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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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14 THE VALLEY JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department's free summer concert series is returning this Thursday, July 23, but with a much different feel than in years past. Historically, the city has put on three performance series through- out the summer, including at Daggett Farm, a children's perfor- mance series, and then on Sundays a concert at the Veterans Park Amphitheater. Because of COVID-19, Parks & Recreation Director John Blais said the idea initially was to scrap the entire summer series for this year, "and then I saw the first week of the Rustic Drive-In being open and what a success it was," he said. Blais, an avid concertgoer, said officials are trying to bring people together for some kind of normalcy, and seeing a live performance fits the bill. This year's concert series will be drive-in style, at least to start. "Come park your car, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the talents of local bands as they play their spe- cial brand of music," says the city. This Thursday, July 23, John Connors & The Irish Express will perform in the parking lot of Jenks Junior High School and Agnes Little Elementary School, starting at 6 p.m. Blais said the events will be able to accommodate about 70 cars, with carloads each limited to four people. Guidelines for the concert series are on the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Facebook page. Patrons are allowed to bring chairs and sit in front of their vehicles. Face coverings are not required while patrons are inside their cars or sit- ting in front of their cars, but are encouraged. Blais said Parks and Recreation has been working with other departments to put this concert series together in a safe way. Food trucks are also expected to be pres- ent. There will be three free con- certs during July, as officials see how his goes, Blais said. Acoustic Drive will perform this Sunday, July 26, at Agnes Little School, and Shakedown will perform next Thursday, July 30, also at Agnes Little. Blais said when they are allowed to have more people outside togeth- er in August, they hope to move the concert series back to the Vets Amphitheater for regular Sunday night shows, if things continue to trend in the right direction in Rhode Island and everything works out for the drive-in shows in July. "We've just been trying to make things happen and bring back some normalcy," he said. The concerts are held weather permitting and cancellations will be posted on the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Facebook page. Blais thanked the sponsors of the drive-in, including Butler & Messier Inc., Factory Carpet Outlet, and Courtesy Mitsubishi. Pawtucket summer concert series returns with drive-in style By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Hannah Leopold-Brandt, of Lincoln, has been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She is a student at the University of Tampa. Dean College student Justin Murphy, of Cumberland, has been inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for the spring semester. Gianna Rousseau, of Cumberland, received the depart- mental award for actuarial science at Assumption College. Stephanie Erickson, Luke Colomey, Brianna Frankina, Ryan Gaboury, Morgan Wray, and Matthew Remavich, all of Cumberland, have been named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of New England. Andy Pan, of Lincoln, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of New England. Kathleen Maya, of Cumberland, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Nazareth College. Dan Acello, of Cumberland, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of Utah. Ben Weggeland, of Lincoln, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Bucknell University. Rebecca Khimatian and Shannon Little, both of Cumberland, have been named to the spring semester president's list at Plymouth State University. Trent Tougas, of Lincoln, has been named to the spring semester president's list at Plymouth State University. Jorgelys Mendez, of Cumberland, has been named to the president's list at Nichols College. Joshua Demaio, of Cumberland, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Nichols College. Douglas Dubosky, of Cumberland, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College with a major in biochemistry. Caroline Cardosa, of Cumberland, received a bachelor's degree in biology, magna cum laude, from Saint Anselm College. John Little, of Cumberland, received a bachelor's degree in politics and communication, magna cum laude, from Saint Anselm College. Syed-Hasan Raza, of Lincoln, has been named to the high honors dean's list for the spring semester at Connecticut College. The following local students have been named to the spring semes- ter dean's list at Lasell University. From Cumberland: Alyssa Corrente, Jordan McComb, Daniel Comastra, Tucker Gothberg, Paul Barry, Thomas Beauchemin and Sean Doris. Nicholas Parks, of Lincoln, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Becker College. Emma Freitas and Joseph Leonard, both of Cumberland, have been named to the spring semester dean's list at Endicott College. Jack Bacon, of Lincoln, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Endicott College. COLLEGE NEWS J.R. 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