April 18th, 2012
North Smithfield High School students Megan Lefebvre, Emily Richards and Derek Kruzan, from left, join other freshmen in a car wash at the school this past Saturday. The car wash was held to benefit their April 27-May 1 trip to Washington, D.C. for a âWe the People Honors Governmentâ national competition. The 36 freshmen in teacher Natalie O'Brien's American Government class won a statewide competition to compete in the national event â the only freshman class in the nation to do so. They will compete with senior classes from all over the country.
CUMBERLAND â A local company is doing its part to help veterans returning from war get back to work in the civilian job force.
Cumberland-based Jobless Warrior, a new online career enhancing service for veterans, announced this week its official nationwide launch of the service. Veterans across the country can now visit www.joblesswarrior.org to request free resume help, connect with a career coach, join a job networking group, and much more.
WOONSOCKET â The City Council took a tentative first step this week toward trading in a hodgepodge of health care products the city offers various workers for a unified plan that will cover all classes of employees, including teachers, police, firefighters and municipal workers.
The idea was rolled out by Councilman Daniel Gendron as point of departure for continued exploration of the concept. Other members of the council quickly embraced the idea, which would, finance officials say, cut the cash-strapped cityâs hefty health care costs.
WOONSOCKET â Late last week, St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine explained to his senior ace, Nick Cesino, that he would draw the start when the Saints took on host Mount St. Charles on Wednesday morning.
He also told the righthander that the Mounties' infield contained a rather tall mound, and suggested he get to know it better over the weekend.
Cesino followed his mentor's order and threw some pitches from the foreign rubber on Sunday, and it became rather obvious as the innings passed he had become rather familiar with it.
CUMBERLAND â Nick Zammarelli spent all game looking for his pitch â the one he could drive.
Roland E. Jodoin
CUMBERLAND- Roland E. "Peewee" Jodoin, 82, of Cumberland, RI passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Oakland Grove Health Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille G. (Bolduc) Jodoin.
Born in Bellingham, MA on December 22, 1929, he was the son of the late Willie and Antonia (Dubois) Jodoin.
He was the loving father of Gary R. Jodoin of Chepachet, RI, Linda M. Jodoin of Cumberland, RI; and his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Muriel Paulhus and her husband, Robert of Bellingham, MA and the late Leo Jodoin.
Dolores H. Matteson
GILBERT, Ariz. Dolores (Delly) H. Matteson, 83, died April 7, 2012, surrounded by family, at Hospice of the Valleys Lund Home in Gilbert, Ariz.
She was born May 24, 1928, in Woonsocket, R.I., the daughter of Arthur and Alida (Cadorette) Marchand.
She graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1945, and later graduated from Rhode Island College of Education with a teaching degree in 1949.
She taught elementary school in Rhode Island and Vermont for many years.
WOONSOCKET --- The 1-3 start is surprising. So was Mount St. Charlesâs play in its Division I-North game against visiting Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon.
The Mounties turned in a lackluster performance against their neighboring foes and dearly paid for it in a game that took nearly three hours to complete. The Sentinels banged out 14 hits and took advantage of five Mount errors and a number of wild pitches and passed balls en route to a 15-10 victory.
Dave Constantino has been competing in marathons for a decade, and when it came down to recalling the hottest ones he has run, the Cumberland resident didnât hesitate to bring up the 26.2-mile adventure he encountered on Monday at the Boston Marathon.
âThat was probably the hottest marathon I have ever done out of the 10 years I have been competing,â Constantino said on Tuesday morning while he was ârecuperatingâ at Scarborough Beach. âThat was unbelievable. It was a tough one. It was a tough one for everybody.â
WOONSOCKET â It was a mob scene at city businesses Vose True Value Hardware and Kay's Restaurant Tuesday night where tens of people burst through the doors with a single purpose in mind: to spend money.