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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-22-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 22-28, 2019 PAWTUCKET 19 PAWTUCKET – Sixth-grader Jaala Smith says her lengthy run on Fox's MasterChef Junior was "a great experience" and "really fun," solidi- fying her goal of achieving a culinary career. Smith, a Slater Middle School student whose picture now hangs in the school, says her fame within her school and in broader Pawtucket has been quite an experience, as people come up to her to say hi after recog- nizing her from the show. Smith, daughter of Jessica Smith and Jason Smith Sr., was eliminated from the show along with another contestant during last week's epi- sode, leaving just six remaining contestants. That top-8 finish was everything she dreamed, Smith told The Breeze. She wanted to win, and expected to go far, and was proud of what she accomplished. Smith, 12, hopes to attend Johnson & Wales University in hopes of one day being a chef. She plans to own her own bakery, making all kinds of different items as she travels around the world. As for her experience working with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Smith said he is "really cool." She said she appreciated how honest he was because he's very smart and she learned a lot more because he was tough on her. She said it was difficult keeping the secret of how she did on the show during the months since filming ended last year. She said she couldn't even talk about the show with her parents and siblings. According to Smith, her favorite challenge was the camp challenge. She won both that challenge and the cupcake challenge, earning the right to have her recipes published in Family Circle Magazine and the MasterChef Cookbook. Smith said she was most proud of her winning barbecue chicken with chipotle butter corn dish in the camp challenge. She was eliminated on a team challenge creating a tapas (small plate) platter, comforting her partner Matthew as he cried in response to Ramsay's critique. She blamed the exit on miscommunication and the two contestants not being on the same page. Smith said her parents have been so excited about her success and are supportive of whatever she wants to do in life. Jaala Smith proud of her run on MasterChef Junior By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor JAALA SMITH, of Pawtucket, gets some advice from chef GORDON RAMSAY on the set of Fox's MasterChef Junior. Smith was elimi- nated after making it to the top eight contestants. thank you for supporting our Valley Breeze advertisers. They make this free newspaper possible! Lions will hold Duck Derby June 8 ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The South Attleboro Village Lions will present their first Duck Derby at the Judith H. Robbins Riverfront Park, Riverfront Drive, on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Race time is 1 p.m. The event features free admission, free parking at the Attleboro Train Station, some free activities, arts and crafts, a train ride, giant duck photos, food trucks and the duck race. The cost for the duck race is $5 per duck or $20 for a pack of five ducks. First prize is $250, second prize is $100, and third prize is $50. For tickets, call Debby at 508-889- 2185 or Pat at 508-838-6527. All proceeds will benefit eye and diabetes research, and other Lions' charities. Rain date is Sunday, June 9. Sullivan Council will hold Chopstick Auction June 7 CENTRAL FALLS – The members of the Knights of Columbus Sullivan Council 2700, 20 Claremont St., are holding their annual Chopstick Auction on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, call Leo Larivee at 401-641-3989. got a news tip? Call Ethan at 401-334-9555, ext. 130 or e-mail it to In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES answers A Remembrance Matthew A. Viegas Aug. 10, 1980 - Aug. 20, 2017 We loved you your whole life. We will miss you the rest of ours. Sadly missed, never forgotten. Love, Mom, Jim and your sweet Skylah

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