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The North Providence Breeze 01-13-2021

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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2 BEST PHOTOS '20 JANUARY 13-19, 2021 | THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER Please enjoy the best of our 2020 photos This past year was easily the toughest since the founding of The Valley Breeze for capturing images of people in our communi- ties, as even when people were out and about, the faces of those that we so value in our pages were often obscured. But our photographers, as you'll see in this special edition, rose to the challenge, sharing the life of our communities through pictures, which is such an important component of what we do each week. As so many did in this tough year, they were able to find the good moments amid the rubble. In some cases, Charlie Lawrence and Bob Emerson will take you inside the process of how they landed a top photo, while in other instances, they'll simply share why they love an image. Here's a bit about these two photographers responsible for the majority of the photos you see in our pages each week: • Bob Emerson Emerson developed an interest in photog- raphy in high school. While at the University of Rhode Island, he began shooting for The Narragansett Times and North Kingstown Standard-Times, where he became the New England Press Association Photographer of the Year in 1971. In 1973, he moved to The Providence Journal and won the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year award for New England. He began shooting video in 1980 at WJAR-TV, Channel 10, where he remained for 36 years, picking up a few N.E. Emmy Awards. Three weeks after his retirement from TV, he started working part time for The Breeze in 2016, and has won numerous awards from the Rhode Island Press Association for his work since then. • Charlie Lawrence Lawrence became interested in photography after receiving his first camera from his grand- mother as a 7-year-old, later becoming serious about it during his time in the U.S. Air Force. He spent most of his life as a radio time sales- man, only getting his first job as a photogra- pher, with The Breeze, after his retirement. - Ethan Shorey Valley Breeze Editor EMERSON LAWRENCE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON The COVID-19 pandemic seemed to impact every aspect of our lives in 2020. All of sudden, we were looking at our friends and families from behind masks and standing 6 feet apart. Hugs and smiles disappeared. Graduation planners were forced to adjust to a new normal as the graduates, who worked so hard for four years to reach this point, were cheated out of their rite of passage. While covering the 96th commencement exercises at Mount Saint Charles Academy on Aug. 2, I wanted to try to show the graduates interacting with parents or friends, as best they could, on their way to the stage. I climbed a small hill near the school with my 300 mm telephoto lens and hoped something would happen ... and then it did. Graduate CIARA O'SULLIVAN, of Cumberland, saw her father, FINN, sitting behind a yellow rope in the spectator section and the two shared a fist bump. It wasn't much, but in 2020 it would have to do. Stacey Garcia Realtor 401.226.8570 Licensed in RI & MA 14 Breakneck Hill Road • Lincoln, RI teamgarcia@kw.com • Short-Term listings available • Free Property Analysis • Professional Photos with all new listings

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