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The North Providence Breeze 06-05-2019

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 5-11, 2019 THE VALLEY 3 The Valley Breeze is changing hands Mission from new owner: Stay the course LINCOLN – There will be new ownership at The Valley Breeze, but readers likely won't notice any change. Breeze Publications Inc., founded in 1996 by Publisher Thomas V. Ward, of Cumberland, and Deputy Publisher James E. Quinn, of Lakeville, Mass., has been sold to Whip It Media, of Sterling, Virginia. Both Ward and Quinn will remain with the paper for the foreseeable future, with Ward continuing his weekly opinion column and Quinn remaining as production manager and graphic artist. No other person- nel changes are anticipated. The sale does not include the newspaper's Lincoln office, owned by Ward and Quinn. The change in ownership took place May 23, and was announced to employees and to the commu- nity online at www.valleybreeze. com last Wednesday, May 29. "I am thrilled to be handing off the baton of leadership to Richard Whippen, CEO, who understands the importance of a strong local news voice. More importantly, he will be expanding The Breeze's efforts in digital news gathering, sharing, and advertising, offering a new level of service to our advertisers and readers," said Ward. "Jamie (Quinn) and I want to be sure our legacy of serving the com- munity with a high-quality news- paper continues," said Ward, "and we expect it will with Richard and his team at Whip It Media." "I'm extremely honored that Tom and Jamie decided that our organization was the best aligned with The Valley Breeze's focus on community journal- ism," said Whippen. "The Valley Breeze has played an extremely critical role in the communities it serves for over 20 years. We look for- ward to continuing to build upon the great print and digi- tal products they've provided their readers and customers." Said Quinn: "We are known for our community roots and dedication to quality, and I attribute that to the people I work with every day, from reporting to design to customer sup- port. Our employees make us who we are, and I look forward to being able to continue working with them during this next chapter." "I'm delighted that I've been asked to continue on with the new owners and help transition The Breeze and Observer to even greater levels of success," said Ward of the award-winning paper. "With 58,000- plus papers delivered each week, there is simply no stronger print voice in northern Rhode Island." Whippen said he'll be working with the team over the next several weeks to fill open positions and identify ways to increase The Breeze's print and digital audience. "Our focus will be to continue to deliver quality local news and information that is relevant to the readers," he said. "Over my many years in the newspaper industry I've been fortunate to have learned from and worked with those who have provided stellar community journal- ism and also those who have veered off of that path. My goal with Tom, Jamie and Ethan (Shorey) is to con- tinue to stay the course, which is extremely important to all readers and residents in the communities we serve." Shorey, of Cumberland, who's been with The Breeze since 2006, will continue on as editor of the paper. The Valley Breeze was born in Ward's home on Pound Road, Cumberland in March 1996. Ward and Quinn were joined by Marcia Green, of Cumberland, who served as editor. Barbara Phinney was bookkeeper. In its first week, 10,000 free 20-page newspapers were delivered in Cumberland and Lincoln. The Breeze quickly grew in size and popularity. In 1999, a second edition was added to serve Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and a bit later, Blackstone, Mass. In January 2006, Breeze WARD QUINN See BREEZE, Page 5 IN BRIEF Relay for Life set for June 15 SMITHFIELD – The Relay for Life of Northern Rhode Island, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 2 to 11 p.m., at the Smithfield High School track, 90 Pleasant View Ave. This is a family event with fun- draisers for all ages. There will be face painting, games, bingo, music and more. For more information, visit www. relayforlife.org/northernri or email northernrirelay@yahoo.com. NP resident Riascos marks 25 years at Tufts NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town resident Gloria Riascos was among 10 Tufts Health Plan employees recently recognized for their many years of service with the organization. Riascos, senior cre- dentialing specialist, celebrated 25 years at the local health plan. "I am proud to celebrate this major milestone, working at Tufts Health Plan for 25 years," said Riascos. "I've been fortunate to be surrounded by employees who work hard every day to do the best they can for this organization and our members. This organization does tremendous work, and I could not imagine being anywhere other than Tufts Health Plan."

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