July 2nd, 2012
PAWTUCKET - Marie-Claire Y. Johnson, 74, of Pawtucket passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on June 30, 2012. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late George and Aline (Penelle) Lefebvre. She was a Registered Nurse at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for over 30 years.
Mrs. Johnson was an active member of St. Raymonds Church in Providence. She was a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Shawl ministry and a member of the Leisure Group there.
CUMBERLAND - Henry N. Belhumeur, of 27 Mount View Drive, Cumberland, passed away peacefully at the Mount St Rita Rest Home on June 30, 2012. He was survived by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Leona (Palin) Belhumeur.
Mr. Belhumeur was a veteran of World War II during which he attained the rank of sergeant with the 593rd Air Force unit and was stationed for much of the war in England.
He was a lace weaver for most of his working life working both at Central Lace in Central Falls and later Seekonk Lace.
WOONSOCKET - Patricia M. Renn, 77, of Woonsocket, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Landmark Medical Center.
Born and raised in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Viola E. (Klang) Smith. She was a resident of Woonsocket for many years.
Patricia was a graduate of the former West High School in Pawtucket, Class of 1952. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Dramatics from Emerson College in Boston with the Class of 1956.
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence T. Blake Jr., of Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket died July 1, 2012. He was the husband of the late Clara I. (Poirier) Blake.
Mr. Blake was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Lawrence T. Blake Sr., and Helena (Ash) Blake.
Mr. Blake was a WWII Veteran of the United States Army and a longtime member of the American Veterans Post #33.
PAWTUCKET - Leslie E. "Buddy" Good, 78 years old, died Sunday at the VA Medical Center in Providence with his family by his side.
Born in Curwensville, PA a son of the late Spencer and Florence (Milliron) Trainer and the late John F. Good.
He was the owner/operator of L. Good & Sons Plastering. He was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He was a member of Smithfield Ave. Congregational Church and Carr-Lancaster VFW Post 10213.
For someone who has been swept up by the winds of change on more than one occasion, Billy Baron finds himself in no particular hurry to make a decision.
Rather than rush to judgment and settle on what will be his third college stop, Baron is adhering to a wait-and-see approach regarding his impending landing destination. A female supporter who engaged in pleasant small talk with Baron on Saturday caught a glimpse of where his collective psyche stands.
PROVIDENCE - Toka Kahn-Clary supplied the speed and Diego Pereira provided the power, and because of that, both Pawtucket fighters were able to score crowd-pleasing, second-round TKOs on this past weekendâ€™s Big Six Entertainment â€śTakeoverâ€ť show at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Kahn-Clary, the former National Golden Gloves champion who was making his much-anticipated pro debut in front of his local fans, family members, and friends, didnâ€™t disappoint anyone as the junior lightweight put an end to Jonathan Cabanâ€™s night with 11 seconds left in the second round.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, has appointed Daniel J. Richard, a longtime high school teacher and retired Air Force Pilot and Officer, as principal of St. Raphael Academy, a Pawtucket Catholic High School that provides a college preparatory education for hundreds of students.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police will be out in force from now until the end of summer, intensifying the enforcement of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, due in part by funding secured from a Federal Justice Assistance Grant.
Juveniles found in violation of Chapter 42 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Central Falls, pertaining to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, will be first issued a written warning by police whereby their parent or guardian will be contacted and turned over to their custody.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following Wednesday's declaration deadline for political hopefuls, the Democratic City Committee held a meeting at the LeFoyer restaurant to endorse local candidates in the 2012 election.
The Democratic City Committee threw its full support this year behind incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien, who is being challenged in his re-election bid by independent candidate Michael W. Cooper.
In 2010, Grebien, as a mayoral candidate, had been snubbed by the committee when it endorsed his opponent, fellow Democrat Henry Kinch Jr. Yet, Grebien went on to beat Kinch.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâ€™s pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâ€™s the latter, Germano â€“ named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â€“ would have no shortage of suitors.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held its annual commencement exercises Friday morning at St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Fifty-seven students received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through BVCAP this year.
Lammis J. Vargis, from the Office of Mayor Donald Grebien, attended as the mayor's representative because he had a last-minute scheduling conflict. The RSVP Seniors for Jazz Band performed.
The 2012 graduates are:
LINCOLN â€“ A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.
PASCOAG - Gladys A. Mulligan, 87, of Rock Ave. and formerly of Cumberland died Thursday in the Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pascoag. She was the wife of the late Edward Mulligan.
Born in Rehoboth she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Hazel (Brown)
Gribbin. She resided in Cumberland many years before moving to Pascoag.
She was employed for many years by the former Harris Printing Co., Pawtucket until her retirement in 1962.
PAWTUCKET - Hills, Thomas M., 59, of Wheeler Street, Pawtucket died on June 29, 2012. He was born in Central Falls, the son of Theresa E.(Fugere) of Pawtucket, and the late William H. Hills.
Thomas worked as a Digital Technician at Hirsh International.
Mr. Hills is survived by his longtime loving companion Joanne Lopatka of Pawtucket, a daughter, Kimberly Hills from Virginia, a brother Kenneth H. Hills of Florida and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother William G. Hills.
FRANKLIN, NH - Mrs. Jean M. Tetreault, 81, formerly of Franklin, NH, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2012 at Concord (NH) Hospital.
She was born in Providence, RI and lived in Pawtucket, RI until 1973.
She worked several years as a nurse's aide at Miriam Hospital in Providence and was active in Darlington Congregational Church in Pawtucket.
She is survived by four children.
CUMBERLAND - Linda Lee (Costa) Devonis, 59, of Geldard St. passed away surrounded by her family at home on Thursday. She was the beloved wife of William Devonis.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late George Costa Sr. retired Commander, Cumberland Police Department and the late Olinda P.(Lourenco) Costa. Linda Lee was a life long Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the Memorial Hospital of RI for the past 11 years and was previously employed by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of RI, Providence for 21 years.
SOMERSET, MA - Darlene E. Rea, 54, died Tuesday, June 26th at Tobey Hospital, Wareham, MA after an illness. Miss Rea was born in Fall River, MA, the daughter of Kenneth L. and Yvette (Raymond) Rea. Miss Rea was employed at Macy's for several years prior to her illness.
In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother Kenneth D. (Julie) Rea of Pawtucket and a nephew Kenneth J. Rea.
PAWTUCKET â€” Memorial Hospital may be absorbed by the Care New England hospital network.
In a joint statement, the two entities announced Thursday they had entered â€śpartnership discussionsâ€ť because they are â€śencouraged by the possibility of complementary services, enhanced patient care and the opportunity for strong growth in the future.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Can municipal public works services such as trash pick-up and recycling, pothole filling, snowplowing, and vehicle repair be done on a regionalized basis to save money? The governor and the top government leaders of Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence think so.