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The North Providence Breeze 05-15-2019

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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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE MAY 15-21, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION since it premiered at Bard College in 2015. It then moved to Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse in 2018 before coming to Broadway. The classic musical premiered on Broadway in 1943 and has previously been revived four times, according to the Tony Awards' website. Playing Aunt Eller, who Testa says is the matriarch of the town, has been a "great experience," she said. Noting that her character is authoritative and says what's on her mind, "I'm very much like her in many ways," she said. Also nominated for the award are Lilli Cooper for "Tootsie," Amber Gray for "Hadestown," Sarah Stiles for "Tootsie," and Ali Stroker for Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" While Testa now calls New York home, she said she enjoyed her time growing up in "beautiful" North Providence with her family and friends and still visits to see her sister and niece and her family who live in Providence and North Providence. After moving to North Providence with her family as a 4-year-old, Testa attended St. Maria Goretti School in Pawtucket, which is no longer in operation, and North Providence High School. Testa didn't come from a theatrical family, but said that her mother was an amateur singer. Her interest in theater began when she was 16, she said, and after gradu- ating from NPHS, she attended a school for gifted students in the arts before attending the University of Rhode Island where she majored in theater. "I had a nice time when I was (at URI)," Testa said. "I had very good training." One theater professor who made an impression on Testa was Judith Swift, she said. "Mary Testa was the one who made a lasting impression," Swift, now director of the Coastal Institute along with serving as theater and communications professor, said in a statement. "Her talent was immedi- ately apparent. She had warmth, wit and vocal chops to rival the best of Broadway performers. Mary's Tony is long overdue." When a Rockefeller Grant brought a production of William Finn's "Scrambled Eggs" to Kingston, Testa secured her first singing role. The connection she made with Finn helped launch her career. In September 1976, at 21 years old, she moved to New York City. She made her Off-Broadway debut as Miss Goldberg in Finn's one-act musical "In Trousers." Testa has been nominated for a Tony two times before in 1999 and 2001 for her performances in "On the Town" and "42nd Street." She's won numerous film awards, including a Maverick Movie Award, a Melbourne Indie Film Festival Award, and a Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Award for her role in a 2015 film short called "The Mother." She's also been nominated for Outer Critics Circle Awards and sev- eral Drama Desk Awards, including a 2019 nomination for her performance in "Oklahoma!". In addition to theater, she's done concert work and has had roles in television and film, she said. She said it's hard to choose a favor- ite role because "they're all different and gratifying in their own way." In 2011 composer Michael John LaChiusa wrote a musical for her called "Queen of the Mist" about Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at age 63, was the first woman to go over Niagara Falls and lived, she said. "I like interesting new work," she said of the types of roles she prefers. "I like working with great people … I'm grateful and very lucky that I've been able to do that." TONY AWARD From Page One North Providence native MARY TESTA has been nomi- nated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role as Aunt Eller in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" The show is currently running at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. This is Testa's third Tony nomination. Police arrest woman after road rage incident involving gun State Police last week announced the arrest of a North Providence woman who allegedly displayed a handgun during a road rage incident on Route 146 in North Providence last Wednesday night, May 8. Valerie Arce, age 26, of 2 Atwood Ave., North Providence, was charged with not having a license or permit required for carrying a pistol and disorderly conduct (fighting/tumultu- ous behavior). She was processed and arraigned at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and released. The arrest stemmed from an incident reported about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday night when a Scituate resident called 911 to report that she was the victim of a road rage incident involving a gun on the off-ramp from the northbound lanes of Route 146 to Mineral Spring Avenue. The victim said she was trying to merge onto the exit ramp when the operator of a black SUV traveling in front of her repeatedly stepped on the brakes and allegedly waved a gun out the car window. The operator of the SUV then pulled alongside the vic- tim's car and momentarily stopped, again allegedly displaying the hand- gun before driving off. No shots were fired. The victim provided a description of the SUV and the license plate number. Troopers notified police in surrounding communities. At approx- imately 8 p.m., North Providence police located the SUV in front of Arce's home at 2 Atwood Ave. and notified troopers, who responded to that location. Troopers arrested Arce without inci- dent and seized a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine from her vehicle. THE WEEK THAT WAS ARCE WHEN TEETH HINT OF DISEASE Just as the eyes are windows into many health conditions, so the mouth serves as a door. For many people with celiac disease, a visit to the dentist and not the gastroenterologist is the first step toward discovering the condition. The autoimmune disorder known as "celiac disease" (an immune reaction to eating gluten) can cause damage to the small intestine that will interfere with nutrient absorption. If the disease blocks calcium absorption, it can cause "dental enamel hypoplasia," the medical term for white, yellow, or brown spots on the teeth. This weakening of tooth enamel affects as many as 40 percent to 50 percent of new pediatric celiac patients compared with 6 percent of the healthy population. To give our patients the best dental care possible, we are committed to continual learning and education. Because we want our patients to feel confident knowing that we are a team of skilled clinicians, we stay informed about the latest research, new techniques and equipment, and the latest products that a dental office can offer its patients to provide state-of-the-art dental care. We invite you to take advantage of our commitment to the highest quality dental care by calling DENTAL ARTS GROUP, 401- 521-3661, for a convenient appointment. We're easy to find at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston. P.S. Dental enamel hypoplasia renders teeth more vulnerable to decay. 401-231-9000 4 Tag Drive, No. Providence, RI Body & Fender Work – Expert Refinishing CORVETTE REBUILDERS • 24 Hour Towing Gino's Auto Sales & Body Works Complete Collision Services Quality Late Model Vehicles Specializing in Insurance Work First Responders Are Much Appreciated in Our Community ASPHALT & CONCRETE SERVICES RI Reg. #382815 Midway Laundry 1818 Mineral Spring Avenue (Adjacent to North Providence High School) 401 563-3006 Brand New Machines Coin Operated - No Card Needed! FREE DRYING (with paid wash) OR Let us do it for you with our WASH–DRY–FOLD SERVICE Only 89 ¢ per pound (with minimum of 12 pounds)

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