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Brown A Special Place owner Tom Stone-Tatro is forced to sell store items on the sidewalk on North Main Street Saturday after ChristopherвЂ™s Restaurant next door was shutdown after the utilities were shutoff. No power, no business Store, eatery shuttered By RUSS OLIVO [email protected] WOONSOCKET вЂ“ Two well-known businesses located in the same building at 614 North Main St. вЂ“ ChristopherвЂ™s Restaurant and A Special Place вЂ“ have shut their doors after the electric power was turned off last week. The future of both is uncertain. Tom Tatro, the owner of A Special Place, said heвЂ™s already looking for a new location to run the store, which specializes in religious articles and greeting cards. Tatro and his wife, Jane B. Stone- Tatro, just took over the business from the founders last September. вЂњAll I really know for sure is that the power was turned off,вЂќ he said. But Sylvan Quallo, a Boston banker who bought ChristopherвЂ™s as an investment in 2012, said the closure of the businesses stems from a dispute between himself and the owner of the building, Brian Lahousse. Not long ago, Quallo said he discovered that he was paying the gas, water and electricity for both ChristopherвЂ™s and A See CLOSED, Page A2 Sylvan A. Quallo, CEO of the Seventeen Group Corp. finds himself locked out of ChristopherвЂ™s Restaurant in Woonsocket after the eatery was closed. WOONSOCKET вЂ“ A city man died after his pickup truck slammed into a tree in Falmouth, Mass., Tuesday night, the townвЂ™ s police department said. The victim was identified as Ronald G. Conn, 50, of 65 Ruskin Ave., according to Lt. Sean Doyle of the Falmouth Police Department. Police said ConnвЂ™s 1978 Chevy pickup crashed into the tree on the driverвЂ™s side. The accident happened on a stretch of 240 Hayward Road just before 6 p.m. Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to sever the roof off ConnвЂ™s pickup in an operation to free him from the vehicle that took nearly an hour, according to police. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Though gravely injured, Conn was still alive after being extricated from the demolished truck, but his condition continued to deteriorate en route to Falmouth Hospital. A MedFlight helicopter was called to the scene, but Conn was rushed to Falmouth Hospital by ambulance instead. ThereвЂ™s no word from the police on whether speed of other factors might have contributed to the cause of the crash. Lt. Doyle said the incident remains under investigation by the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Team. Follow Russ Olivo on Twitter @russolivo. Bryant student wants to help service members call home Cellphones collected tonight will be refurbished for soldiers BY JOSEPH B. NADEAU [email protected] SMITHFIELD вЂ“ When a soldier in the military is very far from home it helps to have an inexpensive way to get in touch with the people they love. Nicholas Alberti, 22, a Bryant University senior, has been aware of that fact for several years as a result of his friends, Robbie and Brittnay BergquistвЂ™s work to make inexpensive calls for overseas service mem- bers a real option. Tonight, Alberti will host a special cellphone collection for the BergquistвЂ™s organization in BryantвЂ™s Fisher Student Center which will also include a presentation by Robbie Bergquist about his organizationвЂ™s work. The collection drive will begin in Room 2AB of the Fisher Student Center at 7 p.m. The Bergquist siblings set up a non-profit foundation, Cell Phones for Soldiers in 2004 when they were just teenagers and with the help of several large sponsors such as AT&T have raised over $10 million to help soldiers to make calls home since that time. The organizationвЂ™s success is the result of the Bergquists collecting over 12 million cellphones and donating over 150 million minutes of pre-paid talk time to U.S. service members. It was the adjunct professor in his class on advanced public relations, Dana Nolfe from Cox Communications, who got Alberti involved in the colSee PHONES, Page A2 The Call/Joseph Nadeau Nicholas Alberti, a Bryant University senior, shows some of the cellphones he has already collected as part of a drive to provide soldiers overseas with an inexpensive way to phone home. FROM PAGE ONE/NATION A2 THE CALL Closed Special Place because there is only one metering system for the building. Quallo said that information was not disclosed to him in his lease. Quallo claims Lahousse refused to make financial adjustments in the lease and that he tried to evict him after the metering issue was brought to his attention. Quallo countersued in Superior Court, accusing Lahousse of fraud in a suit which is pending. вЂњWe are seeking damages,вЂќ Quallo said. Quallo said he finally stopped paying the electricity and shut the doors late last week, laying off about 15 waitpersons, kitchen staff and other restaurant workers. Quallo said he wants to open another restaurant, but he doesnвЂ™t think it will be in Woonsocket. Reached by phone, Lahousse initially said he had вЂњno clueвЂќ why the businesses were closed. вЂњI have no comment,вЂќ he added after being asked about the dispute with Quallo. Follow Russ Olivo on Twitter @russolivo. Phones lection effort. Nolfe asked her students to organize a fundraising event as a class project, and Alberti decided to do his project as a benefit for the BergquistsвЂ™ вЂњCell Phones for SoldiersвЂќ campaign. вЂњWhat we had to do was team up with an organization and host an event to benefit its work,вЂќ Alberti said while taking a break from his studies at Bryant on Tuesday. вЂњSome of the class members decided to do their projects for organizations like MotherвЂ™s Against Drunk Mass. House approves anti-shackling bill BOSTON (AP) вЂ” The Massachusetts House has unanimously approved a bill outlawing the practice of handcuffing women prisoners to hospital beds during childbirth. The bill approved Wednesday would create a uniform ban on restraining women during pregnancy, labor and delivery in state 139 Hamlet Avenue Woonsocket, RI 02895 [email protected] and county correctional facilities unless they present a specific safety or flight risk. 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The audit covers July 2010 to September 2012, and is not related to the case of Jeremiah Oliver, a 5-yearold Fitchburg boy who is missing and feared dead. The agency has been under intense scrutiny after it was revealed that social workers lost track of the boy, whose family was being monitored by DCF. The agency released a statement Wednesday saying it was taking steps to make sure that all foster children underwent medical checks and improve documentation of background checks. "We are working day in and day out to enhance our ability to protect children and strengthen families," said Olga Roche, the commissioner of the department, in a statement. Bump noted that some of the recommendations in her report were already being implemented. 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By the time the exchange was over, Horne had slapped Brown with five contempt charges and ordered his arrest. His lawyers petitioned for his release on his own recognizance. Brown was let out of jail around 7 p.m. after spending about three hours inside. Brown's lawyer, Taylor Eskridge, says the charges and the sentence were not lawful. She said the outburst was not a planned publicity stunt. "I don't think he had any way to know that somebody would put him in jail," Eskridge said. Audit finds problems in state foster care Good Working Conditions вЂў Beneп¬Ѓts License Preferred kbtransmission.com Driving and I decided to help my friendsвЂ™ organization, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Alberti said. 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During his interview, Keough said budget constraints, teacher morale and addressing costs associated with out-of-district students are major issues he wants to tackle as superintendent. The Blackstone-Millville Regional School District serves 1,882 students, has a 135-member teaching staff and is overseen by an elected eight-member School Committee, with four members from each town. Was once principal at local high school By JOSEPH FITZGERALD [email protected] BLACKSTONE вЂ“ ItвЂ™s a sort of homecoming for Andrew W. Keough. A former assistant principal at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School in the 1990s, Keough is returning to the regional school district 12 years later as its new superintendent. Keough, principal of Wellesley High School for the past six years, was offered the superintendentвЂ™s job Tuesday night by the BlackstoneMillville Regional School District Committee following final interviews with Keough and finalist Margo S. Austein, assistant superintendent of schools in Sutton. The eight-member committee voted unanimously to appoint Keough effective July 1, subject to negotiating an employment contract, which school officials have said will offer a regionally competitive salary and benefits commensurate with KeoughвЂ™s experience and qualifications. Keough will replace interim School Supt. Perry Davis, The district is comprised of five schools: BlackstoneMillville Regional High School, Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School, Millville Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School and Augustine F. Maloney Elementary School. The districtвЂ™s fiscal 2014 budget is $20 million. вЂњFrom everything IвЂ™ve heard, people are feeling that itвЂ™s tough to move the district forward if weвЂ™re constantly fighting financial pressures and trying to keep expenses down,вЂќ Keough said. вЂњAs for teacher morale, IвЂ™m not saying teachers are not happy, but I think many teachers are feeling discouraged by myriad issues, including mandates and the expectations of administrators to satisfy those mandates.вЂќ Keough, of Sherborn, Mass., has been principal of Wellesley High School since 2007. Before that he was principal at Medfield High School and assistant principal at Hopkinton High School. From 1995 to 1999, he was assistant principal at Blackstone-Millville Regional High school. Keough began his career in education as a teacher at Milford High School and Douglas Memorial High School. He received his bachelorвЂ™s degree in history from Roger Williams University; masterвЂ™s degrees in moderate special needs and public school administration from Framingham State College; and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Boston College. Keough and his wife, Christine, are the parents of three daughters, Julia, Mary and Sophie. вЂњBoth finalists were strong candidates that possessed the qualities needed to lead the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District,вЂќ said Blackstone-Millville Regional School District Committee Chairman William F. 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He says the culprit is today's genetically engineered wheat вЂ” and the agribusiness that pushes it on us in every aisle of the grocery store. In fact, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic. Drawing on decades of clinical studies and extensive gluten-free diet research, Dr. Davis observed that wheat can Roger Bouchard cause a broad spectrum of health problems including cancer, diabetes, heart issues, dementia, digestive complications, aging, acne, and even wrinkles. The anti-wheat crusade has both those suffering from celiac disease and others who just have suspicions that wheat is a product to avoid. Locally restaurants and retailers are responding to customer demand to offer gluten free (no wheat, rye, barley and oats) products. Ronzio Pizza on Providence Street has been baking gluten free pizza and calzones for several years. Kitchen staff has reserved a special gluten free preparation area to gather ingredients to make their pizza. Lil General Convenience Stores is preparing to carry Gluten free bread and rolls baked locally to serve customer demand. Dave Gouin at Rivers Falls reports his chefs are working on a gluten free pasta recipe to accommodate customer demand. In the book "Wheat Belly", Dr. Davis explains how introducing themselves to a gluten-free diet can provide benefits like weight loss, alleviation of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes, improvement in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol counts, improvement in bone density, reversal of osteopenia, relief of skin conditions from rashes, psoriasis to oral ulcers, suspension of hair loss, reduction of inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis pain and enhanced brain activity. Woonsocket Woonsocket Council President Albert Brien is among the missing in city government. And for good reason: Brien was hospitalized with pancreatitus 10 days ago. Add a case of pneumonia and Brien reports he has a low energy level and he is slowly recovering from the double dose of illness. Now out of the hospital, Brien and his doctor are monitoring his progress and he is anxious to get back to his duties. Meanwhile, council vice president Robert Moreau is covering for Brien. Woonsocket Covering the Woonsocket business scene, Christopher's Restaurant closed its doors last Thursday. (See Russ OlivoвЂ™s story Page 1). U-Haul trucks have been seen at the North Main Street building being loaded with fixtures from the restaurant. Opened in 1983, the Restaurants has seen two owners within the last three years. Their web- site describes the business as"temporarily closed." If you have an unredeemed Groupon voucher for this location, the website asks to call (857) 210-9073 or call Groupon at (888) 350-9061. We stopped by the new Koto Japanese Steak House under construction on Clinton Street. It is being built out within the space of the former Boston Buffet. Workers on the site say the place is about a month away from completion. The format follows the popular Shogun Restaurant of Warwick featuring hibachi cooking with patrons seated around the grill watching the chef slice, cut, dice,chop, mix and prepare the food table-side. Sushi will also be prepared for customers. Another business on Main Street reports business is booming. In a conversation with owner Tammy Irwin, the new location of Timeless Antiques & Collectibles at 91 Main Street is working out great. The husband and wife team of Frank and Tammy Irwin moved into the former Cakery shop at 91 Main St. and tripled the squarefootage they had at their past shop down the street. She told me they may expand their hours to serve additional customer interest. Cranston Next month, Saturday April 26, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame will induct its roster of 2014 honorees. Locally John Dionne, of Woonsocket will be among the others chosen this year. Dionne joins Warren Alpert, Artie Cabral, Catherine Collette, General Morphis Jamiel, Albert Klyberg, Ambassador J. William Middendorf, Bernard Thomas Pina and Thomas Verdi. Tickets are available locally from Albert Beauparlant at 3560476. The venue is Rhodes-on-the -Pawtuxet at 6 p.m. Woonsocket For those of us receiving the trash bills tomorrow, take consolation with these hefty tax tabs. A recent property tax analysis prepared for the Budget Commission running Woonsocket finances lists the city's top ten taxpayers. Listed number one is CVS with a tax bill of 2.9 million; Nation Grid 1.1 million; Walnut Hill Plaza $623,000; Woonsocket Plaza $506,000; Plaza Village apartments $407,000; Boucher Real Estate holdings $376,000; Walnut Hill apartments $341,000; Lowe's next to Woonsocket Plaza $ 310,000; Wal-Mart, Diamond Hill Road $ 261,000; Woonsocket Health (Poplar Street) $221,000. It is hoped that Landmark Medical Center will find its way into the top ten next year now that they are a for-profit business. The same reports says the average twofamily tax bill is $4600 while the average single family property pays $3700 per year. The report prepared by James Savage, supervisor, of the Division of Municipal Finance in the Department of Revenue documents how Woonsocket taxpayers carry the highest rates and assessments of any city or town in Rhode Island. A depressing document to say the least. As others see it: Doctors The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Washington Post: Of all the manifestations of Washington dysfunction, none is more absurd than the annual "doc fix." The origins of the problem lie in a 1997 attempt by Congress to rein in Medicare physician reimbursements. Lawmakers devised a "sustainable growth rate" that was supposed to link payments to statistical indicators of doctors' costs and workload. Alas, the growth rate perversely encouraged excessive tests and procedures; when it actually began to reduce physicians' pay rates significantly in 2003, medical lobbies got it temporarily repealed in what turned out to be the first of 16 doc fixes. The cumulative cost of these fixes now exceeds $150 billion, and the most recent one expires March 31. