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December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

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PAWTUCKET — The ongoing issue of how to solve a lingering, multi-year school deficit and whether surplus money from the last fiscal year should be applied, will be at the forefront of tonight’s School Committee meeting. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Jenks/JMW School Complex. At a budget worksession held on Saturday, school officials discussed a deficit reduction plan and how to handle a $2.3 million deficit for fiscal year 2012. School
officials have reported a surplus for the fiscal year 2013 of $1.6 million. Yet, citing the unexpected ceiling and asbestos repairs and higher than expected costs due to increased enrollment, there is now a deficit situation that has developed in the current fiscal year budget. At its last regular meeting, the School Committee voted to move almost $900,000 from the fiscal year 2013 surplus for use in balancing the new fiscal 2014 budget. Committee members took no action on a remaining $843,000, saying they could need it to cover
other unexpected expenses moving forward. However, the state Auditor General wrote a memorandum to Mayor Donald Grebien backing city officials’ contention that all of the fiscal year 2013 surplus should go toward paying down past year school budget deficits. The Auditor General wrote that the schools were legally bound to do this, yet school officials countered that their attorney didn’t feel this was necessarily the case. On Friday, Mayor Donald Grebien and Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke had met to discuss
the issue once again, and by late Friday, Grebien announced that he and the top leaders of the City Council had discussed a funding transfer of $621,383 that would erase all of the projected net school funding deficit that has been accumulated for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The mayor said that bringing the cumulative school budget back to zero would be a big step toward improving the city’s credit rating. Besides having School Committee approval of the latest debt reduction plan, transferring the $621,383 from the city side to the schools will also require approval See SCHOOL, Page A2
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PROVIDENCE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge for a 10-year prison term for a Rhode Island lawyer who led a $46 million investment fraud that preyed on terminally ill people. Ten years is the maximum allowed under a plea agreement signed by Joseph Caramadre who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors said in papers filed Monday that Caramadre deserved the sentence because of the nature of the crime.
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Cumberland library held a Teddy Bear Sleepover on Saturday. Children were invited to bring their stuffed bears or dolls, wear their pajamas and attend the event where snacks were served. The children then listened to a story and sang a lullaby to their bears before tucking them in for an overnight nap in the library. Above, Nathalia Gonzalez, 3, of Cumberland, listens to a bedtime story. Left, Lisa Haley, assistant children’s librarian, reads “Baby Bear’s Chairs,” to the children.
PROVIDENCE — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence has weighed in on Nelson Mandela’s death by calling his support for abortion “shameful.” In a statement posted Sunday on the diocesan website, Bishop Thomas Tobin says while there is much to admire in Mandela’s life, there’s a part of his legacy that is “not at all praiseworthy, namely his shameful promotion of abortion in South Africa.” He goes on to say that when Mandela was president, he signed a law in 1996 that liberalized abortion laws. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid icon died See BISHOP, Page A2
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the memorial service at a Johannesburg stadium. Mandela will be buried Dec. 15, after a state funeral in his hometown of Qunu.
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he knows the superintendent and all of the school committee members understand the importance of providing a quality education, they also need to factor in what the residents and city can afford. “Each million dollars in deficit equals a 33-cent per thousand increase. We can no longer look at the city finances with narrow vision and need to work cooperatively to balance the budgets,” Grebien stated. Grebien added that the deficit reduction plan being proposed by the administration “will require some tough and objective decision-making,” but said “it will go a long way in working comparatively as we go forward to improve the city’s overall financial position.” The mayor added, “It is my hope that the superintendent along with legal counsel will advise the school committee properly and not from a self-serving position. This administration and council continue to look forward and look to improve the overall conditions of our city and schools and are asking the School Committee to work with us.”
Obama and other American leaders will join dozens of other dignitaries and tens of thousands of mourners at
by the City Council. Indicating a willingness to at least keep the options open, the School Committee on Saturday voted 4 to 3 to rescind its previous vote to take $900,000 out of the fiscal year 2013 surplus. School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro, who did not vote to support the measure, said the action was taken to basically set the stage for further discussion on the deficit. Tenreiro noted, however, that this new action puts the current school budget in a deficit situation, which is why he did not vote in favor of the action. He said he believes that the School Committee has the legal basis to take an active role in deciding how a school budget surplus can be used. Tenreiro added that school officials have been cooperating with the city in trying to erase the cumulative school deficit, even though some of it was “manufactured,” in many ways, by the city reducing its funding share. Added to that were the unexpected problems with the school ceilings, which had to be
World leaders to speak at massive Mandela memorial
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa prepared Monday for a massive memorial in a soccer stadium honoring Nelson Mandela, where an eclectic mix of world leaders will eulogize the anti-apartheid icon before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners. As a prelude to the stadium event, United Nations Secretary General Ban Kimoon and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke at an event at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Monday night. "What a fantastic gift God gave to us in this Mandela, who quickly became an icon, a global icon of forgiveness, of generosity of spirit," Tutu said. "He really was like a magician with a magic wand, turning us into this glorious, multi-colored, rainbow people," said Tutu. At the Soweto stadium where Mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 World Cup, workers busily constructed a stage protected by bulletproof glass for Tuesday's memorial. Police promised "thousands" of officers would secure the stadium, though security appeared lax Monday and a security company owner used his small car as a mobile office to hire guards just at the stadium. Nearly 100 heads of state are expected at the 95,000capacity FNB Stadium, where some mourners are already camped out to be the first ones inside. Authorities expect overflow crowds to watch the event at nearby stadiums as well, saying they'd shut off access if the crowds grow too large. Officers will direct traffic, protect mourners and help the bodyguards of visiting dignitaries, Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale, a spokesman for the South African Police Service, said Monday. "We will be on hand to make sure people are able to grieve in a safe environment," Makgale told The Associated Press. Makgale said a joint taskforce of police, diplomats and intelligence service personnel already have been making plans and talking to the foreign delegations who plan to attend the ceremony. Makgale said police were prepared for Tuesday's event, which also will include speeches from Mandela's family and friends.
addressed immediately and resulted in about $1 million of costs. “We wouldn’t be having as much of a conversation if these ceiling repairs hadn’t happened,” Tenreiro said. “We’ll figure out the best way to get rid of the deficit, but we think we need some assistance with the ceiling costs,” he said. Facing $1 million in repairs so far, and perhaps more needed, he said a deficit reduction plan for this purpose might be in order. Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke also noted that the school deficit situation is a complex issue because if the School Committee chooses to use all of the fiscal year 2013 surplus to address the past deficit, it automatically creates a deficit in the current fiscal year. “It’s not an issue of overspending. There has been a series of circumstances beyond our control,” she said. Cylke acknowledged that the Pawtucket School Department qualified to receive equity funding from the state, but said this was largely because the city has not funded the schools properly This state funding, she said, is meant to bring
Pawtucket up to the state average in per pupil spending. “The Pawtucket School Department deserves an award for operating on a budget so far below what other communities have to accomplish the same education goals,” said Cylke. “To put this in perspective, West Warwick has 3,300 students and the city contributes $28 million to the school department. Pawtucket has 8,900 students and the contribution from the city is $29 million. Thus, the equity funding monies Pawtucket qualified for are to close the gap and get us to the state average over time.” Cylke continued, “This is in light of the fact that communities like Woonsocket and Pawtucket do not have a strong tax base. Some communities lose money with the funding formula and others gain.” In an email to the Times, Mayor Donald Grebien said that with his proposed deficit reduction plan that will eliminate the cumulative school deficits, the city’s overall financial picture will look much more positive to the bond rating agencies. The mayor said that while
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NEW YORK — The stock market notched another record close Monday after a big acquisition in the food industry. Hope for a longer-term budget deal in Washington also helped. Food distributor Sysco rose the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 index after the company announced an agreement to buy rival US Foods in an $8.2 billion deal. Sysco's stock jumped $3.31, or 9.7 percent, to $37.62. Stocks extended a rally from Friday that was driven by a report of solid U.S. job gains. That boosted investor confidence that the economy was growing strongly enough to handle any pullback in the Federal Reserve's economic stimulus. "We're just continuing the bullishness that we've had," said Rex Macey, Chief Investment Officer of Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors, a unit of Wilmington Trust Bank. The S&P 500 index climbed 3.28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,808.37. That put the index a point above its previous record close of 1,807.23 set Nov. 27. Other indexes also made small gains. The Dow Jones industrial aver-
age rose 5.33 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 16,025.53. The Nasdaq composite increased 6.23 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,068.75. Stocks were also supported by reports that U.S. lawmakers were moving closer to reaching a longerterm budget deal, said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Wealth Management Group. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday on ABC that budget negotiations are making progress and moving in the right direction. The stock market stuttered in October after political wrangling over the budget caused a 16-day partial government shutdown that crimped economic growth and hurt consumer confidence. A budget deal "could be viewed as positive, in the sense that it is putting to bed one more possible disruption," Stone said. In other corporate news, American Airlines rose 65 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $24.60 on the company's first day of trading after completing its merger with US Airways. There were no major economic reports for investors to focus on. The stock market has climbed to record levels this year as corporations have kept increasing their earnings and the Fed has kept up its $85 billion-amonth bond purchasing program. The Fed's purchases have pushed up bond prices, lowered interest rates and encouraged investors to buy stocks.
Fed policymakers will meet next week, though few analysts are predicting that they will make changes to their bond-buying program. The meeting runs from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18. Improvements in the labor market since September last year, when the Fed started its most recent round of stimulus, provided the most powerful argument for reducing bond purchases, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Monday. Bullard, a voting member of the Fed's policy committee, was speaking in St. Louis. In government bond trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.85 percent from 2.86 percent Friday. In commodities trading, the price of oil fell 31 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $97.34 a barrel. Gold rose $5.20, or 0.4 percent, to $1,234.20 an ounce. Among other stocks making big moves: • Twitter climbed $4.19, or 9.3 percent, to $49.14, its highest close since going public last month. The company said last week that it was developing its targeted ads based on user's web browsing history. • Edwards Lifesciences slipped $3.56, or 5.4 percent, to $62.73 after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company forecast lower sales of its Sapien heart valves. • McDonald's fell $1.08, or 1.1 percent, to $95.72 after the company said a key sales figure fell last month. Sales at U.S. restaurants open at least a year fell 0.8 percent.
Congress renews ban on plastic firearms
Republicans block tougher measures
WASHINGTON (AP) — Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn. By voice vote, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a 10-year extension of the prohibition against guns that can slip past metal detectors and Xray machines. The House voted last week for an identical decade-long renewal of the ban, and the measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama, traveling to Africa for ceremonies honoring the late South African president Nelson Mandela, was expected to sign the bill before midnight using an auto pen, a White House official said. The device has been used for the signatures of traveling presidents since the administration of president George W. Bush. GOP senators rejected an effort by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to strengthen the ban by requiring that such weapons contain undetachable metal parts. Some plastic guns meet the letter of the current law with a metal piece that can be removed, making them a threat to be slipped past security screeners at schools, airports and elsewhere. "Who in God's name wants to let plastic guns pass through metal detectors at airports or stadiums?" Schumer said in an interview Monday. The National Rifle Association, which has been instrumental in blocking gun restrictions, expressed no opposition to renewing the law. But the gun lobby said it would fight any expanded requirements, including Schumer's, "that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights" to bear arms. Underscoring the issue's political sensitivity, both of Monday's votes were by voice only, meaning no individual senators' votes were recorded. For a handful of Democratic senators seeking re-election next year in GOPleaning states, the day's votes could have been difficult. The rejection of stricter curbs highlighted the repeated setbacks for gun-control advocates in Congress since last Dec. 14. On that day, a gunman fatally shot 20 firstgraders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself. Despite that — and other recent mass shootings, including at the Washington Navy Yard just blocks from the Capitol — supporters of expanded gun control are nearing the end of a year in which they have been unable to push any new firearms restrictions through Congress. "We're several decades behind the NRA," said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. "This is a long game, and it's going to take us some time to build up the resources necessary to compete."
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — So much for snuggling in Wisconsin. The owner of Madison's new Snuggle House has decided to shut it down just three weeks after it opened, choosing to pack up his pillows and beds under intense scrutiny from city officials who questioned whether the place was a front for a brothel. The business announced its closure on Facebook late Friday evening. Timothy Casper, the
owner's attorney, confirmed the closure to The Associated Press on Monday, saying Matthew Hurtado was sick of the city harassing him and negative publicity. "He's tired of people taking potshots at him," Casper said. "He doesn't need that." The Snuggle House, part of a growing trend of touch therapy establishments and cuddle parties around the country, was located above a bar about a block from the state Capitol.
