February 8th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâs the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâs monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â It's time for âPhys Edâ but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.
Donald J. Hutchins
WOONSOCKET- Donald J. Hutchins, 79, of Green Street, Woonsocket, passed on February 7, 2012 in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the former husband of Laurette (Dutremble) Archambault of Mapleville, RI.
Born in Providence on June 23, 1932, he was a son of the late Willard and Ethel (Haskins) Hutchins.
David B. Dungan
HARRISVILLE- David B. Dungan, 71, of Harrisville, RI passed away on Monday, February 6, 2012 at Roger Williams Hospital with family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Sharon E. (Hansen) Dungan.
Born in Detroit, MI on April 28, 1940, he was the son of the late Talma J. Dungan.
Lucien H. Desjardins
MANVILLE - Lucien H. Desjardins, 83, of Desoto Way, died Sunday February 5, 2012, in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Rita (Dubois) Desjardins.
Born in Albion, son of the late Wilbur and Yvonne (Demuth) Desjardins.
Mr. Desjardins worked as a tow motor operator for Klasscraft in Slatersville, for 35 years prior to retiring.
He was a member of the Elk # 850, Albion Social Club, and served as president from 1989-1992. He also was a member of St. Joseph Veterans.
COVENTRY â After a successful weekend where they won four of their five dual meets at Mount Anthony Union (Vt.), the Coventry wrestling team returned to state competition hoping to prove a point against the most successful dual-meet team in the state over the last five seasons.
But Cumberland, which is looking for its third straight undefeated dual-meet campaign, had another idea. The Clippers breezed through the first matches and then rode the strength of their standout wrestlers â Erik Travers and Tom Lacroix â for a 46-24 Division I-North victory.
WOONSOCKET --- Woonsocket High did something on Tuesday that only one other team was able to do to Bay View Academy this season -- give the mighty Bengals a competitive battle.
Unfortunately for the Villa Novans, their strong effort couldnât not fetch them a win over the unbeaten Bengals, who bused home with their 14th Division I-North triumph, 54-40, on Woonsocketâs âWomen In Sportsâ night at Savaria Gymnasium.
LINCOLN â There are wins and there are BIG wins.
For Davies Tech, this one has to be listed under the latter category.
With their playoff fate in Division III more than likely being determined in the final week of the league season, the Patriots scored a crucial victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday night by eking out a thrilling 37-36 decision on their home court. Sophomore Waleska Kelly fueled a total team effort by Davies, netting 12 points along with nine rebounds, seven steals and six blocks.
How important was this triumph for Davies?
WOONSOCKET â Some say thereâs just no room for analytic cubism in local government, but donât tell the kids at Beacon Charter School for the Arts.
Their abstract works of art, along with more traditional landscapes and self-portraits, have turned the corridors of City Hall into gallery space.
The latest joint venture between the cityâs growing arts crowd and Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâs administration is designed to showcase the work of student artists from Beacon and give everyday folks who pass through City Hall an opportunity to sample the exceptional expertise of these emerging artists.
Raymond Joseph Leoncavallo
BURRILLVILLE- Raymond Joseph Leoncavallo, 61, died Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012 at home on Town Farm Rd, Pascoag. He was the husband of Cynthia A. (Buturlia) Leoncavallo, whom he married Mar. 17, 1972.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Louis and Olive (Gagne) Leoncavallo.
Raymond worked for Carol Cable Company of Lincoln as a Reeler for many years. Ray loved camping in Maine with his wife and son.