January 18th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Moodyâs downgraded the cityâs bond rating yesterday, dropping it by a full point, from Ba1 to Ba2, a move that could increase financing costs on the cityâs $225 million in outstanding bonds and debt.
Moodyâs sent Finance Director Thomas Bruce a letter explaining that change is related to past and ongoing school deficits. The company also noted the cityâs improved financial management practices and willingness to increase revenues, even in a difficult economic environment.
PROVIDENCE â Someone forgot to tell Mount St. Charles and La Salle that Tuesday nightâs game at Providence Collegeâs Schneider Arena was a benefit non-league affair, not Game 3 of the best-of-three state championship series.
Like their first two Division I meetings of the season, the Mounties and Rams engaged in a fast-paced, tight-checking duel that entertained a large gathering of fans on hand.
But like those first two games, La Salle was able to skate away with a close, hard-fought victory.
WOONSOCKET â A man robbed the Ronzio Pizza Restaurant on Providence Street of an undetermined amount of cash after holding the business' manager at gunpoint Sunday evening.
Patrol units were sent to the 375 Providence St. business at 7:30 p.m. after the armed suspect fled on foot with the stolen cash and a rifle used to carry out the robbery, police said Monday.
PROVIDENCE â When Dan Couture got a nagging pain in his shoulder last month, the avid health buff from North Smithfield passed if off as the byproduct of too much exercise.
On Christmas Day, after four days of suffering, the 63-year-old real estate appraiser couldnât stand it anymore. The pain had become so unbearable that he had has wife, June, drive him to Landmark Medical Center. There, doctors strapped him to a monitoring device and calmly informed Couture he was in the throes of a full-blown heart attack.
Jacqueline M. Roy
BURRILLVILLE- Jacqueline M. Roy 83, died Tuesday January 17th at home in Burrillville. She was the wife of Raymond H. Roy to whom she was married for fifty seven years.
Born in Woonsocket she was the daughter of the late E. Arthur and Rhea (Vanasse) Beaupre.
CUMBERLAND â East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
âWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â said Towniesâ leader Joao Vicente. âCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnât do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.
PROVIDENCE â The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. Itâs getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girlsâ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.
CRANSTON â Mount St. Charles is showing signs of turning the corner.
The Mounties, who outshot unbeaten Hendricken 38-23 during a 3-2 loss on Saturday night, kept the pressure on Monday during a 3-1 victory over Cranston West, outshooting the Falcons by a 60-25 margin.
Cranston West goalie Derek Hagopian made 60 saves.
âHeâs the reason the game was close,â Mount coach Dave Belisle said. âI thought we played very well. Weâre just having a tough time scoring. Weâre making strides. This is such an inexperienced team, it is definitely still a work in progress.â
WOONSOCKET â With a tip of the hat from President Obama, civic leaders and church groups capped a three-day tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday with the dedication of a new work of art honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Over 150 people braved a bone-chilling morning to take part in the ceremony, across the street from St. James Baptist Church, the cityâs largest African-American congregation, which commissioned the steel-plate, multi-colored silhouettes of Dr. King preaching to a half-dozen followers, young and old.
BELLINGHAM, MA - Theresa M. Picard 85, died peacefully Monday January 16, 2012 at Liberty Commons in Chatham, MA. She was the wife of the late Arthur W. Picard who died in August, 1996.
Born May 11, 1926 in Woonsocket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Josephat and Irene (Marcoux) Chamberland. She resided in Bellingham, and Ft. Myers, FL before moving to Cape Cod. Mrs. Picard worked as an office manager at Mark Stevens for many years.