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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 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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8 BUSINESS JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION 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 advertisers and readers," said Ward. "Jamie (Quinn) and I want to be sure our legacy of serving the community 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 organiza- tion was the best aligned with The Valley Breeze's focus on community journalism," said Whippen. "The Valley Breeze has played an extremely critical role in the communities it serves for over 20 years. We look forward to continuing to build upon the great print and digital 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 suc- cess," said Ward of the award-winning paper. "With 58,000- plus papers delivered each week, there is simply no stronger print voice in north- ern 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 digi- tal audience. "Our focus will be to continue to deliver quality local news and infor- mation that is relevant to the read- ers," he said. "Over my many years in the newspaper industry I've been fortunate to have learned from and worked with those who have provid- ed stellar community journalism and also those who have veered off of that path. My goal with Tom, Jamie and Ethan (Shorey) is to continue 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 edi- tor. Barbara Phinney was book- keeper. 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 edi- tion 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 representatives say it's been a leader in listening to industry traits and growth opportu- nities while staying true to its core products. 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