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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-18-2021

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14 LETTER / OBITUARIES FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET Theresa R. Fregeau February was Theresa Fregeau's month. On Valentine's Day Feb. 14, 1929, she made her debut. It was dur- ing the cold, snowy month of February that the warm and loving Theresa made her entry in to the world. On a cold snowy morning 91 years later she passed peacefully after a life full of love and devotion to her family. Theresa R. Fregeau, 91, formerly of Bellingham, Mass., died Monday, Feb. 8, at The Holiday in Manville. She was the loving wife of the late Normand A. Fregeau. They were married on Aug. 7, 1948, and shared over 36 years together until his pass- ing on Nov. 19, 1984. Born and raised in Bellingham, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Laura (Chaput) Dauphin. She resided in the Woonsocket/Bellingham/ Blackstone area during her life. Theresa worked for the A&P gro- cery store for over a dozen years and later for Almacs Supermarket for almost 20 years before retiring. Theresa was a member of the Bellingham Senior Citizens Club and the St. Theresa's Parish Senior Citizens Club. Theresa was an avid bingo player. She happily spent many a Friday night at Precious Blood Church hall playing bingo to her hearts content. Theresa was a talented seamstress, many of her creations adorned her home or made their way to family and friends are treasured gifts from her heart. Theresa was a friendly and outgo- ing lady. She was always up for a good game of poker with her fam- ily and that paired quite well with her beverage of choice, a good cold Miller Beer. Theresa will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother. Her heart was brimming over with love for her many grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great-grand- children. Theresa is survived by her seven children including three sons Robert Fregeau (Linda) of Florida, Roger Fregeau (Cheryl) of Woonsocket and David Fregeau (Karen) of Bellingham, Mass., and four daugh- ters Paulette Rattigan (her late hus- band John) and her husband, Robert Berard of Florida, Susan Zambruski (her late husband Robert Hustler) and her husband, John Zambruski, of Florida, Janine Cormier (Paul) of Orange, Mass., and Denise Kane (Albert) of New Hampshire. She was the sister of the late Armand, Lucien, Joseph, Lionel, Fernand and Roger Dauphin, Jeanne Costello and Grace St. Laurent. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, six great- grandchildren, two great- great-grandchildren and many niec- es and nephews and their families. Her family will hold a private service for Theresa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to the America Legion Post # 85, 870 River St. ,Woonsocket, RI. 02895. Arrangements are in care of the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket; www.menardfuneralhome.com . FREGEAU It's time to update Rhode Island's gun laws Before you reflexively retreat to your comfortable pro-Second Amendment or pro-gun control corner, consider the following; First, while Rhode Islanders can own other firearms, they are not permitted to own stun guns or tasers. Second, any Rhode Islander denied a license to carry a concealed firearm has no choice but to take their appeal all the way to the Rhode Island Supreme Court to exercise that right. In 2018, only three states had laws banning civilian possession of stun guns and tasers: New York, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. In 2019 that list shrunk to two states as a federal court struck down New York's ban. Once again, Rhode Island continues to lag behind other states. Obtaining a license to carry a fire- arm remains a lengthy and challeng- ing process, as many believe it should be. Beyond the application and fee, it involves background checks, the careful inspection of a certified instruc- tor, and numerous references. Even if a candidate is squeaky clean and can check off the required boxes, it remains very likely that a candidate will be denied. Once denied, the candidate's only recourse is to have their case heard at the Rhode Island Supreme Court – an intimidating and cost-prohibitive option for most Rhode Islanders. Further, having your case heard before the Rhode Island Supreme Court may bring an unwanted spotlight to the litigant. Many people may not want to disclose to their family members, colleagues, and employers that they applied for a concealed carry permit. To remedy both of these deficien- cies, I've introduced S-0176, a bill that would revise the definition of "firearms" to include stun guns and tasers. Not everyone who wants to protect themselves will feel comfort- able possessing a traditional firearm. For such individuals, stun guns and tasers provide non-lethal protection. My bill also provides a "review and appeal" process for individuals denied a license to carry a concealed weapon. The Supreme Court should not be the first step in the appeals process, but the final stop. During the last legislative session, I cautioned my colleagues in the state senate that lawsuits would follow if we failed to conform with the other 48 states and legalize the possession of electronic arms. Fast forward, and here we are in the midst of a suit that even gun control advocates admit will more than likely result in a court overturn- ing the ban and costing the taxpayer in the process. Court cases like District of Columbia vs. Heller and Caetano vs. Massachusetts reassert that "the Second Amendment extends … to all instruments that constitute bear- able arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding." Even a cursory glance at constitutional precedent on this subject is more than enough to see the need for Rhode Island to update its gun laws. This year, there will no doubt be more talk of "common sense" gun legislation. My bill may not electrify either side of the gun issue, but it is a step in the right direction for updating Rhode Island's gun laws. SEN. JESSICA DE LA CRUZ Sen. Jessica de la Cruz is the Republican Senate Minority Whip, serving District 23 (Burrillville, Glocester, and North Smithfield). Glow Oil heat your home for less www.GlowOil.com 401-475-9955 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price Get The Perks of Personal Attention • Paints • Stains • Wallpaper • Carpet • Laminate & more www.villagepaintinc.com 900 Victory Highway, Slatersville Plaza, Slatersville, RI (401) 76PAINT • (401) 765-3128 Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. PAINT DECORATING & Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. 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The policy generally covers public liability and occurrences such as food poisoning, fire, and equipment breakdown resulting in stock loss. It may include business interruption service, which covers income lost at your food truck due to an unexpected closure. The cost of food truck insurance varies because food truck businesses, and the risks they pose, also vary. Several risk factors affect your rate, such as the type of foods you sell. A food truck that prepares grilled or fried foods can expect their rate to differ from a truck that sells prepackaged goods. Grills and fryers expose the business to additional risks. If you're interested securing insurance for a food truck, please call HUNTER INSURANCE, INC. at 769-9500, or visit our agents at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. NOTE: Workers' compensation insurance is required in almost every state for food trucks with employees. FOOD TRUCK INSURANCE

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