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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-23-2020

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 ROBERT EMERSON MEGAN JOHNSON, of Glocester, points out some ducks to her 3-year-old daughter CORA as they walked at the Stump Pond Wildlife Management Area on Farnum Pike last Saturday morning, after receiving some unexpected spring snow. Spring snow day Seniors devastated by loss of last days, graduation School officials looking at potential summer solutions SMITHFIELD – For Smithfield High School's 2020 class president Timothy Ferron, missing out on senior activities is the harshest reality to grapple with since school was closed in March. After spending years going through the Smithfield school system looking up to seniors along the way, he said it was disappointing not to play that role himself. "And then suddenly, when it's us, everything disappears, the worst part being, it's no one's fault," Ferron said. Over four years, Ferron and the Class of 2020 Student Council worked to improve their high school By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer FERRON See SENIORS, Page 2 SCITUATE – The new normal for Scituate seniors may be social dis- tancing, but for the top ten students at Scituate High School, staying at the top of the class has not changed. Valedictorian Josephine "Josie" Miner, 18, daughter of Julienne and John Miner, tops SHS's Meet Scituate High School Class of 2020's Top 10 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See TOP 10, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – Honeywell in Smithfield continued to make nation- al news as the production of N95 safety masks began this week, leading to President Donald Trump thanking the company for its quick response on Sunday. Honeywell initially stated that it would take about nine months to convert the factory for mask produc- tion, but the company is ready to begin production now, five weeks after the initial announcement. On March 22, Honeywell announced that it would convert the Smithfield and Phoenix, Arizona facilities to produce masks by the middle of May. "It's about the spirit of this country because we said do it fast. This was a major conversion," Trump said. Honeywell is hiring more than 1,000 people nationwide to pro- duce 21 million masks per month. Honeywell reported that produc- tion at the Smithfield facility, at 10 Thurber Blvd., created about 500 jobs. White House Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator Peter Navarro said the rapid industrial mobilization orchestrated by Honeywell had not been seen since World War II. He said the Smithfield facility will Honeywell begins mask production early By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See HONEYWELL, Page 5 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 23-29, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & "Despite the forecast, live like it's Spring." - Lilly Pulitzer Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 21st Year! Now Enrolling for September 2020 1 FREE Week with Enrollment (Expires 6/30/2020) 688 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44), Greenville, RI 401-949-5461 Your One Stop Source for: HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE Smithfield • Bellingham locations only. NOW THROUGH MAY 30, 2020 WE'RE OPEN! 375 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI 401-757-6872 421 Polaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA 774-460-6084 Koi • Original Hemp • CBD Medic •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products

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