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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-19-2020

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CAROLYN GIRARD, of the Woonsocket Education Department, hands out "Grab and Go" meals at Citizen's Memorial Elementary School in Woonsocket to DANTE YOUNG, 7, and his brother CAYDEN, 10. The free meals are provided by the Woonsocket Education District in collaboration with food provider Sodexo at Hamlet Middle School, Kevin Coleman Elementary School and Citizens Memorial Elementary, Monday-Friday, through March 20. See more photos on page 14. NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is hoping a massive influx of federal infrastructure funds will help complete a long-awaited overhaul of Route 146, eliminat- ing the traffic light at the dangerous intersection with Sayles Hill Road and improving safety throughout the highway. Last month, RIDOT officials sub- mitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program seeking $90 million in feder- al grant funds. The application details planned improvements on nearly RIDOT seeking $90 million for massive Route 146 project By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – A new policy adopted by the School Committee last week would create significant changes for home-school families in the city, including barring students from participating in athletic and other extracurricular activities run by Woonsocket public schools. The policy, which requires a sec- ond vote by committee members before going into effect, is the result of several months of meetings and drafts. Last Wednesday, March 11, members voted unanimously in favor of the new policy during a meeting attended by current and former home-school parents. New policy bars home-school students from athletics, field trips By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See HOME SCHOOL, Page 13 See ROUTE 146, Page 4 As much of Rhode Island and Massachusetts shuts down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents are adapting to a new nor- mal, with local businesses among the hardest hit. On Monday, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that restaurants, bars and coffee shops would be restricted to takeout, drive-thru and delivery service for two weeks, with all in-restau- rant dining suspended starting Tuesday. During the same press conference, she announced gatherings of more than 25 people would be banned, effec- tively shutting down all arts and events-based organiza- tions. In the wake of the announcement, restaurants and other small businesses have struggled to stay afloat as their customers retreat to the safety of their homes. In Woonsocket and North Smithfield, most restaurants have remained open for takeout service and have tried everything from curbside pickup to menu-wide discounts to keep staff safe and custom- ers placing their orders. In Massachusetts, where Local businesses hit hard as communities adapt to coronavirus measures By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BUSINESS, Page 14 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 19-25, 2020 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. "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 WE ARE hIRIng

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