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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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20 THE VALLEY JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – After a slow start, local police say they will be increasing enforcement of a new statewide law that bans any use of a cell phone or other mobile device while driving without the assistance of a hands-free system. In Woonsocket, Lt. Thomas Calouro said police treated the first 20 days under the new law, from June 1 through June 20, as an "awareness blitz" during which offi- cers pulled over drivers caught using their cell phones but issued only verbal warnings. During this time, officers issued 34 verbal warnings. "The interaction was to educate the drivers of the new law and their responsibility under it," said Calouro. On June 21, officers began fully enforcing the law, issuing 22 cita- tions between June 21 and July 9. According to the law, which went into effect June 1, a citation for dis- tracted driving comes with a $100 fine for the first offense and $250 fine for any additional offense. Drivers may have the first fine waived in court if they can prove they've purchased a hands-free sys- tem. As public awareness of the issue increases, Calouro said police will be tightening enforcement of the new law. "We are ramping up enforce- ment as we go forward to include unmarked patrols," he told The Breeze Monday. "It is our constant goal to produce measurable, sus- tainable results in traffic safety within the city of Woonsocket. Our entire department is focused on achieving the safest roadways pos- sible." In North Smithfield, police issued 14 citations for violations of the hands-free law between June 1 and July 1. Officers were unable to provide information on how many verbal warnings were issued during this time. Around northern Rhode Island, local police departments are taking varied approaches to enforcement of the new law. The Breeze reported last month that in Lincoln, police were offering a grace period with no formal tickets issued through the first month of the new law, while in Cumberland, police had issued 45 citations as of June 24. In North Providence, officers issued 34 tick- ets through June 17, more than three times the nine tickets issued in neighboring Pawtucket during this same period. Woonsocket police issue 22 tickets, NS police 14 for hands-free violations By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BMR class of 2011 records to be destroyed BLACKSTONE – Blackstone- Millville Regional High School will be destroying records from the class of 20 11 on Friday, July 20. Students who would like to pick up their records can contact the Guidance Department at 508-876- 010. Meadows Association hosts chowder and clamcake dinner NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Meadows Senior Housing Association will host a chow- der and clamcake dinner on Wednesday, July 18. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. The cost is $14. For more informa- tion, call Barbara at 401-766-7901. Learn about progression of Alzheimer's disease NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Villa at Saint Antoine, 400 Mendon Road, in collaboration with DC Putnam Consulting, will be offer- ing a free community presenta- tion about the seven stages of Alzheimer's disease on Wednesday, July 18, at noon. The session aims to help those caring for a person with dementia to better understand the condition and offer support. Call 401-767-2574 to register as seating is limited. A light lunch will be served. Free electronics recycling at Daniels Farmstead Sunday BLACKSTONE – Free electron- ics recycling returns to the Daniels Farmstead Farmers Market, 286 Mendon St., for one day, Sunday, July 15, when the market hosts Green Penguin Inc., to collect assort- ed electrical items for recycling. The event is open to all, with no residency restrictions. The farm- ers market and recycling drive will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Musical entertainment, provided by Vito Caccavelli, will run from noon to 2 p.m. Most electronic items are accepted for recycling; items not accepted include: fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors, furniture, rear-projection televisions. New this year are fees for flat panel televisions, glass tube televisions and computer monitors. Fees as follows: all flat panel televisions are $10 each; glass tube TV or computer monitor (under 20"), $10 each; glass tube TV or computer monitor (up to 32"), $15 each; glass tube TV or computer monitor (over 32"), $20 each. The farmers market takes place rain or shine. For more informa- tion, contact Michele Daley at michele.daley@comcast.net or visit DanielsFarmstead.org.

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