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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | APRIL 11-17, 2019 THE VALLEY 3 With spring in the air, residents of the valley are making sure that the Blackstone River – and its many tributaries, ponds and streams – are ready for the warmer months and the recreational opportunities that sum- mer brings. This Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, members of local organiza- tions will gather in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for Blackstone River Watershed-wide Cleanup Day, a multi-state cleanup taking place at sites along the river. Volunteers are invited to participate in the effort to beautify and bring awareness to the watershed that stretches from Worcester to Pawtucket. "People, I think, want to give back to the community, and one way of doing that is by cleaning up," said Maggie Plasse, a Blackstone resident and one of the day's coordinators. Plasse serves on the board of the Blackstone River Watershed Association, a Massachusetts orga- nization that promotes clean water quality and environmental education on the river's upper half. This year, the BRWA is partnering with the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and Rhode Island organizations to expand their spring cleanup efforts and are hoping for at least 100 volunteers on Saturday. Groups can meet at the Blackstone Heritage Corridor office at 670 Linwood Ave. in Whitinsville, Mass., where they'll receive supplies and be directed to a cleanup site. "We can do more sites in one day and bring about awareness of the length of the river and that it spans both states," she said. Plasse, who has participated in cleanups along the river for more than a decade, said the types of debris volunteers find has changed as people become more aware of the river's environmental and recreational importance. Where they once found furniture and washing machines that had been dumped illegally, they now tend to find household trash and litter that blows over from roads and peo- ple's yards. Many of the smaller items make their way to the river through storm drains, which is why the orga- nization is encouraging residents to "adopt a storm drain" in their area and keep it clear of litter that could end up downstream. Over the years, monitoring by the BRWA and other organizations has shown that the water quality of the river continues to improve, though there are still remnants of its industrial past, according to Plasse. Opportunities such as the Blackstone River Greenway bike path are bring- ing more residents than ever in contact with the river and increasing their awareness of its importance, she said. "It's such a great asset, and I think people are seeing that. The bike path has brought a lot of people to the river that didn't go before." Volunteers show some love to the Blackstone River for Watershed-wide Cleanup Day By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Former Blackstone River Watershed Association President JOANNE HOLAHAN and volunteer OWEN THOMAS show off the bags of trash collected at a 2018 cleanup event at Axtell Brook in Grafton, Mass. See CLEANUP, Page 6 Dining Guide PRIVATE FUNCTIONS Anniversaries Bridal & Baby Showers Birthdays • Graduations Bereavement Luncheons Business Meetings & more The perfect location with beautiful views of the Blackstone River. Call our Event Coordinator Stacey Brouillard for more information and availability 401-235-9026 Steak • Seafood • PaSta 74 South Main St., Woonsocket, RI 401-235-9026 Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri & Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. Noon- 8 p.m. Fish & Chips ............................. $9.99 Baked Haddock Dinner ........ $9.99 Fried Bay Scallop Dinner .. $10.99 Fried Shrimp Platter .......... $10.99 Friday Lenten Specials Every Friday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Eat-in or Take-Out ALL DAY EVERY DAY Eat In Only Choice of Sauces 50¢ Chicken Wings Celebrating Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 Make your Reservations Now! 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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