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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-06-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 6-12, 2019 SENIORS / OBITUARIES 23 Barbara Lepere Barbara (Higgins) Lepere, 87, a Smithfield resident since 1958, passed away May 24. She was born in Brockton, Mass., a daughter of the late Walter S. and Alice M. (Rocewich) Higgins. Barbara was a hairdresser for 10 years before retiring in 1968 to raise her family. Her family fondly remembers her as a loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She was the mother of Louis W. Lepere and his wife, Amanda, of East Greenwich, and Walter S. Lepere and his wife, Marie-Josee Rivard, of Essex Junction, Vt. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren, Mallory Lepere, Alexandria Lopardo, Katie White, Justin Caparco, Nicholas Lepere, Emma Lepere, Jackson Lepere, Sara Lepere, Mila Lepere and two great-grandchildren, Hunter White and Monty Lopardo. She was the aunt of Christine Pecora-Pia and was the sister of the late Caron C. Pennachio. Her funeral and burial were pri- vate. For online condolences, visit TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel . LEPERE SCITUATE – Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn invited members to attend the facility's first senior prom hosted by seniors from Scituate High School on May 15. Around 40 members participated in the event, where SHS seniors served "mocktails" of sparkling water spritzers and dinner while senior citizens dined and danced the night away. Themed "Singing in the Rain," seniors enjoyed the evening as a singer crooned classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s under umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. Generations member John Vinacco brought his daughter Lynne Vendettuoli and daughter-in-law Amber Archer to prom with him. Vinacco said he was happy to have the lovely company, and Vendettuoli said she was grateful for the opportu- nity to spend a fun night out with her father. Roses bought by Vinacco sat on the table in front of his two dates. "It's like a father-daughter dance. I never thought we'd do this again. This is a privilege," Vendettuoli said. Ray Duffy said it was the first time he had been to prom. He said he had left high school in Pawtucket before he went to the school dance. This time around, he arrived in style, with Marla Munroe as his date to the prom. Marla said she would save one dance for Ray, who sported a tuxedo T-shirt. Duffy was seen dancing with knit- ting "Chain Gang" member Donna Tracey later in the evening. Generations Director Dina Elhelw said the senior prom was another idea she had to connect different gen- erations of the community together. Luckily, she said she didn't have to worry about anyone spiking the punch. "These things just come to me," she said. "I wanted an intergenerational night where the youth and seniors interact and get together." SHS seniors kicked off the night dolling up the women with hair and make-up. Four SHS juniors, Sadie Laprade, Emma Giusti, Wailynn Sweeney and Megan Botelho, all 17, said they learned of the event from their high school Spanish teacher. Laprade said she arrived early enough to help with the fashion por- tion, but others coming from after- school activities helped serve dinner and clear plates. She said she'd be happy to dance if someone asked her as practice for the joint junior and senior prom the fol- lowing night. Seniors helping seniors at Generations prom By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn members RAY DUFFY and DONNA TRACEY dance to a slow song at the first senior prom held on May 15. Nearby, JOHN VINACCO and his daughter, LYNNE VENDETTUOLI, share a dance. Scituate High School juniors WAILYNN SWEENEY, EMMA GIUSTI, SADIE LAPRADE and MEGAN BOTELHO helped out at the senior prom serving food and drinks to prom guests. research or actually being a doctor," he said. During his time at Mount, Goyette also placed first in the state National History Day competition in the research paper category in 2018, placed second in the state science fair in 2017 and was awarded the Cahill Memorial Chemistry Scholarship, the William Brodeur Memorial Scholarship, University of Rochester Book Award and Young Leaders Award. Graduation ceremonies will be held on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. at the Mount Saint Charles gymnasium, 800 Logee St., Woonsocket. GOYETTE From Page 12 BREEZE PHOTOS BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD got a news tip? Call Laura at 401-334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to Students invited to audition for new Mount Saint Charles string music program WOONSOCKET – Student musicians are invited to audition for slots in the new Mount Saint Charles Academy string music pro- gram, which launches in September in cooperation with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Students do not have to be enrolled at Mount Saint Charles to audition. The audition dates are Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the music room on the Mount Saint Charles campus, 800 Logee St. "Any student is welcomed," said Mount Saint Charles Music Director Marc Blanchette. "If they're offered a spot in the pro- gram, they will need to enroll at Mount, but they don't have to be Mount students to try out." The string program admits stu- dents in grades 6-12. Students will be asked to play a prepared solo and two scales of their choice. Students who would like to audi- tion for scholarships should contact Blanchette at blanchettem@mtst- or call 401-769-0310, ext. 112, to set up an audition time. SCHOOL NEWS In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD Veronica Houston ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • 70th Anniversary Year

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