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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-08-2021

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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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE From left, BROOK TSONOS, SHANE TRAINOR and RYAN CAVANAGH, all candidates for the National Junior Honor Society from Gallagher Middle School in Smithfield, clean up trash on the trails at Deerfield Park last Friday, as part of their require- ments for admission to the society. The National Junior Honor Society stresses the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. See more on page 6. FOSTER – Preserving the oral his- tories and legends of New England, however bizarre or strange, is the passion of author Thomas D'Agostino and wife Arlene Nicholson, who recently completed their 16th book, "Strange New England." The book tells more than 60 stories of "unbelievable people in unbe- lievable places" in New England, researched and retold by the pair, said D'Agostino. Stories range from historic legends to recent true stories that could not be made up, he said. D'Agostino told The Valley Breeze & Observer that all New England states are represented well in the book, including Rhode Island. He said he and his wife collected the stories over the years while writing their "Haunted" series and felt it was time to compile the collection for a book. "These are the enduring legends that we have in our region," he said. "Many of these things are long for- gotten, we are proud to bring it back so people can learn the history of the area," he added. "Strange New England" covers such 'Strange New England' preserves bizarre histories, legends By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See STRANGE, Page 11 SCITUATE – Back with a new plan, the Scituate Art Festival Committee has announced the event's return for 2021, with a renewed Scituate Art Festival set to return in 2021 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See FESTIVAL, Page 11 SMITHFIELD – Two restrooms at Smithfield High School will be completely redone thanks to a COVID-19 grant created specifi- cally for facility improvements, says Supt. Judy Paolucci. Plans include touch-free faucets and a change in configuration to allow for social distancing. Paolucci said the restrooms are not currently ADA compliant, and will need their entire entranc- es to be reconfigured. "The current bathrooms are very out-of-date, at the risk of embarrassment," Paolucci said. Paolucci said the bathrooms are in very poor shape and lack mod- ern technology such as hands-free water and paper towels. The Town Council unani- Smithfield High School to start restroom renovations By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See RESTROOMS, Page 21 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE APRIL 8-14, 2021 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE "Despite the forecast, live like it's Spring." - Lilly Pulitzer D.C.J. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Spring Clean UpS We Will beat any CompetitorS priCe DESIGN ~ INSTALL ~ MAINTAIN commercial • residential Rhode Island • Massachusetts • Connecticut 401-451-2622 401-300-9228 We specialize in All Phases of Hardscape Patios • Walkways • Retaining Walls commercial • residential Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Accepting New Patients Smile, Spring is here!

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