May 14th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Move over dynamites and meat pies. Make room for aloo palak, malai kofta and maybe even a little dal chana.
Those are just a few of the tasty treats you'll find on the menu at new Tandoori Restaurant at 114 Main St. Even if you can't pronounce the menu, you're going to love the exotic flavors that fill your colorful plate.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
â€śOur goal is to come in at or under the cap,â€ť said the mayor. â€śWe'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.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The twins are going off to college. And thatâ€™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
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
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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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 cityâ€™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 Generalâ€™s office and the cityâ€™s auditing firm, Braver, PC, on Monday.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarcaâ€™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
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
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."