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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-06-2019

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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10 THE VALLEY JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Mission from new Breeze 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 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 advertis- ers and readers," said Ward. "Jamie (Quinn) and I want to be sure our legacy of serving the com- munity with a high-quality newspa- per 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 read- ers 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 support. 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 sev- eral 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 Publications purchased the 50-year-old Observer newspaper in Smithfield, and the North Star of North Providence, from Kimball Burgess of Greenville. Both soon became free Breeze newspapers. Finally, in 2009, a fifth edition was added in Pawtucket. The Valley Breeze had several homes as it grew during its 23 years, most on Mendon Road in Cumberland. It moved to its current Lincoln location at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, in 2011, where it will remain. Whip It Media is a multimedia corporation and leader in local jour- nalism, advertising and marketing. With more than 25 years of media experience, company representa- tives say it's been a leader in listen- ing to industry traits and growth opportunities while staying true to its core products. "Unlike many companies that have followed trends, we, like The Valley Breeze, have led with the idea of maintaining our strength in the core of each product," says the com- pany. Also falling under its umbrella are: • The Fairfax Times, the community voice for Fairfax County, reaching 100,000 homes in print and 225,000 E-editions; • The Washington Suburban Press Network, the national advertising network for local newspapers simi- lar to the Rhode Island Newspaper Group; • The Kates-Boylston Company, the business voice for the funeral and cremation industry with more than 100 years of longevity; • And digital agency Media Prowler, the data and digital back- shop for many media companies across the country. WARD QUINN Cumberland's Gilden elected to board of trustees, governance committee, at Centreville Bank WEST WARWICK – David M. Gilden, of Cumberland, has been elected to the Board of Trustees at Centreville Bank. Gilden will also serve on the Governance Committee. A part- ner at Partridge Snow & Hahn in Providence, Gilden has more than 36 years' experience practicing law in such areas as real estate, business, commercial lending and insurance. Gilden earned a juris doctor- ate from Boston University and a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University. He is licensed to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Gilden is the general counsel of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Taco/White Family Foundation, Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and Crossroads Rhode Island. He is a former director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, June 6 TH -Wednesday, June 12 TH , 2019 Find out what's on sale at CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; (Wed. closing at 6 p.m.); Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. RED, SEEDLESS GRAPES SATURDAY SPECIAL SATURDAY, JUNE 8 TH , 2019 only. TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY SPECIAL TUES. & WED., JUNE 11 TH & JUNE 12 TH , 2019 only. 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