase of between 1 and 2 percent and well under the state's 4-percent tax cap.
McKee is proposing an $82,882,869 town operating budget for fiscal 2013, which is $3,736,081 (or 4.72 percent) higher than the current $79,146,788 budget, according to information released by the mayor's office this week.
WOONSOCKET â An extended work session by the School Committee on Friday afternoon has pushed the School Department close to setting a proposed budget of $70,613,739 for 2012-2013.
Deshaun Davis, 7, of Woonsocket, enjoys the beautiful spring weather Friday with his 6-year-old sister, Myla, far right, and their cousin, Arianna Soares, 9, of North Attleboro, on the swings at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket.
LINCOLN --- With a 5-0 shutout against the Smithfield Sentinels Friday, the Lincoln Lions improved their record to 14-0 and clinched the Northern Division.
Including yesterdayâs game, the Lions have only played in five games that were decided by five or fewer runs, one of which came against Smithfield on April 4. During that game, Lincoln came away with a 3-2 win.
Coach Dick Ryan thought that the grit his squad showed against a Smithfield team that always gives Lincoln a close match was a good sign.
WOONSOCKET --- These past two weeks have certainly belonged to Cumberland, and that was evident on Friday afternoon in its Division I-North showdown against Mount St. Charles.
The Clippers took over second place and grabbed their fifth win in their last seven outings with a solid performance that saw the visitors claim the early momentum with five runs in the first two innings, play steady defense, and ride the solid pitching of Caylin Legare to a 6-3 victory that put a damper on the Mountiesâ âSenior Dayâ festivities.
Alice E. Ventry
WOONSOCKET- Alice E. (Donais) Ventry, 82, of Dana St., formerly of the Meadows, in North Smithfield, died Monday May 14, 2012, at home with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late George Ventry.
Born in Providence, daughter of the late Albert and Irene (Trudel) Donais.
Alice worked as an assembler for CD Burns for several years prior to retiring.
Eva M. Allard
WOONSOCKET- Eva M. Allard 80, of Larch St. died Tuesday at St. Antoine Residence.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Valmore and Rose (Glaude) Allard. Eva was a machine operator at A T Cross for twenty five years before retiring in 1987. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and needlepoint.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also the sister of the late Leo J. and Robert V. Allard.
WOONSOCKET â Although a tabled bill that would let the city issue a 13 percent supplemental tax bill is now scheduled for a vote in the House Tuesday, it looks like the city is going to get a budget commission anyway.
CUMBERLAND â Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white âStrike Out Cancerâ caps to wear, at $15 each.