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December 26th

Joseph F. Casper

December 26, 2012

Joseph F. Casper

SOUTH ATTLEBORO, MA - Joseph F. Casper, 37, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Born in Providence, he was a son of James F. and Marianne (Nyzio) Casper of South Attleboro.
Besides his loving parents, he leaves his brother, Michael J. Casper and his wife, Nicole of South Attleboro and many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Julia M. Niedzwiadek

December 26, 2012

Julia M. Niedzwiadek

PAWTUCKET - Niedzwiadek, Julia M., 85 of Owen Avenue, passed away Sunday in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of Edward Niedzwiadek, and they had been married for 64 years.
Born in Central Falls, and she was the daughter of the late Walenty and Lavena (Vensky) Rogala. She resided in Pawtucket for the past 31 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mrs. Niedzwiadek was employed as an Assembler for the Texas Instruments Inc. for 23 years, retiring in 1988.
She was a communicant of St. Maria Goretti Church.

Pauline T. Perry

December 26, 2012

Pauline T. Perry
Retired Textile Worker

CUMBERLAND - Pauline T. (Brousseau) Perry, 83, of Sumner Brown Drive, Cumberland, Rhode Island; formerly of Virginia Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, died on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Mt. St. Rita Health Care Centre in Cumberland, Rhode Island where she had been a resident since November. She was the wife of William Perry to whom she was married on April 27, 1985.

Beatrice Benjamin

December 26, 2012

Beatrice Benjamin

NORTH KINGSTON - Beatrice (Patenaude) Benjamin, 90, died on Christmas Day at the South County Nursing and Rehab Center in North Kingston following a long illness. She was the wife of the late Roland Benjamin. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Edmund and Olivine (St. Jean) Patenaude, she had been a resident of Pawtucket since 1976 where she was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church. She was a member of the Seniors Club of St. Matthew (Holy Spirit Catholic Community) Church in Central Falls.

Doris T. Landry Charron

December 26, 2012

Doris T. Landry Charron

CUMBERLAND - Doris T. Landry Charron, 87, of Cumberland, died Saturday at Grandview Nursing Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late George H. Landry and the late Ernest D. Charron. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Alice (Sawyer) Lefort.
She was employed at Emery's Catering for 19 years retiring in 1990.
Mrs. Landry Charron is survived by her son George H. Landry of Cumberland; daughter Diane R. Brown of Pawtucket; sister Lorraine Bouley of Warwick; 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

December 25th

Diossa collects advisers

December 25, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Mayor-elect James Diossa is marshalling expertise from across the state to advise him on a variety of issues as he prepares to take the helm of the state’s smallest and poorest city.
Dozens of volunteers from various walks of life have joined an “advisory council” and have been divided up into five committees to assist the new mayor with various aspects of city life. They are expected to report their advice to Diossa 100 days into his new term.

Pawtucket's Nyheem Sanders makes most out of second chance with RIC men's basketball team

December 25, 2012

PROVIDENCE — His primary outlet and source of pure enjoyment having been taken away, the question was then posed as to how Nyheem Sanders planned on incorporating competitive basketball back into his life.
It was a college career squarely on the bubble, and that’s where the story of this Pawtucket native begins.
No one wants to hear the message that Sanders was told in fall of 2011, when Bob Walsh, the men’s basketball head coach at Rhode Island College, informed Sanders that he didn’t figure into the Anchormen’s plans for the upcoming season.

December 24th

Ernie Marot’s Adopt A Family program lives on

December 24, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The late Ernie Marot was surely smiling down on the festivities taking place in the basement of St. Joseph's Church on Saturday. The Adopt A Family program, a concept the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen founder came up with 22 years ago even as he had some reservations about how it would actually work, was once again bringing delight to dozens of local children and their parents.

CLEF SINGERS

December 24, 2012

The Cumberland High School Clef Singers performed at a concert Thursday night in the community room at Cumberland Public Library.

Emily Sheldon

December 24, 2012

Emily Sheldon

AVON, CT - Emily (Otto) Sheldon, 102, beloved wife of the late Rev. Paul E. Sheldon, died Tuesday, (December 18, 2012) at her home in Avon.
Born and raised in Marietta, OH, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Emma (Andre) Otto. The wife of a Congregational church pastor, she and her husband served churches in the greater Boston area and Pawtucket, RI. She was a world traveler and loved music. Emily enjoyed swimming, which she did in Niantic Bay to the age of 100.

