WOONSOCKET â€” As Christmas approaches, college students are returning home from their campuses near and far away, reuniting with hometown friends, high school pals and former teammates.
Very few students in a working-class city like Woonsocket proceed in a straight line from high school graduation to earning their college diploma in four or even five years. Some have to work to earn money for college. Others start off at one college, find they made the wrong choice for themselves and return home, choosing to attend CCRI or Rhode Island College as their goals change.
PAWTUCKET â€” As manager of Double-A Portland the past four seasons, Arnie Beyeler was at the forefront of nurturing while simultaneously pushing all of the better known prospects in the Red Soxâ€™ farm chain. Beyelerâ€™s mission was to not just get the likes of Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard and Ryan Kalish ready for life at Triple-A, but to present them a sample of what life is like as a major leaguer.
Adrian M. Graves
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL- On December 16th, 2010, Adrian M. Graves passed away peacefully at home after a 1 year battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born August 28th, 1940 in Woonsocket, RI. He was the son of the late Henry Graves and late Madeleine (Monty) Graves both from Woonsocket .
Doris G. San Souci
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Doris G. San Souci 88, formerly of Mendon Rd. died Sunday at St. Antoine Residence.
She was born in Whitinsville, MA a daughter of the late Joseph and Lumina (Lamarque) San Souci. Doris worked for many years as an office clerk for various employers. She was a member of the Coast Guard Spars during WWII.
She is survived by a brother Wilfred San Souci of Whitinsville, a sister Lucienne Murphy of Neptune, NJ and a friend Suzanne Beale of Norwich, CT. She was also the sister of the late M. Jeannette San Souci.
UXBRIDGE- Aram Carey, 78, of Granite Street, died Monday Dec. 20 in the loving care of St. Camillus Health Center following a long battle with cancer.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Leo W. Fleury, Sr., 84, of Providence Pike, North Smithfield, died Sunday at Greenville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Greenville. He was the husband of Helen (Fontaine) Fleury whom he married October 20, 1945.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Herve and Rena (Bergeron) Fleury.
LINCOLN â€“ The offense has had its share of spurts, but it hasnâ€™t quite clicked yet.
The defense has also gotten better.
Since its humbling 25-point loss to Bay View Academy in its Division I opener a few weeks ago, head coach George Coderre has been pleased with the progress of his Woonsocket High team, one that lost a considerable amount of talent from last yearâ€™s state championship squad.
CUMBERLAND â€” A 14-year-old boy made a 911 call Monday afternoon after discovering his mother's body lying in a pool of blood in his 29 Titus St. home and later learned police would charge his father in her death.
Peter J. Pytka, 40, was arraigned in District Court, Providence, on a Cumberland Police charge he allegedly murdered his wife, Tracey Pytka, 38, after an apparent domestic incident at the Titus Street residence.
John A. Lombardo
NORTH SMITHFIELD John A. Lombardo, 63, of Elizabeth Ave., No. Smithfield died Dec. 19, 2010 at Landmark Medical Center.
Born Nov. 14, 1947 in Woonsocket, a son of Dorothy (LeBeau) Lombardo of No. Smithfield and the late Angelo Lombardo.
John worked for the former Miller Electric in Woonsocket for 15 years. He also worked as a bus driver for many local companies and also for the RIDE bus company.
John was a dedicated animal lover and donated on a weekly basis to the North Smithfield Animal Shelter.
Helen M. Dixon
WOONSOCKET- Helen M. (LaRue) Dixon, 89, of Pond St., died Friday, December 17, 2010 in The Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Joseph C. Dixon.
Born in Everett, MA, she was the daughter of the late Pierre and Margaret (Hansen) LaRue.