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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCTOBER 18-24, 2018 NORTH COUNTY 23 hs-steam-2018 to donate). Donovan said she will begin writing grants, and will host three robotic tournaments. She said she is still seeking multi-level sponsors for the Rhode Island VEX Robotic Tournament Series held at the high school in February. S.T.E.A.M., the educational cur- riculum based on science, technol- ogy, engineering, art, and mathemat- ics, combines disciplines to create real-world interactions for students. Every student in the district will take at least one S.T.E.A.M. course, which includes engineering or computer sci- ence, before graduating. "It's an interdisciplinary initiative blended together and presented through project-based learning," Hassell said. Last year's Lion's Club dona- tion helped purchase a laser cutter, which is already being put to good use. Second-graders at Clayville Elementary School are working with Donovan's students to design chess- boards to be cut out with the laser cutter. Engineering students created cook- ie cutter chess pieces using CAD, which were then 3D printed. Second- graders will use clay and the cutters to make their chess pieces. Working together, high school and younger students become excited about school and S.T.E.A.M. proj- ects, Donovan said. "It's an example of how donations can provide more tools that create opportunities," Donovan said. "It could open all sorts of possibilities for all students." Donovan said she is considering purchasing a large format printer to create stencils, stickers and T-shirts with the anonymous donation. 3D printed CHESS PIECE COOKIE CUT- TERS made by Engineering students at Scituate High School to be used on the chessboard designed by Clayville Elementary 2nd grade class. A laser cutter purchased with funds donated by the Lions Club will cut out chess -boards designed by the CLAYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2nd-grade class, and cut by SCITUATE HIGH SCHOOL students. Michaela S. Cassidy Michaela S. Cassidy, 19, of Brimfield, Mass., died Oct. 5, from injuries sustained in an auto acci- dent. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Katie (Prime) Cassidy and Derek Rushlow, of Brimfield, Mass.; her father, Keith Cassidy, of Johnston; her brother, Cory Cassidy, and his wife, Penny, of Clarksville, Tenn.; and her maternal grandparents, David and Susan Prime, of Scituate. She also leaves her uncles Shawn Prime and his wife, Sharron, and Colin Prime and his wife, Brandy, and cousins Xavier, Xander, and Mark. Michaela was born March 26, 1999, in Providence, and had lived many years in Rhode Island and Brimfield. She graduated from Tantasqua Regional High School Class of 2017, and was accepted to the Ontario College of Art & Design, where she was about to begin her studies. Michaela was employed at Domino's in Palmer, Mass. She loved her dog "Boogie," her cats "Midna" and "Simba," her two goats "Bumi" and "Brady," and her sheep "Teddy." She also enjoyed art, nature, birds, and all animals. A memorial service was held Oct. 13, for family and friends, at Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge, MA 01550. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to "Here today, adopted tomorrow" (cat shelter), 180 Sturbridge Road, Brimfield, MA 01010. CASSIDY OBITUARY DONOR From Page One Beer and Wine Tasting Oct. 25 SMITHFIELD – A Beer and Wine Tasting will be held at the Smithfield Elks Lodge, 326 Farnum Pike, on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be raffles and a silent auction at the event. Cost is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit the East Smithfield Public Library. Call 401-231-5150. IN BRIEF High-low-jack Saturday GLOCESTER – The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, will host a high-low-jack card game this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. There will be a penny social, prizes and refreshments. All are wel- come. The building is handicapped- accessible. Call 401-568-2011. SCITUATE – Former librarian and Home Rule Charter Commission Chairwoman Ruth Strach created Reading Across Scituate to share the inspirational story behind "Small Town, Big Oil," a non-fiction book about what can happen when citizens participate in local government. For Reading Across Scituate, Strach invites the community to pick up copies of the book, available at the North Scituate Library, and join the conversation on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. back at the library, 606 W. Greenville Rd. Author David Moore will join the discussion for a book signing and pre- sentation of his book. Strach said the book could be a welcome distraction to the politics happening in town. "Think of it as a little summer read- ing," Strach said. "Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World - and Won" tells the story of three New Hampshire women who in 1973 fought off billionaire Aristotle Onassis when he attempted to put an oil refin- ery in their rural town of Durham. Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assas- sinated President John F. Kennedy, married Aristotle Onassis five years before the Durham proposition. After discovering the purpose of Onassis' scheme to buy small tracts of land from unsuspecting farmers, Nancy Sandberg, Phyllis Bennett and Dudley Dudley led the grass-roots defense, Save Our Shores. Reflecting on her recent work col- lecting signatures for the Home Rule Charter petition, Strach said she felt connected to the story of women dem- ocratically working for change. "I got fired up on these ladies and their willingness to step forward and take action," Strach said. "They beat Aristotle Onassis." Within days of reading "Small Town, Big Oil," Strach was on the phone organizing a meeting with the women who took on Onassis. A week after first picking up the book, she made a lunch date at a restaurant outside of Durham with Dudley and Sandberg, who are still involved in politics. Bennet has since passed. Though she wanted to discuss their history, she said the women were interested in her Home Rule Charter Commission and petition. Their story hits home for Strach, who said she hears residents say there is nothing they can do about local or national issues. To her, the stories told of the women in the book prove par- ticipation brings outcomes. "I would like to motivate people in this town. We have to be active," she said. The New Hampshire writers said they were too busy with the upcoming election there to join the discussion in Scituate, but Strach said they may visit at a later date. Democracy lives in book discussion By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Halloween Dance Party at Greenville Library SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host a Halloween Dance Party on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. There will be danc- ing and singing along to Halloween songs with DJ Stef. Children, ages 5-10, are invited to wear their costumes. Register by call- ing 401-949-3630, ext. 2, or by visiting the children's room desk. Sensory Story Time offered Saturday SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer Sensory Story Time on Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon. This interactive take on story time is geared toward children with sen- sory challenges, and includes books, music and sensory exploration. This is a drop-in program. Call 401-949- 3630. Tyler Free Library offers story time on Wednesdays FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, offers story time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., throughout October. Story times are recommended for ages birth to 6. Siblings are welcome. Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO.

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