CUMBERLAND â€“ As the saying goes, giving is its own reward. But at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, theyâ€™ve figured out a way to double the reward.
Itâ€™s called Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides needy children from Woonsocket with food for the weekend â€“ when they canâ€™t get a meal in school.
Once a week, a group of volunteers at the nursing home and rehab facility stuff backpacks with cans of tuna, applesauce and other treats â€“ enough to bridge the gap between Fridays and Mondays. But itâ€™s no ordinary group of volunteers.
WOONSOCKET -- A hockey mom seeking to replace her son's stolen iPhone broke a police case that resulted in the arrest of three city juveniles on larceny charges, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Thursday.
The juveniles were all members of the Woonsocket High School hockey team and were alleged to have taken items from the locker room of opposing teams during games at Adelard Arena in the city on Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, Jalette said.
At this stage of baseballâ€™s offseason, the headlines are typically reserved for the big-ticket acquisition and the occasional blockbuster trade.
Behind that glitzy curtain is where youâ€™ll 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 â€śfutbol.â€ť
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.
Danieleâ€™s 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 Danieleâ€™s 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.