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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-10-2020

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WOONSOCKET – Silas Cook, born two decades after the American Revolution, was 58 years old when he died and was buried with his family in a small cemetery off Elder Ballou Road. Isabel Cook, an Aldrich who mar- ried into the Cook family, lived to the age of 78 before she was buried alongside her husband's family. Edwin Cook, the infant son of Zebina and Abigail Cook, was only 1 year old when he, too, was laid to rest in the family plot. These stories and others might have been lost to time if a dedicated group of local residents hadn't redis- covered them. For the past several months, a group of volunteers led by city resident Greg Duhamel has spent their Saturdays literally uncovering the Cook Lot, a little-known his- toric cemetery located in the woods behind what's now Bissonnette Field on Elder Ballou Road. Duhamel, a member of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society Volunteers uncover 'lost' cemetery off Elder Ballou Road By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Finding their voice City youth movement demands change after protests WOONSOCKET – On June 12, close to 175 people marched from Market Square to the Woonsocket Police Station, demanding justice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police offi- cer. The peaceful protest was organized by Zainabou Thiam, Daishanay Francis and Jaliyah Joseph, three Woonsocket students who said they felt youth needed to have a voice in the current demon- strations. Borrowing a term com- mon across the Black Lives Matter movement, they named their group "Silence is Violence," a rallying call to speak up in the face of inequality. After about an hour of speeches, the crowd went home, returning to their daily lives. For many, the zeal By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See CEMETERY, Page 10 See VOICE, Page 8 BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Candidates DOUGLAS OSIER JR., PAUL JONES and PAUL ZWOLENSKI wait for voters outside the North Smithfield Elementary School polling location Tuesday evening. As of press time, Zwolenski had a strong lead over his two opponents, with a large number of mail-in ballots still to be counted. Two will advance to the general election in November. Zwolenski leads in North Smithfield primary day votes Mail ballot results expected Thursday NORTH SMITHFIELD – With more than half the votes still to be counted, Paul Zwolenski had a strong lead over his two contenders in By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See PRIMARY, Page 16 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2020 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 Roll off ContaineRs 10, 15, 20, 25, YaRds exCavation demolition seRviCes BoBCat seRviCes Junk Removal/Cleanouts unmatChed seRviCe RI Reg. #40046 sCReen all loads foR ReCYClaBles s 10, 15, 20, 25, Ya RetaineR Walls • Unmatched seRvice

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