April 5th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Good news seems hard to come by lately in this cash-strapped city, but a bit surfaced yesterday as state officials announced a grant of $125,000 for improvements to Cass Park, the cityâ€™s largest tract of open, public space.
The award was among $4.2 million worth of recreational grants for 23 communities announced at the State House by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Speaking with a straight face, Jose Iglesias called his spring training experience under the direction of new Boston manager Bobby Valentine â€śawesome.â€ť Expounding further, the shortstop prospect provided evidence designed to illustrate the change in culture surrounding the way the Red Sox conduct business between the white lines.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler has been one of the few baseball constants in Jose Iglesiasâ€™ life since the Cuban defector joined the Red Sox organization three years ago, so when the second-year Pawtucket Red Sox manager expresses strong desire regarding what he thinks is in store for Iglesias in 2012, itâ€™s best to take notice.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Now that the City Council has approved sending out a supplemental tax bill, the focus shifts to the General Assembly, which must grant the proposal its blessing before the measure becomes law.
Legislative actions taken in support of locally driven initiatives are known as enabling bills and are often considered ministerial functions of the General Assembly.
But the controversial supplemental tax bill might not be a slam dunk.
â€śI would think it would be open for debate,â€ť said Larry Berman, a spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox.
Zoe Faye Young
WEBSTER, MA- Zoe Faye Young, five-month-old daughter of Nathan "Zeppo" Young and Laura (Joubert) Young, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 with her parents at her side, holding her at home in Webster, MA.
WOONSOCKET â€” Despite an outpouring of protest, the City Council voted in favor of a 13 percent supplemental tax hike for 2011 that will cost homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars, all in hopes of keeping the teetering city from going broke in the days ahead.
With the All-American Championship behind him and an appearance in the Jordan Brand Classic on tap for April 14, Ricky Ledoâ€™s days of competing against fellow high schoolers are dwindling to a precious few.
Naturally, the hot button topic surrounding Ledo is whether the acclaimed prospect and Providence native will face eligibility issues in his quest to suit up for Providence College next season. Such concerns largely stem from the number of high schools (a total of four) heâ€™s enrolled at since the fall of 2007, when Ledo attended Bishop Hendricken.
LINCOLN -- It looks like the five scrimmages Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver scheduled during the pre-season has paid dividends.
Then again, one in particular, he stated, was directly responsible for the Mountiesâ€™ ability to post a 4-3 Division I-North victory over Lincoln High in both teamsâ€™ season opener at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
David L. Vargas
CUMBERLAND- David L. Vargas, 60, passed away Monday March 26, 2012 in St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield. Husband of the late Ruth A. (Phipps) Vargas, he lived in Pascoag most of his life.
Born in Providence he was the son of the late William F. Vargas Sr. and Myrtle E. (Belknap) Vargas- LaBerge.
David worked for 28 years at Zambarano Hospital before retiring, and then he worked for CVS in Woonsocket.
Robert A. Wheatley
WOONSOCKET- Robert A. Wheatley, 61, of St. Joseph Street died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Allston, MA, a son of the late Robert E. and Emelyn (Carmo) Wheatley, he had lived in Florida before moving to Woonsocket.
Mr. Wheatley was a CNA for various companies.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
He is survived by two sisters, Jane Sweeney and Patricia Wheatley, both of Woonsocket; two brothers, James Wheatley of Brandon, FL and Thomas F. Wheatley of Pawtucket; and several nieces and nephews.