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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation @ JUNE 24-30, 2020 PAWTUCKET – Ever since she was 5 years old, learning the sport of ten- nis at a weekly youth camp that was conducted by the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department, Katherine Braganca has been a fixture each summer at Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts, not only as a player, but also as an instructor for the past six years at the same camp she once attended. But when the COVID-19 pandemic shook up the entire sports world in March, forcing the cancellations and suspensions of leagues and events, the 24-year-old Braganca was left wonder- ing if she was going to face a summer without her favorite pastime. "We had no idea," the Pawtucket native recalled. "When we originally talked, we didn't know what we were going to roll out." Luckily for Braganca, Parks and Recreation director John Blais, and the tennis program's staff of instruc- tors, what they "rolled out" last week was the opening matches in their men's singles and women's singles and doubles leagues, and next Monday, they will also begin their popular youth camp. Braganca, who is also the organizer of the women's singles division that plays on Thursday nights, talked a little bit about the return of the city's tennis program before last Thursday's matches, and before she allowed her players to step onto the court, she took their temperatures with an infra- red forehead thermometer and made them answer a series of questions regarding their current health with a COVID-19 screening tool. "We have a thorough check-in pro- cess that the players go through," she said, adding that post-match hand- shakes will not be allowed and players will be encouraged to supply their own cans of tennis balls. "We have to do everything that we can to make sure that we're keeping everyone safe." 11 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Pawtucket's JOANNE VADNAIS keeps her eye on the ball as she returns a volley during her singles match last Thursday night at Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts. The city's adult tennis leagues will play seven-match schedules this summer. Courts back in session at Slater Park Adult tennis leagues kick off season; youth camps start Monday By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor See TENNIS, Page 12 Need to visit us? The Valley Breeze offices are located at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 ACROSS 1. Protects from weather 4. Superhigh fre- quency 7. Southern constel- lation 8. Swines 10. Self-righteously moralistic person 12. United Arab Emirates city 13. Surinam toad 14. Sign language 16. Tattoo (slang) 17. Makes level 19. Sun up in New York 20. It must be scratched 21. Where people live 25. Swiss river 26. Buddy 27. One of two equal parts of a divisi- ble whole 29. Shrek is one 30. Egyptian unit of weight 31. Fiddler crabs 32. Carroll O'Con- nor's TV wife 39. No longer having life 41. Former OSS 42. A way to emit sound 43. Mandela's party 44. Adult female chicken 45. U. of Miami's mascot 46. Southeastern Chinese people 48. Casino game 49. Amos Alonzo __, US football coach 50. Joint connecting two pipes at right angles 51. Will Ferrell film 52. River in NE Scotland DOWN 1. Occur 2. Show up 3. Capital of Taiwan 4. Former French coin 5. Some are bad 6. Monetary unit 8. Package (abbr.) 9. Indian religious person 11. Crew 14. Antidiuretic hormone 15. Makeshift 18. Baseball box score stat 19. Make a mistake 20. Not moving 22. Even distribution of weight 23. Clumsy person 24. Paddle 27. Worked the soil 28. Alias 29. Plant cultivated in Peru 31. Side-blotched lizards genus 32. Wild dog 33. Immoral act 34. Pound 35. Manning and Lilly are two 36. Put on the shelf for now 37. Baltimore ball- player 38. Cuddle 39. Dashes 40. Related on the mother's side 44. Witch 47. Kilogram force (abbr.) Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 12. Park Place Congregational Church We invite you to join us VIRTUALLY on parkplacechurch on Facebook or parkplacechurchcongregationalchurch on YouTube Please stay safe and healthy. We will be together soon and what a great celebration it will be. Donations happily and graciously accepted through our website. 401-726-2800 71 Park Place (exit 27 off I-95) Pawtucket, RI

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