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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-16-2020

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Waiting for the Easter Bunny In the final two weeks of March, residents of Woonsocket put out an extra 47 tons of trash compared with the same two weeks last year. In North Smithfield, town officials saw a similar uptick in trash and had to assign extra employees to deal with changes in the town's yard waste procedures due to COVID-19. Michael Debroisse, superintendent of solid waste and engineering for the city of Woonsocket, attributed the extra trash to all the spring clean- ing residents are doing while they're stuck at home. The trend, he said, has led to an uptick in illegal dump- ing around the city, especially for large objects such as damaged couch- es and TVs. "We're running four city vehicles just to combat the illegal dumping, the extra trash and the contaminated recy- cling," he said. In addition to pick- ing up items from illegal dump sites, Debroisse said he's had to monitor dona- tion boxes and the sidewalks outside thrift stores where people leave items in excessive amounts. With many charities closed or picking up on limited schedules due to the virus, he said, the city has had to pull donation boxes from some of its properties. He encouraged people to keep donation items at home until organizations can get back on a regular schedule. He declined to name the illegal dump sites in order to prevent further dumping, but said his staff has picked As trash piles up, municipalities faced with illegal dumping, recyling issues By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TRASH, Page 8 NORTH SMITHFIELD – When the prime minister of Italy announced a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in early March, Austin Berard, a first class petty officer in the U.S. Navy and 2010 graduate of North Smithfield High School, was living in what was then the epicenter of a worldwide out- break. Now, as focus on the virus has shifted to the United States, Berard had a message for all those back home. "Social distance yourself, wash your hands and remain optimistic," he said in an email to The Valley Breeze last week. "Do the right thing and we will all get through this together." As a master-at-arms, a mem- ber of the Naval security forces, Berard oversees 40 sailors and civilian guards in charge of law enforcement and antiterror- ism at four installations around Naples. Since the start of the outbreak, those efforts have expanded to include enforc- ing guidelines to keep U.S. personnel safe from the virus. Some of those guidelines, like social distancing and wearing North Smithfield native living in Italy: 'We will all get through this together' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – As agencies around the country warn of the increased risk of domestic violence while people spend more time at home, the Woonsocket Police Department is experiencing that reality. According to Deputy Chief Michael Lemoine, Domestic violence spikes in Woonsocket By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer LEMOINE See SPIKE, Page 8 See BERARD, Page 12 DEBROISSE BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Just one week after the governor declared the Easter Bunny an "essential worker," the bunny paid a visit to North Smithfield with some help from North Smithfield Fire and Rescue Service and the North Smithfield Police Department last Saturday. Waiting in front of their house for the bunny to arrive are, from left, LEVI KRATZ, TRACY LAFRENIERE, LILLY the dog, IVAN KRATZ and ERIC KRATZ. See more photos on page 5. ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 16-22, 2020 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. North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM We are here during these challenging times • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off 1068 Park Avenue Woonsocket RI 02895 401-762-2325 Serving All Makes & Models Safety 1st is Our #1 Priority! NO CONTACT DROP OFF & PICK UP Let Us Get Your Auto Spring Ready!

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