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HealthSource RI plans enrollment meeting Friday in Pawtucket
Staff available to aid applicants, answer questions on new programs
PAWTUCKET — HealthSource RI is coming to Pawtucket on Friday, Dec. 13, to help potential customers start to enroll and answer your questions from 3 to 6 p.m. Enroll today online or toll free at 1-855-840HSRI (4774), or learn more Friday at St Germain Manor Community Room, 401 Mineral Spring Ave. HealthSource RI, the one-stop health insurance marketplace for Rhode Island individuals, families, and small employers, provides the tools, resources and information you need to find the right health plan. For enrollment, you will need: tax information, social security number/immigration documents, information about current health insurance, and the name of doctors you want to keep. These are some items all individuals should have with them to enroll. The deadline to sign up for a new plan through HealthSource RI has been extended to Dec. 23. Plans purchased on or before that date will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Interested in shopping for a health plan or talking to an expert about your options? Or, do you know someone – a family member, co-worker, or friend – who needs insurance now? Contact HealthSource RI today at 1-855-8404774, visit the Contact Center at 70 Royal Little Drive, Providence, or explore your options online at http://www.healthcareri.go v. You might qualify for a tax credit to help pay for your health plan. HealthSource RI will help you compare and select the health plan that’s best for you, and will help determine if you qualify for financial savings. For individuals and families, depending on your income, you may qualify for immediate tax credits that help pay for your monthly premium or cost-sharing reductions that help reduce what you pay when you go to the doctor or hospital. Note: If the computer system tells you that you’re eligible for cost sharing reductions, you must choose a Silver Plan to get the low deductibles and smaller co-pays for which you’re eligible. Call our Contact Center at 1-855-840-4774 for more information on these Silver Plans.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and United Way recently celebrated the donation of a wellness van to the United Way 2-1-1 program with a ribbon cutting at BCBSRI’s Blue Advantage Center, its retail location in Warwick. The van will help the 2-1-1 program to reach more Rhode Islanders and will provide a private meeting space for one-on-one counseling sessions. From left: Cristina Amedeo, director of United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island; Angelo Miccoli, vice president of internal operations and director of administration for the program; Anthony Maione, president and CEO of United Way Rhode Island, and Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
BCBSRI donates van to United Way program
another convenient option for those seeking help or services for themselves or loved ones. Formerly used by BCBSRI as a Wellness Van for local health screenings, the van is equipped with mobile capabilities and private internal space for individualized counseling. Over the past year, 2-1-1 handled more than 208,000 calls, more than any previous year, and has now topped one million requests for help since its inception, BCBSRI officials said in a release. “United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island is not only an incredible resource available to all Rhode Islanders, it’s also the fastest and easiest way for people to get help when times are tough,” said Anthony Maione, president and CEO of UWRI. “The unprecedented volume of requests represents the fact that many of our neighbors are still struggling. We are extremely grateful to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for the generous donation of the new United Way 2-1-1 Outreach Van as it will allow us to reach even more people in need. To unveil the Outreach Van, BCBSRI and UWRI hosted a public wellness gathering at BCBSRI’s Blue Advantage Center, a retail location located at Cowesett Crossings in Warwick at 300 Quaker Lane. In addition to free flu shots, representatives from United Way 2-1-1, SNAP and BCBSRI offered community attendees individualized counseling on resources to meet basic needs, program eligibility, and information on upcoming changes in health care and marketplace options. “United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island is making a very real difference in improving the quality of life here, and BCBSRI is very pleased to offer our former Wellness Van to further 2-1-1’s already strong reach,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO for BCBSRI. “This donation and our partnership with UWRI support our long-time vision of working to improve the health of our customers and all Rhode Islanders.”
WARWICK — Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is helping United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) increase the community outreach capabilities of United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island, a 24/7 information and referral helpline for Rhode Islanders, by donating a new van to the program. Operated by United Way 2-1-1 representatives, the van will have an increased presence in the community, offering mobile private meeting space for one-on-one counseling and information and referral services for a wide range of critical human services such as financial assistance for heat, electricity, or other housing costs, care for an aging parent, food assistance, child care, medical care options, and other community-based services. The United Way 2-1-1 Outreach Van will travel throughout Rhode Island, serving as a resource for those seeking help through 2-1-1. In addition to calling the confidential 2-1-1 helpline or visiting the 2-1-1 office in Providence, the van will provide
Mass. criticized for lack of anti-smoking spending
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is getting poor marks on how much it spends on preventing children from taking up smoking and helping adult smokers quit. A coalition of groups, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the state ranks 36th in the nation in funding anti-smoking programs. Massachusetts currently spends about $4 million on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, a fraction of the $90 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The coalition said that translates into less than half a percent of the nearly $945 million Massachusetts will collect this year from a 1998 tobacco settlement and through tobacco taxes. Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz defended the state’s antismoking efforts, saying the state has lowered the percentage of young people using tobacco and is always looking for new ways to curb smoking. “One of the things we’re really trying to focus on is what we think is deceptive packaging and practices,” Polanowicz said. “Fruit-flavored cigars are clearly not designed for the adult individuals. They’re designed to get kids to start to smoke.” The youth smoking rate in 2011 was 14 percent. For adults, the smoking rate in 2012 was 16.4 percent.
R.I. demands upwind states improve air standards
— all current members of the OTR — are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Under Section 176A of the federal Clean Air Act, states can petition the EPA to add any state to an air quality region such as the OTR if there is reason to believe it is the source of pollution causing violations of ir quality standards elsewhere. The EPA Administrator is required to approve or disapprove of such a petition within 18 months. “Emissions from power plants and factories in upwind states have a dramatic impact on ozone levels in Rhode Island’s air. Rhode Island experienced unhealthy levels of ozone on 24 days during the past three summers, and this presented significant health concerns for Rhode Island residents, particularly children, the elderly and those with asthma and other respiratory conditions,” noted Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit. “According to an EPA analysis, more than 80 percent of elevated ozone levels in Rhode Island air are caused by pollutants that are emitted in upwind states and carried into our state by prevailing winds. Rhode Island, like the other states in the Ozone Transport Region, has already taken extensive steps to reduce air pollution. Those measures have resulted in significant expenditures by Rhode Island industry and increased energy costs in the state. Upwind states have not been required to implement those measures. It’s time for the upwind states to follow the same emissions reduction rules in order to improve air quality in Rhode Island and other downwind states and to eliminate the current inequitable economic burden to industry, energy producers and consumers in states in the Ozone Transport Region.’ In submitting the petition to EPA, the eight downwind states told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, “We believe expansion of the transport region and implementation of the required controls in upwind states are necessary for all of the OTR to achieve attainment in a timely manner. We also believe that the consultation process that is such an important part of the OTC’s activities can benefit all states in an expanded OTR in the assessment of the ozone transport problem and result in the development of effective solutions.” The millions of residents in the downwind states who petitioned EPA are exposed to unhealthy levels of ozone, which can irritate the respiratory system, causing coughing, throat irritation and chest pains and aggravating asthma and other chronic lung diseases. Ozone and other air pollutants have also been linked to premature death. Despite aggressive actions taken by downwind states to reduce air pollution generated in-state, EPA modeling shows that interstate transport of air pollution contributes significantly to violations of health-based air quality standards for ground-level ozone within their borders. As much as 70 to 98 percent of this ozone air pollution problem is blown in from upwind states — and parts of some downwind states would remain in violation of federal standards even if they eliminated all of the pollution generated within their borders. Industries and electric power plants in downwind states have invested heavily in pollution control technologies, and additional emissions reductions would come from smaller sources at greater cost. The cost of removing an additional ton of pollution in downwind states is estimated at between $10,000 to $40,000 — compared to as little as $500 a ton in upwind states, where even some basic control technologies have not been installed.
PROVIDENCE — Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced Monday that Rhode Island is one of eight Northeast and mid-Atlantic states petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require upwind states to reduce air pollution generated within their borders. The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to reduce air pollution emissions that are carried by prevailing winds and contribute to the formation of ozone to the north and east. The petition seeks commitments from the upwind states to protect the health of downwind residents and to level the playing field for businesses. “Our goal is to eliminate Ozone Alert days in Rhode Island. Despite aggressive state and regional efforts to reduce ozone causing emissions within our borders, Rhode Islanders still face bad air days each and very summer because of air pollutants from upwind states,” Chafee said in a release from his office. “Stronger controls, including the expansion of the Ozone Transport Region, are needed to level the playing field and improve air quality in downwind states such as Rhode Island.” The petition cites decades of inaction by the upwind states during which time the eight mid-Atlantic and northeastern states have spent tens of billions of dollars to reduce their own air emissions. The petition asks the EPA to require the nine upwind states to join them in what is known as the Ozone Transport Region (OTR). Under the federal Clean Air Act, states added to the OTR would have to take actions consistent with the air pollution efforts of the downwind states through use of readily available control technologies and reliance on cleaner fuels to generate power. States filing the petition
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Too early to say goodbye to ‘too big to fail’
In a major speech last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew argued that we need to keep pushing forward with financial reform. He made some encouraging points about the need to reduce systemic risks arising from money-market mutual funds and for appropriate funding levels at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and he spoke clearly about the need for accountability of regulators and of bank executives. But a huge misconception in his remarks threatens to swamp everything. Lew argued that the problem of "toobig-to-fail" banks is well on its way to being fixed. "Earlier this year, I said if we could not with a straight face say we ended 'too big to fail,' we would have to look at other options," Lew said. "Based on the totality of reforms we are putting in place, I believe we will meet that test, but to be clear, there is no precise point at which you can prove with certainty that we have done enough. If, in the future, we need to take further action, we will not hesitate." So Lew is arguing that we are on the verge of making it possible for large complex financial institutions — really the six biggest U.S. banks — to fail. Could these entities now really go bankrupt, unencumbered by any kind of government support, with their shareholders wiped out and major potential losses for their creditors, as is the case with almost all other privatesector companies? (In July, Lew set the end of 2013 as a deadline for the disappearance of too big to fail; this seems to be another red line that the administration won't enforce.) It is very difficult to find anyone in the private sector — in finance or elsewhere — who shares Lew's view. (With the exception, of course, of people working for the Big Six or supported by them financially.) Lew's logic breaks down in three places. First, he says the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act states "clearly that no financial institution is 'too big to fail.'" Actually, it doesn't. The legislation makes it illegal to provide some forms of support to specific companies (for example, the kind of loan that American International Group received in September 2008 probably wouldn't be allowed). But this prohibition would hardly strain the creativity of the New York Fed the next time it wants to prop up a failing institution. As long as support is available to a broad class of assets or to a set of companies, almost anything remains possible. (Yes, I know that there is a change in some procedures for authorizing support, but anyone who has lived through financial crises can tell you that such formalities are meaningless when the people in charge decide that a bailout is in order.) The next bailout won't come from Congress — no one would try to repeat the Troubled Asset Relief Program in this political environment. It will come from, or at least via, the Fed. Furthermore, with regard to "living wills" — the largest banks' plans for going bankrupt without causing worldwide financial panic — Lew said "regulators will require firms to rework these plans if they are not credible." If the companies "are unable to provide a credible plan," he said, "regulators can impose remedies, including requiring firms
By Simon Johnson
to divest or realign their businesses." In truth, there has been no sign of either credible plans or any kind of "remedies." To suggest that the regulators are really going to use this power is hardly plausible. In particular, there is no indication that the staff or governors of the Federal Reserve System are moving in this direction. Lew also puts great stock in the new — and unproven — resolution powers of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The Treasury secretary misses the crucial legal point: This authority is supposed to be a backup, only used if bankruptcy suddenly becomes unappealing. And he completely ignores (at least in this speech) the inherent difficulties of cross-border resolution, which requires — but can never achieve — cooperation between courts and regulators in different countries. Under present conditions, it would cause another destabilizing scramble for assets. I favor resolution as a fallback (I'm a member of the FDIC's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee, which meets again this week), and the law clearly says it shouldn't be a first resort (a point that Lew missed). But cross-border resolution won't work for the megabanks, not unless you offer a U.S. bailout that fully protects all creditors in foreign jurisdictions. But if that occurs, it will no longer be the case that "shareholders, creditors, and executives — not taxpayers — will be responsible if a large financial institution fails." I could go on. Lew claims that equity capital is now high enough to make a difference, but he doesn't provide any relevant numbers — for example, comparing current equity levels with the extent of losses that we have observed or are likely to observe in crises. Lew says the Volcker rule, the final version of which will be released this week, will make a big difference. I doubt there is enough transparency in the global megabanks for anyone to see the new ways in which proprietary bets are disguised. There is a real danger that senior officials are ready to declare victory, while changing essentially nothing about the reality of what makes a global megabank too big to fail. Simon Johnson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is co-author of "White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You."
The return of the working-class hero
For more than three decades, workingclass Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key. It was not always this way. In the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, the people who operated the trains, worked the machines and tended the farms were stars of film and fiction. E.J. Dionne Think of Frank Capra movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the fiction of John Steinbeck, including his underappreciated novel, “In Dubious Battle.” It was a more democratic and egalitarian culture whose soundtrack was Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” After five years of economic travail caused by Wall Street excesses and increasingly widespread worry over rising inequality and declining mobility, the culture shows signs of changing again. For the first time in a long time, working people are making their way back into the news. Fast-food workers have been underpaid for a long time. Only over the past year or so have their battles for above-poverty wages begun to grab headlines. In 2001, Barbara Ehrenreich published “Nickel and Dimed,” her classic on the discontents of low-paid work. At the time, she was fighting against social winds, let loose by the tech boom and a soaring stock market, to bring attention to the many left out of our grand prosperity. Now, Ehrenreich has more company as gifted younger writers bring the toil of cooks and servers and warehouse workers alive for wide audiences. What’s striking about the new labor writers is that they are not romantics. They don’t think that we can return to the ’30s or ’40s any more than we can re-popularize blackand-white movies. But they write with clarity, empathy and understanding, treating our economy’s service workers as flesh-andblood human beings with responsibilities, families they deeply care about and aspirations they’d like to fulfill. If you have any doubt that culture affects politics, consider our celebrations of the life and mission of Nelson Mandela. He is an internationally beloved figure because of his work for reconciliation, and rightly so. But we forget the time when the anti-apartheid movement was controversial, when some branded the African National Congress as a “terrorist” organization and when, in 1986, Congress had to override President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the Comprehensive AntiApartheid Act. Political mobilization around the world was central to Mandela’s victory. In eulogizing him, President Obama used himself as an example of how the anti-apartheid movement defined a generation. The arts were a big part of this. Shortly after Mandela’s death was announced, Peter Rothberg of the Nation magazine posted his 10 favorite songs from “artists of all genres and stripes” who paid tribute to Mandela. Similarly, the New York Times offered a gallery of poster art produced over the years during which Mandela was imprisoned. More recently, the culture has thoroughly mainstreamed Mandela’s triumph. The 2009 movie “Invictus,” starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, was based on Mandela’s decision to unite his country behind the nation’s traditionally white rugby team and its success in winning the 1995 World Cup. It’s an entirely good thing that many who were once among Mandela’s critics have now embraced him as “the conscience of the world,” in the words of my Post colleague Eugene Robinson. This is Mandela’s achievement. It’s also the achievement of the political and cultural transformation he inspired. What the anti-apartheid cause and the new concern for low-wage workers have in common is not only the fact that Mandela “was an organizer before he became a statesman,” as Dorian Warren, a political scientist at Columbia University, helpfully pointed out. It’s also that the success of both movements entailed changing the way a predominant culture looks at society. There are moments when the arts take a top-down view of the world highlighting the contributions of the successful, the powerful and the influential. There will always be a place for this. But at other moments, the creators of culture take on the different task of looking at the world from the bottom up. This entails an acknowledgment that there would be no wealth without the efforts of those who labor. It is rooted in a spirit of solidarity. Once-forgotten people are suddenly remembered again. The word used over and over about Mandela was “dignity.” His struggle asserted the dignity of everyone, including his onetime enemies. The new cultural turn is also about the dignity of all, and it’s a healthy change. E.J. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post.
