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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-17-2020

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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Shedding light on history Archaeological testing could crack the mystery of North Smithfield's stone walls NORTH SMITHFIELD – When Tom Mrva first acquired 48 acres off Rocky Hill Road 17 years ago, he had no idea his land might contain hints to the area's earliest settlers. It wasn't until he put it up for sale recently that he started hav- ing conversations with the North Smithfield Heritage Association about the meandering walls and rock formations that crisscross his property. According to the NSHA, the parcel contains the highest concentration of stone features they've identified so far in North Smithfield, features that may date back thousands of years. "I've been using the land for 17 years. This stuff was right under my nose, I just never really knew about it," Mrva said. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM AXEL and OLIVIA LEAHY, grandchildren of North Smithfield Heritage Association President Richard Keene, help New England Antiquities Research Association Treasurer DYANE PLUNKETT clear off stones during a recent research trip. Beginning last year, the NSHA Research Team, led by resident Larry Smith, has been mapping stone walls and other features in the hopes of piecing together the history of the town's landscape. The project, which started in Smith's own backyard, has since expanded to include various sites across North Smithfield. The walls themselves are a sub- ject of debate among historians and enthusiasts. While some believe most of New England's stone walls can be attributed to European set- See STONE WALLS, Page 8 WOONSOCKET – James Guzzi was looking for a place to bring his 10-year-old and 3-year-old sons in May when he stumbled upon the skate park behind Hamlet Middle School. The park, a collection of ramps and jumps that opened in 2017, had clearly seen better days. Several of the pieces were falling apart, and one was even being held together with duct tape. But the property had a wide open field where his 3-year-old could run and play, and Nino, his scooter-riding 10-year-old, took to the ramps imme- diately. "The park itself was obviously run- down, but at least it's something," said Guzzi. Along with the park, the Guzzi fam- Still waiting on skate park upgrades By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SKATE PARK, Page 7 WOONSOCKET – City native Elaine Mongeon never believed that she could write professionally. As a kid growing up at Bernon Heights Elementary School, writing was something she did for fun, a pastime fostered in her and her siblings by her mother's love for creative pursuits. "I remember she would make sto- rybooks where she would have us tell her the story and she would write it down and we would kind of illustrate it together," she said. Fast forward to 2020, and Mongeon, a Hollywood-based writer and pro- ducer, is now a published author. On Sept. 8, HarperCollins imprint Blink released "Devastation Class," a new science fiction thriller for young adults from Mongeon and her writing partner, Glen Zipper. The novel fol- lows a class of young space cadets as they take over a besieged battleship and fight to save the human race. In the first week of its release, the book has garnered positive reviews from critics and been featured in media outlets such as "People," "Variety" and "Daily Beast." The book is the first in an anticipated tril- ogy, and plans for film or television adaptations are already in the works. "We are so excited that it's reaching Local connection helps bring Mongeon's new book to life By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer MONGEON See DEVASTATION, Page 10 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2020 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 401-475-6116 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 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. 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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