June 7th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ Even after taking a 10 percent pay cut recently, members of the City Council are still among the highest paid officials of their kind in the state, at $9,000 a year.
But all that could change if a proposal to slash the salaries of councilors and members of the School Committee gains any traction at a special meeting called for Monday night. Council salaries would drop by 33 percent, taking them down to $6,000.
For school officials, the cut would be closer to 44 percent, dropping salaries from $7,200 to $4,000, with a $250 perk for the chairperson.
WOONSOCKET- Gerald "Jerry" Callei, 67, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with family by his side. He was the beloved husband, together for 47 years, of Shelia A. (Lafontaine) Callei.
Born in Providence on January 24, 1946, he was the son of the late Louis and Nita (Levy) Callei.
LINCOLN â€“ In a spring season that has seen their son operate in a fishbowl and subjected to seemingly never-ending interactions with pro baseball scouts, Nick Zammarelli Jr. and wife Lisa have been with Lincoln High senior standout Nick III every step of the way.
The journey leading up to Major League Baseballâ€™s first-year player draft has been part eye-opener, part draining ordeal. Frequently, the player's dad has been forced to deal with endless questions from talent evaluators, all of them clamoring to know about Nick and what his future plans may entail.
PROVIDENCE â€” For the second time in less than a week, Moses Brown dealt Cumberland a difficult one-run defeat.
Unfortunately for the Clippers, Thursday afternoonâ€™s 3-2 loss at the Quakersâ€™ McCulloch Field proved to be a lot tougher to swallow â€“ it eliminated them from the Division I playoffs.
A two-out infield miscue by the Clippers in the home half of the fifth inning allowed the host Quakers to score the run that broke a 2-2 tie and lifted them to a 3-2 victory and a chance to play another day in the tournament.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Assistant coach Paul Mercier put it best after North Smithfield High pulled off an amazing, come-from-behind 3-2 triumph over West Warwick on Thursday afternoon: â€śThe girls were a whole lot happier today than they were 24 hours ago. It was a really quiet ride home.â€ť
WARWICK â€“ Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday.
The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and one next year. It also came with some provisions that keep the commissioner on a short leash.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Just a week into the official start of hurricane season, Southern New England will get a sample of what Mother Nature may have in store as the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea pummel the region today with torrential rain.
The first named storm of the season lashed Florida with winds up to 60 mph, but the trek across land will sap most of Andreaâ€™s windpower by the time she arrives this morning
Still, the National Weather Services is predicting Andrea could dump 3 inches or more of rain in the Greater Woonsocket area, most of it tonight.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee on Wednesday approved three recommendations by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan to fill principal and assistant principal posts in the district while also granting the nod to the postings of two elementary principal vacancies.
The action by the four committee members present â€” Christopher Roberts, Eleanor Nadeau, John Donlon and Anita McGuire-Forcier â€” sends Middle School Assistant Principal Robert Picard to head the Bernon Heights Elementary School. School Committee Chairwoman Vimala Phongsavanh was absent.
LINCOLN â€“ Police charged a 47-year-old Railroad Street man with domestic assault by strangulation on his girlfriend following a disturbance early Wednesday morning in an apartment he shares with several other people.
Robert B. Williamson was also charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone in connection with the alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend during the incident.
GLOCESTER- Leonhardt, Irene Lillian (Cooney) "Gram", 81, of Chepachet passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, June 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of George "Bud" Leonhardt, Jr. for 60 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John and Irene (McLinden) Cooney.