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The North Providence Breeze 11-14-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Gil Arruda Jr. was there for the origi- nal dedication of the Vietnam and Korean War monuments in front of North Providence Town Hall back in 1986. For whatever reason, few Veterans Day ceremonies had been held at the monument from that day 32 years ago to Monday of this week, Nov. 12, when local veterans returned to honor their own. Arruda is vice commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 21 (Mount Pleasant) and past president of the first chartered Vietnam Veterans of America chap- ter (greater Providence) formed in the mid-1980s. He is currently a lifetime member of the Lincoln James Michael Ray Chapter 818 Vietnam Veterans of America. Monday's standard ceremony out- side North Providence High School, with members of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom all present and honored in pictures, was the first step in a renewed effort by local Vietnam veterans to have a more active presence in the commu- nity again, said Arruda. "We want to be visible for the community," he said. Members of the DAV Chapter 21 are often seen holding court at McDonald's on Mineral Spring Avenue for a morning coffee, but have been relatively inactive in the life of the community other than their active role in the annual Memorial Day Parade, he said. Arruda and John Martino, also of the DAV Chapter 21 and a North Providence resident, said they were motivated to re-energize the group's activities after students at North Providence High School held a dance at the school last year and contributed proceeds to their veter- ans group. In taking a more active role in community life, Arruda and Martino envision doing more speaking in local schools, organizing more cer- BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON U.S. MARINE VETERAN TOM BREGGIA, of North Providence, a member of the 3rd Marine Division who served in both Guam and Iwo Jima, salutes as the colors are presented at the beginning of the Veterans Day ceremony at North Providence Town Hall Monday morning. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See VETERANS, Page 11 Town Council seeks traffic study from police dept. Speed factors into local crash NORTH PROVIDENCE – Instituting significant traffic-calming measures on one town street could have a detrimental impact on sur- rounding streets, say Town Council members, who are asking police to conduct a full study of several road- ways, including areas of the Fruit Hill and Allendale neighborhoods. Councilor Alice Brady, at the Nov. 6 Town Council meeting, sought a study from the North Providence Police Department on the area of Hillside Drive, Longwood Avenue and Redwood Drive, but said the study shouldn't be lim- ited to those streets. Brady said she's received a number of complaints from residents about motorists speeding from the top of Redwood and through the intersec- tion of Longwood, and would like police to determine appropriate traf- fic-calming measures for the council to consider, including signage. Joan DeGaitas, of 10 Longwood Ave., said she's lived at that address for 27 years and has become increas- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BRADY See TRAFFIC, Page 2 See our 2018 Holidays magazine inside! Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE NOVEMBER 14-20, 2018 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Gourmet Apples Fruit & Gift Baskets Delivery & Shipping Available Send your loved ones a piece of Smithfield Thanksgiving Pies Thanksgiving Pies q q Over 20 varieties available - place your orders early! Order deadline Monday, November 19th OPEN THANKSGIVING DAY 8 a.m.- 12 NOON Fresh Cider Donuts Available To Order! Our own caramel, chocolate & caramel, and Gourmet Apples featured on Food Network and in Yankee Magazine. Fresh baked pies, pastries, AND MUCH MORE! CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH JASWELL'S FRESH CUT TREES Arriving Sat., Nov. 24th Veterans: Reviving ceremonies is first step in becoming more visible magazine Breeze NOVEMBER 14-20, 2018 THE VALLEY BREEZE | Holidays 2018 1 Holidays Published by Holidays Holidays H 2018 l d i NOV-15-2018-MAG-NPO-Laura.indd 1 11/7/18 11:15 AM

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