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has proposed any number of ways to reform the payment system, but Congress has balked at a permanent doc fix because doing away with the current rules, however discredited, would force lawmakers to acknowledge a huge hole in the federal budget. Filling it would require either taxes or spending cuts; most past short-term "doc fixes" have been paid for with offsetting health-care trims. Last year, the Congressional Budget Office ran the numbers again, factoring in the recent slowing of growth in healthcare costs, and determined that the tab might be about $140 billion over 10 years, not $300 billion, as previously thought. That encouraged both the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to seek a permanent solution while it was, in effect, "on sale." Each chamber is working on a bill that would essentially keep the current reimbursement rate unchanged for the next five years, after which a new system that tilts physicians' incentives in favor of quality of care, not quantity, would take effect. Alas, even when a permanent doc fix could be had for cheap, it turns out that Congress can't, or won't, agree on a plausible way to pay for it. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would come up with the money by вЂ” you guessed it вЂ” delaying Obamacare's individual mandate for five years, which would be unwise policy even if it weren't blatant political grandstanding and, hence, a non-starter. Over in the Senate, Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is talking about either not paying for the bill at all or doing so by "cutting" the projected costs of overseas military operations that exist only on paper. To be sure, it makes a kind of sense, in Washington terms, to stop pretending that you were ever going to cut doctors' fees and pay for that by "saving" money that you were never really going to spend. Still, past doc-fix pay-fors were mostly real вЂ” to the tune of $140 billion, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget вЂ” and derived from health-care programs. Now is not the time to break that fiscally sound precedent, not even to get a permanent doc fix. Better to pass another short-term fix and keep working on a genuine way to pay for a permanent one. Paul Ryan's conservative agenda on poverty Alas, poor Paul Ryan. I take the House Budget Committee chairman at his word that he did not intend to offend AfricanAmericans with his statements about how some men "in our inner cities in particular" do not value hard work. After all, as other fairminded folks have pointed out, it is not as though Rep. Ryan, R-Wis., said something that was new, untrue or вЂ” in today's Clarence Page world вЂ” distinctly right wing. We've heard similar statements, sometimes delivered even more bluntly, by Bill Cosby, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, among others. But unlike those spokesmen, Ryan has the handicap of being white and a conservative Republican. Perhaps his own culture failed to sufficiently value the double meanings that some words take on when they cross racial or partisan lines. The 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate's linguistic miniscandal erupted on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show. It was there that Ryan previewed his proposals for reforming America's poverty programs. "We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular," he said, "of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with." Was Ryan's use of the term "inner city" a veiled racial reference, pandering to white conservatives? The euphemistic "inner city" has edged out the less elegant "ghetto" to describe low-income urban neighborhoods вЂ” although it sounds increasingly obsolete in today's age of gentrification. Nevertheless, liberal critics in the media and the Congressional Black Caucus erupted with accusations. Ryan later clarified that he had been "inarticulate" in the heat of a live radio interview. Please don't listen to what he said, he asks, only to what he meant. Fair enough. It is too bad, in my view, that Ryan did not internalize more of the formidable cross-cultural people skills exhibited by his late political mentor, Rep. Jack Kemp. The conservative Buffalo, N.Y., Republican and 1996 GOP vice pres- idential candidate won widespread support in heavily Democratic black and Latino communities by promoting market-driven public-private partnerships for social remedies. Critics of Ryan's remarks also cited his favorable reference to Charles Murray, coauthor of "The Bell Curve," a controversial 1994 book about, among other matters, racial differences in intelligence. Like Ryan's remarks, Murray's book also says things that sound more sinister about black capabilities than what Murray claims he meant. Yet Murray has since redeemed himself in my view with his more recent book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960вЂ“2010." By focusing only on the socioeconomic changes that white Americans have experienced since the 1950s, the book actually provides support for a long-running liberal argument: The "tailspin of culture" to which Ryan referred вЂ” including out-of-wedlock births and "generations of men not even thinking about working" вЂ” is crippling poor and blue-collar Americans of all races. As one who has known Murray for years and who has debated him onstage, I believe Ryan was referring to "Coming Apart" as well as similar work by Harvard's Robert Putnam on class divisions and social isolation, not "The Bell Curve." I also am relieved to hear that Ryan, unlike the libertarian Murray and numerous other conservatives, appears to hold to the old-fashioned belief that government, properly utilized, can provide real remedies to social calamities. I don't necessarily support all of Ryan's ideas, but let's give this aspiring presidential hopeful his due. At least he has ideas. He's been touring urban neighborhoods in his attempt to formulate a new conservative agenda on poverty. He has indicated that he wants to reform welfare programs in ways that will incentivize work. He also wants to enlist community groups and other institutions of civil society to fight social breakdown, he said, and deal with the "real culture problem" in those communities. In short, Ryan appears genuinely interested in competing for us voters of color with new ideas. Before we condemn what he has to offer, let's hear what it is. Clarence Page is a syndicated columnist for The Chicago Tribune. Visit woonsocketcall.com and cast your vote in todayвЂ™s online poll WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU: BY MAIL: Send letters to the editor to: Editor/The Call, 75 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 02895 Send area event listings to: Events/The Call, 75 Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 02895 BY EMAIL: Send letters to the editor to: [email protected] Send area event listings to: [email protected] BY TELEPHONE: Call the newsroom: 401-767-8550 401-767-8562 ONLINE: Twitter: @WoonsocketCall Facebook: Woonsocket Call Website: woonsocketcall.com OBITUARIES/LOCAL Thursday, March 27, 2014 THE CALL A5 Pawtucket native taking on Cicilline for House seat By JIM BARON [email protected] PROVIDENCE вЂ“ Saying he wants to bring вЂњa new perspectiveвЂќ to Washington, a Pawtucket man is challenging 1st District U.S. Rep. David Cicilline in the Democratic primary this year. вЂњI am just concerned and disappointed in Congress,вЂќ Matt Fecteau, 31, told The Times Wednesday. вЂњCongress has been in a state of paralysis for years now, and I am dissatisfied with the incumbent.вЂќ Fecteau said Cicilline вЂњpromised a lot and he just hasnвЂ™t delivered.вЂќ He said he wants to enter the political realm вЂњbecause I want to change the system, or attempt to change the system and, unfortunately, I donвЂ™t think we can get that done with the current incumbent. An Iraq war veteran, he was a platoon leader in the U.S. Army. Fecteau said he grew up in Pawtucket and graduated from St. Raphael Academy. He said his mother had to sell her stocks to pay his tuition there. Fecteau also attended CCRI, High Point University in North Carolina, Texas A&M and St. MaryвЂ™s University of San Antonio, Texas. He Matt Fecteau holds an associateвЂ™s degree, a bachelorвЂ™s degree, an MBA and a masterвЂ™s degree in International Relations/National Security Policy. He was an intern for then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy and served as a national security intern in the Obama administration. Improving the nationвЂ™s infrastructure is one of the goals Fecteau has if he is elected вЂ” not just roads and bridges, but more expansive projects like high-speed rail. Not only would such work create jobs in the short-term, he said, but it would also increase the gross domestic product (GDP). Reining in the nationвЂ™s debt is also important, Fecteau said, but he believes it can be done at the same time we build up our infrastructure. He says he would like to examine the idea of allowing people to vote online, вЂњsecurely and anonymously.вЂќ But he said he would like to study the concept more before making it a policy. He also wants Election Day to be a federal holiday. вЂњThe American people are already overworked and, if anything, it could be a day to celebrate our democracy.вЂќ In a written announcement of his candidacy, Fecteau said, вЂњI intend to bring new ideas, a fresh perspective, and years of military leadership to Washington DC. I am a not political insider, definitely not a millionaire, and certainly am not famous. I am a regular American, just like you, who is fed up with the inertia in Washington. This was not an easy decision for me, but I believe it is the right one.вЂќ It wasnвЂ™t an easy decision, he explained, вЂњbecause I donвЂ™t want to put my family through hell just so I can run for office.вЂќ Follow Jim Baron on Twitter @Jim_Baron Lincoln budget hearing tonight Administrator hopes to fund capital items with no tax hike By JOSEPH B. NADEAU [email protected] Driver charged in Glocester accident; man still hospitalized Send news and photos of your community event to [email protected] GLOCESTER вЂ” An 18year-old local man was arraigned in Third District Court Wednesday on one count of driving to endanger resulting in personal injury to an elderly man who has been in the hospital over two weeks. Erik Medeiros was released on personal recognizance and is due for another hearing on May 28. Capt. Joseph Mattera said the charge stems from a motor vehicle accident that Medeiros was involved in on March 11 on Anan Wade Road. At approximately 9:45 p.m., Medeiros was traveling northbound when he came upon another vehicle heading in the same direction. Both vehicles were leaving Ponaganset High School at the time, Mattera said. When Medeiros reached the second vehicle, he crossed over the double yellow line into the southbound lane to pass it. As he did so, Medeiros attempted to reenter the northbound lane and lost control, striking an oncoming vehicle head-on. The operator of the oncoming vehicle, Ronald Ellis, 64, was trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated by the Glocester Fire Department. ADVERTISING DEADLINES FOR MEMORIAMS BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES AND HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Materials Are Needed 3 Business Days Prior To Run Date Any Questions or For More Information Please Call: Karen at 767-8503 woonsocketcall.com LINCOLN вЂ“ The town is finishing up another phase of its 2014-2015 budget review this week with a public hearing on Thursday for local residents to comment on the proposals before the Budget Board. Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond was to attend Budget Board work sessions Tuesday and Wednesday to answer any questions the panelвЂ™s members might have in advance of the public hearing. The municipal budget Almond forwarded to the Budget Board has been fine-tuned by an increase of $50,000 to a current total for municipal spending of $19 million, an increase of $118,000 over current spending. The proposed school budget of $51 million under review by the Budget Board represents an increase of $1.4 million over current spending, a sum that includes an $850,000 increase in state support to the district under the stateвЂ™s school aid formula. Although the budget would add $690,000 to the townвЂ™s tax levy, Almond said it has not yet been determined whether that sum would result in a small tax increase or be covered by growth in the townвЂ™s property valuation for no impact on the tax rate. That projection likely wonвЂ™t be known for certain until after the budget is considered by local residents attending the Financial Town Meeting on May 12. Almond said that even with the potential for no impact on local taxes this year, he could not speculate about the potential for interest in the budget public hearing. вЂњThere could be two local residents in attendance or 100, there is just no way to predict it,вЂќ he said. What residents might review during the session includes several town projects making use of the funding available in the townвЂ™s capital reserve account, according to Almond. The School Department would receive $1.5 million in new capital funding, which Almond said would largely go to the project to install artificial turf at the highвЂ™s school football field. A total of $3.5 million in town reserve funding would be used for the proposed improvements to the Police Station at the Municipal Building at 100 Old River Road, a project originally proposed as two phases and now planned as a single improvement project, as recommended by the townвЂ™s architect. The town would approve a $350,000 improvement project for Albion Park that would be contingent on the town receiving $175,000 in grant funding to cover that portion of the total cost. The town would also fund $20,000 of a $120,000 DEM project to install composting toilets at Chase Farm under another capital reserve fund proposal, according to Almond. The Farmhouse at the townвЂ™s Chase Farm property would be improved under a $13,500 award that would also allow for the building to be used as a home for a park curator. And finally, the administrator said, the capital items also include a $20,000 contribution from the town to be combined with $22,000 from private donations to allow for the Hot Potato one-room school house at Angell Road to repaired and moved to Chase Farm. 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GRANITE GRANITE вЂњWe are New EnglandвЂ™s choice for granite counter tops!вЂќ 840 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895 www.countertopsbysuperior.com вЂў Tel: (401) 765-5533 вЂў Fax: (401) 765-3883 PRESENTS YOUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Pawtucket Central Falls Pawtucket Blackstone Woonsocket Central Falls Burrillville The Major Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306 and it Ladies Auxiliary celebrate their 94th and 93rd anniversaries at 1 p.m at the post home, 171 Fountatin St. Public is invited. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Nancy at 722-6596 by March 18. вЂўForand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m. вЂў The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a вЂњYoga for SeniorsвЂќ 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. вЂў Ecumenical Lenten service, 7 p.m., St. James Baptist Church, 340 South Main St. The Rev. Sammy Vaughn. Refreshments to follow. 766-8633. вЂў Cribbage League meets at the Senior Center, 84 Social St., every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Helen Nichols at 762-2739. вЂў 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. вЂў Storage America presents the 6th annual carnival, March 28 through April 6, benefitting the RISPCA. Location: Storage America, 558 Roosevelt Ave. вЂў Fundraising dinner for the Franklin Farm community garden, at the Madeira Club, 46 Madeira Ave. Cash bar at 6, dinner at 7 p.m. Specialty food stations featuring local chefs; drawings; and music. Tickets $35 in advance from Pam Thurlow, [email protected] вЂў Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by the Burrillville Parks and Recreation Department, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Burrillville Middle School cafeteria, Broncos Highway. Rain/snow date April 5. Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased by calling 568-9470 or emailing [email protected] вЂў Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. at Branch River Park, next to the high school. Children must bring a bag or basket to collect eggs. Rain/snow date April 5. Woonsocket Pawtucket вЂў Stations of the Cross at Sacred Heart Church, 415 Olo St., 6:30 p.m., each Friday during Lent (March 7-April 11). вЂўPawtucket Family YMCA Parents Night Out from 6 to 11 p.m. Children between 6 and 12 can be dropped off at the YMCA, 20 Summer St., where they can have dinner and enjoy activities $5 per child. Call (401) 727-7900. вЂў вЂњThe Rescue!вЂќ the Providence Animal Rescue LeagueвЂ™s fundraiser at the Pawtucket Armory, 7 to 10 p.m. Sample signature bites from a variety of RIвЂ™s top restaurants and catering companies. www.parl.org. вЂўAn вЂњIrish Bayerisch Fest,вЂќ a celebration of Celtic and German cultures, will be held at the German-American Cultural Society, 78 Carter Ave. Woonsocket вЂў Ranger Day Lecture Series continues at the Museum of Work and Culture at 1:30 p.m. Elyssa Tardif speaks on вЂњDiaries of New England: Women from the 1700s.вЂќ Free program. Public invited. вЂў St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 174 Woonsocket, flea market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. clothes, household items, linens, Polish/American food. Burrillville вЂў Special Lenten Mission with guest presenter Fr. Michael Najim at St. Joseph's Church, 183 Sayles Avenue, Pascoag, 7 p.m. Burrillville вЂў Special Lenten Mission with guest presenter Fr. Michael Najim at St. Patrick's Church, 45 Harrisville Main Street, Harrisville, 7 p.m. Woonsocket вЂў The monthly business meeting of the Knights of Columbus Woonsocket Council will be held at 7 p.m. in the All Saints Church hall on Rathbun Street. If you have any questions please 401-356-1024 Lincoln вЂў Presentation by historian Jane Lancaster on World War II through the diary of a Rhode Island woman, Helen Clarke Grimes, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Public Library. To register call 333-2422 ext. 17. www.lincolnlibrary.com. Cumberland вЂў TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free. Burrillville вЂў Special Lenten Mission with guest presenter Fr. Michael Najim at St. Joseph's Church, 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag, 7 pm. 30 31 1 Woonsocket Central Falls Pawtucket Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser, Club Lafayette, 289 Aylworth Ave., 1 to 6 p.m. Lots of raffles, refreshments, DJ. Tickets sold at the door or by calling 775-9834. Donation: $15. вЂўForand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m. вЂў The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a вЂњYoga for SeniorsвЂќ 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. Cumberland вЂў Widow support group meets every Sunday вЂ” 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. Pawtucket вЂўThe Major Walter Gatchell Ladies Auxiliary will hold bingo at 171 Fountain St. Doors open at 11 a.m., bingo starts at 1 p.m. There are prizes, raffles and a pot oвЂ™ gold. Free coffee and pastry are provided and sandwiches and drinks are available for purchase. Pawtucket вЂўKickoff of the cafe at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., at 11 a.m. on the third floor. If you are not currently a participant of the CafГ© please contact Blackstone Health, Inc. at 728-5480 to register for a meal for March 31st as prior reservations are required. вЂў Fogarty Manor Tenant Association hosts Bingo, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., 214 Roosevelt Ave. Doors open at 4. April Cumberland вЂў TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free. вЂўThe newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291. Pawtucket вЂў Fogarty Manor Tenant Association hosts Bingo, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., 214 Roosevelt Ave. Doors open at 4. Woonsocket вЂўGrowUp! Community Garden Information Session to be held at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library from 5:30 -6:30pm. Currently seeking plot renters and volunteers to join us for the 2014 season. Come and learn how you can get involved and give back to your community. RSVP to Wendy Pires at 401235-6096, walk-ins are welcome. вЂўThe Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club will meet Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the McAvinn Auditorium of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, Route 146A. New members and guests are invited. вЂў The Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. at the post home, 171 Fountain St.. The cost is $8 per person at the door. Pawtucket 2 3 4 5 Blackstone Woonsocket Burrillville Woonsocket вЂў Ecumenical Lenten service, 7 p.m., Polish Natinoal Catholic Church, 500 Smithfield Road. Father Henryk Wos. Refreshments to follow. 7623072. вЂў Cribbage League meets at the Senior Center, 84 Social St., every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Helen Nichols at 762-2739. вЂў 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. вЂў 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. вЂў Quota International of Woonsocket will hold its annual Spring Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elks Hall, 380 Social St.For more information, please call Lucille at 401-769-6434. вЂўSpring Fling Craft Fair Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Calvary Worship Hall, 120 Prospect St.For information call 241-1301 or email [email protected] вЂў Precious Blood spring yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall, 94 Carrington Ave. For information call Paulette at (401) 766-4347. вЂўThe newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291. Cumberland вЂў Cumberland Relay For Life monthly meeting 6-7pm at the Cumberland Public Library,1464 Diamond Hill Road. New members welcomed. www.RelayForLife.org/Cumberl andRI. Burrillville вЂўEaster floral and craft workshop at 1 p.m. at the Burrillville Community Recreation Center, 50 Lodge Road, Pascoag, demonstrated by owner of ElaineвЂ™s Flowers and Country Mouse. $10 materials fee. Pre-registration required by calling Burrillville Park and Rec at 568-9470 or [email protected] North Smithfield Pawtucket Cumberland Woonsocket вЂў Stations of the Cross at Sacred Heart Church, 415 Olo St., 6:30 p.m., each Friday during Lent (March 7-April 11). Lincoln Pawtucket вЂў Special Olympics Fashion Show, Twin River Event Center, 5:45 p.m. reception, 6:30 dinner, 8:15 fashion show. The largest Charity Fashion Show in the state. Donation: $50 per person, includes dinner, show and more. For tickets call the SORI Office at 349-4900 by March 28. Tickets are not sold at the door. вЂў Park Place Congregational Church is sponsoring a Trivia Night from 7-9:30pm to benefit the Pawtucket Relay for Life.The cost is $5 per person. Play alone or in teams of up to four persons. First prize is $100. Kitchen will be open from 6:30-8:30. For more information call the church at 401-726-2800. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pawtucket Central Falls Pawtucket Blackstone Burrillville Bellingham вЂўForand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m. вЂў The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a вЂњYoga for SeniorsвЂќ 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. вЂўThe newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291. Woonsocket вЂў The annual Chopstick Auction of the Dusza-Almeida VFW Auxiliary and Burns Manor Association will be held on Sunday, April 6 at the Burns Manor Community Hall, 95 Park St. Doors open at noon and the auction starts at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free refreshments. Admission is free. The prices are: $2 for a chopstick and bid individually or a flat fee of $20 and in for all 100 auction prizes. There will also be special raffles.This event is the main fundraiser of the year and proceeds go to help local veterans. вЂў Ecumenical Lenten service, 7 p.m., Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 414 South Main St. Father Edward StGodard. Refreshments to follow. 762-0830. вЂў Cribbage League meets at the Senior Center, 84 Social St., every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Helen Nichols at 762-2739. вЂў 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. вЂў 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. вЂўThe First Baptist Church of Bellingham will be having its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1p.m. on the Bellingham town common, with a rain date of Saturday, April 19. There will also be a reading of the Resurrection story. This is a free event for kids ages 2 thru 12. . Cumberland вЂў TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free. Uxbridge The Blackstone Valley Coin and Collectables Club will host a coin show at BrianвЂ™s Restaurant from 3 to 8 p.m. Woonsocket вЂў Stations of the Cross at Sacred Heart Church, 415 Olo St., 6:30 p.m., each Friday during Lent (March 7-April 11). вЂў The GFWC Uxbridge Woman's Club will be hosting its 3rd annual Craft & Vendor Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McCloskey Middle School Gymnasium, 62 Capron St. This yearвЂ™s event including face painting, sand art, and a visit from the Uxbridge Police & Fire departments! There will be food & refreshments served. The proceeds from this event will aid the club to help provide assistance in funding for community service projects and for 2 yearly scholarships given in the community. Free admission. Woonsocket вЂў Fun Family Activities at YWCA Rhode Island. Registration is now open for a free six-week Fun Family Activities training for parents and guardians of infant, toddler and preschool-age children; first session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The trainings will meet on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:30pm starting April 8 thru May 15. To register call 401-769-7450. 13 14 15 16 17 18 North Attleboro Central Falls Pawtucket Blackstone Woonsocket Burrillville вЂўForand Manor holds Bingo every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 5:15 p.m. вЂў The Leon Mathieu Senior Center and Shri Studio have partnered to offer a вЂњYoga for SeniorsвЂќ 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. вЂўThe newly formed BMR Alumni and Friends Band meets at 6:30 at BMR High School every Wednesday. All Blackstone Valley residents of all ages and experience are welcome. For details call 508-883-1291. вЂў Cribbage League meets at the Senior Center, 84 Social St., every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Helen Nichols at 762-2739. вЂў 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. вЂў 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. вЂў Emerald Square MallвЂ™s Caring Bunny event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. From 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for childrenвЂ™s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary): turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event; eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system; special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the вЂ�waitвЂ™ period. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Emerald Square MallвЂ™s Easter events, visit www.simon.com/kidgits Cumberland вЂў TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Filibuster Club, 25 High St. Visitors are always welcome (preteens, teens, adults, male and female). First meeting is free. Uxbridge Blackstone вЂўThe Blackstone Valley coin and Collectables Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Blackstone Town Hall. If you have any questions call Mike at 774 280 4333. Send your community events to [email protected] 19 AMUSEMENTS Thursday, March 27, 2014 THE CALL A7 Friends urge Grandma to let younger grandson be adopted DEAR ABBY: IвЂ™m 62 and own my own home. I have legal guardianship of my eldest grandson, who is 5. Another grandchild is 2 1/2 and in foster care. I would like to keep both children together because I have been told that in the long run it is better so they wonвЂ™t lose contact with each other. Some friends of mine have been telling me I should let the little one get adopted through the state in a closed adoption. This is really traumatic for me and IвЂ™m not sure what to do. Please give me some advice. I love both of my grandchildren and want the best for them, now and in the long term. вЂ” QUANDRIFIED IN CALIFORNIA DEAR QUANDRIFIED: Many grandparents raise their grandchildren successfully. If your health is good, and you have a high energy level and relatives who can provide respite when you need it, have both of your grandchildren live with you. If not, you must consider what could happen to them if something should happen to you. AARP can be a helpful resource. It offers information on a wide variety of issues related to raising grandchildren, financial DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips *** DEAR ABBY: I take pride in my looks, and when I go to parties, the dresses and accessories I choose. I am often asked where they came from, and I feel the question is rude and inappropriate. Am I being rude to evade the question, or is there a proper response when IвЂ™m asked? вЂ” TIME AND PLACE DEAR TIME AND PLACE: When someone asks where you found an item youвЂ™re wearing, it is usually intended as a compliment because the person would like to find something similar. If you prefer not to share that information, smile and thank the person for the compliment, then change the subject. assistance and advocacy. To find out more, go to www.aarp.org/grandparents. *** DEAR ABBY: I have been divorced for about 10 years and have dated far more since my divorce than I did before I married. The marriage ended because my wife was emotionally abusive. What disturbs me is that somehow I either attract, or am attracted to, emotionally abusive women. They are usually successful, confident, good looking and controlling, and the results are always the same. The relationships donвЂ™t last long. How do I stop being attracted to the same type of partner? Horoscope A - Cox B - Uxbridge, Millville Comcast C - Blackstone, Franklin Comcast D - Bellingham Comcast By HOLIDAY MATHIS ARIES (March 21-April 19). Before you present your ideas, either qualify them by confessing their hypothetical nature, or do the research and development necessary to prove beyond a doubt that they really work. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It takes the same amount of time to see the bright side of life as it does to see the depressing side. The difference is that when you look for sunshine, youвЂ™ll be energized by your findings. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Mischief making is a fun kind of flirting, though itвЂ™s riskier than the usual types of flirting because itвЂ™s hard to predict how your object of affection (and mischief!) is going to take the joke. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Handling problems with business entities will be easy. The hardest part is getting over the dread you have of hold times, call menus, talking to robots and the like. You may actually get to talk with a real person! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). ItвЂ™s a kind of quest. Week after week you tend to your duty with ambitious aims that go far beyond what others in your position expect of the work. If no one acknowledges this, it still will be a source of private pride. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you were little, it was fun to hide under tables and anywhere the вЂњseekerвЂќ wasnвЂ™t likely to find you. Nowadays, you can hide in plain view if you want to, and today youвЂ™ll find it beneficial to do so in a certain situation. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your refusal to automatically go to the literal interpretation will prove wise. YouвЂ™ll notice the humor level people are operating on, and youвЂ™ll be careful to take them as seriously as they intend to be taken. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are fascinated by the intangible world and feel somehow in touch with its vibration. Using your physical senses to their fullest will lead to the development of your sixth sense. