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The North Providence Breeze 03-31-2021

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6 THE VALLEY MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION My respect for The Breeze is based in personal experience I met Tom Ward many years ago, long before there was even the dream of The Valley Breeze, Tom just starting out at The Call when we met, me the staff photographer for the old Cumberland News Leader. Tom and I quickly became friends, a friendship I have treasured to this day. I have great admiration for Tom and what he accomplished for our community with The Valley Breeze, and the eventual purchase of The Valley Breeze & Observer, which had, ironically, pur- chased the old Cumberland News Leader, and had, for all intents and purposes, stopped coverage of Cumberland/Lincoln news. Shortly after I retired, Tom took me on to deliver The Breeze, first doing Pawtucket, then Cumberland and Lincoln, and eventually, Woonsocket and North Smithfield. Had I never fully realized just how popular The Breeze was, I came to realize it every Thursday. God help me if I were late in getting to my stops. The residents were out waiting for me and my delivery of The Breeze. During this time, I also got to meet the entire staff, Tom having surrounded himself with the best people possible. Paul Dubois doing sports, Barbara Phinney in the office, Karen Buckley in advertising, Rhonda Hanson out front as recep- tionist, etc. And there was also this somewhat new reporter, a young kid by the name of Ethan Shorey. Ethan, also on Thursdays, and to earn a few extra dol- lars, delivered editions of The Breeze. I got to know Ethan very well, more so I devel- oped a tremendous amount of respect for him. You see I had had four heart attacks. The weight was becoming too much for me to load my vehi- cle. Ethan, realizing this old guy's predicament, took it upon himself to help me load my vehicle. Truth be known, he pretty much completely load- ed it, this being something to this day that I have never forgotten. This also is something I felt Breeze readers should know about, as it further tells what kind of a person our editor is. Tom Ward, becoming aware of my situation, decided it best (lest I have a fifth heart attack) that I no longer deliver The Breeze, and used me in other capacities. For me, last week's edition of The Breeze, cele- brating its 25th anniversary, reminded me of all of this, moreso of Ethan, a person more than quali- fied, in all respects, as newly promoted editor-in- chief, to take The Breeze to even greater heights in its future. TOM LETOURNEAU Cumberland NORTH PROVIDENCE – For a second year, the town is offering mulch at a discounted rate for North Providence residents, this time around adding a delivery option for an extra $5 fee. Mayor Charles Lombardi said sell- ing the town's excess mulch has the double benefit of bringing in some revenue while helping residents save money on their spring landscaping. There are about 2,000 yards of excess mulch available this spring, he said, now gathered near the old landfill on Smithfield Road as crews have done their annual tree work around town. The mulch typically goes for about $30-$35 per yard at the store, he said, but the town is offering it for $20 per yard. For $25 per yard, and for a minimum of three yards, residents can have it delivered. The leftover pine mulch is what the town has available after it takes care of mulching all of its own park and public spaces, said the mayor. It is stored next to the North Providence Animal Control building at 900 Smithfield Road. Lombardi set municipal mulch sales in motion last year after first mentioning it as an idea a decade earlier. The town had only about 400 yards of mulch available to residents in the inaugural year of 2020. If all 2,000 yards sell to residents who want to pick it up, that will be some $40,000 of revenue to the town. Lombardi says he doesn't worry about competing with local lawn and garden centers, as Lowe's is really the only such company within town borders, and that store does just fine. Those who want to buy town mulch are asked to call the Department of Public Works in advance of either a pickup or deliv- ery at 401-233-1440. Town adding delivery option for mulch sales By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LETTER TO THE EDITOR 401Gives returns tomorrow PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders will have the opportunity to support any of more than 300 local nonprofits when 401Gives, the state's largest single day of giving, returns on Thursday, April 1. After exceeding the $1 million mark for the effort's first-ever year, United Way of Rhode Island has upped the ante, setting a goal to raise $1.5 million for nonprofits across the Ocean State in a span of just 24 hours. Art League R.I. in Pawtucket also has a campaign goal of $2,500 and 100 donors. 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