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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-23-2020

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4 NORTH COUNTY APRIL 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SMITHFIELD – Though distanc- ing generally means birthday par- ties at home without parties, the Smithfield Fire Department is bring- ing celebrations to residents on their birthday with drive-by visits. Firefighter Joe Potenza said he is busy with the work of preparing for the events from when he gets up in the morning until he goes to bed. Potenza said he recently began doing public relations for the department and started the work by setting up an application at for families to request birthday sirens and lights at their homes. "We would like to have a fire truck, rescue and police cruiser drive to you on your special day and wish you a happy birthday," Potenza said. "Of course, we will be using our social distance procedures," he added. There are four slots available every day through June 1 for birthday drive-bys for now, though if social distancing persists, Potenza said he may expand that timeframe. He said while the department enjoys the daily trips, he hopes social distancing will end by June and people can go back to partying. Potenza said each visit lasts about five minutes with a light show, loud noises and acknowledgment of the birthday kid. He said this initiative is an excellent morale booster. "It's good for the Fire Department, and it's good for the people who are involved," he said. For Potenza, the birthday visits promote the town by showing that it's pulling together as one commu- nity and bringing a smile to people's faces. Last week, 9-year-old Rori Rossi received a visit from the Fire Department on her birthday, April 15, and said she was "so surprised and it was so exciting." "It was sweet of the police and fire to make my birthday special," she said. Her father, Town Manager Randy Rossi, said the men and women of public safety do outstanding work daily, and are putting it on full dis- play by creating this new way to bring joy and happiness to the com- munity. Potenza asked that people do not join the parades. "We're still on duty and we're still going to need to respond to an emergency. We have to be ready and geared up in every call," he said. Potenza has also found another way to support the commu- nity during these difficult times. He created "Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business" to combat the impact of coronavirus on the town. A receipt proving a purchase from a locally owned business provides one entry into the competition. Potenza said purchases are valid from any Smithfield location, including online, delivery or pickup orders from restaurants, gift cards, purchas- es from grocery, hardware and liquor stores, or any other type of business in Smithfield. Prizes include a pizza party in the firehouse with pizza from a local business, a ride to school in a fire truck, gift cards purchased from local businesses, gift baskets filled with goodies, and more. Simply take a picture of a receipt from a Smithfield business and send it to Potenza by email at SFDSLB@, on Facebook messen- ger at Smithfield Firefighters IAFF Local 2050, or SFDLocal2050 on Instagram. Entries will be accepted until June 1. Smithfield FD delivers birthday parties By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Two charged in alleged knife fight in Smithfield SMITHFIELD – Two 52-year- old men were charged on Monday when Smithfield Police were called to an alleged knife fight at 400 Putnam Pike at 10 a.m. Police said they separated the men when arriving on scene, where the two men, who knew each other, were fighting due to a prior disagreement. Police charged John Trombley, of Smithfield, with simple assault and disorderly conduct, and Edward Macomber, of Woonsocket, for an outstanding family court body attachment. Rescue personnel from the Smithfield Fire Department exam- ined both on scene and no seri- ous injuries were reported, police said. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional infor- mation is asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 401-231-2500. RORI ROSSI turned 9 years old on Wednesday, April 15. Though she couldn't have a party with her friends, the Smithfield Fire Department surprised her with lights and sirens as part of their birthday celebration program. Scituate Food Distribution Day Friday SCITUATE – A Scituate Food Distribution Day will be held on Friday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road. Food will be distributed to Scituate residents of all ages at no charge. There will be boxes of both per- ishable and nonperishable food items for families, children and the elderly. IN BRIEF Senior Services offers weekend meal delivery SCITUATE – Scituate Senior Services is offering meal delivery on weekends between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 401-647-2662 or 401-757-9405 for more information. Scituate History Trivia night winners announced SCITUATE – The Scituate Preservation Society hosted an online Scituate History Trivia night on April 3. The winner of the competition was Tom Angell, and the runner-up was Skye Peche. The event was held using the Zoom app, and the group is planning to repeat the Trivia Night at a later date. Virtual fitness classes SCITUATE – Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn is hosting a virtual fitness "Scituate Strong" class each Monday at 9:30 a.m., as part of its Cyber Senior series. To sign up, visit . Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital Since 1983 We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. Creative Pool System, Inc. Swimming Pool Supplies & Services 17 Commerce Street, Greenville (behind A&W) • 949-4400 In shop Salt Cell and Filter Cartridge overnight deep cleaning Get Ready for Pool Openings! FILTERS & PUMPS IN SHOP REPAIRS Town Of Smithfield Due to the current health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus and the State guidelines for social distancing, the Town's Earth Day Litter Clean-up, scheduled for April 25th, at Deerfield Park, has been postponed until further notice. Below is a link to an initiative to celebrate Earth Day online:

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