June 16th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â Julie Briere had an experience early in her life that is now directing what she will do next as the top student of Woonsocket High Schoolâs Class of 2011.
Briere, Class Valedictorian, will join Jennifer Pierel, Class Salutatorian for 2011, in speaking at the schoolâs graduation ceremonies Friday afternoon at Barry Field, weather permitting.
Although planning to talk about her experiences as a student at the high school, Briere said this week it was her parents, Linda and Brian Briere, and her brother, Jared, 11, who played the biggest roles in her scholarly success.
LINCOLN â As Max, an orphaned pit bull, used his teeth to rip bark from a tree just outside the Wellington Road shelter, Animal Control Officer Louann Noreau laughed, then uttered, âI think he was a logger in his past life.
âYou know, he just loves anything to do with trees,â she stated early Tuesday afternoon. âHe'll climb them, swing from tree branches. If there's a tire swing around, he'll jump through the tire and swing his legs to gain momentum. He's just like a little boy.
Eugene B. Neas Jr.
LINCOLN- Eugene B. Neas, Jr. 84, of Wake Robin Rd., Lincoln, died Wednesday, June 16, 2011 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Maguire) Neas whom he married September 25, 1980 and the late Mary (Sparrow) Neas.
Born in Arlington, MA, he was the son of the late Eugene B. and Catherine (Coleman) Neas.
Albert Joseph Petrin Jr.
DOWNINGTOWN, PA- Petrin, Albert Joseph, Jr. (Junior), 77, of Downingtown, PA passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2011.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, September 3, 1933, Al is survived by his wife, Donna; brother Paul (Judi); He was preceded by his sister, Suzanne; father, Albert; mother, Denise; children, Peter and Marianne; and great-granddaughter, Maggie.
His retirement years were filled with happiness busing "his kids" to and from school.
BURLINGTON, VT- Laure-Abel (Moreau) McNamee, 92, of Shelburne, VT, died Monday, February 7, 2011, at The Arbors in Shelburne
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11AM in St. Charles Church, 190 No. Main St., Woonsocket. Burial will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket.
BURRILLVILLE-Raymond L. Leoncavallo, 18, died June 13, 2011 at home in Pascoag. Born in Providence, he was the son of Raymond J. and Cynthia A. (Buturlia) Leoncavallo.
Ray was a student at Burrillville High School, Harrisville, RI.
Besides his father and mother he is survived by his aunt and uncle, Louis and Barbara Roach who were also his Godparents, his aunt, Lynda Anderson, his aunt and uncle, Paula and Bob Rossi and several cousins.
Gerard A. Hemond
WOONSOCKET- Gerard A. Hemond, 93 of Lefrancois Blvd. passed away at home on Sunday June 12, with his family by his side.
He is the wife of Rena T. (Andreoni) Hemond. Mr. & Mrs. Hemond were married for 67 years.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Phydime and Selfride (Fontaine) Hemond.
Mr. Hemond was the owner and operator of Hemond Inc. for forty years.
Mr. Hemond was Veteran of the United States Air Force serving in WW11 and obtained the rank of Sargent.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing âping!â sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a âcrack!â at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâs golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
âEven though Brad lives in Florida,â Dave said, âwe still talk to each other every day.â
WOONSOCKET â The city was proclaimed a safer place to live yesterday as state, local and federal law enforcement authorities announced the results of a two-year probe of gun violence and drugs prompted, in part, by the 2008 shooting death of teenager Brandon Smith.
Operating undercover, members of an interagency task force purchased 37 firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle and four weapons stolen in home burglaries during the course of the investigation. They also arrested 18 people, most on federal charges, and seized a smorgasbord of narcotics, from crack cocaine to LSD.