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21). Your intention for this day is strong, but that doesnвЂ™t make it the best and highest one you could possibly choose for all involved. Be willing to give up on your original plan when something more suitable is revealed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Tasks that look Herculean from your position outside the window are in fact not so difficult to the ones acting the scene inside. You might enjoy getting involved. Knock on the door and see who needs help. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You will hear words that are defined one way in the dictionary and mean something quite different as they are used in conversation and daily life. You will rely heavily on context to inform you about your surroundings. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Cosmic question: Would you rather be wise and have people think youвЂ™re not, or be вЂњnotвЂќ and have people believe you are? If you chose the first category, youвЂ™ll find yourself in it today. вЂ” REPEATING PATTERNS DEAR REPEATING: In order to break any cycle, a person needs to understand how the pattern became established in the first place. People are usually attracted to the familiar, and it may have something to do with the dynamics of the family in which you grew up. Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist who can help you to understand, so you wonвЂ™t make the same mistake again. ItвЂ™s the quickest fix for what ails you. 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NW-SW 10-20 Seas (feet) Visibility (miles) THU FRI SAT SUN 2-3 NW-SW 10-20 NW-SW 10-20 NW-W 10-20 2-3 4-8 4-6 5+ 5+ 5+ 5+ MON Mark SearlesвЂ™s Southern New England Area Forecast 38-43 50-55 12-17 30-35 Incr. Sun Ch PMвЂ€Shwr 48-52 37-40 40-44 38-42 Aftn Shwrs Cool Rain 48-53 28-34 Sunny Much less wind today but still breezy at times with a northwest wind shifting into the southwest around 10-20mph. Highs today will reach into the lower 40s with coastal areas staying in the upper 30s due to the onshore wind in the afternoon. Milder air arrives tomorrow with mid 50s on tap...just a scattered shower possible in the late afternoon. Afternoon showers are likely Saturday into Saturday night with the potential for a chilly northeast wind and some rain on Sunday. S Five Day Forecast data supplied by Storm Team 10 S O Despite its flaws, вЂ�Flashdance вЂ” The MusicalвЂ™ dazzles at PPAC By KATHIE RALEIGH Special to the Times PROVIDENCE вЂ“ вЂњFlashdance вЂ“ The Musical,вЂќ the nationally touring production now at the Providence Performing Arts Center, has a lot of things going for it, but a few Elton John Experience вЂњAlmost Elton JohnвЂќ Go back to the days of big hair, outrageous clothes and cheap gasoline! ."3$) at 1.t5JDLFUT 4QPOTPSFECZ5IF7BMMFZ#SFF[F Rockapella A Capella that ROCKS! Rockapella is one of the worldвЂ™s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal groups! The astonishing full-band sound seems to be impossible coming from just five guys ! "13*- at 1.t5JDLFUT Queen Experience - One Night of Queen A show that brings Freddie Mercury back to life! At this rock concert, youвЂ™ll pay for the whole seat, but youвЂ™ll only use the edge! "13*-BU1.t5JDLFUT 4QPOTPSFECZ$JSPT5BWFSOPO$IFSSZ4BWJOJT3FTUBVSBOU Annie Jr. LeapinвЂ™ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes the StadiumвЂ™s stage in one of the worldвЂ™s best-loved musicals. "13*-BU1."13*-BU1.t5JDLFUT 4QPOTPSFECZ"NJDB.VUVBM*OTVSBODF 401-762-4545 stadiumtheatre.com 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI вЂ¦ not so much. None of the latter, however, is enough to mean fans wonвЂ™t enjoy the show. The story first was told 31 years ago in a hit film that has endured as a pop culture phenomenon. The stage adaptation launched in 2013 from Pittsburgh, which is the setting for the story of Alex Owens, a steel mill welder and bar вЂњflashdancer,вЂќ who dreams of a professional dance career. Complications, like her own fears and a from-differentworlds romance with her steel mill boss, have to be overcome before she gets her chance to audition for a prestigious dance school. Around the main story are several subplots, including one about the bar owner struggling to keep his business alive, and an on-andoff love story between dancer Gloria and would-be comedian Jimmy. Whether you regard these stories as inspiring or hackneyed is personal, and for the sake of full disclosure, I was in the latter camp. ThatвЂ™s why I was surprised that how much of this live production I enjoyed. My reservations about a familiar story have been overcome in the past by actors and vocalists who blew me away, and while the вЂњFlashdanceвЂќ group was good, it was uneven. Because of illness, understudies had the lead roles on opening night, and Haley Hannah, who played Alex, and Derek Carley, as her love interest Nick Hurley, sounded great in duets but didnвЂ™t always hit it alone. Both handled the acting requirements better; Hannah had a good grasp on the blue-collar, chip-on-hershoulder demeanor, and Carley was convincingly sincere. The major drawback is that Hannah didnвЂ™t dance as well as the supporting cast, notably Alison Ewing as Tess and DeQuina Moore as Kiki, AlexвЂ™s fellow bar dancers. Both were good with their comic lines, as well. The ensemble dancing is what dominates, however, and unlike some shows where the production numbers go on too long, the big вЂњFlashdanceвЂќ performances, with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, are exciting. Performances of вЂњFlashdance вЂ“ The MusicalвЂќ continue through Sunday at the Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St. Tickets are $77 to $40 and are available at the PPAC box office in the theater, online at ppacri.org, or by calling (401) 421-ARTS (2787). 2nd Story delivers a timeless bedroom farce By KATHIE RALEIGH Special to The Times WARREN вЂ“ French playwright Georges Feydeau once had people flocking to theaters to see his comedies. He was the master of the bedroom farce, and among his more than 60 works was вЂњLe DindonвЂќ (вЂњThe DupeвЂќ). No problem for 2nd Story Theatre that Feydeau hit his stride nearly a century and a quarter ago. Director Ed Shea has written his own translation of that 1892 play, and now is directing a fabulous cast in a production that makes Feydeau a hit all over again. While Shea maintains a sense of the playвЂ™s origins, he has knack for making 19thcentury foibles look hilarious in the 21st century. Actually, hilarious isnвЂ™t a good enough word to describe this 90minute tsunami of gags, groans and boisterous belly laughs. Typical of the genre, the play is all about sexual dalliances, angling for such dalliances or trying to get revenge for someone elseвЂ™s dalliance. Mix in improbable coincidences and well-timed exits and entrances вЂ“ so characters just miss encountering one another вЂ“ and youвЂ™ve got the idea of what stands for a plot. FeydeauвЂ™s characters are hysterical, but Shea ramps up the comedy with meticulous timing and rapid-fire dialogue. Sometimes the joke is set up, so you see it coming; other times, it just happens. Either way, itвЂ™s going to make you laugh. Everyone in the cast has a moment in the spotlight, but the major roles are played by the unflaggingly funny Ashley Hunter Kenner as Lucienne, the smooth Ara Boghigian as the rakish Pontagnac, and quirky Jeff Church as Redillon. A host of well-played supporting characters adds to the manic mix, including an officious hotel clerk, a clueless maid, a protective butler, and an older couple who inadvertently get entangled in a mixup of hotel rooms; you wonвЂ™t forget Jim SullivanвЂ™s bewildered Pinchard, the husband. Performances continue through April 13 at 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market St. Curtain is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in general, $20 for persons 21 and younger; visit the box office in the theater, call (401) 247-4200 or log on to www.2ndStoryTheatre.com. SPORTS Blackstone Valley THE CALL, Thursday, March 27, 2014 вЂ” B1 The Central Falls High unified basketball team was all smiles and all business when it posed for this team picture before the WarriorsвЂ™ game against Mount Pleasant on Thursday afternoon. The host Warriors posted a thrilling 57-51 win before a packed gymnasium that featured most of the schoolвЂ™s student body. Blackstone Valley Sports photo by ERIC BENEVIDES High school sports At Central Falls, thereвЂ™s joy playing unified basketball DID YOU KNOW? Thirty-two schools in Rhode Island have unified basketball teams, including Tolman, Woonsocket, and the Warriors in the Central Division, and Burrillville, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland in the North Division. Central Falls seized the Division II state championship in 2012, and Woonsocket (Div. II) and Cumberland (Div. V) captured titles last spring. Central Falls owns the most regular-season victories (20) in the four-year history of R.I. unified basketball. There are 18 high schools that also take part in the unified volleyball league that takes place each fall, including C.F., Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Cumberland, and Lincoln. This league has also been in existence for four years. The Villa Novans claimed the Div. I title in 2011, while the Northmen took the Div. III crown ithe following year. WarriorsвЂ™ coach: вЂ�At the end of the day, everyoneвЂ™s a winnerвЂ™ By JON BAKER [email protected] CENTRAL FALLS вЂ” Up until the final four-plus minutes, it had been a tight contest between two fierce combatants, each hustling up and down the court to muster a victory. No one wanted that вЂњWвЂќ more than Central Falls High senior Yeire Cepeda. Honestly, it couldn't have been more obvious. During the course of this hoop contest against Mount Pleasant inside the Warriors' jam-packed gym on Wednesday afternoon, Cepeda looked disgruntled at times with several turnovers, failures to snatch a critical rebound or inability to drop a necessary basket. He made it known on a couple of occasions, one in particular midway through the second half. After head coach Manny Silva had replaced him with a teammate, he walked angrily to a water fountain, took a few sips and returned to the bench determined to make Baseball Webster struggles; Orioles grab 5-4 win over Red Sox Bogaerts, Middlebrooks belt homers for Boston FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) вЂ” Miguel Gonzalez got through five innings in his final spring start, giving up four runs as the split-squad Baltimore Orioles posted a 5-4 victory overs the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. Gonzalez allowed seven hits, including backto-back home runs by Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks leading off the fourth. Middlebrooks hit his fourth homer and singled, raising his average to .341. Baltimore's Nick Markakis also is hitting .341. He doubled, scored a run and drove in one. Steve Clevenger hit his second homer for the Orioles and Ryan Flaherty had two hits. Dustin Pedroia also had two hits for Boston, and Mike Carp drove in a run in the third. Starting in place of Jon Lester, righthander Allen Webster went 5 2-3 innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits. He struck out three and walked two. "I thought he made some big pitches with men on base," manager John Farrell said. "There were a number of sinkers he left on the plate that, with their aggressive approach, particularly to fastballs, he gave up obviously a high number of hits. "But I thought, more than anything, he maintained mound presence and composure out there and did make some pitches, particularly with men in scoring position," he said. To avoid facing the team he will see on opening Day, Lester pitched in a minor league game. Throwing for high Class A Salem against a Twins squad, he went six innings, giving up one run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. "It was good. Got my work in," Lester said. "Better after probably the first two. It's hard to duplicate anything when you get into a stadium and you get crowd noise and all that stuff. Biggest thing is healthy, and made it through." Notes: Red Sox lefthander Craig Breslow is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Thursday. He has been delayed this spring after a heavy workload last season. This will be his second appearance in a game, both in minor league contests. ... Center fielder Grady Sizemore played in the second of what is expected to be three straight games for him. It will be the first time he has played on three consecutive days since July 2011. ... Lefthander Chris Capuano also pitched in a minor league game. For SingleA Greenville, he went five hitless innings, striking out 10. ... The crowd of 10,147 was the largest in the three-year history of JetBlue Park. PawSox ride homers to 10-1 win over Rochester LEE COUNTY, Fla. вЂ” The Pawtucket Red Sox belted five home runs and got a big game from Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava to cruise past the Rochester Red Wings, 10-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Lee County, Fla. Nava led the PawSoxвЂ™s offese by going 3-for6 with a two-run homer and an RBI single, and right fielder Bryce Brentz also blasted a two-run homer and added an RBI double. Alex Hassan, Brandon Snyder, and Mike Brenly all smacked solo home runs, and Heiker Meneses chipped in with a pair of hits, including a run-scoring double to round out the PawSoxвЂ™s 15-hit attack. Mike McCarthy, who most likely will begin the season with Double-A Portland, turned in a strong start for the PawSox by pitching four shutout innings. The win went to reliever Alex Wilson, who worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The PawSox evened their spring training record at 5-5-2 with just two Grapefruit League games remaining on Thursday and Saturday, both at home against the Red Wings. amends on his next call. When Cepeda re-entered, his demeanor changed. Undaunted, and with the Warriors nursing a one-point lead, he turned a steal into a layup with 4:11 left, then took a pass from junior Jason Almeida 19 seconds later and canned a short jumper. That had given his C.F. bunch a 48-43 cushion. Down the stretch, he canned a trey, then dropped a running one-hander before draining a putback with 16.3 seconds left to pace his Warrior teammates to a thrilling 57-51 triumph over the Kilties. вЂњThe last time we played them, we lost, and here, we wanted to prove we could beat them,вЂќ stated Cepeda, who had notched a game-high 25 points to lead his squad, which pushed its regular-season mark to 2-1. вЂњI kept thinking, 'We've got to win this! We've got to win this!'вЂќ See WARRIORS, page B2 SPORTS B2 THE CALL Thursday, March 27, 2014 Warriors strike gold with unified basketball program Continued from page B1 When asked if he felt like a hero, he simply said, вЂњNo, because I'm a basketball player. I watch the NBA on TV all the time; that's how I learned how to play. I'm proud to be a unified basketball player. This had a lot to do with my teammates.вЂќ This wasn't the usual varsity hoop game, but it had the look and feel to it. Yes, several of his teammates and foes have intellectual disabilities, but players on both sides took it so seriously that they would sulk after a chance gone awry or revel in a stellar three-point bomb. Disability? What disability? Excepting officials not calling an occasional travel or double-dribble infraction, it still produced the fervor of a a typical varsity tilt, and that's just what Silva, assistant Katie Gomes, numerous вЂњable-mindedвЂќ teammates (called partners) and volunteers strive for within this unified competitive league. вЂњThat was a close one; the game kept going back and forth, but we found a way to pull it out in the end,вЂќ offered Silva after the triumph. вЂњCoaching unified, I try to get across to the athletes that one team has to win and the other has to lose, but вЂ“ at the end of the day вЂ“ everyone's a winner. вЂњI talk to the kids all the time about just going out there and having fun; they need to play defense first, and then let the offense come to you,вЂќ he continued. вЂњI really enjoy doing this, and it's because I enjoy coaching. Any sport, any game, whatever it is, I love giving back, and they all know I'm there for them.