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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 15-21, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BURRILLVILLE – For Jeff and Linda Therrien, the past year has been tough. On Jan. 15, Jeff, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder affecting the spinal cord and causing muscle weakness and paraly- sis. Symptoms of the disease began in his feet and progressed up to his chest, leading to partial paralysis and causing him to lose his job at Pierce Aluminum in Franklin, Mass. Without his job, Jeff also lost his medical insur- ance, and the couple quickly racked up more than $7,000 in medical bills. Meanwhile, their home in Mapleville had a leaking roof, and the bathroom was in need of a renovation to make it suitable for Jeff, who uses a walker and scooter to get around. The disease, which came on so suddenly, had quickly uprooted the couple's lives and left them with few options as they struggled to keep pace. Then, one day in August, Jeff and Linda were in Cumberland Farms in North Smithfield when they saw For one local veteran, a chance encounter leads to a helping hand By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY LINDA THERRIEN, of Burrillville, above, gets a kiss from her hus- band, JEFF, as they watch mem- bers of the Patriot Riders motorcy- cle group replace the roof on their home. At left, DAN BROWN, of Cranston, a member of the Patriot Riders motorcycle group, cuts a piece of plywood to replace the roof on the home of Jeff Therrien, right, last Saturday. BLACKSTONE – More than two years after Massachusetts residents voted to legalize recreational mari- juana, individual shops are beginning to make headway against the state's complicated licensing and approval process, with two potential retail stores eyeing Blackstone as a place to do business. Gurpreet Kalra, owner of the Family Grocer on Main Street, has proposed converting the convenience and liquor store into a retail mari- juana dispensary, while Vishnubhai and Rekhaben Patel, owners of several businesses around southern Massachusetts, have proposed a sec- ond dispensary on Lloyd Street under the name DDM Sales. Both business- es would require a license from the Marijuana businesses looking to set up shop in Blackstone By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MARIJUANA, Page 14 See HELPING HAND, Page 10 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Three students at North Smithfield High School are embarking on a senior project that will take them thousands of miles from home and introduce their classmates to another way of life. William Reyes, a senior, will lead a group of students to Panajachel, Guatemala, to perform service work during April vacation, volunteer- ing with local organizations on the shores of Lake Atitlán. According to students, it's the first time in recent memory the school has offered a trip focused purely on community ser- vice, and about half a dozen students are expected to attend. The trip is part of Reyes's senior project, a grad- uation requirement that encourages students to pursue a topic or passion beyond what they've accomplished before. It's not the first time Reyes has traveled to the area. His father, NSHS seniors get ready to embark on Guatemala service trip for senior project By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See GUATEMALA, Page 8 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. Remember the Sound? 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Remember the Sound? See our 2018 Holidays magazine inside! NOVEMBER 15-21, 2018 Serving magazine THE VALLEY BREEZE | Holidays 2018 1 Holidays Holidays Holidays Holidays 2018 Published by l i d NOV-15-2018-MAG-CL-88-Laura.indd 1 11/7/18 11:21 AM

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