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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-20-2017

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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CUMBERLAND – Publisher Tom Ward is announcing this week the May 5 retirement of Marcia Green, editor of The Valley Breeze since its founding in 1996. Replacing her will be Ethan Shorey, a Breeze reporter for the past 11 years, who will assume the title of managing editor. "This will certainly be a sad day here at The Valley Breeze," said Ward. "But nobody deserves a break more than Marcia, and I'm pleased she'll have plenty of time now for travel and her beautiful grandchil- dren. For 21 years, she has been the heart and soul of the paper's coverage and a steady voice of reason. Everyone here will miss her greatly," said Ward. Shorey said he has a big challenge ahead of him in taking over for the retiring Green, who helped start the paper with Ward and Deputy Publisher Jamie Quinn. "I'm excited to keep growing with a company that is Diamond Hill Road roundabout project to begin in fall CUMBERLAND – The state's $5 million double-roundabout installa- tion project on Diamond Hill Road will begin this fall with an aligning of the roads that form the Chapel Four Corners inter- section, Mayor Bill Murray said this week, after a meeting with Department of Transportation officials. This is the first bit of news about the project in six months, since Gov. Gina Raimondo dropped by to see the rush hour congestion for herself. There had been speculation at that time that shovels might be in the ground by spring. Still, Murray said, he's been assured the entire project is on a "fast track" that will see it all finished before the 2018 election season. "I see a full commitment and awareness that we want this done soon," said Murray. Confirming Murray's impres- sion, DOT spokeswoman Lisbeth Pettengill told The Breeze the contract By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor mgreen@valleybreezecom SHOREY GREEN BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON BJ and ALAINA CHARETTE, of Cumberland, returned to Hasbro Children's Hospital last Thursday, where their daughter, Layla, passed away in February. They came bearing gifts – boxes of toys to give out to young patients there, as part of a mission they are calling "Layla's Dream." Layla's Dream: Preschooler's legacy lives on On daughter's birthday, the Charettes share gifts with children at Hasbro CUMBERLAND – Last Thursday, just eight weeks after they'd lost their only child, parents Alaina and Bill "BJ" Charette walked through the doors of Hasbro Children's Hospital, where their daughter passed away, and up to the intensive care unit. Carting toys, books and blankets, they carried a simple mis- sion: Continuing what 5-year-old Layla did so well – share. Layla, of course, is greatly missed. They miss her caring soul, her silly By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer LAYLA Editor Green retiring from Breeze May 5 Shorey will assume the role of managing editor See LAYLA, Page 18 See DIAMOND HILL, Page 3 See RETIRE, Page 29 MURRAY ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE @ APRIL 20-26, 2017 Registered Investment Advisor Serving Investors Since 2003 M ICHAEL A RAGAO President/Portfolio Manager M. W. A RAGAO I NVESTMENT A DVISORS , LLC 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Suite 3B • Cumberland, RI 401-475-7570 • In times like we have experienced, it has become clear that you need an advisor that is truly independent , which means free from conflicts of interest with banks, broker/dealers and insurance companies. THAT'S US! With our client focused investment advisory style, we seek to maximize gains and minimize losses according to your profile and suitability. Contact us to stop being sold investments, and to start investing. H O M E • A U T O • B U S I N E S S

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