PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A charitable endeavor falls short of its claims, a team’s tough loss leads to a rousing speech and farms become hip. Here are five things to know in Rhode Island:
The Associated Press reported this week that sales of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci’s Mayor’s Own Marinara Sauce, which are supposed to benefit a scholarship fund, have not resulted in any money being donated to the charity for several years. Cianci adviser Charles Mansolillo told the AP that from 2009 to 2012, the sauce made a total of $3 in income. The AP also reported that the charity has amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars but gives out just a few thousand per year in grants, and most of its spending is on expenses.
Following a tough loss at the Little League World Series, a coach from Cumberland gave an inspiring speech that went viral. David Belisle, coach of the Cumberland Americans, told his team after their 8-7 loss Monday that there was no disappointment in their effort and that they could return home with pride. Tears streamed down the faces of several boys as he spoke, and Belisle told them it was OK to cry because even though they won’t play baseball together again, they’ll be friends forever.
ST GERMAIN DIES
Former Democratic congressman Fernand St Germain died at 86 at his home in Newport and will be remembered Thursday at a funeral at St. Mary’s Church. St Germain represented Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District for 28 years and rose to become chairman of the House Banking Committee before losing his seat in 1988 to Republican Ron Machtley. He co-sponsored a 1982 bill that deregulated savings and loans and contributed to the 1980s savings and loan crisis.
THE NEW FACE OF FARMING
Across New England, young people are getting into farming. A recent census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 95,000 fewer farms nationally in 2012 than in 2007. But New England saw a 5 percent increase, to nearly 35,000 farms, many less than 50 acres. Industry experts say the trend is due in part to the popularity of the “Buy Local” movement in the region, as well as the region’s small size, which allows farmers and consumers to easily connect at farm markets and stands.
The decommissioned aircraft carrier the USS Saratoga was towed down Narragansett Bay, under the Pell Bridge and past Fort Adams as it left Rhode Island for its final journey to Texas. The ship will be turned into scrap. The Saratoga had been pierside at Naval Station Newport for 16 years. A group of veterans had hoped to turn it into a museum, but the plan was abandoned after the ship fell into disrepair, and another carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, became available.