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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-27-2020

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON BRUCE SCOTTO, of North Smithfield, adjusts the mortarboard of his granddaughter VIOLET PALMER, 5, of Glocester. She was one of three students graduating from WeeCare Daycare during ceremonies Aug. 18. See more photos on page 10. Graduation Day NORTH SMITHFIELD – It was Aug. 26, 1955, and Third Class Petty Officer Robert Ducharme had retired to his bunk. The Navy yeoman from Woonsocket was in the midst of a two-year assignment aboard the USS Newman K. Perry, serving as assistant Remembering the USS Newman K. Perry 55 years later By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com ROBERT DUCHARME, a North Smithfield resident and Navy veteran, holds his graduation photo from class "A" yeo- man training in California. Let the music play At Mount, music educators make masks for instruments to keep students safe while playing WOONSOCKET – How do you prevent the airborne drop- lets from spreading in a musical instrument that depends on air to make noise? That's the question facing the Music Department at Mount Saint Charles Academy as they prepare to head back to school in the midst of a global pandemic. Marc Blanchette, academic director of fine arts, and Brian Rowe, music director, have been grappling with that question since the spring. In March, the school, like most around the country, By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See MASKS, Page 11 See USS NEWMAN, Page 13 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The company building a large solar farm off Iron Mine Hill Road has agreed to changes in how it con- ducts blasting and notifica- tion after a construction blast last week shook nearby homes, sparking an outcry among residents. The blast took place last Thursday, Aug. 20, around 4 p.m. Within a few hours, residents had taken to social media to ask questions about the explosion, with many reporting earthquake-like tremors felt through their homes. Residents reported hearing the blast as far as Woonsocket Hill Road and as nearby as Valley View Drive, and several raised concerns about the status of their wells or building foundations. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski told The Breeze he also began get- ting phone calls shortly after the incident Thursday afternoon. "The initial calls were, frankly, 'There's been an Solar company facing questions after blast shakes nearby homes By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BLASTING, Page 8 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM 1-401-762-3866 WWW.RIAUTOBODY.COM • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off Jalette Contracting Proudly Built in America JC ROOFING/GUTTER INSTALLS CALL FOR YOUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION TODAY! ALL MILITARY & SENIOR DISCOUNTS Roger Jalette Jr. - U.S. War Veteran - Roof Inspector - Quonset ANG Base - Over 30 years experience - College Certified Roofing Education Fully Licensed and Insured (Inc. Workman's Comp.) 401-692-6545 • 508-954-5602 RI REG. #25429 MA LICENSE #162179 WWW.JALETTECONTRACTING.COM KNOWLEDGE & INTEGRITY are what it takes to get the job done right! Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on Parts and Labor 98 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 Years in Business! Mario's Appliances Serving Loyal Clients Since 1989 (401) 765-1636 Appliance Sales & Service Refrigerators, Stoves, Space Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers & More! 6 Month Guarantee on parts and labor 968 Elm St. Woonsocket, RI 02895 mariosappliances@gmail. com 30 years in business!

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