January 20th, 2012
BURRILLVILLE --- Burrillville knows the best way it can celebrate the 75th anniversary of its teamâ€™s existence â€“ by capturing the Division I-Eccleston regular-season crown and earning a berth in the new Championship Division tournament format.
And with their season reaching its midway point, the Broncos could be well on their way to accomplishing both feats.
Entering this weekend, the Broncos resided atop the Eccleston ranks with a 6-4 mark that includes a five-game win streak and a 6-2 mark against their public-school peers.
WOONSOCKET â€“ On most nights, Woonsocket High relies on its offense to get the job done.
In Fridayâ€™s nightâ€™s Division I showdown with Ponaganset, it was the defense that made the difference.
With an effective man-to-man defense that it utilized from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, the Villa Novans earned their third straight victory with a 35-29 verdict over the Chieftains at Savaria Gymnasium.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Combining legislators, activists and womenâ€™s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâ€™s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After enduring a barrage of criticism for dragging the city deeper into a fiscal quagmire, the school department is going on the offensive.
Woonsocket Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan has scheduled a series of three forums in the next two weeks, inviting the general public to discuss student achievement, teaching issues and, yes, finances.
Joseph Winston Sr.
PROVIDENCE- Joseph Winston Sr. 74, formerly of Woonsocket, died Thursday at the Philip Hulitar Center.
He was born in Scotts, MS, a son of the late Mary Peters and J.W. Winston.
He was one of six children. He was the husband of the late Sally B. Winston, and was the long time friend and companion of Miss Lillie Harmon. He worked as a custodian for the Framingham School Dept. for 19 years before retiring in 1978. He enjoyed fishing and playing checkers.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain â€śvery, very painful cuts â€¦ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â€ť
But, he added, â€śwe canâ€™t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the â€¦ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â€ť Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of â€śreform before revenue.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” An audit of Cumberland's finances shows the town ending the 2011 fiscal year with a $3.6 million surplus in its general fund, according to Town Finance Director Steve Woerner, who highlighted the results of the municipal audit at the Town Council's meeting Wednesday. The audit was conducted by the Warwick-based public accounting firm of Bacon & Company, LLC.
â€śWe had a very good year, just as we intended to,â€ť Woerner told the council.
Life, weâ€™re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâ€™s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâ€™s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâ€™s the journey within the journey.
MAPLEVILLE- Robert Ames, 57, of Zenon St., Mapleville, died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Maynard L. and Catherine (Dwyer) Ames. He was a lifelong resident of Mapleville.
Mr. Ames plied his trade as a welder and was employed by Supreme Corporation in Harrisville and previously worked at Janell Truck Bodies.
Robert enjoyed fishing and playing in a pool league.
Robert J. Danis
MILFORD- Robert J. Danis, 86, of Milford MA, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in his home. He was the husband of Antoinette (Andreola) Danis of 52 years.
He was born in Woonsocket RI, son of the late George Danis Sr. and Rose (Halon) Danis and lived in Woonsocket before moving to Milford MA in 1959. He was a graduate of the Woonsocket High school class of 1942.
He was a World War II Navy Veteran.
Mr. Danis retired in 1984 from the former General Motors Corp. in Framingham where he was employed as a foreman and also on the repair line.