I am personally blessed to be a member of a âmulti-cultural familyâ and we celebrate our differences. The best way for me to describe this special relationship is to educate what I am celebrating.
Chanukkah begins Wednesday, December 1 at sun down and is observed for eight days. It is a Jewish holiday best known as the âfestival of lightsâ, referring to the flames on the candles. It is not the Jewish Christmas; in fact it is not a very important religious holiday, but a celebration of a victory. A profound faith and loyalty to God which helped the Jewish people win over the forces of darkness.
WAKEFIELDâThe Wakefield Concert Band is giving the gift of music to the South County community as it holds its second annual free holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the South Kingstown High School.
The holiday concert will feature mostly holiday music accompanied by a classical old band pieces that fit the season.
âWeâll play mostly in the holiday spirit. The classical old band pieces fit the season. Theyâre a wonderful sound to blend into the holiday. Eight of 11 pieces are the standard holiday music,â Barry Lieberman, the band director said.
Al Georgio scored on a two-yard plunge in the second overtime, giving the Exeter-West Greenwich a dramatic 44-38 win over North Smithfield in the Division IV semifinals Tuesday night.
Georgio, playing with an injured shoulder, finished the game with 280 yards on 50 carries and scored five touchdowns.
The Knights move on to their fourth straight Division IV Super Bowl. EWG will play Mount Pleasant - which beat Hope 44-6 Tuesday night and beat the Knights earlier this season - Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cranston Stadium.
CHARLESTOWN -- On Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., William S. Penhallow returns to Frosty Drew to present the results of 20 years of groundbreaking research on the stone tower that sits above the harbor in Newport.
NARRAGANSETT - Traffic along Route 108 will flow more smoothly with the opening of three bridges in South County earlier this week.
Two of the bridges carried traffic from Route 1 over Route 108 at the Narragansett exit. One takes vehicles northbound and the other takes vehicles southbound. They had been shut down since the fall of 2009. The state Department of Transportation had opened the northbound bridge in the summer, but the southbound remained closed for repairs until Sunday night, Nov. 21. During repairs, north and southbound traffic had to share first the northbound portion and then the southbound portion.
John D. Raffensperger, 78, of Walker Street, West Warwick, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 at home with his family at his side.
He is survived by his loving wife June; three sons, Ed Raffensperger of Missouri, Karl Raffensperger of West Warwick, and Bruce Raffensperger of Warwick; and six grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the Church Of The Apostle, 170 Fairview Ave., Coventry.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Church of The Apostle.
Jamie Beth (DeGregory) Michalski, of South Mills, N.C., originally from Coventry, died at her residence surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 at the age of 38, following a four-month battle against cancer.
A celebration of her life will be held in Rhode Island. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church St., Elizabeth City, N.C., is serving the Michalski family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.
Orise B. Duquette, 103, formerly of West Warwick, died at her home in Damascus, Maryland.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the R. A. IANNOTTI Funeral Home, 415 Washington St. (Route 117), Coventry. Interment will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Coventry. Visiting hours Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, 6-8 p.m. Information and condolences at www.iannottifh.com
Melissa L. Boucher, 40, of Washington Street, Coventry, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2010 at home.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Gorton-Menard Funeral Home, 721 Washington St., Coventry. Calling hours will be held prior from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. For condolences visit GortonMenardFuneralHome.com.
John A. Lannon, 93, formerly of Manchester Circle, Coventry, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at Coventry Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Coventry.