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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 14-20, 2019 WOONSOCKET 9 He added the program fills a need that has developed in recent years as fewer people are familiar with their neighbors. In previous generations, he said, it was more common to see groups of kids going around their neighborhoods after a snowstorm offering to shovel out homes. Now, members of Troop 1139 can offer that service with a little planning ahead. "Now that the program has been started, next year we'll kick it off much earlier and people will be famil- iar with it," he said. Interested residents can contact Capt. Riccitelli by email at sriccitelli@ or Scoutmaster Skinner at From preceding page WOONSOCKET – For Aline Lavimodiere, a resident of Oakland Grove Health Care Center who celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday, March 8, the secret to a long life is simple: hard work and a lot of prayers. The Woonsocket native spent her life putting in long hours at the city's businesses, first in the textile mills and then in a garment shop where she worked until her retirement at age 60. Lavimodiere grew up on Burnside Avenue and attended St. Ann School, but left three months before her 9th grade graduation to help support her family. "My father pulled me out because due to the Depression, he couldn't afford the tuition of 50 cents a month," she said. As a garment worker, Lavimodiere took pride in her work and learned to excel at seamstress skills, sometimes working on as many as 144 clothing items in one day. She also sewed gar- ments for family and friends, includ- ing her niece, Vivian Desmarais, who recalled how her aunt fixed up a discounted wedding dress to make a beautiful garment for her wedding day. It wasn't all hard work in the Woonsocket of the 1930s. Lavimodiere met her husband, Gelasse "Joe" Lavimodiere, when she was ice skating on Social Pond. They married at St. Ann Church in 1941. A medical deferment kept Joe from serving during World War II, and the couple started their life on East School Street, where they rented their first apartment for $6 per week. Later, they built their own home on Joffre Avenue, digging the foundation and laying all the pieces by hand. "It took us two years to build it, but I didn't owe one dime," she said proudly. Lavimodiere continued living in her Joffre Avenue home until the age of 93, when she moved to Oakland Grove. Her husband, Joe, died in 2003. These days, she enjoys crochet- ing and praying her regular rosary and remains close with her son, Paul, and her niece, Vivian. On Sunday, she celebrated with a party organized by family with the help of the staff at Oakland Grove. Asked what advice she would offer to younger generations, Lavimodiere remembered her own hard work and emphasized they need to take life into their own hands. "They have to make their own life like I did. You have to make some- thing good out of yourself and you'll be very happy," she said. "Otherwise, God bless you." Hard work and prayers are secrets to long life for Lavimodiere By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM ALINE LAVIMODIERE celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday. Send well wishes for Vosdagalis to City Hall WOONSOCKET – Peter Vosdagalis, longtime businessman, for- mer owner of Olly's Pizzeria and an esteemed member and staunch sup- porter of our community who became ill within the last year is steadily pro- gressing in his recovery, said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt in a press release. "With each passing day, Peter remains positive and upbeat," she said. Readers who wish to forward sup- portive notes or cards of encourage- ment, may mail them to the address included below: Peter Vosdagalis, c/o Mayor's Office, 169 Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895. Baldelli-Hunt said that each enve- lope will remain unopened and kept in a safe, secure spot. All well wishes will be presented to Vosdagalis during an upcoming visit to City Hall. "Thank you for sending along your positive thoughts to one of the familiar members of the Woonsocket commu- nity," said Baldelli-Hunt. Police seeking owner of pitbull involved in attack NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield Police are seeking information about the owner of a pitbull that attacked another dog on the Audubon trails behind the 600 block of Black Plain Road Monday morning. According to police, the black pitbull attacked a small terrier and caused significant injury. Police say the pitbull was roaming free without its owner at the time of the incident, though the owner is identified as a white female around 35 years old with shoulder-length brown hair and a thin build. Residents with informa- tion are asked to contact the North Smithfield Police Department. Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. presents The Scripps National Spelling Bee R.I. State Championship Finals Spelling Bee Official Pronouncer Kim Kalunian Reporter WPRI-TV Channel 12 Eyewitness News Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. Lincoln Middle School, Lincoln, RI The public is invited. Admission is free. The Valley Breeze thanks its generous Spelling Bee co-sponsors: WE SELL • WE INSTALL • NO DISAPPOINTMENT KITCHEN AID • WHIRLPOOL LG • SONY • MAYTAG • AMANA Big Screen Specialists We offer specialty air conditioning for apartments & elderly complexes! New Location: 158 Central St., Millville, MA 01529 508-883-5862 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Fri.-Sun.

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