As others see it: The EPA
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post: Since 1998, the Environmental Protection Agency has been trying to enforce the Clean Air Act's "good-neighbor" provision, which obliges states not to foul each other's air. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether the agency's latest attempt is legal or whether it is an overly grasping application of authorities Congress never gave it. At stake are long-delayed regulations on ozone and particulate pollution that increase the incidence of heart attacks, asthma and other illnesses — and large amounts of money that may have to be spent to abate those airborne hazards. The Clean Air Act empowers the EPA to restrict pollution that will "contribute significantly" to a major air-quality problem somewhere else. Aside from some technical issues, the case, EPA v. EME Homer City Generation L.P., turns on the definition of "significantly." The EPA found that one state's contribution to an air-quality problem is significant insofar as it is solvable. The agency mandated reductions based not just on how much pollution each state emits but also on its capacity to cut back. This policy is reasonable. The federal government should be refereeing national air pollution problems, particularly those that states can't be expected to solve on their own. And if the feds are going to intervene, their rules should mandate the least disruptive, most efficient path to reducing pollution. But there's a problem, say the EPA's adversaries: The law doesn't give the agency the flexibility to consider costs in the way it did. Rather, it must base regulations exclusively on how much pollution each state contributes. This interpretation may seem fairer to people in one state who don't want to pay to reduce pollution when they're producing less of it than are people in other states. But it could lead to some very undesirable results. The EPA may, for example, have to require certain states to spend huge amounts of money to reduce pollution by small or negligible amounts. There's no doubt the EPA's approach is the better policy, and the law's wording is imprecise enough that the agency should get a fair amount of latitude in its application of this part of the Clean Air Act. But this is not the only case the Supreme Court will hear soon involving awkward wording in the act. The most rational thing would be for Congress to update the law — not to gut its programs but instead to prescribe neater solutions to the country's serious pollution problems. However, it has been years since lawmakers managed to pass any major environmental legislation.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Company boosts committment to gifts program
CVS offers many hands to aid Adopt-a-Family
ment of gifts ranging from snow sleds and bicycles to toys and clothing, according to Leigh. The company’s Adopt-aFamily volunteers then had a gift-wrapping day last Friday, with more than 100 volunteers participating, she said. The gifts were all packaged in the numbered bags for each child on the CVS collection list and then picked up by the CVS truck from four company locations Monday morning before the dropoff was made at the Elks Hall, she said. Sipala said the operation at the Elks Hall works as both an intake center for the donations and the distribution location. Once a dropoff like the one by CVS has been made, the volunteers log in the delivered items and then contact the families they go to so a pickup time can be scheduled. Some families were already stopping by on Monday to pick up their bags of gifts, and that process will continue through Friday, Sipala said. “This year we will be helping over 2,200 kids, Sipala said. “It is probably the largest number of gifts we have ever done,” he said.
Hospital slates informational night on surgery for weight loss
PROVIDENCE — Roger Williams Medical Center is offering its next free informational session on weight loss surgery on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the hospital’s Kay Auditorium. The seminars take place monthly, with members of the team, including program director Dr. Dieter Pohl, discussing information that is essential for those considering weight loss surgery. At these seminars, Dr. Pohl and his colleague, Dr. Jeannine Giovanni, explain everything prospective patients need to know about weight loss surgery/bariatric surgery. They will explain the surgeries, show videos how it is done, explain how much weight a person can lose and what the risks are. They will guide you through the process of getting the weight loss surgery. They will also answer all questions about the surgery. The session will provide answers to basic questions surrounding these procedures, help identify who is a candidate, and explain all of the key steps of the process in Roger Williams’ Surgical Weight Loss Program. Roger Williams has been a Bariatric Surgery “Center of Excellence” since 2005. Sessions are scheduled with Dr. Pohl for Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Roger Williams Medical Center located at 825 Chalkstone Ave., in Kay Auditorium. If you are interested in learning more, call 401-5216310 today to register for an information session.
WOONSOCKET — Adopt-a-Family Woonsocket opened its dropoff and distribution operation at the Elks Hall at 380 Social St. on Monday, and once again received a truckload of gifts, clothes and other holiday items collected by CVS/Caremark employees as part of the kickoff. “It’s just a huge help to have CVS as a corporate partner,” Tony Sipala, an Adopt-a-Family Board of Directors member, said as the gift bags for more than 100 children and containing more than 800 gifts were being processed by the distribution operation’s volunteers. Sipala said CVS was asked to help the organization’s annual holiday drive two years ago, and the company’s employees took on the volunteer effort with “enthusiasm and energy,” he said. “It is just great that a
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CVS/Caremark Adopt-a-Family volunteers make the big delivery at the Elks Club on Social Street Monday afternoon. From left are Paul Leveillee, Kaitlin O'Donnell, Murray Sharron, Kevin Foley, John Silva and Jessica Berkeley.
Woonsocket-based corporation has been able to step forward to help families in Woonsocket,” he said. The work put in by CVS employees this year allowed the company to just about double the number of gifts it brought in during the past two drives, according to Sipala. “They have been
very excited about getting involved,” he said. Jennifer Leigh, CVS/Caremark manager for community relations, said the company was happy to help again this year. “We had a lot of colleagues that were looking to for a way to give back to our local community of
Woonsocket, and the Adopta-Family program was the best way to do that,” Leigh said. The company employees would get a wish list from a child on the Adopt-a-Family rolls and then go shopping for those items, she explained. The result was an assort-
Housing court continues exploded house case to March 7
PAWTUCKET — The Municipal Housing Court case involving the owner of the Mineral Spring Avenue house where a gas explosion and fire occurred last month has been continued until March 7. Pawtucket City Building Inspector John Hanley said that the attorneys for the property owner, listed as Lone Star Realty LLC, asked for the continuance at the court appearance on Dec. 6, saying they needed more time to prepare. He said they cited the complexity of the case, which
involves a multitude of insurance companies and other parties that are involved. The case will proceed to a trial in the city’s Housing Court. Although the cause of the Nov. 5 explosion and fire in a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. was ruled accidental, the city’s director of Zoning and Code Enforcement issued a violation to the owner of the property, Lone Star Realty LLC, for failing to have a new gas heating system inspected as required under the state’s building code. Fire officials have said that the heating system was not believed to have been the cause of the
explosion. The cause was determined to be from a gas leak somewhere within the structure, which caused an accumulation of gas at the top of the house. City officials have maintained, however, that following the proper inspection procedures is important and, in this case, could even have possibly led to some technical problem being discovered that might have prevented the blast. The explosion was severe enough to blow the front walls out of a second and third floor apartment and injured a man and his baby daughter. The house, which was constructed in 1880, has since been torn down.
State legislators gamble on a good cause with blackjack game
LINCOLN – State Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) is playing blackjack today – for his hometown Milk Fund. He’s won’t be alone: Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (ILincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield) – is playing too. He’s doing it for the benefit of Hearthside House, a nonprofit in his district. Rep. Mia Ackerman (DDist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) is betting on the Metcalf/Franklin Farm Preservation Association and Rep. William San Bento Jr. (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) has his chips on the Woodlawn Catholic Regional School. It’s all part of the inaugural Twin River Casino Holiday Blackjack Tournament for Charity, set to begin today at 12:30 p.m. “The tournament is a meaningful way to continue our philanthropic outreach,” John F. Taylor Jr., chairman of the Twin River Casino’s board of directors, said in a statement. Taylor said he expects the tournament to become an annual holiday event at the casino, where table games were launched for the first time in July. The four members of the Blackstone Valley delegation are among 15 state representatives and senators who will participate in the first annual blackjack tournament. They’re playing for the charity of their choice, from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to the RI Brain & Spine Tumor Foundation. After a few hands of blackjack, a winner will be determined at each of six opening round tables. The top six qualifiers will earn a seat at the championship table and will play one more round. A total of $60,000 will be donated by Twin River to the designated charities, with each organization receiving at least $1,000. The Milk Fund is one of the oldest charities on the books in the Valley. Established in 1932, the holiday drive raises money to buy milk for the needy, the elderly and families of deployed veterans. Last year the effort took in nearly $70,000 for families in the circulation area of The Call.
Elderly man seriously injured in Route 146 accident in Lincoln
Vehicle overturned near Sherman Avenue ramp
Breach could effect RI benefit recipients
PROVIDENCE (AP) — The personal information of nearly 2,000 Rhode Islanders who receive unemployment, disability or child support assistance electronically may have been exposed during a recent security breach. The breach at JPMorgan Chase last summer could have exposed information such as addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and bank account numbers. The state announced Monday that there is no evidence that anyone's information has been used by those behind the computer breach. Some 1,850 Rhode Islanders could have been impacted by the breach. Officials say they are looking into why it took the bank two months to inform the state about the breach. They say they'll work with JPMorgan Chase to ensure cardholders are notified about the problem and that anyone affected is offered credit monitoring programs.
LINCOLN – A 72-year-old Hopedale man suffered serious injuries Saturday night when the car he was driving went out of control on Route 146 north and overturned. Stephen J. Saravara of Mill Street, Hopedale, had been operating a blue 2006 Toyota Scion XB on the highway just south of the Sherman Avenue off ramp, when he was reported to have veered left into the guardrail and then traveled across the highway into a rock, according to Patrolman Christopher T. Hannon. Witnesses told police Saravara’s vehicle
began to roll over onto its driver’s side after the impact. Saravara was found with his legs pinned under the dash and complaining of severe pain to his legs and ribs, according to Hannon. Saravara was successfully removed from the vehicle and supported by another motorist stopping at the scene to help while responding officers held the vehicle from overturning. Responding rescue personnel arriving at the scene assisted Saravara and then transported him to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to police. A tow vehicle arrived to pull the victim’s car off the rock and set it safely on flat ground, Hannon said. The incident remained under investigation while Saravara was treated for his injuries at the hospital, police said.
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•Club Par-X Breakfast to benefit the Milk Fund, 36 Stanley Ave., 8 a.m. to noon. $8 adults, $5 ages 3-12. Penny social, raffles and prizes. Tickets at the door or by calling chairperson Susan Tessier-MacKenzie, 487-4136. • Mount St. Charles Academy presents “Lessons and Carols” at Precious Blood Church, and advent service of prayer and song celebrating the Christmas season, 6 p.m. Tickets are free. Call (401) 769-0310.
•The Cumberland Library hosts “As Seen on Pinterest: Holiday Gif Tags and More,” 6:30 p.m. Make unique gift tags and more to add to your holiday presents. Space is limited, register online or by calling (401) 333-2552 ext. 2. •AARP Cumberland Chapter 4646 Christmas Party, St. Joseph’s Hall, 1303 Mendon Road. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon from Davenport’s Restaurant.
•Pawtucket Veterans Council of RI, in conjuntion with Korean War Veterans Chapter 1, will hold a Christmas dinner party at 7 p.m. at Hose Company #6, 636 Central Ave. For information or to RSVP call Jim Hollis at 333-2928 or Jim Robbins at 837-2450. RSVP by Dec. 2.
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m..
• Dinner and Christmas with Kitty Litter at the Stadium Theatre, 6:30 p.m. An evening of holiday cheer and drag comedy with the self-proclaimed first lady of Providence Ms. Kitty Litter. • Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m. • The RI Stage Ensemble presents “Miracle on 34th Street” at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $15 on the website,, and at the door.
•Third annual Magic of Christmas Celebration at St. Augustine Parish, 17 Lincoln St. Christmas craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafters, vendors, raffles and food. North Pole Carnival on Dec. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games, relays, Santa visit, lunch and more.
• The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club hosts a coin show at Brian’s Restaurant in Whitinsville from 3 to 8 p.m. All are welcome.
• Christmas at the Pillsbury House to benefit the Milk Fund, 341 Prospect St., 7 to 9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Tours of the house by owner Roger Bouchard. Piano music. $35 per person. Limited number of tickets available.
• The Commissioners of the Burrillville Housing Authority will meet in regular session at the Burrillville Housing Authority community room, Ashton Court, Harrisville, at 6:30 p.m.
•Park Place Congregational Church, UCC, 71 Park Place, hosts a Holiday Harmonies Cabaret. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, show at 7:15. Donations: $18 adults, $5 children 5-12, free under 5. Reservations at 726-2800 by Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
•”A Christmas Carol” presented by Encore Repertory Company at The Stadium Theatre, 7:30 p.m. •Blackstone Valley Polar Express, tours at 4 and 7 p.m. leaving from One Depot Square. Tickets online at or call 401-724-2200.
