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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-31-2020

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2020 The Year in Review BREEZE FILE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM JOCELYN LEGARE, a nurse, and HA TRAN, a CNA, at Saint Antoine Residence in North Smithfield are pictured in front of the nursing home in April. The past year was one of the most difficult on record for the communi- ties of northern Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. In the first couple months of 2020, it was impossible for most residents to imagine the challenges that would lie ahead. While those chal- lenges started with the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn't end there. Protests for racial justice, an emotional election cycle, economic fallout and extreme weather events all played a role in the most tumultuous nine months in most people's memory. As January begins, the release of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have given many people hope for a return to something resembling normal life in 2021. With this uplifting news in mind, The Valley Breeze spoke with leaders in the nonprofit, business, government, health and education sectors and asked them to reflect on the past year and share their expectations for the months ahead. These are their responses. Local leaders reflect on silver linings, share hopes for 2021 By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor BREEZE FILE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON NICK and ELAINE MARKOPOLOUS, of Hudson, Mass., are served by JUSTINE DANCUSE, of Woonsocket, out- side Christopher's Kitchen & Bar in May. See HOPES, Page 14 Businesses faced closure, struggled to adapt in 2020 Pandemic spurs new activity in some sectors There were few sectors harder hit by the COVID-19 pandemic than the small business community, where pro- tective measures disrupted a way of life for thousands of business owners across the state. In Woonsocket, restaurant own- ers and small retail businesses were forced to shut their doors to custom- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor See BUSINESS, Page 8 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DEC. 31, 2020-JANUARY 6, 2021 Safety 1st is Our #1 Priority! NO CONTACT DROP OFF & PICK UP Happy Safe New Year! Let Us Get Your Auto Winter Ready! Serving All Makes & Models 1068 Park Avenue , Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-762-2325 TRASH COLLECTION SERVICES Residential/ Commercial ADDITIONAL SERVICES Excavation • Demo • Junk Removal • Construction Call For An Estimate! 401-688-0517 ROLL OFF DUMPSTERS 10, 15, 20 & 25 yard North Smithfield Auto Body, iNc. 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: 1-401-762-3866 CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: • FREE towing • FREE pick up and drop off

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