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
Esther J. Blake
LINCOLN- Esther J. (Barry) Blake, 98, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in The Holiday Retirement Home in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Vincent J. Blake who died in 1976.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late James and Clara (Liberty) Barry.
Constance R. Lapierre
BURRILLVILLE- Constance R. Lapierre 90, resident of Nasonville, passed away December 19, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center.
She was the loving wife of the late Ernest A. Lapierre.
Born September 11, 1921 in North Smithfield, daughter of the late Theodore & Flora (Ferrier) Lagace.
Eugene E. Forand
WOONSOCKET- Eugene E. Forand, 76, of Greene St., died peacefully after a long illness with family by his side on Monday, December 19, 2011 in Roger Williams Hospital, Providence.
Born in Manville, he was the son of the late Emile N. and Leone (Reney) Forand.
He owned and operated Gene's Motor Sales, Uxbridge, MA for twenty-one years, before retiring in 1997 and had also served in the Army from 1958 to 1960. He loved working with his hands, painting, drawing and watching crime dramas.
Muriel C. Laplume
WOONSOCKET- Muriel C. Laplume 86, of 230 Dulude Ave. died Monday at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Roland H. Laplume.
A lifelong city resident, she was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Maurice and Rena (Bouchard) Blain.
Lester T. Hoard Jr.
WOONSOCKET- Lester T. Hoard Jr. 84, of Cass Ave. died Sunday at the Philip Hulitar Center. He was the husband of the late Rita (Demers) Hoard.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Lester T. and Laura (Dartt) Hoard Sr.
Lester worked as a clerk for the former Almac's Supermarket for forty six years before retiring in 1989. He was a WWII Army Veteran. Lester enjoyed his trips to Twin Rivers, scratching lottery tickets, and having breakfast in the cafeteria at Landmark Medical Center.
WOONSOCKET â Due to last-minute debate on the middle class tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) is postponing the opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office, the Small Business Tour and the Neighborhood Supper for First District constituents from the Woonsocket area that were originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
LINCOLN â Joe Handy has been coaching long enough to know that when you take over a program for the first time the transition period isnât always going to be easy. With a new coach and a new system, itâs not always going to be smooth.
In his first year at Davies Tech after two decades at Central Falls, including 10 as the head coach, Handy experienced one of those lumps on Monday.
WOONSOCKET â Tracy Caisse doesnât even remember writing the letter.
After all, it was in the third grade. Her teacher at the former East Woonsocket Elementary School had told her to write a letter to a soldier in the Gulf War as a class assignment.
When the phone rang two weeks ago, Caisse didnât recognize the callerâs name or voice. He said his name was Robert Diaz and he wanted to thank her for not forgetting him while he was digging bunkers and dodging Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia.
After 21 years, the ex-Marine had answered the letter Caisse wrote to him when she was eight years old.