• The Lusitania Boys U15 Soccer Team hosts its first holiday fair at Club Lusitania, 10 Chase St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A donation of a non-perishable food item would be appreciated. More than 45 local crafters and vendors. • 2nd annual Irish Dance Spectacular featuring dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance at Blackstone River Theatre, 2-5 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at the door.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band holiday concert at 7 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 49 Central St. A freewill offering will be taken.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Children sign up for 15 minutes to read to Indy. All ages welcome. Please register only one time per month in order to give other children opportunities to read.
•Calling all area musicians to join the newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band. Meet at 6:30 at BMR auditorium on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Call 508-883-1291 for more information.
• Teen Candy Sushi Class at the Cumberland Public Library, 5:30 p.m. Space is limited. Register online, at the library or by calling (401) 333-2552 ext. 2. Ages 11-18 welcome.
•”Santa at Stillwater” event at Stillwater Mill Center. Snowman building contest from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Santa arrives at 1. Burrillville Animal Shelter will be collecting donations of pet products under the Pavilion.
• Scholastic Book and Vendor Fair, Dec. 12-14 at the Family Literacy Center, 12 Parkway, Manville. Holiday gifts to purchase and a visit from Santa.
• Scholastic Book and Vendor Fair, Dec. 12-14 at the Family Literacy Center, 12 Parkway, Manville. Holiday gifts to purchase and a visit from Santa.
•Third annual Magic of Christmas Celebration at St. Augustine Parish, 17 Lincoln St. North Pole Carnival from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games, relays, Santa visit, lunch and more. •Community lessons and carols at St. John Episcopal Church, 49 Central St. Free-will offering for local food bank. All are welcome.
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•Historical Society Holiday Turkey Dinner and free public concert, 6 p.m. at Newman Church Hall, Rumford. Must make reservations in advance to attend dinner. 4381750.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
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• Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Tony Cerbo is Home for Christmas at the Stadium Theatre. Music in the style of Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Show includes dinner served in the lobby. • Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
•Blackstone Valley Polar Express, tours at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. leaving from One Depot Square. Tickets online at or call 401-724-2200. •Holiday Extravaganza Concert at Chan’s, 8 p.m., Chan’s Restaurant, 267 Main St. •9th annual Cookie Walk at St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church hal, 74 Harris Ave., 9 a.m. to noon. Homemade cookies $8.50 a pound. Pre-orders of 5 pounds or more, call 7651410.
•Harris Public Library hosts Creative Writing Group Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. •Boy Scout Troop 2 Woonsocket Holiday Show, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Park Square. Please bring a dessert or beverage to share before the show.
• Dinner and Messages of Hope and Love with spiritual medium Roland Comtois at the Stadium Theatre, 6:30 p.m. • The Knights of Columbus General Moylan Assembly business meeting, 7 p.m. at All Saints Parish Hall, 323 Rathbun St.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center’s annual holiday party,12:30 p.m. Senior Center member must sign up at th second floor office and the cost is $2. Deadline is Dec. 13.
East Providence
•St. Margaret Parish choirs perform a Christmas concert at 4 p.m., 1098 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford. Free, open to public.
•Calling all area musicians to join the newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band. Meet at 6:30 at BMR auditorium on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Call 508883-1291 for more information.
•Blackstone Valley Polar Express, tours at 4 and 7 p.m. leaving from One Depot Square. Tickets online at or call 401-724-2200. •Ocean State Holiday Pops concert at the Stadium Theatre, 8 p.m. This 60 piece orchestra will fill you with the spirit of Christmas as they play all of your favorite merry holiday favorites.
•Delaney St. Teresa’s Council 57 annual Keep Christ in Christmas breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, St. Teresa’s church hall. $7 adults, $4 children.
•The German-American Cultural Society of Rhode Island presents a Christmas concert with Schubert-Lorelei Sangerchor and La Chorale French Chorus of Providence at 3 p.m., 78 Carter Ave. Concert $10. Dinner $15, served at 5:30 p.m.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
•Cumberland Lincoln Community Chorus Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 47 East St. Free-will offerings appreciated.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
•The First Baptist Church of Bellingham will hold its annual Christmas Contata entitled, “Three Trees” at 7 p.m. Free event and all are welcome.
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.all. $7 adults, $4 children.
North Smithfield
•Slatersville Village Green Christmas Eve Luminaria. The historic village green and walkways of Slatersville will be lit by canlelight, leading to the entrance of Slatersville Congregational Church.
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Christmas Day
•Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Come stroll through Blithewold's illuminated gardens and greenhouse, breathing in that crisp Christmas air or joining our carolers as they spread holiday cheer. Enjoy music, cocoa, and roasted marshmallows around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold's Enclosed Garden. Carolers will be singing around the bonfire from 6:30 - 7 pm. Hot Cocoa is free; s'mores kits will be available for $1.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
•Christmas at Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road. Christmas at Blithewold has a new theme every year. The Mansion is open for touring Tuesday through Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Buy your admission tickets online or at the door. Our wonderful volunteers work hard to incorporate the annual theme into their decorations and design of their rooms; almost every room at Blithewold is decorated for Christmas. Our Christmas includes a 18 ft Christmas tree, music performances, teas, singa-longs with Santa and more.
•Blackstone Valley Polar Express, tours at 1 and 4 p.m. leaving from One Depot Square. Tickets online at or call 401-724-2200.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
•Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road. Come stroll through Blithewold's illuminated gardens and greenhouse, breathing in that crisp Christmas air or joining our carolers as they spread holiday cheer. Enjoy music, cocoa, and roasted marshmallows around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold's Enclosed Garden. Carolers will be singing around the bonfire from 6:30 - 7 pm. Hot Cocoa is free; s'mores kits will be available for $1.
• Harmony Library offers a children’s Sewing Workshop at 3 and 5 p.m. in the community room for children in grades 2 and up. $10 material fee. Registration is required. Call 949-2850 or visit
• Widow support group meets every Sunday — the first two Sundays of the month are at the Community Chapel on Diamond Hill Rd. The second two are at Emerald Bay Manor, Diamond Hill Road. All meetings 2 p.m. Call 401-333-5815.all. $7 adults, $4 children.
Central Falls
•Forand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a “Yoga for Seniors” on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am at Shri Studio, 21 Broad Street. The fee for Leon Mathieu Senior Center members is $5 per person per month. 728-7582.
• Written Word Writing Group Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. at Harris Public Library. An outlet for adult writers of all leanings: poetry, journaling, prose, short story, sermon, comedy, script writing, puppets. No critiquing. All are welcome and there is no charge.
• Pascoag Council, 383, Knights of Columbus Friday Night Bingo at the Columbus Club, 98 Roosevelt Ave. Games begin at 6:20 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
•The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre hosts a free "Three Stooges festival" featuring Larry, Moe and Curly at their comical best in classic episodes from the 1930s and 1940s, at 7 p.m. No tickets required.
• Reading with Indy, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Indy, a certified reading therapy dog will be at the library on Mondays. Please register only one time per month.
Happy New Year
•The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre hosts a free "Three Stooges festival" featuring Larry, Moe and Curly at their comical best in classic episodes from the 1930s and 1940s, at 7 p.m. No tickets required.
• The Lincoln Public Library is offering a Safe Sitter Program from 9:15am to 4:15pm. This one-day program is designed for 11-14-year-olds. Training will include babysitting as a business, childcare, behavior management skills, and infant & child CPR. Students should bring a lunch, drink, and snack. Preregistration is required. Class size is limited to sixteen (16) students. $45 fee is cash-only and is expected at time of registration at the Reference desk. (401) 333-2422 x17.
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Cumberland seeks $475,000 grant to improve recreation areas
Four different sites targeted by proposal
CUMBERLAND — The town is hoping to secure $475,000 in state open space recreation grants to fund major improvements to four of its largest parks and recreational areas. Last Wednesday, the council authorized Mayor Daniel J. McKee to submit four competitive open space recreation acquisition and development grant applications totaling $475,000 to rehabilitate the Valley Falls Community Park; complete a lighting project at Tucker Field; improve the music pavilion at Diamond Hill Park; and open a multi-use playing field and walking path at the undeveloped Ephrata House property.
The awarded grants will require a 50 percent match from the town, which town officials say is available from the $900,000 left in the open space and recreation bond approved by voters. Specifically, the town is seeking three grants totaling $400,000 for the Valley Falls Community Park, Tucker Field and Diamond Hill Park projects, and one grant in the amount of $75,000 for Ephrata House property project. The Valley Falls Community Park, located on two acres behind the B.F. Norton School, currently has limited points of access and includes only a playground and an older baseball field. The town is proposing to add two new access points — one connecting Broad Street, and the other to the adjacent neighborhood at Kilburn Street. The project would also include relocating and rehabili-
tating the ballfield and creating a looped walking path, a small hillside amphitheater and picnic shelter. The property was given to the town by the Lonsdale Company in 1924 and is identified in the town’s community comprehensive plan as one of the more important recreation and open space properties in the Valley Falls section of town. In the town’s grant application to the state, Mckee said Valley Falls Park serves neighborhoods with a concentration of low-income and minority residents in Cumberland and adjacent Central Falls. The park is easily accessed from Central Falls and Pawtucket to the south and from Lonsdale and Lincoln to the west. “Renovating this park will provide us with the opportunity to expand our facilities and provide opportunities to the public at this site that are not currently available,”
McKee said. The grant for Tucker Field would help complete a lighting project at the athletic complex, which now includes a new state-of-the-art synthetic turf football field, a new track and lighting. The grant will help complete the lighting of the park by providing illumination for the northern baseball field, the only one that has not yet been lit. It will also provide handicapped accessible internal paths between the playing fields and other improvements to enhance accessibility. The third grant would provide funds to improve the music pavilion at the 375-acre Diamond Hill Park on Diamond Hill Road, a multi-use facility that includes several athletic fields, and numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. An updated master plan for the park recommends improving the
music pavilion by building handicapped access and filling the pond in front to eliminate safety hazards, and renovating the parking lot, which is crumbling and plagued by potholes. Specifically, the plan is to fill in the existing pond and turn it into a grassy seating area, and then build a smaller pond directly behind the stage. “This will rehabilitate the music venue, making it useful again,” McKee said. “It will also restore wetland lost when the venue was constructed, and is expected to result in improvements to water quality and wildlife habitat.” The fourth and final grant would create an open multi-use field and looped walking path to expand recreational opportunities at the Ephrata House property, an undeveloped town park property on Manville Hill Road.
Business leaders lobbying against restrictions to biweekly pay
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year allows companies to pay their workers every two weeks, or twice a month, rather than the weekly pay that had been mandated for hourly wage earners. In order to use the law, a company must pay its employees an average of twice the state’s minimum wage – which will climb from $7.75 to $8 next month – and it provides a bond or other guarantee in the amount to cover two weeks’ pay for all their employees in case it goes out of business. Businesses like the idea of the biweekly pay, but call the recertification requirement an unnecessary burden. Gary Ezovski of North Smithfield, founder of Lincoln Environmental Inc. and chairman of Regulations Subcommittee of the annual R.I. Small Business Administration Economic Summit told a pair of DLT “facilitators” who ran onday’s hearing that Rhode Island has been an “outlier” on the issue of biweekly pay, something that most other states approved a long time ago. Businesses say the new law reduces payroll costs and simplifies the payroll process
for companies that have locations in more than one state. But more than one witness at the hearing wanted to further fine-tune the proposed regulations. Ezovski suggested that businesses want “clear, predictable and reliable regulations.” Putting a time limit for DLT to approve or reject an application for a company to pay its workers every two weeks or twice a month “goes to the very heart of clear, predictable and reliable,” Ezovski said. “How long it will take DLT to respond is something that can’t be an unknown. In my view, it would be something on the order of 10 business days.” He asserted, “that would be plenty of time for these issues to be reviewed and replied back to the business that is looking for direction.” Ken Block, the owner of two software companies and a Republican candidate for governor, said that, in the first place, the recertification is unnecessary because it is “duplicative effort.” “I file my payroll every quarter to the DLT already,”
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Block said. “They have all that information. Why do we need to do it again? Every employer is required to submit detailed payroll information.” Block told the hearing officers, “the point of this regulation shouldn’t be to make doing business more difficult in this state, that’s one of the things we most suffer from: that it is harder to do business here than in other places. “It is a very good thing for Rhode Island to move to biweekly pay and join the vast majority of other states to allow businesses to pay every other week,” he said, adding, “it doesn’t make sense that we stand out negatively where we didn’t allow biweekly pay, now we do, that’s great. We shouldn’t make it harder to use biweekly here than in any other state, and yet this regulation would make it more difficult to do biweekly pay than in some other states.” Terrence Martiesian, a lobbyist for Rhode Island Independent Contractors and Associates and the R.I. Lumber and Building Materials Association, said, “It is quite clear in the legislation as drafted that permission (to pay biweekly) is valid for an indefinite period of time. “The onus is on the employer,” Martiesian said, “and there is no reason to add any more burdens. We do not want to put in any blocks that would prohibit or inhibit employers from exercising their rights under this statute.” Lenette Boiselle, a lobbyist for the Associated Builder and Contractors, said it is important to businesses that they have “stability and consistency.” The recertification, she said, is an additional burden on businesses, additional paperwork, especially for a smaller business because they have to remember every two years to do the paperwork. If they do not do the paperwork, they would be considered in violation.
