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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JUNE 13-19, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 21 Mazzei is proudest of his time serv- ing in the U. S. Army Air Forces in World War II, where he enlisted in October 1941 rather than being drafted. He said he remembers where he was when he first learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He said he asked his commanding officer what he should do, and was given a broom and told to use it as a rifle. "I said what am I going to do, sweep them out of the way," Mazzei said with a laugh. Using a CapTel phone, which con- verts voice to text so he can make his daily calls to his children, Mazzei talk- ed about serving and the unpredict- ability of war. He sat behind his desk in his Smithfield Woods apartment and told The Valley Breeze & Observer about his long life. "The war was very bad. But some- thing good came out of it – I met my wife. In one month, we got married," Mazzei said. He met his wife Odessa in South Carolina and married in 1943, remaining together for 73 years before she died in 2016. The pair had two "bright and beautiful daugh- ters," Barbara of Delaware and Betty of New Jersey. Both call their father every night, and they talk about his three grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. "She was a rebel and I was a Yankee," he said of his wife. The pair moved to Johnston in 1960 where they remained until 2008, when they moved to Smithfield Woods. Mazzei keeps a memorial of Odessa with pictures of his wife in his living room. Mazzei recalled telling Odessa he was going to marry her after only a week knowing her. The life they lived was perfect. "It was unbelievable," he said. Odessa worked for Tupperware and would travel across the country for work, often taking the family with her. Tupperware would give Odessa prizes for reaching sales goals, and Mazzei said one year it was a Thunderbird and another a snowblower. Mazzei said he struggled with his hearing and was able to get six-month waivers from the Army to remain in service. After marrying Odessa, he was done with military service and ready to start a family. He retired from his job as a military cook, going home to work in mod- ernization, where he made 25 cents an hour. He moved on to the VA, where he started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to supervisor. Mazzei said he was always con- scious of eating healthy. He credits a combination of a good diet and lengthy marital bliss for his great lon- gevity. He said it was after making a ser- geant a yummy batch of scrambled eggs that he was given the position in the commissary. Half a century ago, at age 50, he quit smoking following a heart attack. "I had to lay off the fatty foods. The doctor said if you take care of your- self, you'll get another 10 years. Here I am, almost 30 years later," Mazzei said. Mazzei said the most significant difference he's noticed in the world is the way people used to treat each other nicely and help each other. He said he is sad to see the shootings happening in schools, noting that it never happened when he was grow- ing up. He passes his time at the center playing games, doing puzzles in newspapers, talking sports and catch- ing game shows on TV. He enjoys watching the Red Sox, sometimes the Yankees, "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy." His daughter Barbara said he is still sharp because he lives an active life, always talking and putting a smile on people's faces. MAZZEI From Page 2 tial small business owners. She said she is obtaining financing for façade upgrades on the existing building that will be available soon, including repairs and paint to "polish the gem up a little bit." She said she wants to be proactive in fixing up the village and will pair opportunities in town for improve- ments with grant funding once the money is available. Scott said she is eager to get the momentum going on projects, and will go door-to-door if necessary to get the word out about funding. "The goal is to build on the expan- sion of existing businesses and the growth or area small businesses," Scott said. There are two empty buildings on Main Street, both former law offices, as well the old Christie's Liquor Store and several other open buildings. Town Councilor Jay Forgue said he pushed for the economic develop- ment of Chepachet during his first campaign last fall. "We want to keep Chepachet in its natural flavor and attract vendors that would appeal to that," he said. CHEPACHET From Page 3 SCITUATE HIGH SCHOOL'S JEAN BUONACCORSI'S HISTORY CLASS raised more than $4,000 to purchase 110 backpacks filled with essentials for children involved with Adoption R.I. The class presented the backpacks, along with $500 in gift cards for specific items like socks and shoes for children in need, and gave an additional $1,000 to Adoption R.I. to help fund their art program for foster children in Rhode Island on June 4. Students raised funds through bake sales and an online fundraising app called Snap Raise. Buonaccorsi said last year, students filled 40 backpacks, and said this was an extremely successful year. DEM and Food Policy Council award grants to local agriculture and food businesses PROVIDENCE – To acceler- ate growth of Rhode Island's green economy, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with the R.I. Food Policy Council, has awarded $95,949 in grants to 12 local agriculture and food busi- nesses. The awards, funded under the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act grant program, aim to help new and existing small businesses and food initiatives take root and prosper in Rhode Island. The 2019 LASA grant awards include: • BreenBain LLC, Foster, $5,250: To purchase materials that will be used to construct a mobile produce cooler that can be towed by a pick- up truck, keeping vegetables cool and extending their shelf life. • Seaside Botanicals LLC, Foster, $600: To create locally grown herbal products through the purchase and installation of a steam distiller for making essential oils and hydrosols from Rhode Island-grown herbs. • Territorium Farms, North Smithfield, $3,379: To increase production of local beer, wine, and beer-wine hybrids by installing additional trellises for additional hop and grape produc- tion for on-farm beverage produc- tion and raw product sales to local homebrewers, breweries, and vine- yards. For more information on DEM programs and initiatives, visit www. . DEM to hold public hearing on Invenergy draft permit BURRILLVILLE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will hold a public hear- ing on a draft air quality permit for the proposed Clear River Energy Center on Wednesday, June 19, in the Burrillville High School audito- rium. The public hearing will be con- ducted in two sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. While the overall decision on siting for the facil- ity lies with the Energy Facility Siting Board, the decision on the air permit lies with the DEM. Written com- ments on the proposal may be sub- mitted to dem.invenergyairpermit@ up until July 15. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will also accept written comment related to the project's federal per- mit up until July 3. Comments can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Alex Kostra), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or emailed to . 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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