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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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16 NORTH COUNTY JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION everything in Smithfield anyway. I do not feel that they represent the voters in Smithfield in any way. I think it is sad that there can be no in-person meetings, where people could speak up, as older voters will probably not participate in the "vir- tual" or online meetings. Although Mr. Costantino says that "we can always change it back if we don't like it," that is not true of this initiative, as I'm sure you real- ize. Please do not allow him and this committee to bully you into putting this change on the ballot in November. His statement that "if you don't put it on the ballot, it just shows that this form of government isn't working" is blackmail, pure and simple. Please continue to stand up for the majority of voters in Smithfield, and stay strong for us. We are counting on you not to back down and to do the right thing in this instance, and all others. JEANNE M. VERITY Smithfield VOTERS From Page 13 system. They demand the reconstruc- tion of a new one. It made me smile to hear a 20-year-old activist say, "We're not marching for a better tomorrow. We want better today!" VENSON JORDAN Glocester Jordan is an African American author who lives in Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island. His most recent book, "The Rebel Marcus Madison," is a fictional story about an upstanding Black couple needlessly killed by law enforcement officers. RACISM From Page 13 Taylor Krickl of COOK & DAGGER said the "New England for Trump" sign atop the restaurant's sign on Putnam Pike is not associated with their establishment. Krickl said he and co-owner Chris Kattawar respect everyone's political views, and remain neutral as a business. The sign belongs to a new business that moved in next door to the restaurant, 566 Putnam Pike. "The past few months have been difficult, not just for us but many small businesses. Mentally draining, worrisome, uncertain," Krickl said in an open letter. Cook & Dagger is grateful for support through the pandemic, and will continue to keep "whipping up delicious food and drink." Thank you for Arnold Mills Parade participation On behalf of the Arnold Mills Parade Association, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, thank you to the citizens of Cumberland for cheering us on our motorcade parade on July 4. We were disap- pointed that our short foray into the town was all that we could do to celebrate our country's birthday this year. We sincerely hope that next year's 95th annual parade will be the kind that we have grown accus- tomed to sponsoring each year: complete with unique and antique cars, trucks, tractors and a wide variety of music. A special shoutout to our great Grand Marshal Jack Thornhill, who will run in his 50th annual Arnold Mills Road Race next July 4th! A special thank you to the follow- ing donors who have not forgotten us this year: Platinum Sponsor: The Valley Breeze; John Casey, of Michael Mark Lane; Cumberland Sen. Ryan Pearson Gold Sponsor: Hanuschak Insurance Agency Silver Sponsor: Dean Bank, Pawtucket Credit Union Bronze Sponsor: Augustus Uht, M.W. Aragao Investment Advisors, Cumberland Municipal Employees Credit Union, Angelo's Palace Pizza, J.J. Duffy Funeral Home, Brian Hunter Insurance Agency JOYCE HINDLE KOUTSOGIANE Parade Association president LETTER Hearthside hosts Doll Garden Party Aug. 1 LINCOLN – Young girls and their dolls are invited to Hearthside House on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 12:30 p.m., for the annual Doll Garden Party. This summertime outing features the story of Samantha, the 1904 American Girl Doll, and how she would have spent her summers growing up at her grandmother's mansion. The language of flow- ers and fans, as practiced during the Victorian era, will also be a part of the presentation. The event will be held on the grounds of the Hearthside mansion, 677 Great Road, given its name in 1904. "For everyone's safety and comfort, this informal garden party will look a bit different this year, with social distancing in place as well as face coverings for all and plenty of hand sanitizers available," said Kathy Hartley, president of the Friends of Hearthside. "There will also be a much smaller attendance, with dis- tanced theater-style seating for the presentation, and each group moving to their own separate space on the grounds to enjoy refreshments and do their crafts." Light refreshments of lemonade and cookies will be provided, and a craft using flowers from the gardens will be included. The museum's docents will demonstrate some of the old-fashioned lawn games that girls growing up at that time would have played. Although the museum will not be open for touring, the gift shop will be open with its selection of cus- tom-made doll clothes and accesso- ries. A photo taken of each girl will be given as a memento of the day. The event is for girls ages 5 and older, accompanied by an adult(s). Tickets are $22 per child and $10 for adults, and must be purchased in advance through Hearthside's web- site at or by calling 401-726-0597. Proceeds from the event support the programming provided by the all-volunteer Friends of Hearthside, whose mission is to preserve, protect, promote and interpret the heritage of the Hearthside House and the Great Road Heritage Campus. Commitment to Quality Dependable Trusted Accurate Inspirational 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Phone 401-334-9555 Fax 401-334-9994 Website Making our communities stronger by telling their stories. Please consider supporting The Valley Breeze today – Visit In our 25 years of existence, we've been all of this and more. From the beginning, we've believed that a hyper-local news model is what best serves our readers. 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