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For Venagro, it’s twice as nice
Pawtucket native wins second straight World Miss Fitness America title
PAWTUCKET — Back on June 28, in Miami, the city’s own Stacie (Wildenhain) Venagro wanted desperately to capture the Miss Fitness Universe Pro Division crown, but admittedly felt disappointed when judges deemed Anca Bucur of Romania the champion. She lost that competition by a final score of 147.65-145.35, or a mere total of 2.30 points. So perturbed by her runner-up finish, the 28-year-old Venagro boosted her training regimen 10-fold – or more. “I knew I had to pick it up a couple of notches,” she stated. “I wanted to be the best of the best because I compete in the pro division.” Less than five months later – on Friday, Nov. 22 – the 2003 Davies Tech graduate trekked to Las Vegas for the World Miss Fitness America event at the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel ballroom and “amazingly” claimed the championship, courtesy of a lopsided 114.25-108.85 triumph over the second-place fin-
isher, Finland’s Else Lautala. “I was standing on the stage, and – when the announcers called Anca for third – my heart fell into my stomach,” Venagro grinned recently while awaiting a client inside her new fitness center, naturally named Stacie Venagro Fitness, across the street from Jenks Middle School’s skate park. “Now it was either the girl who won it in 2007 (Lautala) or me; that was so nerve-wracking! I was squeezing her hand so tightly because I was ridiculously nervous. “When they announced my name (as the winner), I couldn’t believe it,” she continued. “I still can’t. About five minutes later, we started taking pictures in the audience, and my trainer – Cathy Savage (of Norwood, Mass.) – asked me. ‘Do you realize what you’ve just done?’ I just said, ‘What do you mean?’ “She answered, ‘No one has ever won back-to-back World (Miss Fitness America) titles!’ That’s when I was, like, ‘Holy (expletive omitted, then laughed) Moley!’ I was astonished!” Incredibly, only 11 months before, Venagro had collected her first world crown at the 2012 World Fitness America – and See VENAGRO, page B2
Pawtucket native Stacie Venagro, left, poses with Bethany Nelson at the World Miss Fitness America competition that took place last month in Las Vegas. Venagro has now won backto-back World Miss Fitness America titles.
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Pats put Gronkowski on IR with knee injury
By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer FOXBORO — The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again. The star tight end who missed the first six games while recovering from surgeries is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee. That experience could help the Patriots handle his absence. "I'd like to think there's going to be some carry-over there, not only (from) the first six weeks of the season, but the entire training camp as well," coach Bill Belichick said Monday. "That's the way we practiced and played most of the year." Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he was hit on the knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception. The Patriots were 5-1 while Gronkowski recovered from offseason operations on his left forearm and back. In the next six games, he led all NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving and they were 4-2. But the offense was much more productive. Gronkowski caught touchdown passes in four consecutive games before making just two receptions for 32 yards against the Browns. See PATRIOTS, page B3
The Patriots will have to press forward minus the serves of Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee.
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Clippers’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champs comes up one game shy
ERNEST A. BROWN / Blackstone Valley Sports photos
Left, Cumberland defender Brandon Caouette (24) can't stop West Warwick quarterback Kody Greenhalgh (2) from this second-quarter touchdown at Cranston Stadium Sunday.
Right, Cumberland junior quarterback Tyler Calabro (13) leaves West Warwick defender Jonathan Menard (86) flat on his back as he moves down the field for a 59-yard keeper late in the second quarter of Sunday’s Division II Super Bowl. The Wizards posted a 48-13 victory over the Clippers, who had captured the 2012 Division II title. For more photos, see page B3.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
No sports scheduled
WEDNESDAY GIRLS Hockey Smithfield/North Smithfield Co-op vs. South County Co-op (at URI’s Boss Arena), 8:30 p.m.
From left, Else Lautala (first place), Tiffani Bachus (fourth place), Pawtucket’s Stacie Venagro (winner2013 World Miss Fitness America Pro division), Anca Bucur (third place) gather for a photo following the World Miss Fitness competition that took place last month in Las Vegas.
THURSDAY BOYS Basketball Dennis M. Lynch, Jr. Memorial Tournament (at Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club): Woonsocket vs. Central Falls, 6 p.m.; PCD vs. St. Raphael, 8 p.m. Pilgrim at Davies Tech, 6:15 p.m. GIRLS Basketball Lincoln at Ponaganset, 7 p.m. FRIDAY BOYS Basketball
Central Falls at Tolman, 7 p.m.
Hockey Prout vs. Lincoln (Levy Rink), Warwick Vets at Woonsocket, 7:30 p.m.; East Providence vs. Tolman/Scituate Co-op (at Smithfield Rink), 8:30 p.m.; Burrillville at Mount St. Charles, 9 p.m. GIRLS Basketball La Salle at St. Raphael, 7 p.m. Hockey Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op vs. Warwick Co-op (at Thayer Arena), 6:30 p.m.
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SATURDAY BOYS Basketball Dennis M. Lynch, Jr. Memorial Tournament (at Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club), semifinals, TBA, finals, TBA Pink Madness Tournament (at Ponaganset High School): Lincoln vs. Warwick Vets, 3 p.m. North Smithfield at Charlestown, 3 p.m.; Blackstone-Millville at Burrillville, 7 p.m. Hockey Middletown at Cumberland, Mount Hope at St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Coop, 7:30 p.m.; Smithfield at Burrillville, 8:30 p.m.; West Warwick/EWG Coop at Woonsocket, 9 p.m. GIRLS Hockey La Salle at Burrillville/Ponaganset Co-op, 3 p.m.; Cranston Co-op vs. Mount St. Charles (at Cranston Vets Rink), 6:10 p.m.; Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op vs. Smithfield/North Smithfield Co-op (at Smithfield Rink), 7 p.m.
Venagro repeats as World Miss Fitness America champ
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SUNDAY BOYS Basketball Pink Madness Tournament (at Ponaganset High School): Lincoln vs. Ponaganset, 6 p.m.
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November 16, 2013 - Woonsocket senior running back Will Andino (2) avoids the attack by Saints defender Alfred Dorbor (2) to score the 2 point conversion during quarterfinal action in the 1st quarter against St. Rays at Barry Field Saturday. Ernest A. Brown photo/RIMG.
between those same four walls. It was true: She made history, and that came just five months after entering her firstever contest. “For me, it wasn’t about winning as much as it was the journey,” she noted. “It’s all about the friends I meet; I call all of us as competitors a sisterhood. I have all of my Savage girls, and I have so much respect for every one of them. “Still, it made me push harder. I knew I had to work so much more for November’s competition.” For those who don’t know much about fitness competitions, this is how Venagro trained after that defeat in south Florida: She worked out six days a week, doing full-body training sessions including arms, legs, torso, chest, back, hands and feet. Those exercises weren’t a quarter of it. “My trainer would give me (running) intervals, where I’d have to sprint (at Pawtucket’s Pariseau Field oval) for 300 meters, then walk a hundred; I’d have to do that for 20 minutes straight,” she explained. “That was to increase not just my speed but my stamina. “When I was training indoors, I did something called the ‘Sprint Pyramid’ on a treadmill,” she added. “I had to sprint for one minute, then rest for 30 seconds, and do it all over again (in succession).” She mentioned that the first round occurred on the first level of incline. Her coaches told her to increase it to the second tier, then the sixth, then the 12th. After that, she did the same in reverse. “I was so tired, but I knew that’s what I needed,” she chuckled. Among the other regimens she accomplished to muster more acclaim: Bicep curls; shoulder lifts and presses; squats; lunges with 45-pound weights in each hand; hanging leg raises (similar to those done in the “Rocky” movies); Russian twists (laying on your backside while rotating kettlebells from side to side); etc. *** What stunned Venagro the most was this: She didn’t enter her first show until September 2012, and that took place at
the Miss Fitness America’s New England Championship event at Boston’s Regis College. “That was a competition for beginners, and I ended up winning; that blew my mind,” she said. “Cathy saw me afterwards and offered me a sponsorship. I’ve been under her tutelage ever since. That’s why me and my teammates call her ‘Mama Savage.’ “I used to work as an instructor at Dancin’ Spirit (of Pawtucket), and one of the moms introduced me to Cathy in May (2012),” she added. “I told her I was interested in doing some fitness shows, so she invited me to her studio in Norwood to do a workout. That also included posing for photos so she could check out my fitness level (body tone). “It was a two-hour session, and she loved my routine; it consisted of gymnastics, full twists, backhand springs, aerials, handstands, leaps, splits and straddles (in the air with support from hands, similar to those seen in the gymnastics phase of the Summer Olympics). “The physical part took an hour, and the posing was after.” Savage raved, and the rest is history. While Venagro trained for the 2013 version of the World event, she added to her itinerary a much-needed getaway with her husband, Mike Venagro. “We went on vacation for 10 days to California, but I told him I needed to keep up,” she smiled. “I would do it early in the morning so we could enjoy ourselves. I’d be up at 6 a.m. and train for 60 minutes on a bike path or the beach, then I’d head back. “Some mornings, he’d sleep in, but others, he’d come with me. We went to San Francisco, Sonoma, San Diego and (Los Angeles), and that all happened three weeks before (the World Miss Fitness America tourney). “We went to ‘Wine Country’ (in Napa Valley) and went wine tasting; we had a blast,” she continued. “I have to say I had some wine, but I always paid attention to proper nutrition and exercise. I was able to keep up.” A few months before, she came upon a notion she couldn’t resist. On July 3, she opened her SVF studio at 99 South Bend St., not far from the back of the centerfield wall at McCoy Stadium.
“That opportunity became available because Christine Bairos, the owner of Dancin’ Spirit, called me to say she was buying a new building, and she had an extra room to rent; that was back in April,” she offered. “When she asked me if I wanted it to open my own studio, I flipped.” Venagro had been working at a telecommunications company in Exeter, but – after discussion her options with family and friends and receiving unanimous support – phoned Bairos back. “I went with it,” she said. “I’m so thrilled! I’m a business owner at 28, and now I’m helping people achieve their health goals … Life is awesome right now! I tend to people who are diabetic or have back and knee injuries. I have one diabetic man who said he’s taking 40 percent less insulin since he’s started our workout and eating plan. “When I hear that, it makes me feel great, the fact I could help achieve his health goals,” she added. “I come from a family with a history of high cholesterol, and I inherited that myself. When I was 23, I found out my level was 292. Now it’s way below normal, so – for the first time in five years – I’m no longer on cholesterol medications.” She admitted she’s very grateful for that first show at a fitness contest. “I’ll put it this way: If I never went to that first show, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she stated with satisfaction. “I revel in seeing people transform their bodies, and gtheir mind-sets. I mean, I don’t work magic, but – if you meet with me – I know I can help. “I’ve been, on the side, a personal trainer, and now I am full-time,” she added. “It’s not just inside these four walls, but also outside. If someone has a question about their fitness goals, or about something as simple as what they should eat in a restaurant, I’ll be honest and real.” She now has over 25 clients, and is always looking for more. “Business is amazing!” she claimed. “I get to work my own schedule, and help others, Is there more?” For more information on Venagro’s renaissance plan for anyone, call (401) 228-4203 or visit
CUMBERLAND — Upper Deck Baseball Academy will be holding tryouts for its 9 & ender baseball team, the Rhode Island Red Sox Eight and Nine year old boys welcome. Call the Deck for more information at 334-1539.
LINCOLN — Lincoln Little League will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall on 100 Old River Road. A review of the league financial statements will be discussed. Also, BCI checks will be performed for all prospective 2014 managers and coaches in the baseball and softball divisions. For more information, contact Jackie Fernandes at or 401-230-3249.
WOONSOCKET — Triple Crown Umpires is looking for umpires for the 2014 season. Those interested must have two years experience working the bases or behind the plate at the Little League, or Big Diamond level. For more information, contact Tommy Brien at (401) 765-3419.
CUMBERLAND — Cumberland’s Premier Soccer Club, Lusitana Sports FC, is holding open tryouts for it's U-12 girls team. The team is looking to add 6-8 skilled field players: forwards, midfielders, defenders, and an experienced goalie. The team secured second place this past MAPLE season with a record of 6-1-1. The upcoming season will be a transition from the small sided 8v8 format to the true 11v11 play, thus the need for additional skilled field players. All players -- in-state/out of state, premier club and competitive town team players -- are welcome to tryout. Open tryouts will be done during normal training sessions (no mass tryout session), as this will allow the coaching staff to truly evaluate the player, while allowing the player to become comfortable with the team. The coaching staff is looking forward to this open tryout period and are excited to be adding talented players to this Premier level squad. To schedule a personal tryout, contact Head Coach Jason Boissel at
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Quiet beginning to Winter Meetings
Marlins officially introduce Saltalamacchia
Baseball's high rollers have made many of their moves already. The Yankees, stung by missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, spent $307 million to add Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Kelly Johnson and to retain Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan. They didn't seem very concerned that Robinson Cano left for a still-unfinished deal with Seattle said to be worth $240 million over 10 years. After winning its third World Series title in 10 seasons, Boston watched Ellsbury head to its Bronx rival. The Red Sox allowed catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia to leave for a $21 million contract with Miami and replaced him with A.J. Pierzynski, who agreed to an $8.25 million, one-year deal. Curtis Granderson, Joe Nathan, Jhonny Peralta and Tim Hudson also have signed with new clubs, and Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Doug Fister, Jim Johnson, David Freese and Heath Bell were traded. The pace of turnover has been a bit dizzying. "It's been a quicker-moving offseason certainly than I think anyone expected. The movement last week was unlike most years," Cherington said. "I would imagine there's probably a lot of trade talk this week, because a good chunk of the free agents are off the board." Miami introduced Saltalamacchia during a news conference just after a person familiar with the negotiations said the Marlins had agreed to a $7.75 million, two-year contract with first baseman Garrett Jones. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been finalized and Jones had yet to take his physical. That means Miami could look to deal first baseman Logan Morrison, who has slumped during consecutive injury-interrupted seasons. Toronto slugger Jose Bautista also could be available. "I know some teams have asked about him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's sitting in the center of our lineup and still one of the best hitters in baseball. You can understand why teams are asking about him. But he's still here right now, and we're glad to have him."
