PROVIDENCE â€“ A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâ€™s 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” His players were in great spirits on Thursday afternoon, taking some batting practice with wiffleballs beyond the left field fence and sharing a laugh or two, but North Smithfield coach Tom Bourgeois found himself with a few butterflies a half hour before his teamâ€™s Division II single-elimination playoff opener against Portsmouth.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Fresh off of a 1-0 win in the 12th inning of its playoff opener against Middletown, No. 8 seeded Cumberland continued its impressive playoff run with a 6-2 upset win over No. 1 seeded North Providence on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars had won the previous two meetings between these two teams -- 4-2 at home and 6-2 at Cumberland -- but the Clippers got the win when it mattered most, in the playoffs.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s official: accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau is now a federal prisoner facing a possible death penalty, despite Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s continuing efforts to safeguard the career criminal in state custody.
Pleau appeared for arraignment in U.S. District Court, Providence, for the first time on Wednesday, months after federal prosecutors first sought his transfer from state prison.
WOONSOCKET- Elizabeth "Betty" Rondeau 95, of Mendon Rd died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was a resident of Wyndemere Woods for five years prior to her stay at The Holiday. She was the devoted wife of the late Roland W. Rondeau for nearly sixty years.
She was born on January 31, 1917 in Woonsocket , and was a daughter of the late Rt. Rev. Costache and Vasilichia (Alexis) Belba.
CUMBERLAND- Anne M.(Lemoine) Frederickson 61, of Rawson Rd. did Sunday at home. She was the wife of John Frederickson.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late George and Gloria (VanArsdalen) Lemoine.
Anne was a Junior Underwriter for Allendale Insurance for several years, retiring in 1979. She was an avid skier and loved to play tennis. Anne loved to decorate her home.
Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Kristin Coia of Hopkinton, RI and two grandchildren. She was also the sister of the late Renee Starck, and Nancy Raymond.
WOONSOCKET â€” With the city teetering at the edge of a fiscal cliff, State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly appointed a budget commission yesterday to take control of its financial affairs.
The three non-elected members of the panel were identified as Dina Dutremble, Peder A. Schaefer and Bill Sequino Jr. by members of the governorâ€™s staff. By statute, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Council President John Ward are automatically on the panel.
CUMBERLAND â€” Saying the stakes could not be higher, Mayor Daniel J. McKee has called on the Town Council and the community to recommit to investing in public education, saying restoring Cumberland as a top ranked school district is about much more than budget dollars.
â€śThis is not only an educational journey we're talking about here, it's also a political and economic journey and that's where the Town Council, mayor's office and community are going to have to get engaged,â€ť McKee told the council at last week's public hearing on his proposed $82.8 town operating budget for fiscal 2013.
Lucien G. Desmarais
CUMBERLAND- Lucien G. Desmarais, 83, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, died Tuesday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Therese R. (St. Sauveur) Desmarais. They were married on January 18, 1947.
Born in Bellingham, he was a son of the late Napoleon and Helene (Moreau) Desmarais. He was a resident of Cumberland for over 60 years.
Mr. Desmarais was employed by Edgar Sutherland Company and also at Pepin Lumber in Woonsocket for many years before retiring in 1990.
Kathryn M. McLaughlin
BLACKSTONE- Kathryn M. (Maloney) McLaughlin, 84, a lifelong Blackstone resident, died May 28, 2012 in Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford, MA. She was the wife of the late Thomas McLaughlin.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Edward S. and Eileen A. (Brooks) Maloney.