November 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles Academy will be kicking off 2012 in style -- with a non-league showdown against a formidable Central Mass. foe at Fenway Park.
Mount coach Dave Belisle reported on Thursday that the four-time defending champions will face off with powerhouse Cathedral High of Springfield, Mass. on Monday, Jan. 2 in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap of a tripleheader at the home of the Boston Red Sox.
An added treat to the game is that the proceeds from it will benefit the victims of the tornado that struck Springfield on June 1.
WOONSOCKET â€” It seems like a very long time ago, but itâ€™s been only a decade since Woonsocket High was considered one of the competitive teams in the Met B-North ranks, racking up double digits in victories and making solid runs in the playoffs year after year.
Unfortunately for the Villa Novans, a lot has changed since their last winning season as a Met B (now Division II) team eight years ago. Only twice have they posted a winning record -- in Division III -- and last season, they hit rock bottom with a 1-15 mark that saw them get outscored 161-18.
Only in New England can you be sitting in an audience, watching a great presentation of Hamlet by the Gamm Theatre acting company of Pawtucket, when during intermission a man turns around in his seat and asks: â€śWhoâ€™s going to be the next manager of the Red Sox?â€ť
The interrogator was Bobby Fields, a former Pawtucket West student-athlete. He probably wonâ€™t recognize the rest of this but Shakespeare might.
WOONSOCKET- Leonard Van Bever, 93, of Ray Ave., passed away peacefully on Tuesday at home with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Phyllis M. (Samek) Van Bever.
Born July 4, 1918 in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Leonard & Marie (Henault) Van Bever, he resided in Woonsocket most of his life.
Mary A. Miclette
Mary A. (Szewczyk) Miclette, 96, of East St. Cumberland passed away on November 14th, at Miriam Hospital.
Born Dec. 2, 1914, in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence & Katarzyna (Foret) Szewczyk.
Mary was employed for many years at A.T. Cross as a machine operator until retiring.
She was the loving mother of the late John Miclette & Dora Keneally, and sister of the late Stella Lambert, Frances Kmiec, Stanley & Jozef Szewczyk.
WOONSOCKET â€” After a preliminary review of Landmark Medical Centerâ€™s application to merge with Steward Health Care System, state regulators have deemed the paperwork incomplete, but a Landmark spokesman dismissed the notion that the assessment means the merger is in jeopardy.
â€śItâ€™s not a bump,â€ť said Bill Fischer. â€śQuite frankly it was expected because if you look at history thereâ€™s no hospital conversion that Iâ€™m aware of thatâ€™s had an application deemed complete on the first pass.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Luigi Porreca Jr. is not a magician, but he and his father are going to turn metal into food for the poor this year â€” again.
The proprietors of L&R Scrap Metal Co. are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Help Feed the Hungry for the Holidays event, which raised enough cash to provide about 500 dinners for the hungry last year.
â€śThis year we hope to make it a thousand,â€ť says Porreca.
But L&R needs your help â€” or at least your unwanted appliances â€” to make it happen.
Doris Kathleen Cardella
ENFIELD & CLINTON CT- Doris "Dot" Kathleen (Malhoit) Cardella, 82, of Enfield, beloved widow of Anthony "Tony" Cardella, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at Johnson Memorial Medical Center.
Dot was deeply loved and will be missed by her daughters, Kathleen Ann Cardella, of East Longmeadow, MA, and Karen Ann Cardella, of Clinton, CT.
Rita J. Frisiello-Small
SMITHFIELD- Rita J. Frisiello-Small 94, resident of Greenville died November 9, 2011 at the Cortland Place.
Wife of the late Arthur Chausse, Lorenzo Frisiello and Richard Small.
Born Jan 28, 1917 in Salem MA, a daughter to the late Emilien & Julia (Perron) Chagnon.
Rita worked for the AT Cross Co. for several years; previously she worked for the Finklestein Co. as a seamstress. She previously lived in North Smithfield and Woonsocket. She enjoyed square dancing and visiting the area senior centers.