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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-02-2020

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 BILL MURPHY MAGGIE MAY FALLON, 15, of Sterling, Conn., heats her egg to remove the wax during a class on Ukrainian Egg Decorating, held at the Tyler Free Library in Foster on March 7. The process, called Pysanky, is a traditional craft in Ukraine and Poland, where patterns are drawn on the egg with wax, which then pro- tects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. See more photos on page 10. SMITHFIELD – Crime in Smithfield is on the decline as more people stay home due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. There were five cases of COVID-19 confirmed in town at the start of the week, and that number was expected to rise as the total cases increase in Rhode Island. One silver lining to all of this is that public safety officials are reporting fewer police calls due to a decrease in people out driving. Smithfield Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur said that overall police activ- ity is down. "I think we can assume that this is directly related to a decrease in traffic and decrease in people being out and about during the COVID-19 crisis," he said. Fire Chief Robert Seltzer said calls are down at the department by 40 percent. In the past four days, he said calls have increased but the depart- ment is still receiving only 60 percent of its normal call volume. He said he believes it is for several reasons, including Bryant University using distance learning, and people working from home leaving large businesses empty. Seltzer said he thinks people are fearful of going to the hospital and catching COVID-19. "I am concerned about chronically ill patients that are holding off going to the hospital, but at the same time Crime takes a break in Smithfield By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Careful creativity See CRIME, Page 6 Six communities in northern Rhode Island will be without yard waste and bulky household item pickup service at a time when more people are cleaning their properties inside and out due to being stuck at home. MTG Disposal this week asked their partner cities and towns to agree to suspending yard waste and No yard waste pickups for half-dozen local communities By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See YARD WASTE, Page 7 A couple of weeks under the state's order that food establishments can only operate delivery, drive-thru and pick-up services, numerous local restaurant owners have noted that they're losing significant revenue while trying to adapt to a new busi- ness model. "It's been really, really hard to man- age," said Bill Kitsilis, co-owner of Restaurants losing cash, trying to adapt to new rules By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See RESTAURANTS, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 2-8, 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. Josh's Roofing Josh was born into the business 40 years ago. He is a second generation roofer. • RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL ROOFING & SIDING Unmatched Quality Attention to Detail Because You Have to Trust Who You Hire – WHY TAKE A CHANCE? Old School Values! Josh was born into the Josh was born into the 401-597-5660 or 508-922-3574 RI Reg. #20208 RI Comm. #182R MA Reg. #16296 2017 & 2018 Financing Available Call NOW & Get Your Roof Quote Fast!

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