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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 6-20-13

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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JUNE 20-26, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE Breeze The valley Into the arts world Summer starts here 57 graduate from Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. PAGE 16 Solstice Festival offers music, dance, crafts and more on Saturday. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Graduates celebrate Valley Breeze Photo by Tom Ward Al Beauparlant of Woonsocket spearheaded the 100th Anniversary party for the city back in 1988. Now, he's been asked by Mayor Leo Fontaine to be the lead planner for a Thursday, Aug. 29, 125th Anniversary block party along the length of Main Street. Here, Beauparlant stands on the spot in front of the Stadium Theatre where one of the main music stages will be located. 'United in its darkest hour' Former city entrepreneur returns to organize his biggest bash yet By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – Everyone knows Albert Beauparlant throws a great party. The former owner of buildings throughout downtown Woonsocket and member of the city's new Redevelopment Agency was the spirit behind Woonsocket's centennial block party in 1988. More than 20,000 people showed up, and with unique, elaborate decora- tions and dancing well into the night, the celebration made international news. But Beauparlant's involvement then, and his work now with the city's latest party – a 125th birthday celebration – is See PARTY, Page 2 Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. In Woonsocket, graduates take turns crossing the stage to receive their high school diplomas during the commencement ceremony held at Woonsocket High School last Friday. Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan In North Smithfield, graduates Tiara Ahmed, left, and Sarah Sutherland play one of their final songs with the school band during the June 12 commencement in the school courtyard. Valley Breeze Photo by Tom Ward Complete graduation coverage begins on page 5.

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