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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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6 THE VALLEY MARCH 25-31, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION LIGHTS From Page One Cumberland residents for 17 years, have three sons, Ryan, 14, Sean, 12, and Liam, 10. Liam is the biggest fan of decorating for Christmas, while Ryan is Mike's light assistant each holiday season. Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter gave the Griffin family this month's Unsung Hero award last Friday, say- ing there's a bigger need now more than ever to have a dedicated space for hope. The Griffins, like many other local parents, began their homeschooling journey on Monday, adjusting to life with children and parents work- ing and learning from home. Mike said he expects this pandemic to take "longer than any of us want it to" to clear up, but said Gov. Gina Raimondo seems to be doing a great job leading the effort to combat it and his family has hope that it will end. Winfield told The Breeze this week he was inspired by the "sweet mind of" Liam Griffin and wanted to help cheer people up in uncertain times. He said to him, the lights tradition- ally represent hope and the feeling of camaraderie a few days before Christmas. "We're all in this together," he said. The lights are strung up on Greenville's main tree, owned by the Greenville Baptist Church next door to the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, by the Smithfield Fire Department. Current restrictions on people gathering in groups forced his funeral home to hold private services, said Winfield, a former state representa- tive. "It's been difficult because we don't technically have a funeral," he said. With churches closing their doors and holding online services, Winfield said families can't gather, either, but many plan on holding memorial ser- vices at a later date. The lights, he said, are a sign of hope for families coping with loss. "We'll get through this," Winfield said. Town Council President Suzy Alba said she was excited to see the com- mon lit up. "The most important thing is that people are here for each other, offer- ing support and resources," she said. BREEZE PHOTO, ABOVE, BY LAURA COLANTONIO In response to the coro- navirus pandemic, the village of GREENVILLE'S CHRISTMAS TREE, above, has been lit to help spread a message of hope. MIKE GRIFFIN, right, and his family, at left, kicked the campaign to put up lights of hope into high gear last week. From left are his wife HOLLY and sons SEAN, RYAN and LIAM. Local Eats • Stuffed Shrimp • Clams Casino • Scallops/Bacon • Stuffies • Crab Cakes • Mushrooms • Stuffed Scrod • Stuffed Sole Quality Seafood Since 1982 Full Line of Bake & Serve Appetizers and Entrées NORTH PROVIDENCE 1702 Mineral Spring Ave. 353-6350 WARWICK 1 Centerville Road 738-6762 EBT OPEN 7 DAYS Fish & Chip Takeout Fridays! Whole Belly Fried Clams • Chowder & Clam Cakes Fried Platters • Smelts • Scallops • Shrimp Calamari • Seafood Platter Call ahead for faster service! • 1/2 Stuffed Lobster 805 CHARLES STREET, PROVIDENCE 401-861-7955 NOW SERVING Our Famous Meatballs, Sausages & Peppers, Pasta Salad, Tortellini Salad, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Barbecue Wings, Chicken Wings, American Chop Suey, Pork Pies, Chicken Pies, Lasagna, Homemade Chicken Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Veal & Peas PREPARED FOODS! FULL CATERING MENU! The Best Italian Bread and Rolls in Town! Now Offering Curbside Delivery! Call Your Order In! 1526 Smith Street North Providence 401-353-1416 www.tomskitchenri.com Pizza, Burgers and more . . . WE DELIVER STAY HOME! LET US DO THE COOKING FOR YOU! We are OPEN 7 days per week! 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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