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The North Providence Breeze 06-17-2020

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 CHARLES LAWRENCE AMBER RUGGIERO, a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society and the Thespian Honor Society, proudly displays her diploma June 5. North Providence High School held special commencement ceremonies because of Covid-19 guide- lines. See more photos on pages 9-12. NORTH PROVIDENCE – The first virtual graduation ceremony in North Providence High School his- tory was streamed on Zoom and YouTube last Wednesday evening, June 10. The ceremony began with a moment of silence for the lives lost to coronavirus, which prematurely closed schools and dashed seniors' plans for their final semester at NPHS. Valedictorian Satrina Shannon said that "nothing we planned for our senior year has gone according to the blueprint. Put quite simply, it sucks, 'Historic' Class of 2020 inspires hope for the future By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Huge cleanups of contaminated areas typically change the entire look and feel of the surroundings, making it an attraction for new activity, say officials working on the cleanup of the Centredale Manor Restoration Superfund site. That will certainly be the case in this area at the North Providence/ Johnston line, said Bryan Olson, director of EPA Region 1 Office of Superfund and Emergency Management Division. "It's just going to be a better place to be," he told The Breeze of the final result after the $100 million cleanup is completed. As cleanup happens in yards down the Woonasquatucket River, resi- dents will experience a short-term inconvenience but will end up with clean riverfront properties, he said. Similar to the New Bedford Harbor, where another cleanup is occurring, new connections such as a riverwalk Officials: Centredale superfund cleanup will be transformational By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor With few to no organized Fourth of July fireworks displays planned local- ly, fireworks companies are advertis- ing more heavily than usual as they seek to capitalize on people's desire to maintain their summertime tradition. And more than is typical, it seems, fire- works are being set off on a nightly basis in many local com- munities, prompting complaints from resi- dents. Some local police chiefs confirmed that they're seeing more fireworks activity than usual for this time of year, and are doing whatever they can to moni- tor the situation and enforce laws where possible. North Providence Chief Arthur Martins said police have noticed an increase in calls for service concern- ing the use of fireworks since the first of June, but said he can't say with certainty whether it's related to the cancellation of area events. "We will continue to monitor the situation and will take enforcement action when we encounter illegal fireworks," he said. "If a particular area starts to become especially prob- With events canceled, neighborhood fireworks skyrocket By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor MARTINS See FIREWORKS, Page 22 See CLEANUP, Page 7 See GRADUATION, Page 21 ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JUNE 17-23, 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. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. Bobcat Services • Firewood • Trimming FREE ESTIMATES Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 40 years Experience 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available 24 HourEmergency Tree Removal T I M BE R T R E E SE R V I C E , I N C . Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience I C E , (401) 726-TREE (8733)

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