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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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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20 NORTH COUNTY JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION "A lot of it is mental. The biggest obstacle is the thought process. It's not easy to deal with. I worry about it. I try not to, but sometimes I do lose sleep thinking about it. It's sur- real." A workers' compensation fraud investigator for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Hawkins, a Providence College grad with an MPA from URI, began his career doing constituent affairs for former Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Joseph DeAngelis. He also served as assis- tant commissioner on the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Council, and in the private sector he has also worked in the investment industry. Always athletic, he coached youth sports and routinely took part in events like the 150-mile Multiple Sclerosis bike challenge and 5K races for different causes. These days he and his wife walk, and he endeavors to stay active, but he says he still gets tired. "It's a couple's disease," he notes. "The impact of this condition hits both the person who has it and his spouse. My wife has been through this by my side." Hawkins tells how she immediately made certain he was on a health- enhancing diet, one that featured things like turkey burgers, veggie burgers, smoothies, and kale chips. "All the healthy stuff," he chuckles. He confides that they talk a lot about their hopes for the future. "It's been wonderful," he says of the blended family they share. Their two youngest children are still at home. Hannah is finishing her sophomore year at Smithfield High School, and Billy is finishing grade 8 at Gallagher Middle School. "All seven of them are wonderful hard-working kids," he declares. The couple also have two grandchildren, Gia, age 2, and Ruby, 3 months. When he first got the news that he had prostate cancer, he mentions that he and Linda asked each other "What are we going to do? We want to see our grandchildren grow up and grow old together." They decid- ed to take the attitude, "you've got to give it your all." His most recent PSA test was very encouraging. It registered zero, but Hawkins points out "it can come back at any time. You have to accept whatever challenge that comes and think clearly." To take a proactive stance once he was on his feet, one of the first things he did was start a fundraiser on Facebook for prostate cancer research. "I set a modest goal of $200. The response was very good. So, I raised it a couple of more times." The effort eventually brought in close to $2,000, a response he finds very gratifying. He believes that it is affirming to take positive measures by addressing the illness beyond the scope of his personal battle. That's why he agreed to be interviewed and tell about his experiences. "The moral of the story is to get your annual physical. It's amazing what a little blood test can do. If I'd let that cancer sit there, it would have killed me in six months." (Contact me at smithpublarry@gmail. com) Bottom Lines Where do we begin: The use of terms like "fake news" and the manipulation of media that facilitate their spread can pretty certainly be traced to the 1930s. A chapter from the history book "These Truths" by Harvard professor Jill Lepore makes a convincing case for their origins in a fifty page chapter called "A Constitution of the Air." Radio, the first mass media platform in the world, much like social media today, became a means of reaching people directly, and there arose an entire industry of opinion-molders and pub- licity flacks, some more trustworthy than others, who used it to spread their own views. If you have an hour to spend with a book and only read this chapter, IMHO it is well worth the time. SASSO From Page 7 LINDA and BILL HAWKINS. Father ' s Day Gift Ideas Nothing says I Love You more than spending time fishing with your Dad! Happy Father's Day! Fresh Salt Fly Fishing Fresh Salt Fly Fishing 401 Putnam Pike, Glocester, RI 949-0339 www.ShopBigBearRI.com Gift Certificates Available HOURS Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-9 p.m. Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday 4:30-10 p.m; Sunday 2-9 p.m. 600 George Washington Highway Lincoln, RI 02865 401-333-0366 • www.ennri.com LUncH & DInneR * Fresh * Healthy * Delicious 10% OFF Gift card Purchase Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16, 2019 Only $10 OFF Your Purchase $50.00 Valid only on Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2019 Brown rice now availaBle for SuShi rollS Our sod strips are larger, better quality and less expensive than big box stores. Shop & Compare! Call ahead for large areas. 225 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 401-345-3452 expensive than big box stores. Privacy Screens FRESH SOD EVERYDAY Acres of Flowering Trees, Shrubs & Perennials Aborvitae Spruce, Pine Fir & More Smith's Nursery Smith's Nursery

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