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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

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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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 1-7, 2021 LETTERS / NORTH COUNTY 9 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 friend- ship 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, purchased 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 get- ting 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 receptionist, 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 dollars, 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 vehicle. Ethan, realizing this old guy's predicament, took it upon himself to help me load my vehicle. Truth be known, he pretty much completely loaded it, this being something to this day that I have never for- gotten. 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, celebrat- ing its 25th anniversary, reminded me of all of this, moreso of Ethan, a person more than qualified, in all respects, as newly promoted editor-in-chief, to take The Breeze to even greater heights in its future. Tom Letourneau Cumberland R.I. Manufacturing urges defeat of charter moratorium SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association is urging General Assembly leaders to defeat proposed charter mora- torium legislation its leaders say would limit high- quality education options for Rhode Island parents and have unintended consequences on the state's skilled workforce. "We need to start thinking about this debate from the context of our skilled and educated work- force and how we need to position Rhode Island for the jobs of the future," said David Chenevert," executive director of RIMA. "Rhode Island's See RIMA, Page 11 3755 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI 401-658-1515 Email: Good food. Good friends. Good food. Good friends. Book Your Easter Reservations Today! Serving Our Full Dinner Menu & Dinner Specials Sunday, April 4, 2021 12 - 5 p.m. Knock on Wood Furniture Custom Finish or You Finish & Save Tables • Chairs • Entertainment Centers Stools • Hutches • Bookcases • Benches Corner Cabinets • Bedroom Sets • etc. 1661 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI 725-0360 Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu & Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. UNFINISHED & FINISHED FREE 4 PEG COAT BOARD With any purchase $20 Off any purchase of $100 or more With ad. One per order. Does not apply to sale items. Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins! Cumberland, RI • Taunton, MA • Easton, MA Welcome Back! Come enjoy your old favorites! Fresh meats and seafood daily. Homemade sauces, desserts and daily specials. Visit us at all our locations. We are excited to see you! Local Eats

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