July 20th, 2012
LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
BELLINGHAM - Estelle M. Richer 85, of Lake Shore Dr. died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Donat and Lucia (Roy) Richer. Estelle worked for Instron Corporation in Canton, MA for twenty five years before retiring twenty three years ago.
NEW SALEM, MA - Beatrice H. (L'Etoile) Jarry, 84, of New Salem, MA formerly of Blackstone, MA passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare in Worcester.
Born in Manville, RI on March 25, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Menunier) L'Etoile.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Continuing uncertainty over personnel needs and costs emerged as a dominant theme as the Budget Commission took its first close look at the Woonsocket Education Departmentâ€™s proposed $66.2 million budget yesterday.
The WED, which overspent its $59.3 million budget for the prior fiscal year by more than $7 million, says the proposed FY 2013 figure is its best guess yet for what it will really cost to get through the fiscal year.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The secluded house at 4 Pine Lane was so thoroughly engulfed in flames Wednesday that North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson was sure he wasnâ€™t going to be sending any firefighters inside.
Then his crew heard a dog whimpering.
After being told there were no people in the house, Jillson now had a terrible decision to make. Should he send firefighters into a veritable inferno to try to save the life of a family pet?
â€śWe could hear the dog faintly whining early on in the effort,â€ť Jillson recalled. â€śWhen you commit people to save a dog, thatâ€™s a touchy decision.â€ť
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â€“ The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
BURRILLVILLE - Louisa M. "Louise" Giard, 100, lifelong Burrillville resident, passed away on July 18, 2012 at the Overlook Nursing Home in Pascoag.
Born in Oakland, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Maryanne (Levesque) Langlois.
Louise had worked all her life in the textile industry as a mender and in her spare time, she loved to read and do puzzles. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
CUMBERLAND - Rita V. Guertin 86, of Mendon Rd., died Wednesday at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of Paul Guertin with whom she married sixty six years ago.
Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Alphonse and Lucy (Riquier) Richard. Rita worked in the housekeeping department at Verizon for thirty years before retiring twenty eight years ago. She was a member of St. Joseph Sr. Citizens. Rita was an avid bingo player and loved to gamble.