At this stage of baseballâs offseason, the headlines are typically reserved for the big-ticket acquisition and the occasional blockbuster trade.
Behind that glitzy curtain is where youâll find new Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett. His mission is to replenish the upper levels of the farm system with players who will hold down the fort in Triple-A Pawtucket, ready to contribute if injury besets one of the major-league starters.
WOONSOCKET â The death penalty was back in play yesterday for accused murderer Jason Wayne Pleau as a federal appeals court in Boston said it would reconsider whether Gov. Chafee has the right to continue safeguarding him in state custody.
A majority of the First Circuit Court of Appeals voted Wednesday in favor of a review of the issue by the full court, setting a hearing for April 4. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha after a three-member judicial panel of the court handed a victory to Chafee in the battle for custody of Pleau two months ago.
Looking back on the 2011 sports year, my most vivid memories relate to a Shea High boys soccer team that dazzled opponents with its talent, ball skills and exuberance for the sport.
The Raiders made soccer fun to watch, even for a traditional sports fan like myself who is more attuned to football than âfutbol.â
Wayne A. Steere
BURRILLVILLE- Steere, Wayne A., 55, of Glendale, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Ann M. (Beauvais) Steere.
Born in Providence, a son of William A. Steere of Mapleville and the late Dorothy (Smith) Steere.
Wayne was a mechanic for Westwood Cottage of Cranston for 10 years.
Besides his wife and father, he was the loving father of Cassandra M. Steere of Glendale; brother of Robert Smith of CT., William Steere, Jr., Joan Stockwell and Nancy Beauvais all of Burrillville. He also leaves 7 nephews, 8 nieces and 1 grand nephew.
Roger W. Carriere
WOONSOCKET- Roger W. Carriere, 79, of Popular St., died Wednesday December 21, 2011, in the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center, with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Gariepy) Carriere.
Born in ST. Ives, Canada, son of the late Henri and Aldea (Roy) Carriere.
Mr. Carriere, was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.
He worked as a welder for Jannell & Son, for 20 years prior to retiring.
PASCOAG â When Daniele Inc. Fine Charcuterie in Pascoag produces its premium gourmet meats, the process involves slicing meats to be packaged for consumers.
The byproduct is high-quality meat trimmings that Daniele, Inc. has donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, where it can be distributed to hungry families.
Danieleâs donation last week of 35,000 pounds of meat is part of an annual donation that ranges from 60,000 to 80,000 pounds, said Garrett Fortune of Danieleâs inventory control department.
Muriel G. Moniz
WOONSOCKET- Muriel G. (Daigle) Moniz, 52, of Woonsocket passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center with her loving family by her side.
She was the loving mother of Crystal Ann Moniz of Providence and the fiance of William F. Small.
Born in Woonsocket on January 10, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Roland A. and Helen (Drainville) Daigle.
BURRILLVILLE- Jennie Nolda, 91, of Ashton Court passed away on Monday December 19, 2011 at Overlook Nursing Home.
A lifelong resident of Burrillville, Jennie was born June 1, 1920 in Mapleville, RI. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Tekla (Gondek) Nolda.
Jennie worked for the First National Store in Greenville, retiring in 1982. To keep herself active, she was a member of both the Burrillville and Glocester Senior Citizen Group, as well as the former Rosary and Altar Society at Our Lady of Good Help Church.
WOONSOCKET -- The senior class is one of its smallest in a number of years.
The number of players that graduated from last seasonâs Division II-North championship club, including six of the top eight scorers and one of the finest goaltenders in the teamâs history, was one of its largest.
And several players who are featured in key positions have little or no varsity experience.
But despite all this, Cumberland has been the talk of the division and the areaâs only team with a â0â in the loss column.
WOONSOCKET â Nearly all of them speak at least a little Spanish, oneâs learning sign language and anotherâs been patrolling the corridors of a federal penitentiary a couple of miles away.
Theyâre five new members of the Woonsocket Police Department, sworn in yesterday at police headquarters after graduating from the state Municipal Police Academy in Lincoln.
âTheyâre very special people,â said Police Chief Thomas Carey. âHundreds of people apply for these jobs. We try to get the best people we possibly can.â