July 15th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ Unemployment in the city is well over the state average, but the operators of an award-winning sandwich shop on Cumberland Hill Road say theyâ€™re having so much trouble finding decent, reliable help they reluctantly shut down this week.
Jâ€™s Deli owner Jim Hallal locked the doors on Monday and slapped a sign in the window with this unsettling message:
â€śDue to our repeated unsuccessful efforts to hire a full team of associates to join us at this location we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at this location only.â€ť
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticutâ€™s Fairfield Prep, offered â€śwe prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.â€ť
Dan Donnelly, Chukwuâ€™s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, â€śhe just wasnâ€™t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.â€ť
Obviously, the trail grew cold in a hurry.
BELLINGHAM – The smell of motor oil hung in the air at Picard’s Auto Service as proprietor Ronald Picard peered through wire-rimmed glasses at a newspaper story about his daughter, Doreen Picard, and the man accused of murdering her more than 33 years ago, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.
“Tempest murder conviction vacated,” the headline read.
On a wall behind him there was a framed, yellowed tear-sheet of another newspaper story, written decades ago.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. has spent more than 23 years behind bars for the brutal 1982 slaying of 22-year-old Doreen Picard.
But a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that it wasnâ€™t the truth that got him there â€“ it was a railroad. And it ran on false testimony from witnesses who were wrongfully manipulated by the police, and the improper suppression of exculpatory evidence, by police and prosecutors.
LINCOLN â€” If it was a success the first time around, why not go to the Worldâ€™s Fair again?
That was the logic the Friends of Hearthside followed to put on its second annual 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair festival at the National Registry of Historic Places home at 677 Great Road on Sunday, and one that brought even more people to the fundraising event than attended last year.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.
They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.
Reynolds nevertheless admits he's been floored at the squad's success so far this summer both within and outside the R.I. American Legion Senior Division slate, and he has dozens of reasons.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.
Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schoolsâ€™ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ During the vociferous battles over the budget of recent weeks, state-appointed Fiscal Adviser Paul Luba has steered the debate largely from behind the scenes â€“ quietly.
â€śOne of my strengths, wherever Iâ€™ve been, people see me as even-tempered,â€ť says Luba. â€śI believe if you take an even-tempered approach, youâ€™re more likely to get to some kind of compromise position.â€ť
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. â€“ Three members of a Burrillville family were involved in a motorcycle crash that left one man dead Friday morning around 1 a.m.
Bruce Fernandes, 48, of Pascoag was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, and his 24-year-old daughter Brittany, 45-year-old brother Scott, of Woonsocket; and 25-year-old Amy Tessier, also of Pascoag, were transported as well, and are expected to survive.