January 17th, 2011
Yvette E. Coutu
CUMBERLAND- Yvette E. (Potvin) Coutu, 95, of Chimney Hill Apartments, passed away Friday, January 14, in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Rodolphe Coutu.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Moise and Arselia (Forand) Potvin and she was the last survivor of twelve siblings. She resided in Cumberland for the past 18 years, previously residing in Woonsocket.
Rita I. Mann
WOONSOCKET- Rita I. Mann, 83, formerly of Chateau Clare, entered into Eternal Life Thursday at The Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Melvin M. Mann.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Leandre and Yvonne (Lefrancois) L'Esperance. She was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mrs. Mann was employed at the Social Department Store for many years and was also an AVON representative.
Doris M. St. Germain
NORTH ATTLEBORO- Doris M. St. Germain 98, formerly of Woonsocket, N. Smithfield, and N. Ft. Myers, FL died Friday at the Madonna Manor in N. Attleboro, MA. She was predeceased by her husband Adelard St. Germain and a daughter Lorraine.
She was born April 9, 1912 in Woonsocket to Samuel and Laura (Chabot) Godon.
Amy T. Taddeo
WOONSOCKET- Amy T. (Slattery) Taddeo, 95, of Woonsocket, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in Mt. St. Francis Health Center. She was the wife of the late Leo L. Taddeo. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Dwyer) Slattery.
Mrs. Taddeo was a homemaker who previously worked for the former Finklestein's and Royal Robes. She especially enjoyed needlepoint, sewing and baking.
An interesting aspect of Rhode Island high school wrestling is the traditional powers typically avoid one another until the final month of the dual-meet season, choosing to compete in out-of-state tournaments in December and January before taking each other on during February.
In wrestling, familiarity isnâ€™t a good thing. Nobody likes to tip their hand before the pot gets big enough to mean something.
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 Rickâ€™s 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€” Thereâ€™s more than just the Lariviere twins behind this yearâ€™s 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.
â€śThe twins improve the team just by their presence,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said on Saturday night after his Clippers successfully defended their team title at the John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament. â€śThey make everyone else better.â€ť
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 Descheneâ€™s 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.