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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-13-2019

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4 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone- Millville Regional High School's graduating class was greeted with a light summer breeze as members walked to their spots, caps and gowns radiating gold and purple. The 107 graduates walked through a designated path on the lawn marked by caution tape to last Friday's commencement ceremonies. To their right, they saw their imme- diate families rise from their chairs while proudly smiling and waving. To their left, they saw friends, relatives, and community members who all came out to see them graduate. Class President Cameron Cerundolo welcomed students and led off the ceremony with BMR band's performance of the National Anthem. Principal Michael Dudek encour- aged students to take life advice from loved ones, celebrities and artists alike. He quoted Amy Poehler and Ellen DeGeneres about living life with integrity and avoiding isolation. He referenced Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and The Beatles song "All You Need Is Love" as examples of inspi- ration from the artists we admire. He said over the last four years, staff taught students to think critically and to analyze and filter the knowl- edge and advice they receive. That should be their guiding principle, he said. Valedictorian Mikayla Martinelli said she and her classmates will "look back on the fond memories we have created here in our small towns and use this as a reminder of our origins, for our collective past is the single thing that connects us all back together." She added, "And though we cer- tainly have a long road ahead of us, if we all work hard, we can achieve our wildest dreams. We can be happy, and if anyone can do it, I believe it's you, Class of 2019," she said. Salutatorian Rebecca St. Amant expanded on the potential career paths of her graduating class. In this group are future doctors, teachers, musicians, and members of the mili- tary. "As we move forward, we need to find our passion, something that we will be able to put everything we have into every single day," she said. "Even if this means switching majors, or switching colleges, or quitting a job to start fresh, the most important thing is to find what you love." Cerundolo said he believes every- one has found themselves during their time in high school. These years taught them to think for themselves and their futures. "A seed was planted in each and every one of us as we aimlessly wan- dered through the halls on our first day of high school," he said. "Four years later, we have all grown into Blackstone-Millville graduates prepared for next steps By SAMANTHA LATOS Valley Breeze Intern See BMR, Page 14 TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PETITION FOR ABANDONMENT OF STREET Pursuant to North Smithfield Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-5 notice is hereby given of a public hearing of the North Smithfield Town Council to be held at the North Smithfield Middle School, 1850 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI on June 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the peti- tion of Ronald C. Brin et al that proceedings be commenced for the aban- donment of Moore Avenue located on Assessor's Plat 9, Lots 51, 52, 61, 66 and 67. This proposal may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the view expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Persons interested in the above petition are requested to attend said meeting and be heard. The petition is also available for review in the office of the Town Clerk at the Municipal Annex. Individuals requesting special assistance must call 767-2200, extension 326, seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Debra A. Todd, Town Clerk

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