Jack Oliveira

December 24, 2012

Jack Oliveira

CUMBERLAND - Jack Oliveira, 93, of Clark Street, passed away Saturday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Smith) Oliveira and they had been married for the past 65 years.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Faustino and Maria Oliveira. He resided in Cumberland for the past 20 years, previously residing on Brown Street in South Attleboro.
Mr. Oliveira was employed as a tool maker for the Fram Corporation for over 40 years until his retirement in 1981.

December 23rd

Cumberland art group opens show

December 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET —The Art Group from the Cumberland Public Library has opened a show of its members' art work in the upstairs gallery of the Museum of Work & Culture at Market Square.
Art Canestrari, an Art Group member and artist, said the show includes works from group members on a wide range of topics and natural scenes.
“We meet at the Cumberland Public Library on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.,” Canestrari, a retired dentist, said while setting up the exhibit with other members of the group.

December 21st

Tolman hockey program faces final season

December 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET — One look at Tolman High’s roster and the questions immediately surface.
First of all, where are the underclassmen on it? Did someone forget to type their names on the roster? After all, there are only 13 players on it. You can’t possibly skate a hockey team with that many players, can you?
Well, after two weekends of action, the Tigers are proof that, yes, you can skate, and do so successfully, with a number that low.

Galeria United is a haven for local artisans

December 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The city of artists now has a welcoming, downtown gallery space to showcase and sell handmade creations.
Galeria United, an international art and design center, opened recently at 200 Main Street. Owner Tina Melo-Kufner, a Pawtucket native who lived and worked as a fashion designer in Europe for several decades, has fulfilled a longtime vision of running a place that would be part gallery, part haven and part teaching facility for artists and those who aspire to be.

Police to update computer system

December 21, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee and the police department to purchase new desktops and related equipment as part of a department-wide overhaul of its computer systems.
The $23,635 to purchase the new computers will not come from town funds, but rather a 2009 COPS law enforcement technology grant.

December 20th

Salvation Army busy with food, toys

December 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With a long line down High Street and a roomful of people inside, the Salvation Army “elves” were kept busy on Thursday handing out bags of food. Capt. Persida Sanclemente expected the scene to be much the same on Friday, when the annual holiday toy distribution takes place.

Edward R. Marsland

December 20, 2012

Edward R. Marsland

CUMBERLAND - Edward R. Marsland, 82, of Cumberland, died Tuesday at home. He was the husband of Doris M. (Horsfield) Marsland. They had been married 60 years.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late George R. and Lillian (Fogg) Marsland.
Mr. Marsland had been employed as a machinist-foreman for Standard Nut & Bolt Company. He later worked in the custodial department for the Cumberland School System. He was a Korean War Navy Veteran.

Robert L. Allen

December 20, 2012

Robert L. Allen

SEEKONK - Allen, Robert L., 94, husband, for 63 years, of the late Irma V. (Inman), passed away on Dec. 19'th.
Born in Taunton, he was the son of the late Frederic W. and Ada A. (Thompson) Allen. Mr. Allen had formerly resided in Seekonk and Limington, ME. He worked as a quality Controll Inspector and was owner of the Little Rhody Vending Co. He was Past Master of the Netop Lodge of Masons, now Eastern Star Lodge and was a member of the Seekonk Blood Program.

RI's own Olivia Culpo named Miss Universe

December 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Twenty-year-old Cranston native who's a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens from six continents at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Leila Lopes of Angola.

December 19th

Venagro wins 2012 World Miss Fitness America title

December 19, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — Stacie Wildenhain Venagro sat at a counter inside the Shake It Up Fitness & More studio, where she works as a part-time cardio kickboxing and “Boot Camp” instructor, thumbing threw photos of her at the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 17.
She hadn't flown out west for the more typical reasons – gambling and/or taking in a show or two. Instead, the 27-year-old Pawtucket native wanted to partake in the 2012 World Miss Fitness America Pageant.

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