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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE AUNDREA SCOTT, 12, of Foster, takes part in a martial arts demonstration presented by AMA Martial Arts Smithfield on April 16 as part of Family Fun Day at Deerfield Park in Smithfield. Scott says, "It's a lot of fun and you get to learn how to defend yourself." See more photos on page 9. Council approves $4.5 million in bond spending SMITHFIELD – The Town Council on Tuesday approved the first significant spending for the elementary school reconfiguration project, hiring an owner's project manager and design service for the project for a total of appoximately $4.5 million. At the recommendation of the School Building Committee, the council approved hiring Colliers International to provide management services, and DBVW Architects for architectural design services. Both firms were selected for their qualifications prior to fee negotia- tions, Supt. Judy Paolucci said. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer FOSTER – On a bookshelf in the basement of the Foster Town Hall in the Foster Preservation Society's office is a collection of books from the early 1900s. Visitors will find catalogs and phone books, all with yellow-aged clippings of newspapers from the 1920s and 1930s glued to the pages. The books are from the collec- tion of Hope Eddy Kennedy, a Foster resident who died in 1985. Kennedy collected newspaper stories from both the area and around the world, pasting them in various books around the house. Preservation Society President Ed Robinson said in the early 1900s, scrapbooking was often done by using glue to stick the stories on pages of old books or magazines. Kennedy's collection was left to the organization many years ago, though Robinson is unsure of the exact year. Like much of the antiques and arti- facts in the FPS underground office, these books were here before he started with the Preservation Society 20 years ago, said Robinson. For many years his focus was on other items. Two years ago, Marilyn Labbe, a Connecticut resident who worked with the Killingly Historical Society for the majority of her life, arrived. Robinson asked her to join him in his preservation efforts, which includ- ed scanning century-old pictures and uploading them online for the world to access. Robinson is the "computer guy," Old news is good news for Foster Preservation Society By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See OBESITY, Page 15 See PRESERVATION, Page 8 See ELEMENTARY, Page 11 SMITHFIELD – Elementary School principals Brian Ackerman and Julie Dorsey said fun interac- tive recess games and a practice of encouraging students to get out and be active both play roles in Smithfield's lower childhood obesity and overweight rates compared to other areas of the state. Rhode Island Kids Count con- ducted a first-of-its-kind three-year study on childhood obesity working with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, State Innovation Model and three health insurance plans to collect data. Of Smithfield students aged 2-17, 12 percent of students are considered Childhood obesity rates are lower in local towns By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & FOR UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & VALUE Josh's Roofing RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. • RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL ROOFING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 2017 & 2018 We now offer Financing (401)949-0180 Have you hugged a tree today? Celebrate National Arbor Day April 26th PAVEMENT SEALCOATING R.I. Registration #6828 Serving New England Since 1968 COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL • INDUSTRIAL MANVILLE, RI 02838 • 401-765-0333 CRACK FILLING STRIPING COLOR COATING | PAVING FRANK E. Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE Our local guide to the signs of spring INSIDE from your friends at Inside: S pring S pring in the Valley S pring Signs of • Born on the farm Learn about the life of calves at Wright's Dairy Farm • Reviving tired spaces Refresh your surroundings with new paint trends • Eat what you grow Flowers that are pleasing to the eye, and taste buds • Turn trash into treasure The thrill of the yard sale chase • Get out and move Revamp your spring fitness goals ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC.

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