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The North Providence Breeze 06-12-2019

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22 SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 12-18, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION A week after the inaugural AHLBORG MEMORIAL DAY 5K hit the roads of North Providence for the town's first holiday road race in 17 years, students from the Hope Academy, one of the schools on the Meeting Street School campus, and Run Rhody presented Mayor Charles Lombardi with a plaque in appreciation of his support with this year's 3.1-mile race, which saw close to 200 entrants. The students who presented Lombardi with the plaque were seven-year-old Zia Fadil, who was the youngest runner in the 5K and placed 18th overall (and was the fourth fastest female) in a time of 23:04, and Angelina Acevedo, who also ran in the race. On hand for the presenation were, from left, Acevedo's parents, Maryelyn and Eulagio Acevedo, Mayor Lombardi, Run Rhody president and race director Charles Breagy, Zia Fadil, Fadil's mother, Patricia Fadil, and Angelina Acevedo. The road race will return to North Providence on May 25, 2020. Hope Academy, Run Rhody thank Mayor Lombardi for support of inaugural Ahlborg Memorial Day 5K his roster from last season is suiting up for the new Smithfield/North Providence Post 29 baseball team that will play in the R.I. American Legion Senior Division circuit. Nevertheless, Walker insisted that he has no animosity toward anyone, from his former players who are taking the field for Post 29 to the Legion team itself. He's enjoyed a "good five-year run with no regrets at all," and the longtime youth mentor is looking forward to stepping away from coaching and spending some extra time with his family. "I started this program five years ago after the Legion team folded in town," said Walker. "There were kids looking to play baseball, and I thought (the Connie Mack league) was a nice program. You knew when you were going to play – on some Monday and Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings – and you could work your work schedule around it." "I kept it as inexpensive as possible (for the players), and I had been taking $1,000 out of my pocket every year for these kids to play," continued Walker. "And it didn't bother me. All that mattered was that these kids had a place to play." In its five seasons in the league, North Providence compiled a 64-39 mark that included trips to the state semifinals in 2016 and last season and the team's magical run to the title series in 20-3. That summer, North Providence posted a 20-3 record that included a 19-game win streak, but the streak and the season came to a shocking end in the best-of-three finals. NP, which was the top seed in the postseason, was swept by 14th-seeded East Greenwich, which won just five regular-season games, by scores of 4-3 and 4-2. The bulk of that squad was too old to play on last year's ballclub, but despite having a young lineup that went 9-13, North Providence caught fire in the postseason as the 11th seed, but ended up falling in the semis to 2nd-seed- ed and eventual champion Narragansett. That was North Providence's first losing sea- son, but it was a season that Walker enjoyed as much as his previous four years with the program. "It was fun," he said. "It really was. I'll cher- ish the time I spent with this team." CONNIE MACK From Page 20 head football coach Bill McCagney and East Greenwich field hockey coach Deb McMullen, who were also standout athletes at their respective schools, and former Toll Gate gymnastics coach Richard Stapleton round out the class. Ticket information will be made available in the coming weeks. For more information, contact the RIIL office at or 401-272-9844. DANDENEAU From Page 21 Signups continue for NP women's softball league NORTH PROVIDENCE – Registration for the North Providence Women's Softball League's summer season is cur- rently underway, and any inter- ested players ages 18 and older can either sign up on Mondays or Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the snack shack at Olney Park or visit to register online. The season will run on Wednesday nights at Olney Park, starting on July 10 and concluding on Aug. 28. The fee is $50, which includes player insurance, umpire fees, and a jersey. Email rizz8@ for more information. 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 Congratulations! You're Engaged! Come see the largest selection of tuxedos and accessories in RI for all your formal wear needs! Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials HEALTHY GUMS THROUGH TO ADULTHOOD Children and teens should bear in mind that, along with tooth decay, gum disease poses the biggest threat to dental health. Statistics reveal that about half of adults aged 30 years and older have mild, moderate, or severe gum inflammation. By age 70, the percentage of adults with gum disease rises about 70 percent. To avoid becoming a statistic, children and teens are advised to make a regular habit of brushing and flossing twice daily and getting regular dental checkups. Beyond these recommendations, young adults should avoid smoking, which compromises healing and increases the risk of developing gum disease. Some studies also indicate that mouthwash containing chlorhexidine (an antibacterial ingredient) helps control plaque and gingivitis. Taught early enough, healthy habits will turn into healthy lifestyles. Begin with proper brushing and flossing techniques, and continue with regular professional care and cleanings for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. For more information on how to get your child's dental experience off to a good start, please call us at DENTAL ARTS GROUP, 401-521-3661. We have both children and adults as patients here at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston, because everyone, regardless of age, deserves a winning smile. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. P.S. As gum disease progresses from its mildest form (gingivitis) to its more severe form (periodontitis), infected tissues surrounding teeth no longer offer support, leading to tooth loss.

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