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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-06-2020

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WOONSOCKET – It wasn't the graduation they were expecting, but for the members of the Mount Saint Charles Academy Class of 2020, the events of this past weekend will go down in the record books. The commencement was held Sunday morning, Aug. 2, on the front steps of the school's historic Logee Street building. School administrators wore face masks, and family members were limited to four per graduate. In May, the school announced plans to postpone its 96th annual commencement, bucking the trend of local high schools switching to virtual or drive-in-style graduations. In return, they were able to hold an event that bore some resemblance to a traditional graduation ceremony, though participants were still bound to many of the social distancing mea- sures that have become commonplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, the commencement took place in two separate ceremo- nies spaced out during the morning Mounties graduate with pride in mid-summer commencement By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON KATE LYNN OUPRAVANH, of Woonsocket, shows her Mount St. Charles Academy diploma during commencement exercises last Sunday. She will attend Bentley College next year. See GRADUATION Page 6 NORTH SMITHFIELD – A bill cur- rently being considered by Congress would name the Slatersville post office after Spc. Matthew Turcotte, the North Smithfield native who was killed in an Army training accident in 2017. Turcotte, a 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School, was serving with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division when he was killed during a live-ammunition training exercise at Fort Carson, Colo. Turcotte left behind a wife, Megan, as well as his parents, Raymond and Liza Turcotte, and two sisters. The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the Senate and Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Jim Langevin in the House, is still awaiting the full vote of both cham- bers. Turcotte's father, Raymond, said Bill would name Slatersville post office after Spc. Matthew Turcotte By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See TURCOTTE, Page 9 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Initial cleanup efforts at the Landfill and Resource Recovery Superfund Site on Oxford Road completed in 1995 are being monitored, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which is host- ing a virtual meeting to discuss new efforts to contain contaminants in the groundwater. In North Smithfield, Town Administrator Gary Ezovski is a for- mer civil engineer who worked in groundwater manage- ment for years before landing his position leading the town. Ezovski said he understands the issues and contain- ment practices as he is well-versed in the challenges of groundwater contami- nation and became aware that chemi- cal compounds were moving off the landfill site in bedrock wells through prior EPA reports. The amount is minimal, he said, and there is no cause for alarm for Groundwater treatment proposed at Landfill and Superfund site By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com EZOVSKI See LANDFILL, Page 14 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 6-12, 2020 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! www.hearforyouri.com 401-475-6116 Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838

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