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The North Providence Breeze 06-24-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 24-30, 2020 NORTH PROVIDENCE 9 than ever, Caranci told The Breeze. "I've really extended it over the years because I love it so much," she said. "It's calming, I just love it." With extra nurturing this year and plenty of spring rain, the many flow- ers and few vegetable plants at her home have grown huge, she said. The key to a good garden is vigi- lance on watering and care, being careful not to water during the hot times of the day to avoid burning, and careful "deadheading" to allow new plants to emerge. The water bill is very high, Caranci said, and the cost of flowers is steep, "but it's worth it" to bring joy in her own life and to others, particularly during a time like this. Her favorite flowers are petunias and geraniums. Many people look at the front of the house and assume that's where all the time and energy go into, said Caranci. Hubyk, for example, didn't realize there was much more to see out back, and was in awe when she walked behind the home. "They don't realize how much I do," she said. "The front is one- quarter of it. I cover as much as I can to make it look pretty." Part of the tour during a visit to the Caranci home involves an explanation on all the stones in the walkway and other parts of the yard, as she and her husband have incor- porated them over many years after bringing them back from numerous trips to various locations. Her husband, Paul, a former town councilman, helps with the watering and maintains the three homemade fish ponds on the property, but other than that, he said, this is her baby. In past springs and sum- mers, when she has gone in to her job as a paralegal at Roger Williams University School of Law Providence Clinic, Caranci said she gets up at the crack of dawn to water and care for her flowers. She can get up later when working from home, but that daily process still takes up to two hours. Weeding takes a ton of time each day, she said. Part of what makes for great flow- er gardens is not being too inflex- ible, said Caranci. "A lot of this stuff just happened," she said of flowers that she never planted but appeared at some point and haven't gone away. She particu- larly loves the vinca vines along the front wall, which come back year after year with purple flowers to start the season and cascade toward the sidewalk. She'll often cut off a piece to give to someone else to start their own vines (put it in water and watch it sprout). Caranci has now been doing flowering displays for 30 or more years, mixing perennials and annu- als. Though it can get expensive, she said, there are many ways to save money by re-potting in creative ways or buying six-packs of tiny sprouts. The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping fun news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at valleybreeze.com/sup- port. Thank you as always for reading. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY MARGIE CARANCI gives a tour of the more shaded side of the house, showing how she deadheads flowers to keep them healthy. FLOWERS From Page One vidual contract with Durham and the specifics of the CARES Act, "and has formulated options for the School Committee to consider" at its meet- ing tonight, Wednesday, June 24. Goho said the estimated savings if the district decides not to pay Durham is $700,000. A two-part on the agenda for tonight's 6 p.m. Zoom meeting shows: • Discussion/approval of payment to the student transportation compa- ny for the balance of the school year; • And discussion/approval of a student transportation contract with Durham. The committee recommitted to Durham in April after a bidding pro- cess that saw First Student also place a bid. The North Providence School Department's 2019-2020 contract with Durham includes an emergency clause stipulating that in the event of an emergency, the district may pay 50 percent of its bill for the first nine days. After the nine days, they move to a negotiated rate. Talks with Durham have been ongoing. BUSES From Page One Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com O'Brien running again NORTH PROVIDENCE – Rep. William W. O'Brien, a Democrat in House District 54, North Providence, is announcing that he will be running for re-election. First elected in 2012, he is the deputy majority leader and member of the House Finance Committee. "It is a true honor to serve the residents and small businesses of District 54 and together we have accomplished great things for our community," he said. "We have increased educational support and opportunities for our students and teachers. We've protected animals with increased penalties for animal abusers and we are continuing the successful phaseout of the regres- sive car tax, with North Providence residents saving $4.7 million over the last three years, keeping that money in the taxpayers' pockets where it belongs." O'Brien said he was successful in getting legislation he sponsored passed into law requiring licensed elementary level teachers to be proficient in scientific reading instruction. He was also the main sponsor of the state's dual-education law enabling high school students to enroll at a college or university as non-degree students and have the courses be recognized toward degree completion at both the col- lege and high school level. He said he has also been a fierce protector of animals, with several of his animal protection bills being passed into law. "Our town, the state, our country, and the entire world have been upended lately and uncertainty is running rampant," he said. 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