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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-09-2020

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 Living THE VALLEY BREEZE APRIL 9-15, 2020 @ Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND Break the bonds of codependency I am convinced that "parenting" causes otherwise rational people – people whose thought processes are not typically driven by emotion – to lose their minds. If that is not the case, then why, ever since 1970 (or thereabouts), when "parenting" replaced the simple, straightforward process of raising children to adult- hood, are so many parents allowing capable young adults to live at home? And while I'm at it, why do so many of these same parents wind up asking me how to get said young people out of their houses? The fact that the parents in question can't fig- ure that out is evidence that "parent- ing" is causing people to lose all sem- blance of touch with common sense. "Tell him he has to leave," I answer, playing the genius. With rare exception, my answer releases an outpouring of reasons why they can't tell said child to leave: He doesn't have a job; he's immature; he's got anxiety issues; he's in thera- py; he has a mole on his left thumb. The latter is me being facetious, of course. Believe it or not, however, I've heard excuses every bit as, uh, absurd. C'mon! Give me a break! You've gotta be kidding me! I have yet to See PARENTING, Page 18 In honor of R.I. Historic Cemetery Restoration and Awareness Day on Saturday, April 11, volunteers can work on their own time to help spruce up some of the state's historic gravesites. While previously scheduled group cleanups have been canceled amid the coronavirus crisis, organizers are still encouraging volunteers to work independently or in groups of two to three so long as they follow social distancing rules and use their own gloves and equipment. "We're still working in the cem- eteries individually or a couple at a time," said Rich Keene, president of the North Smithfield Heritage Association. "This is a great time to get out the loppers to cut regrowth before new trees and bushes form." Cleaning up cemeteries is one way to get outside while still follow- ing social distancing rules, and it's something parents can do with their children. "It's a great way to get the kids out," said Pawtucket resident Ken Postle, of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. What's most helpful, Keene and Postle said, is raking leaves, remov- ing branches and brush, cutting grass, and even cleaning the grave- stones with D/2 Biological Solution. Just don't move or lift any stones, Postle said, and keep trash and leaves separate. He suggests calling your local town hall about pickup if you fill up a bag with leaves and bring it home. If people see broken American flags near veterans' graves, he said they can place them back in poles near the metal markers, and they'll be replaced by volunteers at a later date. He also has flags he can give people if they'd like to replace them. Wear gloves, long pants, and a hat, and watch out for ticks and poison ivy, he added. For more information and to share photographs of before and after pic- tures, check out the River Road and Blackstone River Valley Cemeteries page on Facebook, Postle said. With questions, email Postle at postle6@ or text him at 401-524-4166. In North Smithfield, assistance is needed at Hotchkiss Cemetery, located adjacent to Union Cemetery on Smithfield Road, and across the street at a cemetery next to the Smithfield Friends Meeting House. "We're trying to restore some dig- nity to the cemeteries," Keene said of the many abandoned gravesites. "No contribution as far as effort or Volunteers, photographers needed for historic cemetery cleanups By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE FILE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY CHRISTINE MACWILLIAMS, of Woonsocket, cut back brush at the St. James/ Bernon Cemetery in Woonsocket last summer. Volunteers are encouraged to help clean up historic cemeteries this spring as long as they follow social distancing rules and use their own gloves and equipment. See CLEANUP, Page 17 Register For Online Courses: excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 Jalette Contracting Proudly Built in America JC ROOFING/GUTTER INSTALLS CALL FOR YOUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION TODAY! ALL MILITARY & SENIOR DISCOUNTS Roger Jalette Jr. - U.S. War Veteran - Roof Inspector for Quonset A.F.B. - Over 25 years experience - College Certified Roofing Education Fully Licensed and Insured (Inc. Workman's Comp.) 401-692-6545 • 508-954-5602 RI REG. #25429 MA LICENSE #162179 WWW.JALETTECONTRACTING.COM KNOWLEDGE & INTEGRITY are what it takes to get the job done right!

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