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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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12 THE VALLEY JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Woods resident Nina Zanni is cel- ebrating her 105th birthday on June 16 and will party and eat cake with staff Zanni said her secrets to a long life center on Italian food and good genes. Her mother lived to 103 years old, and her two sisters are still living in their 90s. She said she never ate breakfast, took her vitamins, and only tanned her legs and back in the summer, never her face. Zanni said she's only washed her face using soap and water. "Don't forget the night cream," she said. Zanni recommends always going to one's annual physical. She said her husband, Guido Zanni, refused to go to the doctor. By the time doc- tors discovered his cancer, it was too late, she said. Guido died 18 years ago. Zanni was born in Providence and lived there her entire life until moving to Smithfield Woods six years ago. She and her husband raised four children, Vincent, Elizabeth, Cynthia, and Guido Jr. Her husband ran a painting busi- ness while she was a stay-at-home mother. Her proudest achievements were raising her children and traveling with her husband after he retired. The only destination the couple did not visit is China, she claims. Of the past, she said she misses her husband the most and also misses cooking Italian food. She said her meatballs and lasagna were famous, and everyone would visit from around the block to eat her cooking. Now, her average day consists of making her bed, having coffee, watching TV, and talking with her children. Zanni said she is waiting for God to take her when she is ready. As a "tot," Zanni said there were no cars and her family only had a horse and buggy. Her father bought a car when she was a teen- ager, and she remembers cranking the engine to get it started. "You couldn't go out at night because there were no street lights, and you couldn't find your way home," she said. When she was young, everything needed to be kept fresh in an ice- box. She said she used empty flour bags from a local bakery as diapers when she had her first son. At this age, Zanni said she has been through it all. She said she's had a "wonderful, enjoyable life" with her husband and children. She always says, "go one with your life the way God wants you to live." At 105, Nina Zanni thanks Italian food for long life By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com NINA ZANNI turns 105 on June 16. She said good genes and Italian food are to thank for her long life. Sophia Elizabeth Oliveras, of Woonsocket, was named to the University of Alabama dean's list for the fall semester. Madeline Hanlon and Hope Smith, of North Smithfield, have been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Maine. Dominique DiSpirito, and D'anna Marley, of Woonsocket, have been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Maine. Elizabeth Jalette, of North Smithfield, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Stonehill College. Srikanth Thatavarthy, of North Smithfield, has been named to the president's list for the fall semester at Bryant University. Patrick Davidson, of Woonsocket, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Assumption College. Courtney Deslauriers and Cameron Furtado, both of North Smithfield, have been named to the fall semester dean's list at Assumption College. Kelly Fitzgerald, Madison Robitaille, and Catherine Waclawik, all of Blackstone, have been named to the fall semester dean's list at Assumption College. Nicholas Hanoian, of North Smithfield, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Vermont. Lydia Levenson, of Woonsocket, has been named to the fall semes- ter dean's list at the University of Vermont. Stephanie Venditti, of North Smithfield, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of New Haven. Emily Lavigne, of Woonsocket, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of New Haven. Megan McGlashing, of Woonsocket, has been installed as a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success for the spring semester at Dean College. COLLEGE NEWS Uncle Ronnie's Restaurant & Red Tavern 2692 Victory Highway, Burrillville, RI 568-6243 www.UncleRonniesRedTavern.com • U R Fine Food & Spirit RESERVE YOUR TABLE NOW 401-568-6243 RESTAURANT AND OUTDOOR DECK SEATING Wednesday & Thursday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Noon - 9 p.m. Full Menu Still Available For Take Out www.asiagrille.com LINCOLN MALL PLAZA 334-3200 Open Daily at 11 a.m. Spring over to fine Asian Cuisine OPEN FOR TAKEOUT ONLY Local Eats

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