April 6th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” In an about-face, Durham School Services has agreed to provide student transportation services for the rest of the year even though itâ€™s owed more than $500,000 by the cash-choked Woonsocket Education Department, school officials announced Thursday.
School Supt. Giovanna Donoyan said the company had previously advised the WED it would discontinue service on Monday unless the department satisfied the debt. The Warrenville-Ill.-based transportation giant changed its mind after a conference call with company executives, state revenue officials and the office of Mayor Leo Fontaine.
PAWTUCKET â€” Aaron Cook joined forces with the Red Sox over the winter after spending every single one of his 10 major-league seasons with the Colorado Rockies. Situated in Pawtucket as the 2012 season gets underway, the 33-year-old comes to McCoy Stadium with the reputation as someone who focuses primarily on pitching to contact and letting the defense take care of the rest.
WOONSOCKET â€” Before Mount St. Charles Academy faced Lincoln High in a Division II-North battle on Thursday afternoon, head coach Doug Allen asked his squad to be aggressive from the start, especially offensively, to set the tone.
It was something the Mounties had failed to do in a 9-7 loss to Providence Country Day only 48 hours earlier.
â€śWe fell behind, 3-0, right away, and we had to work hard to battle back,â€ť Allen stated. â€śWe have a fast-break, running kind of team, and when we get a lead and we unleash the horses, weâ€™re all set. If we donâ€™t, then weâ€™re usually in for a tough game.â€ť
Louis J. Martin
MESA, AZ- Louis J. Martin 65, of Mesa AZ, formerly of Woonsocket, died March 27, 2012. He was the husband of Diane Ross Frappier Martin.
Born in Worcester, MA he was the son of the late Louis and Aldea (Bachand) Martin.
Louis was a US Air Force Veteran serving between 1966-1970, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, an Usher at Holy Cross Church in Mesa and a member of the Veterans Club of Crescent Run. Louis was a mail carrier for the US Post Office for many years.
WOONSOCKET- Hortense Laflamme 94, of Dudley St. died Tuesday at home. She was the wife of the late Albert L. Laflamme.
Born in Woonsocket she was the daughter of the late Romeo and Marie (Dufresne) Giguere.
Mrs. Laflamme was a spinner for the Glenmark Mills for fifteen years, she also worked at Miller Electric Co. as an inspector for nineteen years, before retiring in 1980. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Senior Citizens, the Fairmount Manor Club, and was an avid reader.
CHEPACHET- Edward Raymond, 78, died April 1, 2012 after a brief illness at Woonsocket Hospital.
He was born on June 4th 1933 in Fall River Massachusetts.
He was the son of Joseph and Mary (Moniz) Raymond.
Edward served the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He returned home to marry his sweetheart Joan Furtado before settling in Northern Rhode Island. They were to celebrate 55 years of marriage on April 20th. Edward enjoyed the company of family and friends, a good card game, and of course his New England sports teams.
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.