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — After all the trades and signings last week, baseball's annual winter meetings opened with relative quiet. David Price still was being dangled on the trade market by the Tampa Bay Rays. ShinSoo Choo and Nelson Cruz could be signed for a large pile of cash. "Maybe there's a little bit of calm after the storm, and the next storm is a few days away," Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday. "We'll see. Something will happen while everyone's here, but maybe it's a little lower volume than some other years just because so much has already happened." Opening day of the four-day session was notable mostly for the election of retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox to the Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee. The other big news was the retirement of two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay after 16 seasons at age 36. Two years from free agency, Price is the most high-profile player mentioned in trade talks this week. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner had a salary of $10,112,500 this year, nearly one-sixth the payroll of the attendance-challenged Rays. "This is how we have to operate within our little world," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "So if it were to happen, it's one of those that's almost the word 'devastating' in a sense, but we have to recover from those kind of moments, if it does actually occur." Price would join James Shields, Matt Garza, Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton among players who left the Rays, whose average home attendance of 18,646 was the lowest in the major leagues. Few fans means tight cash flow. "Just think if you could have kept all those guys for several years and keep them together for maybe 15 years like the Yankees did starting in 1995, '96 to present time," said Maddon, who's been touring the United States in an RV. "I do commit myself to that thought on occasion, but the reality is that's not the way it is. So I don't lament that. I'm really happy for the guys that once they've done well here, they go somewhere else and do well and make good money for themselves and their family," he said.
Above, Cumberland senior running back Joe Fine (8) breaks the clutches of West Warwick defenders Austin Paygai (5) and Trevor Lawton (81) for a second-quarter first down during the Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium Sunday. Left, Cumberland junior corner back Brandon Caouette (24) intercepts West Warwick quarterback Kody Greenhalgh late in the second quarter of Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium Sunday. The Clippers’ bid to repeat as Division II champs came up one game short as the Wizards’ won the 2013 title by a score of 48-13.
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Patriots ready for life without Gronk
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He suffered a torn ACL and damaged MCL, a person familiar with the injury said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not release those details. Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday he didn't know whether Ward's hit on Gronkowski resulted from a reluctance to hit a player high and possibly incur a fine for helmet-first contact. "From my vantage point, I think he was trying to get Gronkowski down on the ground," Chudzinski said. "A big guy coming at you that way is tough to get on the ground, so I don't know that it has to do with the rules other than trying to get the guy on the ground. Certainly, we feel terrible about that (injury). He's a great player, and (we) hope that he has a speedy recovery." The Patriots visit Miami on Sunday. "The thing about New England is they have an excellent offensive staff, they utilize their personnel very, very well, and they adjust," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. "You have to have a big enough system offensively that you can incorporate different players throughout the course of the season." The injury is just the latest to a key Patriots player. Defensive tackles Vince
Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, linebacker Jerod Mayo and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on season-ending injured reserve. Gronkowski's injury should make it tougher for the Patriots (10-3) to hold on to the No. 2 spot in the AFC and a first-round bye. Cincinnati (9-4) is third and has beaten New England this season. "We can't sit here and try to pretend like it's something that's easy and that we just can roll through. It's tough," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "When you lose guys, and guys of this caliber, it makes it hard on your football team." The Patriots signed tight end D.J. Williams to the 53man roster. They had released him last Wednesday after sign-
ing him as a free agent on Nov. 27. Williams played sparingly in a 34-31 win over Houston. He and Matthew Mulligan are the Patriots' only healthy tight ends. Michael Hoomanawanui missed the past three games with a knee injury. "As far as (getting) more reps here or there, you just don't know," Mulligan said. "It's all game plan and we'll see what happens." Mulligan has just 16 receptions in five seasons. Gronkowski set an NFL record for tight ends with 18 touchdowns in 2011. "Unfortunately, we've had to take the field without him in the past and we've had to figure out ways to still be productive," Slater said. "We're going to have to do that again."
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TODAY NBA BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. — Boston at Brooklyn, CSN, WZLX-FM (100.7). NHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. — Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, NBC Sports. 9:30 p.m. — Boston at Calgary, NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5). MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Kansas at Florida, ESPN. 7 p.m. — Oakland at Indiana, ESPN2. 7 p.m. — Evansville at Xavier, FS1. 9 p.m. — Boise St. at Kentucky, ESPN. 9 p.m. — Gonzaga at West Virginia, ESPN2. 9 p.m. — NJIT at Seton Hall, FS1. SOCCER 2:30 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Shakhtar Donetsk at Manchester United, FS1.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 3 0.769349287 Miami 7 6 0.538286276 N.Y. Jets 6 7 0.462226337 Buffalo 4 9 0.308273334 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 8 5 0.615313316 Tennessee 5 8 0.385292318 Jacksonville 4 9 0.308201372 Houston 2 11 0.154250350 North W L T Pct PF PA Cincinnati 9 4 0.692334244 Baltimore 7 6 0.538278261 Pittsburgh 5 8 0.385291312 Cleveland 4 9 0.308257324 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Denver 11 2 0.846515345 Kansas City 10 3 0.769343224 San Diego 6 7 0.462316291 Oakland 4 9 0.308264337 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Philadelphia 8 5 0.615334301 Dallas 7 5 0.583329303 N.Y. Giants 5 8 0.385251334 Washington 3 10 0.231279407 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 10 3 0.769343243 Carolina 9 4 0.692298188 Tampa Bay 4 9 0.308244291 Atlanta 3 10 0.231282362 North W L T Pct PF PA Detroit 7 6 0.538346321 Chicago 6 6 0.500323332 Green Bay 6 6 1.500316326 Minnesota 3 9 1.269315395 West W L T Pct PF PA x-Seattle 11 2 0.846357205 San Francisco 9 4 0.692316214 Arizona 8 5 0.615305257 St. Louis 5 8 0.385289308 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Thursday's Game Jacksonville 27, Houston 20 Sunday's Games Green Bay 22, Atlanta 21 Baltimore 29, Minnesota 26 Kansas City 45, Washington 10 Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 6 Miami 34, Pittsburgh 28 Philadelphia 34, Detroit 20 Cincinnati 42, Indianapolis 28 New England 27, Cleveland 26 N.Y. Jets 37, Oakland 27 Denver 51, Tennessee 28 San Francisco 19, Seattle 17 San Diego 37, N.Y. Giants 14 Arizona 30, St. Louis 10 New Orleans 31, Carolina 13 Monday's Game Dallas at Chicago, (n) Thursday, Dec. 12 San Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m.
College basketball
Notre Dame pulls away late, tops Bryant
Monday's Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Assigned INF Cord Phelps outright to Norfolk (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Agreed to terms with RHP Felipe Paulino on a one-year contract. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with 1B David Cooper. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Signed RHP Roy Halladay to a one-day contract and announced his retirement. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Named Jon Weisman director of digital and print content. Frontier League ROCKFORD AVIATORS — Signed 1B Kenny Bryant to a contract extension. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA — Fined Minnesota F Corey Brewer $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping rules for the second time this season. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Recall G/F Carrick Felix and C Henry Sims from Canton (NBADL). TORONTO RAPTORS — Traded F Rudy Gay, C Aaron Gray and F Quincy Acy to Sacramento for Gs John Salmins and Greivis Vasquez, F Patrick Patterson and C Chuck Hayes. FOOTBALL National Football League INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Placed RB Chris Rainey on injured reserve. Agreed to terms with RB Tashard Choice. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Placed RB Justin Forsett and WR Stephen Burton on injured reserve. Released WR Marcus Jackson. Signed RB Delone Carter. Signed WR Chad Bumphis to the practice squad. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Placed TE Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Placed TE Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve. Re-signed TE D.J. Williams HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Pittsburgh F James Neal five games for kneeing Boston F Brad Marchand during Saturday's game. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Recalled G Kent Simpson from Rockford (AHL). Placed F Bryan Bickell on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 19. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Recalleed D Tim Erixon from Springfield (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Recalled F Colton Sceviour from Texas (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD — Assigned C Erik Haula to Iowa (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Assigned F J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL). Recalled Arron Asham from Hartford. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS — Placed D Brooks Orpik on injured reserve. Recalled D Brian Dumoulin from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). American Hockey League AHL — Suspended Syracuse D J.P. Cote two games. LAKE ERIE MONSTERS — Recalled Fs Cam Reid and Michael Schumacher from Denver (CHL). PEORIA RIVERMEN — Assigned F Garrett Vermeersch to Greenville (ECHL). College ALBANY (N.Y.) — Named Greg Gattuso football coach. NEW JERSEY CITY — Named Kelli Rehm softball coach.
NFL Calendar
By The Associated Press Dec. 29 — Regular season ends Jan. 4-5 — Wild-card playoffs Jan. 11-12 — Division-round playoffs Jan. 19 — Conference championships Feb. 1 — NFL Honors awards show at New York
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jerian Grant hit a late 3-pointer and scored 23 points Monday to help Notre Dame scrap out a win over Bryant, 70-59 in the second round of the Gotham Classic at Purcell Pavilion. Two days after pumping in 25 and knocking down two late jumpers to hold off Delaware, Grant drilled a three from the left corner with 1:28 to play, then blocked a Dyami Starks shot on the other end. Pat Connaughton had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Irish (7-2) and Garrick Sherman also chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards. Alex Francis scored 17 points and Joe O'Shea finished with 13 for Bryant (6-4). Starks, the Bulldogs' leading scorer at 23.4 points per game coming in, had 12. With Notre Dame up by 6 with 4:07 to go, Bryant's Corey Maynard was called for an intentional foul on Demetrius Jackson, but the Irish only managed one free throw out of the sequence. Maynard then hit a 3-pointer on the other end to cut Notre Dame's lead to four points. But as the clock wound down under two minutes, Eric Atkins eventually found Grant in the corner to knock down his only field goal of the second half after five straight misses. Turnovers on three straight possessions early in the second half aided a 7-0 Bryant run that got the Bulldogs within six points, and a Starks 3-pointer with 13:13 got them within five, which they would do three different times in the second half. But the Irish worked the ball down low to Sherman on backto-back offensive trips, and he converted on both to push Notre Dame's lead back to nine with 6:07 to play. Two 3-pointers from Starks bookended a 10-0 Bryant run in the first half that put the Bulldogs up 17-12, 11:39 into the game. O'Shea hit consecutive 3-pointers to get the Bulldogs back up by 4 with 8:27 left. Notre Dame outscored Bryant 18-2 from that point to close out the half, including 11 straight, punctuated by Grant's breakaway slam off a Bryant turnover. The Irish led by 12 and Grant had 15 points and six assists at the half.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 10 12 .455 — Toronto 7 12 .368 1½ Philadelphia 7 15 .318 3 Brooklyn 6 14 .300 3 New York 5 14 .263 3½ Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 16 5 .762 — Atlanta 11 10 .524 5 Charlotte 10 11 .476 6 Washington 9 11 .450 6½ Orlando 6 14 .300 9½ Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 18 3 .857 — Detroit 10 11 .476 8 Chicago 8 10 .444 8½ Cleveland 7 13 .350 10½ Milwaukee 4 16 .200 13½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 15 4 .789 — Houston 15 7 .682 1½ Dallas 13 8 .619 3 New Orleans 9 10 .474 6 Memphis 9 10 .474 6 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 17 4 .810 — Oklahoma City 15 4 .789 1 Denver 13 8 .619 4 Minnesota 9 11 .450 7½ Utah 4 18 .182 13½ Pacific Division L.A. Clippers Phoenix Golden State L.A. Lakers Sacramento W L Pct GB 14 8 .636 — 11 9 .550 2 12 10 .545 2 10 10 .500 3 5 13 .278 7 ——— Sunday's Games Boston 114, New York 73 Miami 110, Detroit 95 Houston 98, Orlando 88 Oklahoma City 118, Indiana 94 Toronto 106, L.A. Lakers 94 Monday's Games L.A. Clippers 94, Philadelphia 83 Denver 75, Washington 74 Charlotte 115, Golden State 111 Orlando at Memphis, (n) Portland at Utah, (n) Dallas at Sacramento, (n) Tuesday's Games Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m. Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday's Games Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Chicago at New York, 8 p.m. Utah at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
The AP Top-25 The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Arizona (63) 9-0 1,623 2 2. Syracuse (2) 9-0 1,522 4 3. Ohio St. 8-0 1,453 5 4. Wisconsin 10-0 1,318 8 5. Michigan St. 7-1 1,311 1 6. Louisville 8-1 1,262 7 7. Oklahoma St. 8-1 1,160 9 8. Duke 7-2 1,040 10 9. UConn 9-0 981 12 10. Villanova 9-0 938 14 11. Kentucky 7-2 926 3 12. Wichita St. 9-0 884 11 13. Kansas 6-2 862 6 14. Baylor 8-1 843 20 15. Oregon 8-0 831 13 16. Memphis 6-1 768 16 17. Iowa St. 7-0 606 17 18. North Carolina 6-2 450 — 19. Florida 6-2 434 15 20. Gonzaga 8-1 365 19 21. Colorado 9-1 330 — 22. UMass 8-0 326 21 23. Iowa 9-1 207 23 24. Missouri 9-0 203 — 25. San Diego St. 7-1 159 24 Others receiving votes: UCLA 104, New Mexico 62, Pittsburgh 47, Boise St. 34, Michigan 26, VCU 17, Dayton 11, Cincinnati 5, Harvard 5, Indiana 3, Saint Mary's (Cal) 3, Creighton 2, George Washington 2, Oklahoma 1, Toledo 1. ——— USA Today Top 25 Poll The top 25 teams in the USA Today men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Arizona (30) 9-0 797 2 2. Ohio State (1) 8-0 749 3 3. Syracuse (1) 9-0 746 5 4. Louisville 8-1 684 6 5. Michigan State 7-1 655 1 6. Wisconsin 10-0 600 9 7. Duke 7-2 562 8 8. Wichita State 9-0 542 10 9. Oklahoma State 8-1 518 11 10. Kentucky 7-2 491 4 11. Oregon 8-0 462 13 12. UConn 9-0 455 14 13. Kansas 6-2 445 7 14. Villanova 9-0 333 19 15. Memphis 6-1 323 15 16. Gonzaga 8-1 298 15 16. Iowa State 7-0 298 18 18. Baylor 8-1 278 20 19. Florida 6-2 258 12 20. UMass 8-0 192 22 21. North Carolina 6-2 172 25 22. Iowa 9-1 103 24 23. UCLA 8-1 86 17 24. San Diego State7-1 65 — 25. Michigan 6-3 50 21 Others receiving votes: Missouri 46, Colorado 42, Pittsburgh 38, New Mexico 28, Boise State 19, Saint Mary's 18, Indiana 15, VCU 13, Creighton 8, Saint Louis 5, Virginia 5, George Washington 1. ——— By Top 25 Schedule By The Associated Press All Times EST Tuesday's Games No. 11 Kentucky vs. Boise State, 9 p.m. No. 13 Kansas at No. 19 Florida, 7 p.m. No. 20 Gonzaga at West Virginia, 9 p.m. Wednesday's Games No. 1 Arizona vs. New Mexico State, 9 p.m. No. 3 Ohio State vs. Bryant, 7:30 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Thursday's Games No games scheduled Friday's Games No. 16 Memphis vs. UALR, 8 p.m. No. 17 Iowa State vs. No. 23 Iowa, 9:30 p.m. No. 21 Colorado vs. Elon, 8:30 p.m. Saturday's Games No. 1 Arizona at Michigan, Noon No. 3 Ohio State vs. North Dakota State, 8:15 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1 p.m. No. 5 Michigan State at Oakland, 4 p.m. No. 6 Louisville vs. Western Kentucky, Noon No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. Louisiana Tech at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, 2 p.m. No. 11 Kentucky at No. 18 North Carolina, 5:15 p.m. No. 12 Wichita State vs. Tennessee, 2 p.m. No. 13 Kansas vs. New Mexico at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m. No. 15 Oregon vs. Illinois at the Moda Center, Portland, Ore., 9 p.m. No. 20 Gonzaga vs. South Alabama at KeyArena, Seattle, 10 p.m. No. 22 UMass vs. Northern Illinois, 3 p.m. Sunday's Games No. 2 Syracuse vs. St. John's at Madison Square Garden, Noon No. 10 Villanova vs. La Salle, 2:30 p.m. No. 24 Missouri vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m.
