July 1st, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite emergency action by the City Council Wednesday, the city has entered its new budget year with what appear to be still-unanswered questions about what its residents will be paying in taxes.
The cloud over local finances is a result of an ongoing dispute between Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and the City Council over what the new tax rate should be set at when the new bills go out.
PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams Thursday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to McCoy Stadium for a brief two-game holiday series.
BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have captured this summer’s version of the CVS Health Charity Classic, the tournament the two gracious Rhode Islanders co-founded back in 1999 to raise much-needed money for local charities.
It would have been most appropriate if they had. After all, in the previous 16 events, they – with the help of CVS and other sponsors – have collected and doled out over $18 million to organizations who desperately need financial aid to survive.
WOONSOCKET – Even though the City Council voted two times to cut the amount of new taxes she proposed for the 2016 budget year that starts today, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has ordered bills to be printed that reflect a levy increase very close to her original spending plan.
BURRILLVILLE – Three former Burrillville High School students returned to their alma mater Monday to tell their heartrending stories of addiction and their uplifting accounts of recovery during a roundtable discussion on the issues of addiction and overdose deaths.
The discussion in Burrillville High’s media center was hosted by the Pawtucket-based Anchor Recovery Community Center.
Burrillville has been hard-hit by drug-related deaths, with six residents dying of drug overdoses this year.
WOONSOCKET – As promised, the city and the Woonsocket Teachers Guild have filed suit in Superior Court to prevent RISE Mayoral Academy from opening in August, contending the charter school will drain resources from traditional public schools.
CUMBERLAND – Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.
When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.
“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”
CUMBERLAND â€” Seven area youths on Saturday celebrated years of diligent, dedicated hard work, as they joined an elite class of young men by receiving the Eagle Badge, the highest achievement given by the Boy Scouts of America.
The young men received the honor during a ceremony attended by family, friends, and fellow scouts at St. John Vianney Parish on Diamond Hill Road.
BURRILLVILLE -- Itâ€™s been a tradition in these parts for decades, where the townâ€™s police cruisers and fire trucks, sirens blaring and lights flashing, escort a newly-crowned state championâ€™s team bus around the villages so residents can share in the glory.
To be honest, for years upon frustrating years, it didnâ€™t occur that often for Burrillville Highâ€™s athletic programs â€“ maybe once or twice every decade. But that all changed, and then some, during this remarkable 2014-15 school year.