вЂќ *** Unified hoop at CFHS began five years ago on the whim of former special education teacher Bobby Marchand and Gomes, the latter claimed. вЂњBob and I started this, and it wasn't much back then, but it's grown a lot,вЂќ explained Gomes, a Woonsocket High graduate now working as a special educator at Central Falls. вЂњThere were special needs kids begging to play, and we wanted to give them something to look forward to. Their skills weren't fantastic then, but they've improved 10-fold. вЂњMore importantly, these young people have developed very strong friendships and relationships, and I'm excited about that,вЂќ she added. вЂњIt gives me a sense of pride. They all want to compete, just like the varsity вЂњI donвЂ™t want anything out of this; it just makes me feel good to see other people happy, doing great things.вЂќ вЂ” Junior guard/partner Jason Almeida-Araujo athletes. They want to score, they want to pull down the rebound and run down the floor to grab a pass.вЂќ For those who may not know much about unified basketball, the rules are rather simple. Just like any other interscholastic hoop contest, each team fields five players. In this, however, three athletes (or those with special needs) join two partners (who are intellectuallyabled), and the ultimate goal is for the athletes to do most of the scoring, rebounding, etc. The National Federation of High Schools dictate that they should play 16-minute halves (as opposed to 20 for JV and varsity tilts); that everyone on each bench must play a meaningful amount of minutes; no possession shot clock be involved; and that partners score no more than 50 percent of the points throughout. Likewise, no varsity of JV hoopsters may compete for their school, though other athletes вЂ“ those involved with football, baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and the like вЂ“ may. Each squad must maintain a maximum of 16 players, with eight or nine roster spots going to those with intellectual disabilities and the other seven or eight to those without. вЂњOriginally, it was hard to find partners, but not anymore,вЂќ Gomes indicated. вЂњThey all love it. They want to help these kids succeed, to do well. After all, they're all high school students, and most of them love sports. That's a common denominator right there.вЂќ Junior guard/partner Jason Almeida-Araujo is one of them. He didn't have to sign up to play unified, but he had an impetus вЂ“ his cousin, classmate Rosario Almeida (who notched 21 points on this day). вЂњI just wanted to help out,вЂќ noted Jason, who represents the Warriors' football and outdoor track and field squads. вЂњHe's a unified player, and I wanted to help him and the team, but I also wanted to give back to the school. вЂњI don't want anything out of this; it just makes me feel good to see other people happy, doing great things.вЂќ On The Banner PHOTO FEATURED IN PIC OF THE DAY LAST WEEK February 28, 2014 - CumberlandвЂ™s Andrew Plata (2) shoots on North Smithп¬Ѓeld goalie Mark Pasquariello (31) and defenders William Degnan (17) and Noah Menard (19) during second period action at Levy Arena Friday night. Cumberland prevails 3-1 п¬Ѓnal. Ernest A. Brown/RIMG photo Mentioned junior Karomlay Osorio, another junior guard/partner and a member of the girls' varsity volleyball program: вЂњI really wanted to get involved with a unified team; I wanted to gain experience and know what happens with the special athletes. This is only my first year, though I really like it. At first, I thought it would be a little weird and uncomfortable. вЂњThe first time we were out here (on the court for a practice), I felt like an outcast because I didn't know much about basketball,вЂќ she added. вЂњBut once I got to know the people and how much they like it вЂ“ the athletes and the partners вЂ“ it was all really cool. When I have a career someday, I think I'd love to work with special athletes as a side job. I've learned a lot.вЂќ *** Warriors' boys' varsity basketball mentor and high school English teacher Brian Crookes watched intently at the goings-on, and he had every reason. вЂњI'm a huge fan of unified hoop; I was actually a partner about 15 years ago at the Fogarty Center in North Providence, and I learned so much,вЂќ he stated. вЂњIt's so rewarding to work with the athletes and see them have success. вЂњLook at these kids; man, they can play,вЂќ he continued as senior forward Carlos Rivera rushed down the floor for a layup. вЂњI work with Carlos in the classroom. You know he went with his partner, (junior) Sebastian Zuleta, to Washington, D.C. for a Project Unity event in early March? They both went to represent our high school and Rhode Island at the unified sports conference.вЂќ Noted Gomes: вЂњAt one point during that trip, Carlos, the athlete, told me his partner, Sebastian, was his best friend. That's what it's all about вЂ“ getting the athletes and the partners, the entire school, involved with unified. вЂњI'm beyond impressed with the inclusion that takes place in the classrooms, the hallways, the lunchroom and throughout the community,вЂќ she added. вЂњEveryone really backs this.вЂќ At that very moment, massive senior forward Luis Rosario took a pass from his partner, sophomore Gina Mendoza, and prepared to put up perhaps a six-footer. The Kilties were ready, standing with hands up, but they didn't try to knock the ball out of his hands. Instead, they waited for the 21-year-old to put up his onehander, one that tickled the twine. As soon as the bucket hit the floor, the wide-eyed Mendoza grinned, then took Mendoza's hand for the jaunt back down the floor for a bit of defensive pressure. вЂњThat's typical,вЂќ Gomes laughed. вЂњThese kids, regardless of the team, are all about sportsmanship. That's what's so rewarding. You see a kid like Luis score and get so excited about it. It's fantastic!вЂќ As for the crowd of students, they were given added incentive to spend a buck for admission: First, it was a chance to miss a class (how typical!); but, second, they had the opportunity to win a free pass to any 2014-15 athletic event by backing their team. Athletic director Anthony Ficocelli was supposed to announce two victors at halftime, but he opted for a third; he did so via the numbers on the 300 or so fans' tickets. And why not? He did so in the spirit of the fine event taking place. вЂњI have three kids on my team who can't play, but they chose to be involved anyway,вЂќ Crookes offered. He pointed at seniors Elser Colindres and Brad Zeno, not to mention freshman Jose Alvarado, barking out orders by the team bench and remarked, вЂњThey don't get anything out of it except gaining the satisfaction of helping the athletes out with their skills, telling them how to play defense. I'll tell you, I'm proud of them.вЂќ After the win, Rosario Almeida could barely contain his thrill. вЂњThis feels great! I love playing, and it's because I choose to. I'm a unified athlete, and I want to play with and help the kids in my class and school. I just love basketball; it's so fun. I have a lot of fun with my teammates.вЂќ Added junior forward Andrew Cornell: вЂњI'm here because I wanted to play ball with a team and help them win. This is good. I thought we played alright. Yeire surprised me with so many baskets at the end. He tricked (the Kilties) out with all of his moves. That's how he scored. вЂњHe came up big for us.вЂќ No question about it, but didn't they all? NFL Allen lands $15.5M deal from Bears CHICAGO (AP) вЂ” The Chicago Bears were looking to jolt their struggling defense. How does adding Jared Allen sound? The Bears agreed to a four-year contract with the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end on Wednesday afternoon, replacing one accomplished pass rusher with another as they rebuild a defense that ranked among the league's worst last season. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million. The person requested anonymity because the terms have not been announced. Allen's deal can be voided down to three years and $24 million, but the first two years of his salary and a roster bonus next March are fully guaranteed. The 31-year-old Allen spent the previous six years with the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings. He will take over for Julius Peppers, who signed with Green Bay as a free agent after being released by the Bears. Chicago's defense ranked 30th in the NFL last season and was 32nd and last against the run. "This is another important step in our continued efforts to build our team towards a championship level," general manager Phil Emery told the team's website. In a statement, Allen thanked his teammates and coaches in Minnesota along with the fans. "I can only hope that I have left with you all, with even a fraction of the positive support and impact you have had on my life, my foundation and my family," he said. "I am very excited about this next chapter in my career with the Chicago Bears and can't wait to see what the future holds for us." He had 11ВЅ sacks last season, reaching double digits in sacks for seven straight years, and is considered a solid run defender. The Vikings acquired Allen from Kansas City in 2007 and signed him to a six-year, $73 million contract that at the time made him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. AREA ROAD RACE SCHEDULE SaturdayвЂ™s Races NORTH SCITUATE вЂ” Seventh annual Run the Reservoir 15K, 9 a.m., N. Scituate Community House, 546 W. Greenville Rd. (Includes a 5K option). Contact: Milton Schumacher (Rhode Island Road Runners) at 1-401-647-3905. CUMBERLAND вЂ” Cumberland Town Wide Learning 5K, 10 a.m., McCourt Middle School, Highland Avenue. Pre-entry fee is $18, Post entries on day of race are $20. Cumberland students are $15 and teams of 10 or more are $12. For more information, see www.active.com, call Jenny Copans at 1-401-640-1441, or send an e-mail to [email protected] WRENTHAM, Mass. вЂ” Olde Irish Pub 5k & 10k Road Race, 9 a.m., McDooleyвЂ™s Olde Irish Village Pub, 303 Shears Street (Post race buffet at Olde Irish Pub. Tshirts 1st 100 by March 16.) Contact: Kathy McDonald at 1-508-543-7777. SundayвЂ™s Races SMITHFIELD вЂ” Miles for Michelle Memorial Road Race, 8 a.m., Bryant GATORвЂ™S PUB ADULT SUMMER VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE SEEKS TEAMS NORTH SMITHFIELD вЂ” The Gator's Pub Adult Summer Volleyball League is again seeking teams for the upcomign season, and information and registration forms are now available and can be downloaded online at www.gatorspub.com. The registration deadline is March 28 for returning teams. CoEd, Any 4's, Men's and Women's divisions are offered and will run nightly from Sunday through Thursday. League play will begin at the end of April. For more information, or for new teams looking to join a league, contact Deb at [email protected] or call 401-769-2594. LINCOLN LITTLE LEAGUE PLANS FINAL SIGNUPS FOR T-BALL, JUNIOR LEAGUE PROGRAMS ON SATURDAY LINCOLN вЂ” A final walk-in registration for the Lincoln Little League is being held on Saturday, March 29, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Jenckes Hill Road in Lincoln for the T-Ball (ages 4-6) and Junior Baseball (ages 13 and 14) leagues. Online registrations can also be done at http://www.eteamz.com/lincolnlittleleague for the Junior League baseball program only. Additional information can be found on the league website or by contacting the player agent, Joan Dion, at [email protected] or the league president, John Sharkey, at [email protected] Residency and School Attendance Eligibility: In an effort to accommodate Little Leaguers who want to play with their classmates and ease the burden on parents and guardians, Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries where they attend school is located. To verify enrollment, parents will need to bring an official school document, such as a report card or school enrollment form, confirming enrollment in the school for the current academic year, dated before October 1, 2013. NORTH SMITHFIELD WOMENвЂ™S SOFTBALL LEAGUE BEGINS SIGNUPS NORTH SMITHFIELD вЂ” The North Smithfield WomenвЂ™s Softball League, a non-competitive league for players ages 18 and over, is currently conducting its signups for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in signing up or would like more information should contact Jessi Mottola (401749-0121) or Alycia Fox (401-651-2250) The cost to play is $40. The league plays on Tuesday nights starting in May. The deadline for registrations is April 10. There is a $10 late fee for registrations received after this date. TRIPLE CROWN UMPIRES SEEKS NEW MEMBERS FOR 2014 SEASON WOONSOCKET вЂ” 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. University, 1150 Douglas Pike (Run Walk 1k, 5k and 10k) Contact: Carla Mulhern (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Rhode Island) at 1-401-692-1211 EAST PROVIDENCE вЂ” Mohawk Hustle: East Providence Mohawks Youth Sports 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., Pierce Stadium, Mercer Street. Contact: Amy Frese Parker (East Providence Mohawks Youth Organization) at 1-860-324-2578 Sunday, April 13 WARWICK вЂ” 11th Annual Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5K, 10 a.m., Goddard Memorial Park, 1095 Ives Road (Kids Events and awards.) Contact: Sue Manchester (RIDA) at 1-401-264-2006 Saturday, April 26 GREENVILLE вЂ” Smithfield YMCA F. Monroe Allen Memorial 5k Road Race and Kids Run, 8:30 a.m., Smithfield YMCA, 15 Deerfield Drive (1st 150 registered get t-shirt. USATF course.) Contact: Tanya LaRoche (Smithfield YMCA) at 1-401-9492480. MOUNT ST. CHARLES ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME WELCOMES CLASS OF 2014 ON MAY 16 AT SAVINIвЂ™S RESTAURANT WOONSOCKET вЂ” Thirteen inductees will comprise the Class of 2014 that will be inducted into the Mount St. Charles Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Savini's Restaurant. The Class of 2014 includes Normand "BillвЂќ Belisle (Class of 1948), Angela (Martinelli) Burke (1996), Keith Carney (1988), Michele (Merten) Diodati (1991), Anthony Garganese (1982), Sarah Gervais (2000), John Harwood (1970), Lyse-Anne (Wante) Lepine (1982), Brenna Leveille (2003), Marcel Peloquin (1941), Richard Rondeau (1939), David Roy (1998), and Al Thurier (1936). A special recognition award will also be presented to Rev. Charles Quinn. