June 9th, 2014
J. Normand Dagesse
NORTH SMITHFIELD - J. Normand Dagesse, 88, of North Smithfield died Saturday at home. He was the devoted husband of the late Beatrice V. (Caron) Dagesse. They were married for 54 years at the time of her passing in 2008.
Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Pierre and Dora (Brodeur) Dagesse. He was raised in Woonsocket and received part of his education in Canada.
Mr. Dagesse served in the United States Navy during WWII as an interpreter and also aboard the USS Missouri.
Andre J. Picard
WOONSOCKET - Andre "Butch" J. Picard, 60, of Armand Street, died June 5, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Joseph Picard and the late Nancy (Lavoie) Picard
Butch enjoyed being outdoors with his Dad, helping his neighbors, and loved the Red Sox.
Besides his father, he is survived by his brother, Troy Picard of Blackstone; three sisters, Tina Almeida of North Smithfield, Lou-Ann Hawkins and Joyce Li, both of Woonsocket; as well as his cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Timothy Picard.
Raymond E. Leclerc
MANVILLE - Raymond E. Leclerc, 72, a lifelong resident of Manville, died Friday, June 6, 2014 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Claire (D'Anjou) Leclerc, whom he married November 18, 1961. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Eugene and Lucille (Rainville) Leclerc.
Therese L. Bruyere
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Therese L. (St. Onge) Bruyere, 89, of No. Smithfield, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, Friday, June 6, 2014. She was the wife of the late Leo Ballou, who died in 1951 and the late Oscar Bruyere, who died in 1980. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Donalda (Marquis) St. Onge.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has approved Mayor Daniel McKeeâs final town budget by a 5-2 majority vote.
The budget was approved unchanged from McKeeâs proposal for a total general fund budget of $88,032,456 for 2014-15 that is expected to keep the same $17.08 per $1,000 tax rate now supporting the townâs current budget.
The sum includes $58,484,710 for schools, which provides an additional $1.8 million in increased state aid and local support.
PAWTUCKET â With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâs hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâre talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâs Vladine Biosse for Biosseâs super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â North Smithfieldâs baseball team doesnât get serious until it is backed against the wall.
âWeâre resilient, thatâs for sure,â head coach Jon Leddy said on Sunday evening after his Northmen erased a 3-0 deficit to beat Classical 5-3 in 10 innings. Game Two of this best-of-three series is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday back at Pierce Field.
UXBRIDGE â Steve Butler may be the most popular host of a do-it-yourself TV-show youâve never heard of.
For the last three years, the artist and furniture maker has been producing a how-to show from a single-car garage on North Main Street thatâs carried on more than 400 cable television stations in 45 states and several foreign countries, from Hawaii to South Africa.
PROVIDENCE â On a Saturday when one of the state's finest floundered, the future flourished.
Woonsocket High senior Connor Fugere had hoped to defend his indoor shot put title at the R.I. Outdoor Championships at Brown Stadium, but didn't earn a berth in the finals. He also wanted to place in the top six in the three other throwing events, but walked away with âjustâ a bronze medal in the hammer toss.
That came courtesy of a decent heave of 196-7, though far behind victor Bob Colantonio of Barrington (215-6) and runner-up Adam Kelly of the same (213-8).