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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-03-2019

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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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 3-10, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 15 Celebrate the Fourth of July in Glocester Blue Cross & Blue Shield announces Employees' Scholarship Foundation winners JULY 4 Happy Birthday, Joan Duquette! Love, Dennis, Judy, Dawn and Eric JULY 7 Happy Birthday, Eric Duquette! Love, Mom, Dad and Edelman JULY 28 Happy Birthday, Laura Colantonio! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze JULY 31 Gary Dumas, Happy Birthday from your friends at Burger King! GLOCESTER – The 93rd Ancients & Horribles Fourth of July Parade, where participants spoof local and national political figures, will be held on Thursday, July 4. Starting at 4 p.m. in Chepachet, it features displays from bands, military, floats, politi- cians, and local organizations. On Saturday, July 6, enjoy live music and fireworks at the Glocester Memorial Park behind the Senior Center. Music starts at 3:30 p.m. and fireworks, at 9 p.m. The cost is free for both events; donations will be accepted. Nonperishable food items for the Glocester Food Pantry will also be collected. PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has awarded scholarships to five local students on behalf of the Employees' Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by BCBSRI employees. The organization awards college scholarships to fellow employees' children annually to provide oppor- tunities for college and invest in the future of the Rhode Island commu- nity. Matthew Carlson, of Glocester, received 1st place and $5,000. Local Scouts earn Bronze award Four juniors from Apple Valley's Girl Scout Troop 127 have com- pleted their Bronze award, a project where each girl must complete a minimum of 20 hours of commu- nity service. The girls went to various local organizations for help collecting toiletries along with socks, food and other essential items for the homeless. They were able to collect enough items to make hundreds of care packages which were donated to Crossroads Rhode Island. The Scouts also held a blanket- making event at St. Philip Church. Troops from around the Apple Valley Service Unit participated in the event or made blankets at troop meetings. There were a total of 30 donated blankets, donated to Crossroads along with the items collected. Girls from Troop 127 sorting and packing donated items for Crossroads, from left, are ARIANNA FOTOPOULOS, MOLLY SOUSA, MORGAN DENNIS, and KAYLEE SANTILLI. Girl Scouts in attendance at the BLANKET-MAKING EVENT included, from Troop 171, Rebekkah Condon, Emily Packer; Troop 386, Anabelle Souza, Keana Blakley, Kaydence Coupe, Taylor Coupe, Emily Grace, Kaitlyn Deely, Sofia Enciso, Ava Randle, and Natalia Martinez; and from Troop 127, Morgan Dennis, Arianna Fotopoulos, Kaylee Santilli, and Molly Sousa. signs are deteriorated and do not have proper reflectivity for viewing at night. The renumbering project and oth- ers like it will place Rhode Island in line with other states that already use mile-based numbering systems. According to RIDOT, Rhode Island and some of its neighboring New England states are among the last in the country to update their exit signs along a mile-based numbering system as required by the Federal Highway Administration. The new signs are one of several RIDOT projects currently underway on Route 146. Earlier this year, the state began pre-installation work for a new tolling gantry located near the on-ramp to Route 146 from Route 116 that is expected to go live in August as part of the state's new truck tolling program. A sec- ond tolling gantry along Route 146, near the Route 104 exit in North Smithfield, is scheduled to start con- struction in January 2020. RIDOT is also continuing work on replacement of the bridge over Pound Hill Road that has resulted in lane shifts along both sides of the highway in North Smithfield. That project is expected to be complete by the fall. EXIT SIGNS From Page 3 The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has announced that signs, some of which are deteriorated like this one, along the roadway from the Massachusetts line to Lincoln will be replaced and updated by fall in the first round of a $3.1 million upgrade. Next year, signs between Lincoln and Providence will also be updated. Also, new exit numbers, based on mile mark- ers, will be installed along the entire length of Route 146 starting soon. BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD BIRTHDAY CLUB GLOCESTER NEWS got a news tip? Call Laura at 401-334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD Veronica Houston ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 •

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