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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-08-2018

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2 WOONSOCKET NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION American Legion Post 85 to dedicate new monument, honor veterans Sunday WOONSOCKET – This Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, American Legion Post 85 will dedicate a new monument honoring all Woonsocket military personnel and commemo- rating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. The event will include the award- ing of military honors to the family members of deceased Woonsocket veterans who never received military honors at their funerals. Brigadier General James D'Agostino, American Legion Commander David Malone, Woonsocket Fairmount Post 85 Commander Robert Lafort, Heritage Harbor Foundation President Patrick T. Conley and Woonsocket Post 85 Historian and event Chairman Albert R. Beauparlant will offer remarks. The ceremony will also include a re- enactment of the signing of the armi- stice, military taps and a flyover by a World War II military plane. The monument was designed by local artist Dan Guernon and includes flags representing all branches of the military. The event is open to all veterans and members of the public and will begin at 3:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 85, 870 River St. A free beer and dynamite supper will be served inside the post following the dedication. 2019 Mardi Gras Queen contest looking for contestants WOONSOCKET – The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts has begun its search for contestants to participate in the 2019 Mardi Gras Queen Contest with some changes in store. Any female, 18 years of age or older or who will be 18 by Feb. 1, 2019 is eligible to participate. This is not a beauty pageant. The contestant who sells the most raffle, Coronation and Mardi Gras Celebration tickets attains the Queen's crown. The sec- ond and third highest sellers receive the title of Princess. Monetary prizes of $500, $250, $100 for the top three winners, plus 10 percent of all raffle ticket sales and gifts from local businesses will be awarded to all participants. The Queen's Coronation, where Queen and Princesses are announced, will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Savini's Pomodoro Restaurant in Woonsocket from 6 to 8 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, dessert and coffee. Tickets for the event are $10. In addition to the Coronation, King Jace XXV will be unmasked during the evening's cel- ebration. The King, Queen and their court will preside over the Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday evening, Feb. 23, 2019 at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket. Contestants are advised to enter the contest by Saturday, Nov. 17 to allow time to sell tickets before the events but will not be turned away if they join after this date. The original Mardi Gras celebration originated in 1954 when a four-day event drew crowds up to 150,000 people at the height of its popularity but it ended in 1961 after interest had waned over the years. In 1995, NRICA renewed the cele- bration and continues today. Proceeds from the ticket sales help to offset the cost of the annual Mardi Gras cel- ebration. Contact Nicole Riendeau, at 401- 644-7606 or for more information on becoming a contestant. Winter jacket, warm clothing giveaway for vets Friday PROVIDENCE – The Providence VA Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Ave., and Operation Stand Down RI will host its annual winter jacket and clothing giveaway, "Operation Keep 'em Warm," on Friday, Nov. 9, at the medical center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Operation Stand Down will give away coats, gloves, hats, blankets and toiletries to homeless and low income veterans at the Providence VA Medical Center. OSDRI has more than a hundred coats as well as warm weather gear donated by the local community to give away. do you know? You can place a Classifi ed Ad anytime at Click on 'Classifi eds' Expires 12/15/2018. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid for new residential customers. For A Limited Time Only! $40 OFF DUMPSTER SERVICE Dr. Susanna Magee, OB/GYN | Dr. John Morton, OB/GYN Full Circle Health 401-767-1576 Dr. Patrick Nugent, GYN Maternal Child Health Center 401-597-5070 Willa Campbell and Grace Snell, Nurse Midwives RI Women's Health & Midwifery 401-597-5070

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