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10:15 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) ——— Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) ——— Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)
By The Associated Press All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern Cal (9-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Orleans Bowl Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Dec. 23 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ohio (7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State (6-6) vs. Boise State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (85), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5),
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 30 20 8 2 42 84 61 Montreal 31 19 9 3 41 85 65 Detroit 31 15 9 7 37 85 82 Tampa Bay 29 17 10 2 36 80 70 Toronto 31 16 12 3 35 86 87 Ottawa 30 11 14 5 27 86 99 Florida 31 9 17 5 23 70 104 Buffalo 30 6 22 2 14 51 91 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 31 20 10 1 41 96 70 Washington 30 16 12 2 34 92 85 Carolina 30 13 12 5 31 71 84 N.Y. Rangers 31 15 15 1 31 69 80 New Jersey 31 12 13 6 30 69 77 Philadelphia 29 13 14 2 28 64 73 Columbus 29 12 14 3 27 72 80 N.Y. Islanders 30 8 17 5 21 75 104 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 32 21 6 5 47 116 89 St. Louis 28 19 6 3 41 98 66 Minnesota 32 18 9 5 41 77 75 Colorado 28 20 8 0 40 82 65 Dallas 28 14 9 5 33 81 80 Winnipeg 31 14 13 4 32 82 88 Nashville 30 13 14 3 29 67 88 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 32 20 7 5 45 101 84 San Jose 30 19 6 5 43 101 75 Los Angeles 30 19 7 4 42 79 62 Vancouver 32 17 10 5 39 86 81 Phoenix 29 16 8 5 37 94 93 Calgary 29 11 14 4 26 78 98 Edmonton 31 10 18 3 23 84 105 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ——— Sunday's Games Minnesota 3, San Jose 1 Boston 5, Toronto 2 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 1 Chicago 6, Florida 2 Vancouver 3, Colorado 1 Monday's Games Philadelphia at Ottawa, (n) Columbus at Pittsburgh, (n) Carolina at Vancouver, (n) N.Y. Islanders at Anaheim, (n) Tuesday's Games Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Montreal, 7 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m. Boston at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Carolina at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday's Games Los Angeles at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
The Women's Top Twenty Five By The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. UConn (36) 10-0 900 1 2. Duke 10-0 864 2 3. Tennessee 7-0 804 3 4. Notre Dame 8-0 774 4 5. Kentucky 9-0 765 5 6. Stanford 7-1 728 6 7. Louisville 9-1 678 7 8. Maryland 8-1 646 8 9. Baylor 7-1 628 9 10. South Carolina 9-0 507 12 11. Colorado 8-0 505 11 12. Penn St. 6-2 496 10 13. LSU 7-1 459 13 14. Oklahoma St. 7-0 395 14 15. North Carolina 7-2 360 18 16. Georgia 8-0 304 19 17. Iowa St. 8-0 293 20 18. Purdue 5-2 260 16 19. Nebraska 7-2 237 15 20. Oklahoma 5-3 211 17 21. Iowa 10-1 189 25 22. California 6-2 187 21 23. Gonzaga 7-1 141 24 24. Texas A&M 6-2 123 23 25. Syracuse 8-1 85 22 Others receiving votes: Florida St. 69, Arizona St. 33, Arkansas 14, Texas 10, West Virginia 8, Georgia Tech 6, UTEP 6, Michigan St. 5, BYU 3, San Diego 3, Middle Tennessee 2, Bowling Green 1, Saint Joseph's 1. ——— Women's Top 25 Basketball Schedule By The Associated Press All Times EST Tuesday's Game No. 23 Gonzaga at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Wednesday's Game No. 12 Penn State at South Dakota State, 8 p.m. Thursday's Games No. 5 Kentucky at DePaul, 7 p.m. No. 11 Colorado vs. Denver, 9 p.m. No. 16 Georgia at Belmont, 8 p.m. No. 17 Iowa State vs. No. 21 Iowa, 8 p.m. Friday's Games No games scheduled Saturday's Games No. 3 Tennessee vs. Troy, 2 p.m. No. 4 Notre Dame at Michigan, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 23 Gonzaga, 4 p.m. No. 7 Louisville vs. Austin Peay, 7 p.m. No. 8 Maryland vs. Delaware State, 7 p.m. No. 14 Oklahoma State vs. South Florida, 4:30 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina vs. Charleston Southern, 1 p.m. No. 19 Nebraska vs. Creighton, Noon Sunday's Games No. 5 Kentucky vs. ETSU, 2 p.m. No. 9 Baylor vs. Houston Baptist, 3 p.m. No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 24 Texas A&M, 2 p.m. No. 13 LSU at UALR, 3 p.m. No. 16 Georgia vs. Kennesaw State, 2 p.m. No. 18 Purdue at Kansas, 3 p.m. No. 20 Oklahoma vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, 3 p.m. No. 22 California vs. CSU Bakersfield, 5 p.m.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL PtsGF GA Manchester26 16 5 1 4 37 79 68 Providence 24 13 8 1 2 29 87 80 St. John's 25 12 10 1 2 27 71 70 Worcester 20 10 8 1 1 22 51 56 Portland 21 8 9 1 3 20 55 67 East Division GP W L OL SL PtsGF GA WB/Scranton2314 6 1 2 31 73 58 Binghamton23 14 7 0 2 30 82 66 Norfolk 24 12 8 0 4 28 63 60 Syracuse 22 11 8 1 2 25 60 59 Hershey 21 8 8 2 3 21 63 65 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL PtsGF GA Springfield 22 16 4 1 1 34 69 51 Albany 23 14 7 1 1 30 72 63 Adirondack 23 11 10 0 2 24 54 56 Bridgeport 23 9 10 1 3 22 65 78 Hartford 24 9 13 0 2 20 59 79 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL PtsGF GA Grand Rapids2317 4 1 1 36 89 53 Rockford 26 13 11 2 0 28 76 90 Milwaukee 21 11 5 4 1 27 56 57 Chicago 23 11 10 0 2 24 64 65 Iowa 21 8 12 1 0 17 48 59 North Division GP W L OL SL PtsGF GA Hamilton 25 12 10 0 3 27 68 70 Toronto Lake Erie Rochester Utica 22 23 24 22
NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Poll MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The top 20 teams in the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey poll, compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8 and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. St. Cloud State (33)11-1-2 978 2 2. Minnesota (14) 12-2-2 958 1 3. Michigan 10-2-1 873 3 4. Ferris State (3) 13-2-2 842 6 5. Providence 11-2-3 829 4 6. Boston College 10-4-2 708 9 7. Quinnipiac 13-3-3 697 5 8. Clarkson 12-3-1 647 10 9. UMass-Lowell 11-5-0 595 7 10. Union 10-3-2 588 11 11. Yale 6-3-3 470 8 12. Miami 9-7-2 382 12 13. Notre Dame 10-7-1 361 13 14. Cornell 7-4-2 311 15 15. Wisconsin 6-5-1 272 17 16. Northeastern 9-5-2 247 19 17. Lake Superior 9-6-1 213 14 18. RPI 8-5-3 147 — 19. Nebraska-Omaha8-7-1 136 16 20. Denver 8-6-2 58 — Others receiving votes: New Hampshire 45, Minnesota State 29, Vermont 25, MinnesotaDuluth 23, Ohio State 20, North Dakota 18, Maine 11, Mercyhurst 8, Colgate 6, St. Lawrence 3.
Fight Schedule (Televised fights in parentheses) Wednesday’s Fight At Sydney, Australia, Martin Murray vs. Garth Wood, 12, for the interim WBA World middleweight title. Friday’s Fights At Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, Calif. (FS1), Josesito Lopez vs. Mike Arnaoutis, 10, welterweights; Francisco Vargas vs. Jerry Belmontes, 12, for Vargas' NABF/WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title. Saturday’s Fights At Neubrandenburg, Germany, Juergen Braehmer vs. Marcus Oliveira, 12, for the vacant WBA World light heavyweight title. At the Alamodome, San Antonio (SHO), Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Rene Maidana, 12, for Broner's WBA World welterweight title; Keith Thurman vs. Jesus Soto Karass, 12, for Thurman's interim WBA World welterweight title; Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cesar Seda, 12, for Santa Cruz's WBC super bantamweight title.
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By The Associated Press Through Thursday — Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 2014 Jan. 8 — Hall of Fame voting announced. Jan. 14 — Salary arbitration filing. Jan. 15-16 — Owners' meetings, Paradise Valley, Ariz. Jan. 17 — Salary arbitration figures exchanged.
Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings, St. Petersburg, Fla. Feb. 13 — Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players. Feb. 18 — Voluntary reporting date for other players. Feb. 25 — Mandatory reporting date. March 12 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Single dad struggles to find time to spend with son
I am a single 25-year-old man with a 15-month-old son. I didn’t plan on having any children, but my son is everything to me. His mother and I did not work out well living together. We had different priorities and personalities and could not comfortably coexist. I have no ill will toward “Andrea.” She’s a great person and a phenomenal mom. My dilemma is I constantly regret not working harder to stay with her. I see her new boyfriend with my son and it kills me. I see my son only on my two days off. I wish I could see him more than that, but the only way I could see it happening is if Andrea and I got back together. Everyone I know says we made the right choice for the three of us, but they may be biased toward my side of the situation. I’m afraid of not being there for my boy like my father wasn’t there for me when I was a kid. I don’t think 18 hours a week with my child will be enough to prevent him from feeling the same way I did. — TORN FATHER IN CONNECTICUT DEAR TORN: You have some serious thinking to do. Feeling as you do, that you didn’t try hard enough to save your relationship, discuss it with your ex and see how she feels about the possibility of a reconciliation. empty it just so I can use the machine? People also leave the tops and insides of the machines dirty with lint, hair and what looks like mites. Don’t you agree that people should wipe the laundry area down if they’ve left a mess? — TIDY IN NORTHAMPTON, MASS. DEAR TIDY: Whether I agree is less important than whether the board of directors of your condominium association does. Bring this up at the next homeowners meeting and ask that some rules be set and a sign posted in the laundry room “reminding” those who use it to PLEASE be sure the machines are left clean when they are finished using them. I can’t guarantee this will eliminate the problem, but it may help. P.S. If you are correct about seeing mites in the laundry room, the manager should be informed so an exterminator can visit the complex and eradicate the infestation. lives and the struggles we have both endured since we met each other. Do I say thank you? Smile? Ignore it? I would never tell another woman she is lucky to have her man because I feel it’s an insult. Am I overreacting? — HE’S LUCKY, TOO, IN COLORADO DEAR HE’S LUCKY, TOO: Yes. The women who acknowledge how lucky you are may be comparing the way your husband treats you in public to the way they are treated by their husbands. Instead of being defensive, smile and say, “I agree. We’re lucky to have EACH OTHER.” Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
Jeanne Phillips HOWEVER, while I admire your desire to be a good father, it would be unfair to Andrea to try to get back together only to spend more time with your son. Consider asking her how she’d feel about you having him one night during the week in addition to your days off. Because the breakup wasn’t acrimonious, she may welcome the idea and agree.
