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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 NORTH SMITHFIELD 9 2020. The current location will remain open seven days per week in the meantime, they said. The announcement drew mixed reactions from patrons. While most applauded the move, some, in typi- cal Rhode Island fashion, said the new location – just over two miles from the current location – was too far away to frequent. This is the second major announcement to come out of the popular business in the past few years. In 2017, the Branchauds reopened a second location in Bellingham, Mass., that their father had briefly run in the 1970s. The new location, like the Bellingham location, will serve beer and wine along with the usual menu of roast beef and casual favorites. From preceding page NORTH SMITHFIELD – An annual holiday tradition returns this weekend to North Smithfield Middle School, with all the proceeds support- ing a good cause. The Artisan Fair will take place this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature more than 50 artists, crafters and vendors, along with family activities and photos with Mrs. Claus. Originally hosted by the North Smithfield PTO, April Lombardi took over the event last year as a fundraiser for Kenny's Coalition. The organization raises funds for local families affected by medical diagnoses or whose children require long-term medical care. "They go in our general fund, and we've got money to help families that come up that we don't necessarily have a fundraiser for that family, but they could use some assistance," she said. For the first time this year, the event will include a blood drive with the Rhode Island Blood Center. The blood drive will be held in honor of Anna Kitada, a North Smithfield student who died in May 2018 after a long fight with bone cancer. Kitada's was one of several families Kenny's Coalition helped support during their medical battle. "Her mother's been really want- ing to do this for some time, and I thought it was a great way to honor Anna and have people come do some shopping as well," said Lombardi. The event will feature handcrafted gifts, specialty food, sports memora- bilia, holiday items and booths by local businesses and boutique stores. The emphasis, said Lombardi, is on upscale or handmade items to give families a unique holiday shopping experience. The event will also include a food drive to help complete the holiday meal of a local veteran in need. Some of the items needed are stuffing, cran- berry sauce, potatoes, vegetables and dessert mixes. Last year's event raised $5,000 to support local families. With more ven- dors signed up this year, Lombardi is hoping to top that amount. "It's more than just the money," she said. "Obviously the end goal is to help a family financially, but really bringing the community together and bringing all the families who want to help together. There's so many people who are repeat volunteers and say, 'I want to help other people.'" Shop for a cause this weekend at the North Smithfield Artisan Fair By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer SUBMITTED PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN DE REZENDES Cub Scout JOSHUA CUDDY, of North Smithfield, tries on a wreath for a hat during last year's Artisan Fair while his brother, Benjamin, looks on. This year's Artisan Fair will take place this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Smithfield Middle School. Police and fire holding food drive this Saturday NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield Fire and Rescue and the North Smithfield Police Department will hold a food drive this Saturday, Nov. 23, to benefit the North Smithfield Food Pantry. Police and fire personnel will be outside the Dowling Village Walmart collecting items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are invited to donate non-perishable food items to benefit local families in need. This is the first year local first responders will hold the food drive. IN BRIEF

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