November 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ After running a local soup kitchen for 25 years, Pat Dempster knows there are always a few bumps that come up in the road.
Dempsterâ€™s Because He Lives Ministries experienced more than a few of those on her way to a smooth ride after losing its longtime home in the basement of the First Baptist Church on Blackstone Street and going without a home for a time.
LINCOLN â€” It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.
CUMBERLAND â€” A Big Blue tidal wave washed ashore Thanksgiving morning, a powerful force that proved to swallow Woonsocket High whole.
Cumberland High put on a holiday clinic in how to lick the plate clean, as the Clippers took it to the Novans, 32-0, in the 49th installment of this Turkey Day series. The two teams will now look toward next Tuesday and the Division II semifinals. Cumberland returns to Tucker Field against West Warwick while Woonsocket welcomes Central to Barry Field.
Take a good look at that bird youâ€™re about to slice today.
Maybe not. But it should.
In the race for top billing among Americaâ€™s most-consumed meat and poultry products, the venerable turkey still trots far behind chicken, beef and pork. But turkeyâ€™s made some great strides in recent years, and itâ€™s no thanks to Thanksgiving Day.
Marjorie R. Esten
NO. SMITHFIELD- Marjorie R. (Rose) Esten, 89, of Village Way, No. Smithfield, RI, died November 14, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late E. Winsor Esten, Jr.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late William and Maybelle (Strickland) Rose.
Mrs. Esten was a faithful communicant and a very active member of St. James Episcopal Church. She was always willing to dedicate her time to her local food bank.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When Tina Perkins answered the pounding on the rectory door, the pastorâ€™s wife from St. Michaelâ€™s Ukrainian Orthodox Church couldnâ€™t believe what she was seeing.
Flames had broken through the roof of the iconic granite church located at 74 Harris Ave., just 20 yards or so from the side door of the rectory.
â€śThe firefighters were banging on the door, telling us to get the kids out of the house,â€ť she said. â€śThe back of the church was engulfed in flames. It got up into the roof and was coming through the rafters.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Stacie Goulet, Audrey Harris, and Christine Dumont will get the River Island Park memorial their families had been promised but never saw completed.
The City Council on Monday voted unanimously to allow the families to plant a tree near a plaque that had been installed in at the park when the families saw Jeffery Mailhot convicted in March of 2006 of the serial killings of Harris, 33, and Dumont, 42, and Goulet, 25.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There really is something to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Taking a page out of the playbook that treated predecessors Ron Johnson and Torey Lovullo quite well, Tuesday saw Arnie Beyeler parlay his successful two-year run as Pawtucketâ€™s skipper into a big-league coaching gig. More good news as Beyeler will jump from Pawtucket to Boston, where the 48-year-old will serve as the first-base coach on new manager John Farrellâ€™s staff.
CUMBERLAND â€” Labeling the Thanksgiving game between Division II playoff participants Woonsocket and Cumberland as meaningless is utter blasphemy â€“ at least in the eyes of the two head coaches.
Yes, there is the bigger picture to consider, stemming mainly from what awaits each squad upon the conclusion of Thursdayâ€™s contest at Tucker Field. Come the following Tuesday, the Villa Novans and Clippers will engage in a game of high importance â€“ a semifinal-round clash that will take place at the respective home fields and determine the field for the Division II Super Bowl.