What’s the proper response when a woman tells you, “You’re a lucky woman to have such a good husband who loves you so much”? That phrase bothers me because I feel it is a slap in my face — like what am I, chopped liver? Am I not worthy of a wonderful marriage and family? It is usually said by women who are unfamiliar with our
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I live in a condo complex and am appalled at the disgusting mess some residents leave behind in the laundry room. It’s hard to fathom that people are unaware that they are expected to empty the lint screen after using the dryer. My husband says they just don’t care. Why should I have to
By HOLIDAY MATHIS ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your purpose is like the rudder of a ship. It helps to steer you through calm seas, but in bad weather, you still may be at the mercy of the storm. Hold to your purpose while watching the conditions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Win or lose, you’re in the game to master it or at least to improve. If you learn from your mistakes, you eventually will come around to being glad you made them. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Guided by the messenger planet, you know more than anyone that news travels fast — and outrageous news, faster. Whether the news is true or false has no bearing on its traveling speed. CANCER (June 22-July 22). “Later” is a myth. There won’t be any more time later than there is now. So don’t wait for later to do the things that make you happy or to do the things that are necessary to make your dreams come true. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You want home upgrades, and a better shower nozzle or new curtains isn’t going to cut it. You can focus on relationships, or you can focus on the aesthetics. Either way, both will improve, as these parts of your life are related. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You want to increase your power, and it all starts with honing your presence. Note that powerful people don’t hurry or seem busy. Be deliberate, but don’t rush. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). One way to get on your own side is to make a plan that has a chance of actually working. It’s a little much for you to expect yourself to accomplish a goal if there are no stakes involved and no one to hold you accountable. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In an attempt to make yourself feel better, you risk making yourself feel worse. Short-term pleasures are usually the culprit. Thinking long term will prevent you from making mistakes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). You usually find that tedious work is made bearable by good company, but today it’s made downright enjoyable. Chalk it up to a shared sense of humor. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Experiencing something radically new will have the effect of slowing down time. Each second will seem to require a heightened level of attention from you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Stop and fix your contact list. It’s easier to feel in control of your life if you feel in control of your time, and feeling in control of your time is closely related to the organization of your life systems. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A prize hangs in the balance. Who will go home with it? The one who wants it the most. Before you make your first effort, ask yourself how badly you really want it, and go from there.
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MORTGAGEE'S SALE 80 Fisher Road, Unit 79, Building 25, Land Phase III, Ski Valley Condominiums Cumberland, RI
The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on November 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by Francis J. Votta dated March 26, 2010 and recorded in the Cumberland Land Evidence Records in Book 1492, Page 150, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. Sale scheduled for November 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. has been continued to December 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201307-0453 - GRY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND Probate Court of the CITY OF PAWTUCKET NOTICE OF MATTERS PENDING AND FOR HEARING IN SAID COURT CITY OF PAWTUCKET The Court will be in session at 2:00PM on the dates specified in notices below for hearing on said matters: AGOSTINI, DOMINIC J., estate. Probate of Will: for hearing December 11, 2013. BOUCHER, RAYMOND E., estate. Petition to reopen Probate of Will: for hearing December 11, 2013. CALABRO, FRANK C., estate. Probate of Will: for hearing December 11, 2013. KELLY, EARL F., estate. Probate of Will: for hearing December 11, 2013.
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Richard J. Goldstein, The premises described in the mortgage will be City Clerk sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on December 17, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. on the CONDOMINIUM LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE 9 Wake Robin Road, Unit 506 premises, by virtue of the power of sale conLincoln, RI tained in a mortgage by Edward Langford dated April 8, 2005 and recorded in the Pawtucket Land Evidence Records in Book 2341, Page 112, Will be sold at Public Auction on December 26, the conditions of said mortgage having been 2013, at 1:30 P.M., on the premises, by power of sale granted to The Gardens at Wake Robin Conbroken. dominium Association by R.I.G.L. § 34-36.1$5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is re- 3.16 and pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 34-36.1-3.21, quired to bid. Other terms will be announced at the obligation of the Unit Owner, Sherry L. D Amico, to pay condominium assessments havthe sale. ing been defaulted. That certain condominium Unit in The Gardens at Wake Robin CondominiHARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. um described in the deed into owner for Unit Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 506, recorded in the Lincoln Land Evidence 150 California Street Records, in Book 1632 at Page 111, containing Newton, MA 02458 the recording data for the Declaration which is (617) 558-0500 incorporated herein. The Unit will be sold sub201202-0429 - PRP ject to matters which may constitute valid liens MORTGAGEE'S SALE or encumbrances after sale. Terms and condi51 Ballston Avenue Pawtucket, RI tions of sale to be announced at sale. Cash, cerThe premises described in the mortgage will be tified or bank check for $5,000 required to bid. sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on November 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by George Dube and Connie Goodman-Dube dated July 6, 2005 and recorded in the Pawtucket Land Evidence Records in Book 2419, Page 145, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. RAYMOND HARRISON Attorney for The Gardens at Wake Robin Condo. Assoc. 33 College Hill Road, Suite 5B Warwick, RI 02886 (401) 821-8200 NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE'S SALE 419 West Avenue Pawtucket, Rhode Island
$5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check is required to bid. Other terms will be announced at the sale. The premises described in the mortgage will be sold, subject to all encumbrances, prior liens HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. and such matters which may constitute valid Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage liens or encumbrances after sale, at public auc150 California Street tion on December 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., on the Newton, MA 02458 premises by virtue of the power of sale in said (617) 558-0500 mortgage made by Antonio P. Andrade, dated 201304-0987 - PRP November 15, 2006, and recorded in the Pawtucket, RI Land Evidence Records in Book 2765 By order of the holder of the mortgage, the sale at Page 302, the conditions of said mortgage originally scheduled for November 25, 2013 at having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified 11:00 a.m. has been postponed to December 26, or bank check required to bid. Other terms to be 2013 at 11:00 a.m. on the premises. announced at the sale. HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. Attorney for the Holder of the Mortgage 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 SHECHTMAN HALPERIN SAVAGE, LLP 1080 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island Attorney for the present Holder of the Mortgage
They extend well beyond the wealthiest 1 percent, a traditional group of super-rich millionaires and billionaires with long-held family assets. The new rich have household income of $250,000 or more at some point during their working lives, putting them — if sometimes temporarily — in the top 2 percent of earners. The new survey data on the affluent are being published in an upcoming book, and an analysis by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research provided additional information on the views of the group. In a country where poverty is at a record high, today's new rich are notable for their sense of economic fragility. They rely on income from their work to maintain their social position and pay for things such as private tutoring for their children. That makes them much more fiscally conservative than other Americans, polling suggests, and less likely to support public programs, such as food stamps or early public education, to help the disadvantaged. Last week, President Barack Obama asserted that growing inequality is "the defining challenge of our time," signaling that it will be a major theme for Democrats in next year's elections. "In this country, you don't get anywhere without working hard," said James Lott, 28, a pharmacist in Renton, Wash., who adds to his sixfigure salary by day-trading stocks. The son of Nigerian immigrants, Lott says he was able to get ahead by earning an advanced pharmacy degree. He makes nearly $200,000 a year. After growing up on food stamps, Lott now splurges occasionally on nicer restaurants, Hugo Boss shoes and extended vacations to New Orleans, Atlanta and parts of Latin America. He believes government should play a role in helping the disadvantaged. But he says the poor should be encouraged to support themselves, explaining that his single mother rose out of hardship by starting a day-care business in their home. The new research suggests that affluent Americans are more numerous than government data depict, encompassing 21 percent of working-age adults for at least a year by the time they turn 60. That propor-
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Survey: 1 in 5 Americans achieve affluence
‘New rich’ growing in political influence
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding extensive influence over America's economy and politics, according to new survey data. These "new rich," made up largely of older professionals, working married couples and more educated singles, are becoming politically influential, and economists say their capacity to spend is key to the U.S. economic recovery. But their rise is also a sign of the nation's continuing economic polarization.
tion has more than doubled since 1979. Even outside periods of unusual wealth, members of this group generally hover in the $100,000-plus income range, keeping them in the top 20 percent of earners. At the same time, an increasing polarization of low-wage work and high-skill jobs has left middleincome careers depleted. "For many in this group, the American dream is not dead. They have reached affluence for parts of their lives and see it as very attainable, even if the dream has become more elusive for everyone else," says Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, who calculated numbers on the affluent for a forthcoming book, "Chasing the American Dream."
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Sunroof, Aluminum Wheels, Remote Start. #35161R
Dave Bertulli
List Price: $24,977
Tim Donohue
Rick Panorese
Save $ 5,000!
Moonroof, Heated Leather, Absolutely Loaded! #P8196L
List Price: $19,977
Save $ 5,000!
4X4, Heated Leather, 3rd Row, V6 Economy, Loaded! #P8198L
List Price: $41,977
Save $ 5,200!
4x4,Heated Leather, 4 cyl., Loaded! #P8146R
List Price: $33,877
Save $ 5,600!
Moonroof, Heated Leather, Only 7,000 MIles! #35145
List Price: $21,977
Dean Childs
Chris Gates
Mike Walsh Jr.
Save $ 5,600!
5-Door Hatchback, Moonroof, Leather, Loaded! #P8207R
List Price: $22,877
Save $ 5,000!
All Wheel Drive, Heated Leather, Alloy Wheels, Loaded! #P8212
List Price: $31,977
Save $ $ 5,000!
Heated Leather, Moonroof, Navigation, Loaded! #P8195
List Price: $28,977
Save $ $ 5,700!
Sunroof, Heated Leather, Turbo Charged, Loaded! #35155R
Shawn Goulet
List Price: $27,977
David Masters Jr.
Sharon Reed
Save $ 3,600!
Heated Leather, Rear Spoiler, Absolutely Loaded! #P8209L
List Price: $17,877
Save $ 6,000!
All Wheel Drive, Nav. Heated Leather, Tow Pkg. #P8155
List Price: $29,977
Save $ 5,300!
Nav. System, Heated Leather, Alloys, Loaded! #D6007L
List Price: $34,877
Save $ 6,100!
Only 13,000 Miles! V6, Full Power Package #D6045
List Price: $23,577
Doug Hood
Edward Kelly
Save $ 4,300!
Alloy Wheels Keyless Entry, V6, Loaded! #D6055L
List Price: $20,877
Save $ 6,200!
DVD Entertainment, Back-Up Camera, Loaded! #D5970
List Price: $44,877
Save $ 7,500!
V6 economy, Absolutely Loaded, Alloy Wheels #D6070L
List Price: $32,977
Andy Clair
As always there is no admission charge but we do ask you make a cash dona on or bring nonperishable food items for the Salva on Army drive. This year we also invite you to please donate coats or gloves for needy families in our area at the Salva on Army sta on in Millis Wonderland.
Save $ 7,600!
DVD Entertainment, Back-Up Camera, Loaded! #D5893R
List Price: $25,977
Ali Kehail Speaks Arabic
Mike Peters
Save $ $ 5,500!
Marc Mastroianni
Moonroof, Back-Up Camera, Nav., Loaded! #BBD109
List Price: $19,977
Save $ $ 5,200!
Moonroof, Back-Up Camera, All Wheel Drive, Heat Trim #D6064
List Price: $26,977
Save $ $ 3,600!
Touring Edition, Heated Leather, DVD Sys., Navigation #D6071R
List Price: $23,977
Save $ 7,200!
36 MPG Highway, Bluetooth, Alloys, Loaded! #D6005L
Justin Surtel
List Price: $24,977
Jason Burt
Save $ 5,600!
Every Power Option, Leather, All Wheel Drive #D5927A
List Price: $21,977
Save $ 4,000!
Only 9,000 Miles, Heated Leather, Remote Start. #D6068L
List Price: $29,977
Save $ 4,700!
Only 6,000 Miles! 4 Cyl., Absolutely Loaded. #D6075
List Price: $29,977
Save $ 4,700!
Convertible, Alloy Wheels, Absolutely Loaded! #D5983R
List Price: $22,977
Jonathan Filleul
Frank Dumas
Save $ $ 5,200!
List Price: $22,977
Save 6,700!
List Price: $23,977
Save 5,200!
List Price: $19,977
www.MillisWonderland. com for direc ons.
Save $ 5,600!
List Price: $23,977
Brian Rishe
Tom Sollecito
We finance your future, not your past! Bad credit, don’t sweat it.
Elian Khouri
Sean Ewing
Bruce D’Ambra
Cars GET A f rom FREE $ 4,99 9
Ahmad Al-Jallad Speaks Arabic
Omar Ihjul
Mohamed Aloomar Speaks Arabic
Dave Cap
Willie Landry
Michel Ghalbouni Speaks Arabic
John Pyne
Steve Miller
Mark Walker
Joel Bourget
Nick Massucco
Chris McIntyre
Brian Martin
Mike Brown
S.K. Mark Rossi
Santos Cruzado Speaks Español
Harry Johnson
Lou Frasca
8-18 Uxbridge Rd., Rte. 16, Mendon, MA • 888-441-5415 • M-F 9-9, Sat 9-6 Sun 11-6
Prices valid on vehicles indicated only. Not valid with previous sales. Sale ends December 11, 2013. Must present ad, take same day delivery and pay in full to get the advertised price. Tax, title, registration, doc. fee not included. Some pictures are for illustration purposes only.
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