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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-26-2020

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Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Assistant Principal KEITH DUCHARME and school nutritionist MAUREEN GONSALVES drop off bagged lunches to the Blackstone Valley Boys & Girls Club. See related story on page 2. Special delivery As the region enters another week of the coronavirus crisis, protective measures have upended life for local businesses and the resi- dents they serve. Earlier this week, Gov. Gina Raimondo issued her strictest measures yet to fight the spread of COVID-19, closing salons, gyms and entertainment businesses and mandating a 14-day quarantine for all travelers returning to the state by air. In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker issued a "stay-at-home" advisory on Monday, closing all nonessential businesses and instructing resi- dents not to leave the house unless necessary. Businesses, residents adapt to COVID-19 measures By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BUSINESS, Page 21 When state officials began announcing measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus earlier this month, the Rev. Eileen Morris of Slatersville Congregational Church knew she'd have to make some changes if she wanted to continue reaching her congregation. She prepared to move services online, enlisting the help of local filmmaker Christian de Rezendes to record her services for the website and Facebook page. Her parishioners also jumped into action, setting up a support network to check in on each other, especially those unable to leave their homes during the crisis. "Our volunteers will call them a couple times a week while all this is going on," said Morris. "And then we can get an idea of how they're doing. Religious leaders on coronavirus: 'This is where faith becomes life' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See FAITH, Page 22 WOONSOCKET – By this time next week, The Brickle Group, a local textile manufacturer headquar- tered in Woonsocket, could be con- verting its operations to make masks for the country's medical responders. On Tuesday, Max Brickle, presi- dent of The Brickle Group, told The Valley Breeze the company was awaiting feedback from the Rhode Island Department of Health on a prototype mask they had developed at their Singleton Street facility. If the mask is approved, he said, the com- pany plans to convert its operations to mask production in the coming weeks. "We're looking to produce over 100,000 units at a time," he said, add- ing the company hopes to establish state or federal contracts. The masks, he emphasized, are not the N95 respirator masks or surgical Local textile manufacturer looking to convert to mask production By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MASKS, Page 6 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 FOR UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY & VALUE Josh's Roofing Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. • RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL ROOFING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 www.JoshsConstruction.com 2017 & 2018 We now offer Financing Call NOW & Get Your Roof Quote Fast! Roll off ContaineRs 10, 15, 20, 25, YaRds exCavation demolition seRviCes BoBCat seRviCes Junk Removal/Cleanouts RetaineR Walls • Unmatched seRvice Unmatched seRvice RI Reg. #40046 sCReen all loads foR ReCYClaBles Custom Cedar PVC Vinyl Aluminum Steel www.nsfenceri.com 401-769-2575 fax 401-766-2956 375 Saint Paul Street North Smithfield, RI RI Contractor's Reg. #6112 Fully Insured complete line of residential & commercial fencing Your Official Eastern Illusions Dealer Since 2005 fencing materials available for the do-it-Yourself install Chain Link: Galvanized & Vinyl Gates Beginning Our 36th Season PLAN AHEAD! CALL NOW! "The health of our staff, customers and the community is very important to us. We are asking you to call ahead (401-769-2575) or utilize our Contact request Form on our website, http://www.nsfenceri.com/contact- us/ so that we can respond to questions you may have concerning our fencing products and scheduling of estimates and installations for Spring 2020. Thank you for understanding that we all play an important role in minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 virus and know that we are doing our part. Please stay safe and healthy! Mike & Terri OUR 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 2020 Edition – Published by A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians & Health & Wellness Professionals Health & Wellness A Helpful Guide for Better Health

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