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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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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14 BLACKSTONE / THE VALLEY MARCH 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET and Smithfield, from every angle and deliv- ering important news to its readers," it adds. "His work in journal- ism extends beyond his current efforts with The Breeze, such as his time as photojournalist and Sunday editor of The Woonsocket Call for close to 15 years and as news editor with The Fall River Herald News in the early 1990s. It is these efforts that make Tom very deserving of being elected into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame." The Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame was established in 1985 by the Rhode Island Press Association to honor journalists who have been influen- tial in their profession. "It's certainly an honor to be recog- nized with this award by the Rhode Island Press Association," said Ward. "I've been in this business for 42 years now, and it has been a rewarding career from my earliest days as a news photographer." Breeze Editor Ethan Shorey explained why Ward is so deserving of the honor. "In an era where pub- lications are increas- ingly owned by large corporations with little connection to the com- munities they serve, Tom has run The Breeze with an unwavering commitment to deliver- ing excellent local news coverage that matters to his neighbors and peo- ple he sees every day at the coffee shop or com- munity events," he said. "No other newspaper owner that I've heard of would wake up early on a cold January morning to fill in on a delivery route, run out to take a photo when no one else is available, or change a scheduled vacation to make sure readers get the quality they deserve." Ward said he's mostly being honored for his founding of The Valley Breeze, but the publica- tion has always been about many more people than him. "I was helped at the start by Jamie Quinn, my partner and deputy publisher, who cre- ated the advertising art and did the produc- tion work. Barbara Phinney has been with The Breeze since I tried unsuccessfully to do my first payroll. Both still serve here," he said. "Marcia Green, now retired, was an excep- tional editor from day one." Ward said he was very pleased that Green was honored with the same award in 2017. "Her getting this award first was exactly how it should have been," he said. "Since those early days 23 years ago, I have been fortunate to have at my side many, many talented and kind people who understood that our mission was service to the commu- nity. Many are still with us today," he said. "The Valley Breeze has been both an exhila- rating and humbling ride, and it has become much more than I expected it to be in March 1996. As a free newspaper, I will be forever grateful to the thousands of small businesses and readers through the years who supported us and made our growth possible." Quinn congratulated Ward on the honor. "It may have been hard to imagine our success, especially from our early days start- ing out in a makeshift office in Tom's living room, working at desks built on saw horses and his cat sleeping on my computer. Over these 23 years, we've watched The Breeze and papers grow, our fami- lies along with it, and feel fortunate to have been part of it all, with my partner and friend," he said. "I'm proud of the work we've done, thankful for the amaz- ing people who have been part of our suc- cess, and appreciative of Tom's vision and drive. His passion for local news and commit- ment to community is in his blood, and why I am delighted he is being honored by the Rhode Island Press Association's Hall of Fame." Ward will be hon- ored at RIPA's annual awards banquet, set for April 26 at the Quonset "O" Club in North Kingstown. For those looking to attend, the cost is $45 per per- son, with a cash bar. Cocktails and appetiz- ers will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Mail registration information and pay- ment (checks only) no later than April 19 to: Sarah Francis, RIPA Treasurer, c/o Rhode Island Monthly, 717 Allens Ave., Suite 105, Providence, RI 02905. Dubois highlights political experience BLACKSTONE – Selectman Bob Dubois, who is seeking re-election to the Board of Selectmen, highlighted his political experience this week. "We have dealt with reduced local and school aid from the state for several years, which has had an impact on property taxes. We have to find avenues for revenue in this town, so experience matters," he said. Besides serving as a selectman, Dubois was a member of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Capital Outlay Committee, Worcester Selectmans' Association, Massachusetts Housing Opportunity Partnership, Worcester County Advisory Board, Massachusetts Central Planning Commission, Massachusetts Transportation Advisory Group, Worcester County Sheriffs Association, president of the Friends of the Council on Aging and is the former chairman of the Democratic Town Committee. He married the former Patricia Maxwell and is the son of the late Julien and Florida (Landreville) Dubois. He retired from the Worcester County House of Corrections and owns BP tax service. WARD From Page One We offer Sunday Family Style Dinner from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Adults-$16.95 Children-$9.95 Take-out Wednesday – Sunday Banquets and Catering 1113 Charles Street, North Providence 723-6900 | www.lancellottas.com BANQUET RESTAURANT Banquet Rooms for any size party. 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