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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 25-31, 2020 IN OUR SCHOOLS 7 Spelling Bees suspended LINCOLN – The Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, hosted annually by The Valley Breeze, is in limbo now due to the new coronavirus crisis that has closed local schools. The bee was scheduled for Lincoln Middle School on March 14, but was canceled the previous afternoon when the Lincoln School Department notified Breeze Publisher Tom Ward that the school could not be used and was closed. Last week, the Scripps National Spelling Bee suspended their event, set for the week of May 24 in Washington, D.C. The Breeze, along with co-sponsors Navigant Credit Union, Hunter Insurance of Lincoln, Dave's Marketplace, and Anchor Subaru-Nissan, sends the Rhode Island winner and a parent to the National Spelling Bee each year."While all of this is challenging," said Ward, "we understand fully the problems COVID-19 had caused for Lincoln schools and the National Spelling Bee. But there's a silver lin- ing to the cloud. With the National Spelling Bee suspended, we now have more time to conduct the state bee." Ward alerted all participants last week by email that The Breeze would take a one-month hiatus to see if con- ditions in the state improve by mid- April. "If things get better, we will be looking to set up a State Spelling Bee in May or early June, before school ends," said Ward. The National Spelling Bee is con- sidering all of its options post-suspen- sion, including possibly moving the national bee to the fall. LOCHLAN BURKE, above, a 5th-grader at McGuire Elementary School, doesn't let his tall Dr. Seuss hat keep him from continuing his schoolwork in class on March 4, before students paraded through the school in honor of Reading Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Nine-year- old JACOB DEJESUS, at left, not only had a "chip on his shoulder," but made sure he had a few in his mouth as well as he waited to take part in the Idiom Parade at Centredale Elementary School on March 6. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Hallworth House 66 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02904 401-274-4505 Caregivers need a break? We offer extended short-term care… • Overnight 2-14 day stays available • skilled nursing • Dynamic city views • Long-term care Located on the East Side of Historic Providence just minutes from University Heights CareLink Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital Since 1983 We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner North Smithfield Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems

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