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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-25-2019

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Cool fun in the summertime BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON CAYDEN BARSZCZ, 20 months old and from Woonsocket, stays cool in the Splash Pad at the World War II Veterans Memorial Park before the free screening of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" last Saturday. See more photos on page 15. NORTH SMITHFIELD – Police from two local depart- ments are handing out far fewer tickets for violations of the state's hands-free driving law than those from surrounding depart- ments. Since the state's new law pro- hibiting use of hand-held phones went into effect June 1, 2018, through July 12 of this year, North Smithfield police issued 66 citations to motorists seen using their phones while driving. In the same time period, police issued 25 warnings under the hands-free law and another 18 citations and 10 warnings under a different law to driv- ers seen texting while driving. "You're not supposed to have the device in your hand at all because people are going to say, I was just holding my phone, I wasn't texting," said North Smithfield Police Capt. Stephen Riccitelli. Riccitelli noted that most of the stops for the hands-free violations took place along the 146A corridor. In addition to officers making stops on regular patrols, North Smithfield police have also been sent out on a "distracted driving detail" fund- ed by state grants to seek out Local police departments have light touch on hands-free citations By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – Taking a page from the book of other parishes that have fought to maintain their churches after closures, members of the for- mer Holy Family Parish on South Main Street are petition- ing the Diocese of Providence to allow the church to remain open under the leadership of a nonprofit organization after a painful merger process that saw one other city church close per- manently last year. Suzanne Miranda serves as leadership of the Holy Family Church Preservation Society, a newly formed group that seeks to maintain the church in the Former Holy Family parishioners seek new plan for church after merger By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See CITATIONS, Page 19 See HOLY FAMILY, Page 14 RICCITELLI NORTH SMITHFIELD – There was a time when school communication meant crumpled flyers in the bottom of a backpack and the occasional phone call home when a student misbehaved. That time is long gone, and as North Smithfield Supt. Michael St. Jean explained, it's been replaced with an era of professional marketing as public school districts compete for students and their corresponding share of educational funds. Since last fall, the North Smithfield North Smithfield schools hire consulting firm to get message out By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOLS, Page 18 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 25-31, 2019 "Your One Stop Automotive Center" North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 770 EDDIE DOWlIng hWY. RT. 146 nORTh, nORTh SMIThfIElD RhODE ISlAnD 02896 hAIl DAMAgE REPAIRS $500 Deductible Assistance Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business!

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