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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-13-2020

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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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY KIM BELLEAVOINE, of Chepachet, makes sure her display is set up properly as the Shop Chepachet Pop-up Co-op opens its doors at the Glocester Heritage Society, 1181 Main St., on Aug. 1. Belleavoine was able to once again show and sell her artwork of painted glass following this year's cancellation of art shows and fairs due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Pop-up Co-op will be open each Saturday and Sunday through December. As gyms struggle with the financial realities of COVID-19, some people are finding it easier to cancel their memberships than others. In North Smithfield, Myles Briggs said he was dumbfounded back in July when he went into the Dowling Village Planet Fitness and was told both he and his wife would have to pay a $58 fee to cancel their mem- berships. Briggs said he hadn't used his membership since February and was canceling due to concerns over COVID-19. "When I explained to him the situ- ation, they immediately said no, they couldn't do it, I had to pay $58," he said. According to corporate spokeswom- an Mary Zanor, the company's policy is to waive cancellation fees if mem- bers are canceling due to COVID- 19. To cancel, she said, members are required to either come into the location or send a letter to the club if they're not comfortable coming in. Planet Fitness locations are oper- ated by independent franchisee owners, so enforcement of those poli- cies sometimes depends on location management. An employee at the Dowling Village location declined to comment for this story. Briggs said he and his wife both As gyms take COVID hit, some push back against cancellations By Valley Breeze Staff See GYMS, Page 22 SMITHFIELD – The town's newest restaurant, Lola's Lounge at 55 Douglas Pike, is an escape from reality, say owners, bringing an immersive Mexican cantina experience featuring authentic food, creative cocktails and live entertainment against a Day of the Dead backdrop. Inspiration came from owner Michael Mota's past vacations in Mexico with his wife, Jodi. During a time where COVID-19 crowds the minds of people every day, Mota said the couple wanted to bring Smithfield residents a vaca- tion of sorts. Mota said that while Lola's is named after his daughter, he and Lola's brings a Mexican experience to Smithfield By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See LOLA'S, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – Responding to concerned residents' complaints, Sen. Stephen Archambault said he submit- ted legislation to overturn a recently enacted law to grant Smithfield an additional Class A liquor store Archambault seeks to overturn liquor license By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See LICENSE, Page 4 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 13-19, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Hiring Licensed Plumbers call for Details! Together but Apart Visit our website for a preview of our new virtual visitation service (401) 949-0180 ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development

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