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May 14th, 2011

Residents face another tax increase

May 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The city might be forced to raise taxes by as much as 4.25 percent next fiscal year to make ends meet, the most allowed by state law without a waiver from the auditor general.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said he is still making cuts and hopes to propose a budget next week calling for a hike not quite so steep.
“Our goal is to come in at or under the cap,” said the mayor. “We've got most things nailed down, but we're still going through the budget to make a last round of cuts before we submit this budget to the City Council.”

May 13th

Cumberland's Lariviere twins set sights on college

May 13, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The twins are going off to college. And that’s big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Gene K. Wall

May 13, 2011

Gene K. Wall

BELLINGHAM- Gene K. Wall, 59, of Bellingham, MA, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 23 years of Margaret A. (Haynes) Wall.
Born in Boston, MA on May 18, 1951, he was the son of Helen V. (Nickerson) Wall Chicoine of Bellingham and the late Troy W. Wall.

Jay V. O'Dell

May 13, 2011

Jay V. O'Dell

MORRIS PLAINS- Jay V. O'Dell, Age 86, passed away on Thursday, May 5th 2011 at Regency Grande Nursing Center in Dover.
Jay was born in Scottdale, PA and grew up in Woonsocket, R.I.
He lived in Morristown, Toms River & retired in North Carolina before moving back to Morris Plains in 2003.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 6/28/1943 until being honorably discharged on 4/6/1946.
Jay worked for City Federal Saving obtaining the title of the President of Southern Divisions in New Jersey before retiring in 1988.

May 12th

PawSox suffer 15-inning setback

May 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nobody wants to play extra innings on a chilly afternoon at McCoy Stadium, not when the wind is blowing hard across the outfield and runs are hard to come by.
Thursday was getaway day for the Gwinnett Braves and they certainly wanted to get on a plane and fly back home to balmy Georgia, where the temperature is 30 degrees warmer. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off.

Schools may see slight surplus

May 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A difficult fiscal year for the School Department may end on a good note despite earlier speculation to the contrary.
School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby told the School Committee on Wednesday that a budget update prepared by her department and the city’s accounting firm, Braver PC, projects school spending to stay within budget or even tally a slight surplus as the fiscal year ends on June 30.
Busby said the projection is the result of a meeting she had with representatives of the state Auditor General’s office and the city’s auditing firm, Braver, PC, on Monday.

Embattled civil unions bill faces two fronts

May 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarca’s civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.

Lucy S. Fisher

May 12, 2011

Lucy S. Fisher

NORTH SMITHFIELD- Lucy S. (Lund) Fisher, 87, formerly of Mowry Ave., died Thursday, May 12, 2011 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late William and Edith (Kendrick) Lund.
Mrs. Fisher was a Secretary for North Smithfield High School for nineteen years before retiring in 1988.

Antonio V. Balasco

May 12, 2011

Antonio V. Balasco

CUMBERLAND- Antonio V. Balasco, 87, of One Flat Street, passed away Wednesday, May 11, in the Heritage Hills Nursing Center, Smithfield. He was the husband of the late Carmela (Varrecchione) Balasco.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Antonio and Maria (Aucone) Balasco.
Mr. Balasco was a United States Army, World War II Veteran, and was directly involved in the infamous "Battle of the Bulge."

Sophie H. Merlet

May 12, 2011

Sophie H. Merlet

BELLINGHAM- Sophie H. (Stefanik) Merlet, 97, of Winter St.. Bellingham, passed away peacefully on Tuesday at the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Ctr. surrounded by her family at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Roland E. Merlet.
Born January 11, 1914 in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late John & Mary (Skalak) Stefanik.
She enjoyed spending her summers at Hampton Beach, watching the Game Show Network, and being with her family especially her Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren.

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