January 16th, 2011
WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.
Kristen Rodrigues, a student at Mount St. Charles Academy, in Woonsocket, has been selected as the winner of an essay contest about the importance of music education. The contest was the mutual brainchild of Rickâs Musical Instruments owner Rick Verfaille and Sue Tessier-McKenzie, advertising representative for The Call. It was conceived to counter the growing inclination of cash-strapped school districts sacrificing music programs in order to balance their budgets. Students from seven Rhode Island schools submitted essays last month for the contest.
Here is Rodriguesâ winning essay:
CUMBERLAND â Thereâs more than just the Lariviere twins behind this yearâs Cumberland High wrestling team. Defending state champions Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere have help from a collection of ever-improving teammates, especially 130-pound sophomore Erik Travers.
âThe twins improve the team just by their presence,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. âThey make everyone else better.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Everything for a first-ever food pantry in town seems to be in place. There are plenty of volunteers willing to donate their time to man the pantry and the town has already started receiving funds from well-wishers to purchase food to get it started.
The only thing missing is an actual space to house the pantry.
The idea for a town food pantry began to gel last year when Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton assembled a group of local church and civic leaders to address the number of growing calls to her office from residents seeking a local food bank.
WOONSOCKET --- The defense that played in spurts and gave up 10 goals during a sloppy two-game stretch last weekend took a huge turn for the better on Friday night in Mount St. Charlesâ showdown with Bishop Hendricken.
Derek Descheneâs goal off a pass from Shamus Maloney with 4:50 to go in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie, and goaltender Dan Foster turned in an outstanding 32-save performance to help the Mounties grab a 3-1 victory in this marquee matchup at Adelard Arena.
PAWTUCKET â George Coderre is well aware of all the gimmicks and schemes opposing teams have deployed this season in pursuit of slowing down Diandra DaRosa, St. Raphaelâs top ballhawk.
CUMBERLAND --â For the past four decades, the face of Cumberland High swimming has been Bruce Calvert. During his long tenure as the Clippersâ head coach, he produced an abundance of all-state athletes and a combined 13 state crowns (boy and girls).
Calvert no longer patrols the CHS pool, retiring from his longtime post in November only a few months after doing the same as the schoolâs aquatic director.
PAWTUCKET â Arnie Beyeler was sitting at the head of a table in a conference room at snow-covered McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, performing his first official act as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
LOVELL, MAINE- Catherine (Benoit) Marks died Wednesday, January 12 at home in Lovell, Maine, surrounded by family with her husband by her side. She was the wife of James J. Marks, formerly of North Smithfield Rhode Island, and daughter of Ernest Benoit (deceased) and Claire M. Poulin, wife of Charles A. Poulin of Millville, MA.
Catherine Benoit and James Marks were married at St. Augustine's Church on August 27th, 1977 in Millville, MA.
WOONSOCKET- Thomas Bardell, 90, of Woonsocket, died Jan. 11, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center. He was the husband of the late Lucy (Tellier) Bardell.
Born April 12, 1920 in Woonsocket, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Czemerda) Bardell.
He was a Navy Veteran of WW II and a Woonsocket Police Officer for 27 years.
He leaves a sister, Helen Eaton of No. Kingstown and also two godsons, Normand Bardell of Bellingham and Roger Gaulin of Woonsocket