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the school or going on the school website. WOONSOCKET LITTLE LEAGUE HAS ONLINE REGISTRATION WOONSOCKET вЂ” All children who live or are enrolled in a school in Woonsocket are eligible to register for the Woonsocket Little League. Online registration is open for the following ages вЂ” Baseball (T-Ball, Instructional): Boys and girls ages 4-12 (at least 4 and not more than 12 on or before April 30); Softball: Girls ages 6-16 (at least 6 on Jan. 1 and not more than 16 on or before Dec. 31). The registration fees for baseball and softball are $55 for the first child in a family, $45 for the second child, and a max of $125 per family. The registration fee for T-Ball is $35. Those who register their children will need to complete a registration form and a medical release, and bring a copy of the player's birth certificate and three proofs of residency (must be dated prior to Feb. 1, 2014). BLACKSTONE-MILLVILLE GIRLSвЂ™ SOFTBALL LEAGUE POSTS SIGNUPS BLACKSTONE, Mass. вЂ” The Blackstone-Millville Softball Association, which is open to all girls between the ages of 6 and above, is accepting registration for the upcoming season, as well as for its travel softball program. You do not have to live in Blackstone or Millville to join/register. You may register in person at the Blackstone Town Library from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 or download the application from the website at www.bmsasoftball.com and mail it to BMSASoftball, P.O. Box 265, Blackstone, MA 01504. Include the form along with your check. CUMBERLAND TOWN WIDE LEARNING 5K TAKES PLACE MARCH 29 CUMBERLAND вЂ” The Cumberland Town Wide Learning 5K will take place on Saturday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at McCourt Middle School on Highland Avenue in Cumberland. The race will benefit the townвЂ™s middle school sports, and there will also be a health fair before and after the race for the public. The pre-entry fee is $18, and post entries on the day of the race are $20. Cumberland students will be $15 and teams of 10 or more will be $12. You can enter online at www.active.com, and for more information, contact Jenny Copans at 401-6401441 or e-mail her at [email protected] SPORTS Thursday, March 27, 2014 THE CALL B3 College sports Federal agency: College athletes can unionize Northwestern football players are вЂ�definition of employeesвЂ™ in precedent-setting decision CHICAGO (AP) вЂ” In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes. The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board answered the question at the heart of the debate over the unionization bid: Do football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize? Peter Sung Ohr, the NLRB regional director, said in a 24-page decision that the players "fall squarely" within the broad definition of employee. Pro-union activists cheered as they learned of the ruling. "It's like preparing so long for a big game and then when you win вЂ” it is pure joy," said former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, the designated president of Northwestern's would-be football players' union. An employee is regarded by law as someone who, among other things, receives compensation for a service and is under the strict, direct control of managers. In the case of the Northwestern players, coaches are the managers and scholarships are a form of compensation, Ohr concluded. The Evanston, Ill., university argued that college athletes, as students, do not fit in the same category as factory workers, truck drivers and other unionized workers. The school announced plans to appeal to labor authorities in Washington, D.C. Supporters of the union bid argued that the university ultimately treats football as more important than academics for scholarship players. Ohr sided with the players on that issue. "The record makes clear that the employer's scholarship players are identified and recruited in the first instance because of their football prowess and not because of their academic achievement in high school," Ohr wrote. He also noted that among the evidence presented by Northwestern, "no examples were provided of scholarship players being permitted to miss entire practices and/or games to attend their studies." The ruling also described how the life of a football player at Northwestern is far more regimented than that of a typical student, down to requirements about what they can and can't eat and whether they can live off campus or purchase a car. At times, players put 50 or 60 hours a week into football, he added. Alan Cubbage, Northwestern's vice president for university relations, said in a statement that while the school respects "the NLRB process and the regional director's opinion, we disagree with it." The next step would be for scholarship players to vote on whether to formally authorize the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, to represent them, according to the NLRB decision. The specific goals of CAPA include guaranteeing coverage of sports-related medical expenses for current and former players, reducing head injuries and potentially letting players pursue commercial sponsorships. But critics have argued that giving college athletes employee status and allowing them to unionize could hurt college sports in numerous ways, including raising the prospect of strikes by disgruntled players or lockouts by athletic departments. For now, the push is to unionize athletes at private schools, such as Northwestern, because the federal labor agency does not have jurisdiction over public universities. Outgoing Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter took a leading role in establishing CAPA. The United Steelworkers union has been footing the legal bills. Colter, who has entered the NFL draft, said nearly all of the 85 scholarship players on the Wildcats roster backed the union bid, though only he expressed his support publicly. He said the No. 1 reason to unionize was to ensure injured players have their medical needs met. "With the sacrifices we make athletically, medically and with our bodies, we need to be taken care of," Colter told ESPN. The NCAAhas been under increasing scrutiny over its amateurism rules and is fighting a class-action federal lawsuit by former players seeking a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games. Other lawsuits allege the NCAA failed to protect players from debilitating head injuries. NCAA President Mark Emmert has pushed for a $2,000-per-player stipend to help athletes defray some expenses. Critics say that is not nearly enough, considering players help bring in millions of dollars to their schools and conferences. In a written statement, the NCAA said it disagreed with the notion that student-athletes are employees. "We frequently hear from studentathletes, across all sports, that they participate to enhance their overall college experience and for the love of their sport, not to be paid," the NCAA said. The developments are coming to a head at a time when major college programs are awash in cash generated by new television deals that include separate networks for the big conferences. The NCAA tournament generates an average of $771 million a year in television rights itself, much of which is distributed back to member schools by the NCAA. Attorneys for CAPA argued that college football is, for all practical purposes, a commercial enterprise that relies on players' labor to generate billions of dollars in profits. The NLRB ruling noted that from 2003 to 2013 the Northwestern program generated $235 million in revenue вЂ” profits the university says went to subsidize other sports. Louisville-Kentucky showdown highlights FridayвЂ™s NCAA basketball regional semifinals LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) вЂ” Louisville's quest of fulfilling coach Rick Pitino's hopes for the Cardinals repeating as national champions and becoming a "mini-dynasty" hinge on beating archrival Kentucky. That's going to be a tough challenge against the Wildcats, who have been a thorn in the Cardinals' side. Eighth-seeded Kentucky (26-10) enters Friday night's Midwest Regional showdown against fourth-seeded Louisville (31-5) with a 3-2 edge in the NCAA tournament and a 31-15 series lead. The Wildcats have won five of the last six against Louisville, including at the 2012 Final Four en route to their eighth national championship, and a 73-66 victory last year in Lexington on Dec. 28. Kentucky would love to dash Louisville's dream of a third straight Final Four appearance, considering the Wildcats are trying to win their own second title in three years. For Louisville to win, the Cardinals need to forget history and focused on what they've been doing to win 14 of their last 15. "We're looking for revenge," former Louisville great Darrell Griffith said Wednesday. "We didn't play a good game at Kentucky, and they've got a real good team (that's) playing the way a lot expect them to play now. "We've got a great team. We're undersized, but that doesn't matter. You see a lot of teams on the sidelines now. You play to your strengths and which team's strengths prevail is the one that's going to win. Everybody's got to have their 'A' game from here on out." 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GOLF 3 p.m. вЂ” PGATour, Texas Open, opening round, at San Antonio, TGC. 6:30 p.m. вЂ” LPGA, Kia Classic, first round, at Carlsbad, Calif., TGC. Midnight вЂ” European PGA Tour, Eurasia Cup, second round, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, TGC. NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. вЂ” Chicago at Boston, NESN, WBZ (98.5 FM). TENNIS 1 p.m. вЂ” ATP World Tour/WTA, Sony Open, women's semifinal/ men's quarterfinal, at Key Biscayne, Fla., ESPN2. 7 p.m. вЂ” ATP World Tour/WTA, Sony Open, women's semifinal/ men's quarterfinal, at Key Biscayne, Fla., ESPN2. NBA Golden State 44 27 .620 6 Phoenix 43 29 .597 7ВЅ Sacramento 25 45 .357 24ВЅ L.A. Lakers 24 46 .343 25ВЅ x-clinched playoff spot вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” Tuesday's Games Orlando 95, Portland 85 Cleveland 102, Toronto 100 Dallas 128, Oklahoma City 119, OT L.A. Lakers 127, New York 96 Wednesday's Games Phoenix 99, Washington 93 Charlotte 116, Brooklyn 111, OT Toronto 99, Boston 90 Cleveland 97, Detroit 96 Atlanta at Minnesota, (n) L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, (n) Miami at Indiana, (n) Denver at San Antonio, (n) New York at Sacramento, (n) Memphis at Utah, (n) Thursday's Games Portland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Friday's Games Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m. Indiana at Washington, 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Denver, 9 p.m. New York at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 40 31 .563 вЂ” Brooklyn 37 33 .529 2ВЅ New York 29 42 .408 11 Boston 23 48 .324 17 Philadelphia 15 56 .211 25 Southeast Division W L Pct GB x-Miami 48 21 .696 вЂ” Washington 36 35 .507 13 Charlotte 35 37 .486 14ВЅ Atlanta 31 38 .449 17 Orlando 20 52 .278 29ВЅ Central Division W L Pct GB x-Indiana 51 20 .718 вЂ” Chicago 40 31 .563 11 Cleveland 29 44 .397 23 Detroit 26 45 .366 25 Milwaukee 13 58 .183 38 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB x-San Antonio 54 16 .771 вЂ” Houston 48 22 .686 6 Memphis 42 28 .600 12 Dallas 43 29 .597 12 New Orleans 30 40 .429 24 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 52 19 .732 вЂ” Portland 45 27 .625 7ВЅ Minnesota 34 35 .493 17 Denver 32 39 .451 20 Utah 23 48 .324 29 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 50 21 .704 вЂ” NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-Boston 72 49 17 6 104230 153 Montreal 74 41 26 7 89 190 184 Tampa Bay 72 39 24 9 87 214 193 Detroit 72 33 25 14 80 191204 Toronto 74 36 30 8 80 216 231 Ottawa 72 29 29 14 72205 243 Florida 73 27 38 8 62 178237 Buffalo 72 20 44 8 48 138 212 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 72 46 21 5 97 224 180 N.Y. Rangers 73 40 29 4 84 194 178 Philadelphia 71 38 26 7 83205 201 Columbus 72 37 29 6 80204 196 Washington 73 34 27 12 80 212 218 New Jersey 72 31 28 13 75 175 187 Carolina 72 31 32 9 71 181205 N.Y. Islanders 72 28 35 9 65202 243 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-St. Louis 72 49 16 7 105233 163 Chicago 73 42 16 15 99 244 188 Colorado 72 45 21 6 96 221 198 Minnesota 73 37 25 11 85 182 183 Dallas 72 34 27 11 79203 207 Nashville 73 31 31 11 73 177 218 Winnipeg 73 32 32 9 73202 213 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA x-San Jose 74 47 18 9 103227 177 x-Anaheim 71 46 18 7 99228 180 Los Angeles 73 42 25 6 90 182 155 Phoenix 73 35 26 12 82202 207 Vancouver 74 34 30 10 78 181 198 Calgary 72 30 35 7 67 183 211 Edmonton 73 25 39 9 59 180 241 NOTE: Two points for a win, one for OT loss. x-clinched playoff spot вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” Tuesday's Games Los Angeles 5, Washington 4, SO Florida 3, Ottawa 2, SO Colorado 5, Nashville 4, SO St. Louis 5, Toronto 3 Phoenix 3, Pittsburgh 2 N.Y. Islanders 5, Carolina 4 Montreal 2, Buffalo 0 Columbus 4, Detroit 2 Chicago 4, Dallas 2 San Jose 5, Edmonton 2 Wednesday's Games Vancouver 5, Minnesota 2 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, (n) Anaheim at Calgary, (n) Thursday's Games Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. Phoenix at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Montreal at Detroit, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 9 p.m. Winnipeg at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Friday's Games Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. MLB PRESEASON AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Tampa Bay 15 6 .714 Cleveland 18 8 .692 Los Angeles 17 10 .630 Baltimore 13 8 .619 Seattle 17 11 .607 New York 15 12 .556 Detroit 13 12 .520 Oakland 13 13 .500 Toronto 13 13 .500 Kansas City 11 15 .423 Chicago 9 13 .409 Houston 10 15 .400 Texas 10 15 .400 Minnesota 8 14 .364 Boston 9 16 .360 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct San Francisco 17 10 .630 Pittsburgh 14 9 .609 Miami 17 11 .607 Arizona 12 9 .571 Colorado 14 13 .519 New York 14 13 .519 Washington 14 13 .519 St. Louis 11 12 .478 San Diego 10 12 .455 Milwaukee 12 16 .429 Atlanta 12 17 .414 Cincinnati 12 17 .414 Chicago 12 18 .400 Los Angeles 6 10 .375 Philadelphia 9 16 .360 NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” Tuesday's Games Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 Atlanta 12, Detroit 3 Miami 6, St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 22, Toronto 5 Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 3 Minnesota 4, Baltimore 1 Texas 5, Cleveland 0 San Francisco 5, Milwaukee 4 Oakland 8, Cincinnati 4 Colorado 4, Chicago White Sox 1 L.A. Angels 8, Chicago Cubs (ss) 4 Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Yankees 0 Seattle 9, Kansas City 6 San Diego 5, Chicago Cubs (ss) 5, tie Wednesday's Games Atlanta 9, Miami 2 Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 1 Toronto 10, N.Y. Yankees 6 Detroit 1, Philadelphia 0 Baltimore (ss) 5, Boston 4 St. Louis 3, Washington 2 San Diego 9, Kansas City 5 L.A. Angels 6, Oakland 2 Texas 5, Seattle 3 Chicago White Sox 9, Cincinnati 5 Cleveland 10, Milwaukee 3 San Francisco 8, Colorado 6 Arizona 14, Chicago Cubs 4 Houston 9, N.Y. Mets 6 Baltimore (ss) vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., (n) Thursday's Games Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12:10 p.m. Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. Cincinnati (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cincinnati (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. Friday's Games Tampa Bay vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Toronto at Montreal, Quebec, 7:05 p.m. Miami vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Houston vs. Texas at San Antonio, Texas, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland vs. San Diego at San Diego, Calif., 9:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Colorado vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. AHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Manchester 67 42 17 2 6 92 212 169 St. John's 66 41 21 1 3 86 221 176 Providence 67 35 23 2 7 79209 190 Worcester 65 32 29 3 1 68 168 193 Portland 64 23 31 2 8 56 191 231 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Binghamton 64 38 21 1 4 81237 195 WB/Scranton 66 36 22 3 5 80 185 164 Norfolk 65 34 22 2 7 77 172 169 Hershey 65 32 25 4 4 72 190 185 Syracuse 65 26 29 4 6 62 163 192 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Springfield 66 40 20 1 5 86 211 184 Albany 65 34 20 4 7 79 193 170 Hartford 65 28 30 1 6 63 172 201 Bridgeport 65 27 31 2 5 61 168 204 Adirondack 65 25 35 1 4 55 151 191 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Grand Rapids 66 41 19 2 4 88 211 162 Chicago 64 37 19 5 3 82 194 157 Milwaukee 65 31 21 6 7 75 185 178 Rockford 65 31 25 5 4 71 199 219 Iowa 64 25 29 6 4 60 148 190 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto 64 39 20 2 3 83 187 162 Rochester 66 30 26 6 4 70 181 193 Utica 64 29 28 3 4 65 156 183 Lake Erie 63 28 28 0 7 63 163 188 Hamilton 65 28 32 1 4 61 151 190 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Texas 67 42 17 3 5 92237 179 Abbotsford 66 35 24 5 2 77 196 189 Charlotte 66 33 30 1 2 69 199 209 Oklahoma City 66 30 27 2 7 69206 226 San Antonio 65 26 30 3 6 61 178 195 NOTE: Two points for a win, one for OT or SO loss. вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” Tuesday's Games Toronto 3, Rochester 1 Charlotte 2, Iowa 1 Oklahoma City 2, San Antonio 1 Texas 4, Hamilton 0 Wednesday's Games Springfield 3, Adirondack 0 Syracuse 3, St. John's 2 Worcester 5, Portland 3 Milwaukee 3, Rochester 1 Providence 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 Lake Erie at Chicago, (n) Charlotte at Iowa, (n) Thursday's Games No games scheduled Friday's Games Adirondack at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Abbotsford at Utica, 7 p.m. Providence at Portland, 7 p.m. Worcester at Manchester, 7 p.m. Albany at Hershey, 7 p.m. Springfield at Hartford, 7 p.m. St. John's at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m. Lake Erie at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Grand Rapids at Rockford, 8 p.m. Hamilton at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. TRANSACTIONS Wednesday's Sports Transactions The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES вЂ” Assigned LHP Kelvin De La Cruz outright to Norfolk (IL). Optioned RHP Steve Johnson, OF Henry Urrutia and RHP Brad Brach to Norfolk (IL). Reassigned OF Quintin Berry and INF Alexi Casilla to minor league camp. CHICAGO WHITE SOX вЂ” Claimed RHP Javy Guerra off waivers from the L.A. Dodgers. CLEVELAND INDIANS вЂ” Optioned RHP Josh Tomlin to Columbus (IL). DETROIT TIGERS вЂ” Selected the contract of SS Alex Gonzalez from Toledo (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS вЂ” Traded C Adam Moore to San Diego for a player to be named. Optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Omaha (PCL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS вЂ” Waived RHP Joe Blanton for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. MINNESOTA TWINS вЂ” Released OF Jermaine Mitchell. Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Guerrier on a minor league contract. NEW YORK YANKEES вЂ” Optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). SEATTLE MARINERS вЂ” Agreed to terms with OF Endy Chavez and C Humberto Quintero on minor league contracts. TAMPA BAY RAYS вЂ” Released RHP Mark Lowe. TEXAS RANGERS вЂ” Claimed RHP Seth Rosin off waivers from the L.A. Dodgers and INF Donnie Murphy off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Placed RHP Tommy Hanson on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Placed OF Engel Beltre on the 60-day DL. National League CHICAGO CUBS вЂ” Released C George Kottaras. MILWAUKEE BREWERS вЂ” Optioned RHP Rob Wooten and INF/OF Elian Herrera to Nashville (PCL). NEW YORK METS вЂ” Agreed to terms with RHP Kyle Farnsworth on a minor league contract. Selected the contract of RHP Jose Valverde from Las Vegas (PCL). Optioned RHP Vic Black to Las Vegas. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES вЂ” Optioned C Cameron Rupp to Lehigh Valley (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS вЂ” Agreed to terms with RHP David Aardsma on a minor league contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES вЂ” Agreed to terms with OF Jeff Francoeur on a minor league contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS вЂ” Voided their option of RHP Ross Ohlendorf and placed him on the 60day DL. Agreed to terms with INF/OF Kevin Frandsen. American Association AMARILLO SOX вЂ” Traded RHP Josh Giles to Sioux Falls for a player to be named. GRAND PRAIRIE AIR HOGS вЂ” Signed INF Matthew Burns, OF Tommy Barksdale, C Vince DiFazio and RHP David Teasley. KANSAS CITY T-BONES вЂ” Signed RHP Bobby Shore. LAREDO LEMURS вЂ” Signed INF Omar Luna. SIOUX FALLS CANARIES вЂ” Signed C Dallas Tarleton. Atlantic League CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS вЂ” Signed LHPs Sergio Espinosa and Bryan Morgado and 3B Bryan Pounds. LONG ISLAND DUCKS вЂ” Signed INF Josh Brodin. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MILWAUKEE BUCKS вЂ” Signed G/F D.J. Stephens to a 10-day contract. Women's National Basketball Association ATLANTA DREAM вЂ” Re-signed C Erika de Souza. FOOTBALL National Football League KANSAS CITY CHIEFS вЂ” Signed DT Cory Grissom. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS вЂ” Agreed to terms with QB Luke McCown on a one-year contract. Canadian Football League B.C. LIONS вЂ” Signed OL Hunter Steward. HOCKEY National Hockey League DALLAS STARS вЂ” Signed F Justin Dowling to a twoyear contract. DETROIT RED WINGS вЂ” Assigned LW Mitch Callahan to Grand Rapids (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS вЂ” Reassigned F Joey Crabb and D Ryan Whitney to San Antonio (AHL). MONTREAL CANADIENS вЂ” Signed D Mac Bennett to a two-year contract. NASHVILLE PREDATORS вЂ” Assigned F Zach Budish from Milwaukee (AHL) to Cincinnati (ECHL). NEW YORK RANGERS вЂ” Recalled F J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES вЂ” Recalled D Connor Murphy from Portland (AHL). SAN JOSE SHARKS вЂ” Signed F Ryan Carpenter to an entry-level contract. American Hockey League BINGHAMTON SENATORS вЂ” Assigned F Danny Hobbs to Elmira (ECHL). Recalled F Jakub Culek from Elmira. HAMILTON BULLDOGS вЂ” Signed F Nick Sorkin to a professional tryout agreement. TORONTO MARLIES вЂ” Assigned F Wade MacLeod to Orlando (ECHL). WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS вЂ” Recalled F Carter Rowney from Wheeling (ECHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS вЂ” Suspended Toronto M Jackson one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for aggressive inflammatory behavior during Saturday's game. North American Soccer League NEW YORK COSMOS вЂ” Signed G Kyle Zobeck. COLLEGE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE вЂ” Announced the UMass football team will be leaving conference after the 2015 season. MARQUETTE вЂ” Announced the resignations of men's basketball assistant coaches Brad Autry and Isaac Chew. MUHLENBERG вЂ” Named Joshua Carter quarterbacks/wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator. RICE вЂ” Named Mike Rhoades men's basketball coach. TARLETON STATE вЂ” Announced the retirement of women's basketball coach Ronnie Hearne. Named Misty Wilson women's basketball coach. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF GA Houston 2 0 0 6 5 0 Columbus 2 0 0 6 5 1 Toronto FC 2 0 0 6 3 1 Philadelphia 1 1 1 4 3 3 Kansas City 1 1 1 4 2 2 Chicago 0 1 2 2 4 5 New York 0 1 2 2 3 6 New England 0 2 1 1 0 5 Montreal 0 3 0 0 2 6 D.C. United 0 2 0 0 0 4 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF GA FC Dallas 2 0 1 7 7 4 Seattle 2 1 0 6 4 2 Vancouver 1 0 2 5 5 2 Real Salt Lake1 0 2 5 5 4 Chivas USA 1 1 1 4 5 6 Colorado 1 0 1 4 3 1 Portland 0 1 2 2 2 4 San Jose 0 1 1 1 3 4 Los Angeles 0 1 1 1 1 2 NOTE: Three points for a victory, one for a tie. вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” SaturdayвЂ™s Games Chicago at D.C. United, 4 p.m. Montreal at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 6 p.m. Houston at Vancouver, 7 p.m. Portland at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Toronto FC at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m. Columbus at Seattle FC, 10 p.m. New England at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. SundayвЂ™s Game Chivas USA at New York, 3 p.m. NCAA MENвЂ™S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT By The Associated Press FIRST ROUND Tuesday, March 18 Albany (N.Y.) 71, Mount St. Mary's 64 N.C. State 74, Xavier 59 Wednesday, March 19 Cal Poly 81, Texas Southern 69 Tennessee 78, Iowa 65, OT вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” EAST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 Connecticut 89, Saint Joseph's 81, OT Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53 Harvard 61, Cincinnati 57 Michigan State 93, Delaware 78 Friday, March 21 Memphis 71, George Washington 66 Virginia 70, Coastal Carolina 59 North Carolina 79, Providence 77 Iowa State 93, North Carolina Central 75 Third Round Saturday, March 22 Connecticut 77, Villanova 65 Michigan State 80, Harvard 73 Sunday, March 23 Virginia 78, Memphis 60 Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83 Regional Semifinals At Madison Square Garden, New York Friday, March 28 Connecticut (28-8) vs. Iowa State (28-7), 7:27 p.m. Michigan State (28-8) vs. Virginia (30-6), 9:57 p.m. Regional Championship Sunday, March 30 Semifinal winners вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” SOUTH REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 Dayton 60, Ohio State 59 Syracuse 77, Western Michigan 53 Pittsburgh 77, Colorado 48 Florida 67, Albany (N.Y.) 55 Friday, March 21 Stanford 58, New Mexico 53 Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69 Stephen F. Austin 77, VCU 75, OT UCLA 76, Tulsa 59 Third Round Saturday, March 22 Dayton 55, Syracuse 53 Florida 61, Pittsburgh 45 Sunday, March 23 Stanford 60, Kansas 57 UCLA 77, Stephen F. Austin 60 Regional Semifinals At FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn. Thursday, March 27 Dayton (25-10) vs. Stanford (23-12), 7:15 p.m. Florida (34-2) vs. UCLA (28-8), 9:45 p.m. Regional Championship Saturday, March 29 Semifinal winners MIDWEST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 Saint Louis 83, N.C. State 80, OT Louisville 71, Manhattan 64 Michigan 57, Wofford 40 Texas 87, Arizona State 85 Friday, March 21 Mercer 78, Duke 71 Tennessee 86, UMass 67 Wichita State 64, Cal Poly 37 Kentucky 56, Kansas State 49 Third Round Saturday, March 22 Louisville 66, Saint Louis 51 Michigan 79, Texas 65 Sunday, March 23 Tennessee 83, Mercer 63 Kentucky 78, Wichita State 76 Regional Semifinals At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Friday, March 28 Michigan (27-8) vs. Tennessee (24-12), 7:15 p.m. Kentucky (26-10) vs. Louisville (31-5), 9:45 p.m. Regional Championship Sunday, March 30 Semifinal winners вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” WEST REGIONAL Second Round Thursday, March 20 Wisconsin 75, American 35 Oregon 87, BYU 68 North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75, OT San Diego State 73, New Mexico State 69, OT Friday, March 21 Baylor 74, Nebraska 60 Creighton 76, Louisiana-Lafayette 66 Arizona 68, Weber State 59 Gonzaga 85, Oklahoma State 77 Third Round Saturday, March 22 Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77 San Diego State 63, North Dakota State 44 Sunday, March 23 Baylor 85, Creighton 55 Arizona 84, Gonzaga 61 Regional Semifinals At The Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. Thursday, March 27 Wisconsin (28-7) vs. Baylor (26-11), 7:47 p.m. San Diego State (31-4) vs. Arizona (32-4), 10:17 p.m. Regional Championship Saturday, March 29 Semifinal winners вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” FINAL FOUR At AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas National Semifinals Saturday, April 5 East champion vs. South champion Midwest champion vs. West champion National Championship Monday, April 7 Semifinal winners Thursday, March 27, 2014 NBA Celts drop seventh game in last eight contests; Raptors soar to 99-90 win BOSTON (AP) вЂ” Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry 23 and the Toronto Raptors edged closer to their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 99-90 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which increased its Atlantic Division lead to 2 1/2 games over Brooklyn, which lost in Charlotte. The Raptors can clinch a playoff spot if the New York Knicks lose at Sacramento later Wednesday. Jared Sullinger led Boston with 26 points, going 4 of 6 from 3point range. Boston lost for the seventh time in eight games. It was Lowry's eighth straight game of 20 or more points and helped the Raptors snap an 11-game losing streak in Boston. Toronto captured its 19th road win, one off the club record set 2000-01. Boston guard Rajon Rondo was cut on the forehead midway into the third quarter and received nine stitches. He returned to the bench early in the fourth quarter with a bandage that ran from the bridge of his nose straight up to his forehead and he re-entered the game with 8:05 to play. The Raptors had opened a 79-64 lead early the fourth quarter, but Boston went on a 9-0 run. Toronto pushed it back to 85-75 before Sullinger nailed consecutive 3s 34 seconds apart, narrowing it to four points with just under 6 minutes to play. Chris Johnson's basket вЂ” on an officials' reviewed goaltending call вЂ” closed it to 93-90 with 1:49 left, but Lowry and Ross hit consecutive 3s on the next two possessions to send the Raptors to the victory. In the third quarter, Lowry nailed consecutive 3s on Toronto's first two possessions, pushing the Raptors' lead to 61-46. They held at least a nine-point lead for the rest of the quarter, opening it to 7762 after Ross nailed a 3 at the buzzer. Toronto, which blew an 11-point second-quarter lead in less than 2 minutes, held a 55-46 advantage at halftime. Notes: A few minutes before the opening tip-off and about 10 after the National Anthems were completed, the Celtics asked the crowd to rise for a moment of silence to honor two Boston firefighters that were killed battling a fire in the city's Back Bay section вЂ” about two miles away. ... Boston coach Brad Stevens praised Raptors guard Lowry before the game. "(He) is playing terrific," Stevens said. "He makes a lot of plays that don't go talked about." ... Sullinger had 25 points and 20 rebounds when the Celtics beat the Raptors at home on Jan. 15. He had eight boards on Wednesday. THIS WEEK IN AUTO RACING NASCAR SPRINT CUP STP 500 Site: Martinsville, Va. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10-11 a.m.; Fox Sports 2, 1-2 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, 12:30-5 p.m.). Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles). Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps. Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to his eighth Martinsville victory, leading 346 laps. Last week: Kyle Busch won at Fontana for the second straight year, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and brother Kurt Busch in a two-lap sprint. Fast facts: The race is the sixth of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the season-opening Daytona 500, Kevin Harvick took the Phoenix race, Brad Keselowski won in Las Vegas and Carl Edwards at Bristol. ... Jeff Gordon won the October race at the track. He also has eight Martinsville victories. ... Richard Petty won a record 15 times at Martinsville, the only remaining venue from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season. Next race: Duck Commander 500, April 6, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas. Online: http://www.nascar.com вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” CAMPING WORLD TRUCK KROGER 250 Site: Martinsville, Va. Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 3:4:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m.), race, 2:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 2:30-5 p.m.). Track: Martinsville Speedway (oval, 0.526 miles). Race distance: 105.2 miles, 200 laps. Last year: Johnny Sauter raced to his second straight victory to open the season. Last race: Kyle Busch won at Daytona on Feb. 21 to become the first driver to win Truck, ARCA, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at the track. Fast facts: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the October race at the track to become the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and first in a half-century. Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels. ... Busch has 35 series victories, winning five times in 11 starts last year. Next race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, May 16, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. Online: http://www.nascar.com вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” NATIONWIDE Next race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, April 4, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas. Last week: Kyle Larson raced to his first Nationwide victory, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch at Fontana. Online: http://www.nascar.com вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” VERIZON INDYCAR FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG Site: St. Petersburg, Fla. Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, practice, qualifying; Sunday, race, 3:20 p.m. (ABC, 3-6 p.m.). Track: Streets of St. Petersburg (street course, 1.8 miles). Race distance: 198 miles, 110 laps. Last year: James Hinchcliffe won the season-opening race for Andretti Autosport. Fast facts: Juan Pablo Montoya is driving for Roger Penske in his return to IndyCar after 12 seasons in Formula One and NASCAR. The Colombian won seven races and the CART championship in 1999 and took the Indianapolis 500 and two other races in 2000 for Chip Ganassi. ... Ganassi's Scott Dixon won the season title last year. He's the active leader with 33. ... Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan has replaced the retired Dario Franchitti at Ganassi Racing. ... Verizon replaced Izod as the series title sponsor. Next race: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 13, Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif. Online: http://www.indycar.com вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” FORMULA ONE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 2-3:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 4-5:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 4 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 3:30-6:30 p.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m.). Track: Sepang International Circuit (road course, 3.44 miles). Race distance: 192.88 miles, 56 laps. Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won after ignoring team orders and overtaking teammate Mark Webber for the lead. Vettel won 13 races last year en route to his fourth straight season title. Last race: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won the season-opening Australia Grand Prix on March 16. Fast facts: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified after finishing second in Australia for exceeding the new limits on fuel flow. The team appealed the penalty, blaming the problem on a malfunction of the FIA-approved sensor. The appeal will be held April 14. ... Vettel's engine failed early in Australia. He has 39 victories in 121 career starts. Next race: Bahrain Grand Prix, April 6, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Online: http://www.formula1.com вЂ”вЂ”вЂ” NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS Site: Las Vegas. Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 8-10 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.). Track: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year: Allen Johnson swept the K&N Horsepower Challenge event and regular Pro Stock competition. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel, and Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field. Last event: Robert Hight won the Gatornationals on March 26, beating boss John Force in the Funny Car final. Doug Kalitta won in Top Fuel, Johnson in Pro Stock, and Steve Johnson in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Fast facts: The event is the fourth of the season. ... Force leads the Funny Car standings. The 64-yearold driver won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., for his record 139th victory. He won his record 16th season title last year. Next event: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 11-13, zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C. Online: http://www.nhra.com BOXING Fight Schedule The Associated Press (Televised fights in parentheses) FridayвЂ™s Fights At 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, S.D. (ESPN2), "Boxcino" lightweight tournament semifinals: Chris Rudd vs. Petr Petrov; Miguel Gonzalez vs. Fernando Carcamo (8 rounds). SaturdayвЂ™s Fights At Berlin, Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Pawel Kolodziej, 12, for Hernandez's IBF cruiserweight title. At Newcastle, England, Stuart Hall vs. Martin Ward, 12, for Hall's IBF bantamweight title. At the Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO), Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew, 12, for Kovalev's WBO light heavyweight title; Thomas Dulorme vs. Karim Mayfield, 10, for the vacant NABF junior welterweight title. Thursday, April 3 At Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif. (FS1), Luis Ortiz vs. Monte Barrett, 10, heavyweights; Gerald Washington vs. Skipp Scott, 10, heavyweights. COMICS Thursday, March 27, 2014 Retail By Norm Feuti For Better or Worse By Lynn Johnston Blondie By Dean Young & Denis Lebrun Mother Goose & Grimm Baby Blues By Mike Peters By Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott By Pat Brady Rose Is Rose Funky Winkerbean By Tom Batiuk By Johnny Hart B.C. THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words. CHIDT В©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC All Rights Reserved. RIREV LACAAP TAYREE Jumble puzzle magazines available at pennydellpuzzles.com/jumblemags by David L. 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Ans. here: YesterdayвЂ™s Cryptoquote THE CALL B5 (Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: ABATE FOCAL COUPLE FERVOR Answer: When the instructor didnвЂ™t charge for the parachute lesson, it was a вЂ” FREE FALL THE Blackstone CALL Valley alues V Thursday, March 27, 2014 Legals 100 Legals 100 Legals MORTGAGEE'S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE 261-263 ELM STREET, WOONSOCKET, RI 02895 The premises described in the mortgage will be sold subject to all encumbrances and prior liens on April 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM on the premises, by virtue of the power of sale contained in a mortgage by David Alencar and Nalzira Alencar dated May 13, 2005 and recorded in the Woonsocket Land Evidence Records in Book 100 Legals 1437 Page 345, the ORLANS MORAN PLLC conditions of said mortAttorney for the gage having been bro- Present Holder of the ken. Mortgage P.O. Box 540540 TERMS OF SALE: Waltham, MA 02454 A deposit of FIVE Phone: 781-790-7800 THOUSAND DOLLARS 362.7152 AND 00 CENTS NOTICE OF ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or MORTGAGEE'S SALE 263 Morin Street bank treasurer s check Woonsocket, will be required to be Rhode Island delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The description The premises described of the premises con- in the mortgage will be tained in said mortgage sold, subject to all enshall control in the cumbrances, prior liens event of an error in this and such matters which publication. Other may constitute valid terms will be an- liens or encumbrances after sale, at public aucnounced at the sale. tion on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM, on the premises by virtue of the power of sale in continued next column said mortgage made by Edward J. Magner and Julie A. Magner, dated continued next column continued next column Harrisville Fire District COLLECTORвЂ™S SALE OF ESTATES FOR TAXES AND/OR ASSESSMENTS DUE AND UNPAID The undersigned, Tax Collector of the Harrisville Fire District located in the Town of Burrillville, hereby gives notice that she will sell at public auction to the Highest Bidder in the Harrisville Fire District Office, located at, 115 Central Street, Harrisville, Rhode Island, 02830, on the 18TH day of April 2014 at 10:00 a.m., local time, the following described parcels of real estate (for the levy upon which notice is hereby given) or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the Harrisville Fire District taxes and/or assessments of the Harrisville Fire District located in the Town of Burrillville which constitute a lien thereon, together with the costs and interest thereon, and the costs and charges incident to this sale. Each of the following described parcels of real estate will be sold for the payment of the taxes and/or assessment assessed. Information as to the nature of the said taxes and/or assessment and the amounts due on the several parcels may be obtained from the undersigned, and will be announced at the sale. Be advised that if your property in which you have a substantial interest is sold at tax sale, then you have one year to redeem it through the CollectorвЂ™s Office or through the tax sale purchaser by tendering the real estate taxes, sewer and/or assessments paid, plus a ten percent penalty on the tax sale amount, plus one percent interest on the tax sale amount per month from the seventh month onward. After the passage of one year, you may exercise your right to redeem through the tax sale purchaser or his attorney, or, if a petition to foreclose your right of redemption has been filed in Superior Court, you may redeem through the Court until a final decree is entered forever foreclosing your right of redemption. For a more particular description of the said estates, reference is hereby made to the records and plats in the office of the Clerk of said Town of Burrillville. TERMS: CASH OR BANK CHECK ONLY Brenda M. Gingell, Tax Collector Harrisville Fire District Estate Taxed to: Estate Taxed to: Parcel ID: 141/95/4-3 Michael F. Methot Jay B Godleski & Monique Title Code: 10 Property Location: R. Deroche 234 Jefferson Road Property Location: Estate Taxed to: 33 Tall Timber Trail Drive US Bank National Associ- Harrisville, RI 02830 Harrisville, RI 02830 ation as Indenture Trustee Parcel ID: 160/34-10-2 Title Code: 25 Parcel ID: 159/15 for American Home Title Code: 1 Mortgage Investment Trust Estate Taxed to: 2005-4A Ronald Normandin, Leah Estate Taxed to: Property Location: Brown & Patrick T. Conley Mark W Baker & Julie A 58 Hill Road Property Location: Baker Harrisville, RI 02830 165 Callahan School Street Property Location: Parcel ID: 142/13 Harrisville, RI 02830 311 Chapel Street Title Code: 11 Parcel ID: 142/95 Harrisville, RI 02830 Title Code: 26 Parcel ID: 142/69 Estate Taxed to: Title Code: 3 Ralph A Hopkins Jr Estate Taxed to: Property Location: Richard E Ross & Carolyn Estate Taxed to: 0 Chapel Street D Ross Deutsche Bank National Harrisville, RI 02830 Property Location: Trust Company Parcel ID: 158/21 1145 Sherman Farm Road Property Location: Title Code: 12 Harrisville, RI 02830 1584 Round Top Road Parcel ID: 057/11 Harrisville, RI 02830 Estate Taxed to: Parcel ID: 021/11 Dennis C Leahey & Paula Title Code: 34 Title Code: 7 Leahey Estate Taxed to: Property Location: Gerard S Smith Estate Taxed to: 735 Steere Farm Road Property Location: Federal National Mortgage Pascoag, RI 02859 283 Chapel Street / Fannie Mac Parcel ID: 230/9 Harrisville, RI 02830 Property Location: Title Code: 21 Parcel ID: 142/66 295 Joslin Road Title Code: 35 Glendale, RI 02826 Estate Taxed to: Roland Martin & Janice A Parcel ID: 112/4 Martin Estate Taxed to: Title Code: 8 Property Location: Richard Williams 650 Cherry Farm Road Property Location: Estate Taxed to: 0 Union Avenue Harrisville, RI 02830 David J Harrop Pascoag, RI 02859 Parcel ID: 092/4 Property Location: Parcel ID: 141/131 63 Sanwood Drive, Unit #3 Title Code: 23 Title Code: 40 Harrisville, RI 02830 вЂњThereвЂ™s More $$$ In That Old Car, Truck, Van or Motorcycle That You Thought.вЂќ YouвЂ™ll fill up when you sell that old set of wheels through the Classifieds and this offer available only to subscribers. 5 LINES ONLY $ 19.95 ad appears up to 60 days (No Dealers) 100 Legals g July 26, 2006, and recorded in the Woonsocket, RI Land Evidence Records in Book 1560 at Page 305, the conditions of said mortgage having been broken. $5,000.00 in cash, certified or bank check required to bid. 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(AP) вЂ” Becky Bach watches and waits, hoping that search crews find her brother and three other relatives who are missing in Washington stateвЂ™s deadly mudslide. Doug Massingale waits too, for word about his 4month-old granddaughter. Searchers were able to identify carpet from the infantвЂ™s bedroom, but a log jam stood in the way of a more thorough effort to find little Sanoah Huestis, known as вЂњSnowy.вЂќ With little hope to cling to, family members of the missing are beginning to confront a grim reality: Their loved ones might never be found, remaining entombed forever inside a mountain of mud that is believed to have claimed at least 24 lives. вЂњIt just generates so many questions if they donвЂ™t find them,вЂќ Bach said. вЂњIвЂ™ve never known anybody to die in a natural disaster. Do they issue death certificates?вЂќ Search crews using dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands kept slogging through the mess of broken wood and mud again Wednesday, looking for more bodies or anyone who might still be alive nearly five days after a wall of fast-moving earth destroyed a small rural community. But authorities have acknowledged they might have to leave some victims buried. Trying to recover every corpse would be impractical and dangerous. The debris field is about a square mile and 30 to 40 feet deep in places, with a moon-like surface that includes quicksand-like muck, rain-slickened mud and ice. The terrain is difficult to navigate on foot and makes it treacherous or impossible to bring in heavy equipment. To make matters worse, the pile is laced with other hazards that include fallen trees, propane and septic tanks, twisted vehicles and countless shards of shattered homes. вЂњWe have to get on with our lives at some point,вЂќ said Bach, who has spent the past several days in the area in hopes that searchers would find her brother, his wife, her 20-year-old great niece and the young girl's fiance. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but authorities believe at least 24 people were killed. And scores of others are still unaccounted for, although many of those names were believed to be duplicates or people who escaped safely. Study: Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober CHICAGO (AP) вЂ” A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics and drug addicts from relapsing. Adults released from inpatient alcoholism treatment centers who got free sober smartphones reported fewer drinking days and more overall abstinence than those who got the usual follow-up support. The results were based on patientsвЂ™ self-reporting on whether they resumed drinking, a potential limitation. Still, addiction experts say the immediacy of smartphone-based help could make them a useful tool in fighting relapse. Mark Wiitala, 32, took part in the study and says the app helped save his life. He said the most helpful feature allowed him to connect to a network of peers whoвЂ™d gone through the same recovery program. The app made them immediately accessible for an encouraging text or phone call when he needed an emotional boost. вЂњItвЂ™s an absolutely amazing tool,вЂќ said Wiitala, of Middlesex County, Mass. He said heвЂ™s continued to use it even though the study ended. The study was published online Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. It involved 271 adults followed for a year after in-patient treatment for alcoholism at one of several U.S. centers in the Midwest and Northeast. NATION B8 THE CALL Thursday, March 27, 2014 Ukraine crisis taking toll on Obama job approval rating Positives plummet to 41 percent in poll CONNIE CASS and JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated Press WASHINGTON вЂ” Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-sobleak spot in the publicвЂ™s waning assessment of Barack Obama. Not anymore. HeвЂ™s getting low marks for handling RussiaвЂ™s swoop into Ukraine, and more Americans than ever disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Despite the poor performance reviews, ObamaвЂ™s primary tactic so far вЂ” imposing economic sanctions on key Russians вЂ” has strong backing. Close to 9 out of 10 Americans support sanctions as a response to RussiaвЂ™s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the poll indicates. About half of that group says the U.S. sanctions so far are about right, while the other half wants to see them strengthened, the AP-GfK poll found. Most Democrats say the sanctions were OK, while a majority of Republicans find them too weak. вЂњWeвЂ™re supposed to be a country that helps smaller countries in need,вЂќ said Christopher Ashby, 29, a Republican in Albemarle, N.C., who wants a more powerful response. вЂњUkraine at this time is definitely in need.вЂќ Ashby, a stay-at-home dad caring for three young daughters, said, вЂњWhen I look at Obama, I see my 5-year-old daughter looking at something that just happened and saying вЂ�What do I do?вЂ™'вЂќ Overall disapproval of the job Obama is doing ticked up to 59 percent вЂ” a record high for his presidency вЂ” in the poll released Wednesday. ThatвЂ™s still well below the 72 percent disapproval rate that former President George W. Bush recorded in the AP-GfK poll in October 2008. Still, ObamaвЂ™s 41 percent approval rating is a sobering number for fellow Democrats running in this fallвЂ™s House and Senate elections. Americans are now divided over which party they would rather see in control of Congress. Democrats held a slight edge over Republicans in the January APGfK poll. Obama gets lowest marks for his handling of the federal budget, immigration and the economy. Support for ObamaвЂ™s education policies, which had been a strong point, dipped into negative territory this month, too. Republicans have long criticized the president as too weak in asserting American power abroad. Yet until now, foreign policy hasnвЂ™t been a drag on ObamaвЂ™s second term: Americans were about as likely to endorse his actions as to disapprove. Now heвЂ™s hit a new low on international relations вЂ” just 40 percent approval. Majorities say they dislike Obama's handling of the Ukraine situation (57 percent) and his interactions with Russia (54 percent). Almost half of those polled say they support imposing tougher sanctions if Russia pushes into new regions or other countries; only 14 percent are opposed. That backs up threats from Obama and Western allies to target RussiaвЂ™s economy with damaging sanctions if President Vladimir Putin goes further. About a third of those surveyed said they oppose giving monetary aid to nations targeted by Russia. Only about 20 percent approve of financial support, while the biggest share is neutral. This week Congress is considering $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine sought by Obama. The idea of lending any type of military support to Ukraine is unpopular, the poll says. Obama has said there are no plans to use military force to dislodge Russia from the Crimean Peninsula.