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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-05-2020

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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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Fifth-grade students at LAPERCHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Smithfield learned two valuable lessons in one afternoon last Friday, one dealing with Black History Month and the other with cancer. The school set a goal of raising $4,000 for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, and the students cheered as Principal Julie Dorsey announced that, if they make their goal, students will be allowed to throw pies at their teachers. See more photos on page 16. SMITHFIELD – After a year and a half of no lights, the tower atop the Superman Building in Providence is shining again for the Good Night Lights program thanks to the help of Smithfield's Bob Dionne of Robert Dionne Electrical Contracting. Last Friday, the art-deco tower top- ping the 428-foot skyscraper lit up at 8:30 p.m. for the program, a nightly ritual started by Providence and East Providence Police where lights are directed at Hasbro Children's Hospital every night at 8:30 p.m. to say goodnight to the young patients. Dionne is a self-proclaimed "old- school electrician," learning the ropes working on old electric sys- tems in mills and industrial build- ings. He said he prefers to fix things rather than replace them. Dionne said he understood that the property manager of the build- Local man brings 'night light' back to Superman Building By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer School spirit for fundraising See LIGHTS, Page 7 DIONNE Employers changing protocols amid coronavirus concerns Schools undergoing deeper cleaning SMITHFIELD – The announced arrival of the coronavirus in Rhode Island has led to a rush on antibacte- rial wipes and soaps at local stores, new company policies allowing more working from home, and even pro- posed changes in the way commu- By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See CORONAVIRUS, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – Some town resi- dents may be banned from turning on their sprinkler systems or filling up their pools this summer under a measure now under consideration. The Town Council on Tuesday tabled the Smithfield Water Supply Some residents may not be able to use sprinklers, pools By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See WATER, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MARCH 5-11, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 401-421-2222 1480 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence Mon. - Fri. 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE Bagel & Cream Cheese with any purchase of a Hot or Iced Coffee. Expires March 18, 2020

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