June 29th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” A power struggle simmering between members of the School Committee erupted into a public debate Wednesday night as the panel, on a 3-2 split, voted to approve a bylaw change allowing removal of a sitting chair or vice chair of the panel by a majority vote of the members.
The resolution, introduced by School Committeeman John Donlon and supported by members Vimala Phongsavanh and Eleanor Nadeau, requires two passages by the panel to take effect.
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WOONSOCKET â€” The state-appointed Budget Commission has hired Smithfield Town Solicitor Edmund L. Alves Jr. as its staff legal counsel.
Alves will be paid $175 per hour, minus a 15 percent discount the state has imposed on many of its employees. Though the budget commission was seated by the state, Woonsocket is responsible for Alvesâ€™ fees.
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PAWTUCKET â€” For Scott Podsednik, the left groin strain he suffered 11 days ago couldnâ€™t have come at a worse time.
Podsednik, who had returned to the big leagues after a yearâ€™s absence, was batting .387 in 19 games with the Boston Red Sox and giving them a much- needed boost in the outfield after they lost the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney to injuries.
CUMBERLAND â€” Not quite a year ago, Bruce Stanford and his son, Jordan, video-recorded the first game of the Cumberland American Little League Major Division All-Starsâ€™ first foray into the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
He did so because he wanted to â€śdo it right.â€ť
Stanford and son had placed a big screen in the backyard of his Arnold Mills neighborhood home, waited for dusk and projected the taped version for family and friends.
CRANSTON â€” In many ways, the tenor of these Governorâ€™s Cup clashes, pitting the top high school football seniors in Rhode Island and Connecticut, resembles that of a typical â€śbig brother, little brotherâ€ť exchange.
Rita C. Gouin
BELLINGHAM- Rita C. Gouin, 84, of Bellingham, MA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Milford Care & Rehabilitation with family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Gouin.
Born in Woonsocket on September 4, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Zephirin and Exilia (Lauzon) Remillard.
Irene E. Belanger
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-Irene E. (Bulris) Belanger, 91 of Port Charlotte, FL, died Saturday, June 23, 2012 at home after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Leo J. Belanger.
Born in Pascoag, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Blanche (Trinque) Bulris.
PAWTUCKET â€” The newest member of the Pawtucket Red Sox played a major role in snapping the teamâ€™s third-longest losing streak in club history on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Starting pitcher Zach Stewart, who was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in Sundayâ€™s trade with the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis, turned in a splendid outing to help the PawSox defeat the Charlotte Knights, 5-1, and grab their first victory after nine straight losses.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mauro Gomez earned a spot on the International League all-star team last season, the third straight year he earned a midseason honor.
Ryan Lavarnway was a Carolina League all-star in 2010, and Pedro Ciriaco picked up his last minor-league all-star honor three years ago in the Southern League.
That being said, when was the last time Justin Germano, the fourth member of the Pawtucket Red Sox named to the I.L.â€™s all-star team early Wednesday afternoon, selected to a squad?
â€ś(The) 2002 (season) was my one and only,â€ť he said with a smile. â€śItâ€™s been a while.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission last night awarded a Denver, Colo.-based company a contract to build a new $36.6 million wastewater treatment plant designed to comply with more restrictive anti-pollution regulations.
CH2M Hill was one of three bidders for the project, including United Water and Veolia Inc., the current operator of the regional plant on Cumberland Hill Road.