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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-23-2020

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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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 23-29, 2020 WOONSOCKET 9 WOONSOCKET – Sundown won't mean the end of the game anymore for local basketball fans. Last Wednesday, July 15, the city unveiled new LED lights at the basketball courts at World War II Veterans Memorial Park. The courts, completed in 2016 as part of an extensive renovation of the park, are now the only place in the city where residents can enjoy a game of bas- ketball after dark. "When we saw how much time people were spending on the courts, we wanted you guys and girls to be able to play longer," Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt told pickup players at the courts last week. On Wednesday, members of the Woonsocket Police and Fire Departments along with the city's basketball coaches joined Baldelli- Hunt at the courts, where pickup games have continued as a popular pastime despite the ongoing pan- demic. Along with a ribbon cutting, local officials raffled off two basket- balls and handed out coupons for free Italian ices from Nessa Snack truck at the celebratory event. Taking advantage of the opportu- nity to address the local pickup con- tingent, athletic leaders urged play- ers to respect the newly improved courts. "You guys know that I love bas- ketball, you love basketball, we've got to take care of the courts," said Christopher Beauchamp, Woonsocket High School freshman basketball coach. "If anyone wants to disrespect this place, you tell them, this is our house," added Thomas Gray, Woonsocket Middle School basket- ball coach. According to city Fire Alarm Supt. Steve Gamache, who oversaw the $60,000 project, the lights offer a level of autonomy to local play- ers unusual at many local parks. Beginning a half hour before sunset, players will be able to press a but- ton on the control panel at the side of the courts to turn on the lights. If no one presses the button, the lights will remain dark, saving on energy and cost. Once triggered, the lights will stay on until 10:55 p.m., when a slight dimming will warn players they have five minutes until the courts go dark. Police Chief Thomas Oates said the department will be doing spot checks of the area during the eve- ning hours, but encouraged players to police themselves. Though the courts have remained open during the pandemic, another feature at World War II Veterans Memorial Park continues to sit quiet. The splash pad, a favorite of local families, has remained closed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Baldelli-Hunt said last week the city was still reviewing its opening policies and waiting for a thumbs up from health officials and Fire Chief Paul Shatraw before opening the splash pad. New LED lights unveiled at World War II basketball courts By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY LAUREN CLEM Players enjoy a game on the newly lighted basket- ball courts, above. At left, JEZARE BENTON, right, was the lucky winner of a new basketball during the unveiling of the new lights at the World War II Veterans Memorial Park basketball courts with MAYOR LISA BALDELLI- HUNT on July 15. Independently Owned & Operated by Getorge & Malanie Loya Free in-Home Consultation (401)356-4770 New Look Same Great Service Custom Draperies •Cellular & Faux Wood Blinds Shutters •Roman Shades •Top Treatments Woven Wood •Verticals & More Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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