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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-11-2020

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Brother and sister graduates STEVEN and KATELYNN SILVA hold their diplo- mas after their walk across the stage at the Woonsocket High School graduation ceremony last Tuesday, June 2. Woonsocket High School staged a drive-thru cer- emony for graduating seniors last Tuesday. Students arrived by appointment with their families to receive their diploma cases in front of the school's main entrance. The actual diplomas will be delivered later. See more photos on page 8. WOONSOCKET – The familiar sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" performed by the Woonsocket High School band rang out last Friday, June 5, signaling the start of the school's 145th commencement cer- emonies. The sounds might have been familiar, but the venue was not, at least not for a graduation ceremony. Instead of Barry Field, graduates and their families tuned in to the virtual ceremony from their homes, one of many changes brought about by the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Valedictorian Eric Lu summed up the excitement but also strangeness of the shared virtual experience as he addressed his classmates. "Dear Class of 2020, congratula- tions. And also, welcome to my liv- ing room," he said in a message pre- recorded from his home. Despite the disappointments of the past few months, Lu urged his WHS Class of 2020 goes out in style By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – A casual passerby on Providence Pike Monday night might have mistaken the scene for a drive-in movie theater. Cars were parked in neat rows behind North Smithfield High School, where a large projection screen stood ready on the baseball field. Visitors waited patiently in their vehicles for nightfall and the start of the main feature. But in this case, the main feature wasn't a Hollywood blockbuster, but the proud seniors of the Class of 2020, who graduated on Monday NSHS graduates celebrate with drive-in style sendoff By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BLACKSTONE – The high-fives were distanced, the music was prere- corded and the crowds were nowhere to be seen as Blackstone-Millville Regional High School celebrated its commencement last Friday, June 5. And yet somehow, the Class of 2020 managed to recapture the magic of graduation, lifting their chins proudly and basking in the cheers of family and school admin- istrators as they crossed the front steps of the high school in what was certainly a commencement to be remembered. The socially distanced ceremony kicked off with a prerecorded mes- sage from school staff that played on phones and computers across both towns as a parade of vehicles lined up beside the building. Speaking from the school gym, Principal Michael Dudek told graduates not to let the events of the past three months hold them back. "As you move ahead in your jour- ney, do not let this pandemic define you. Let these experiences only shape you in becoming stronger, Blackstone-Millville seniors charge ahead 'to make history' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Look for more graduation coverage in next week's edition See WHS, Page 17 See NSHS, Page 19 See BMR, Page 16 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 11-17, 2020 Enjoy hearing all of life's moments... Not just the quiet time. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 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 JUNE 30, 2020 WE'RE OPEN! 375 Putnam Pike, Smithfield, RI 401-757-6872 421 Polaski Blvd., Bellingham, MA 774-460-6084 RETAIL HELP WANTED •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary!

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