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The North Providence Breeze 05-17-2017

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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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY THOMAS CARDARELLI, on the porch of his home at 35 Emmanuel St., is the grand marshal for the town's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. NORTH PROVIDENCE – A man who's said to be the last of Lymansville's World War II heroes will serve as grand marshal for North Providence's 2017 Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. Thomas Cardarelli, 97, won the Purple Heart after taking shrapnel to the right shoulder during "sav- age house-to-house combat" in The Battle of Saint-Lô, the fourth day at Normandy. His commander and many of his Army brothers were killed in that fight. Many people today have forgot- ten the sacrifices so many soldiers made during World War II, said Cardarelli, mostly because the war has faded so far into the past. The member of the Disabled American Veterans said he's grateful to Mayor Charles Lombardi for selecting him to lead the parade and helping to keep some of that memory alive. Cardarelli said he once had five World War II veteran friends living in the village of Lymansville, but all have since died. He said he's often saddened by those losses, but he remains proud of what he and his colleagues were able to accomplish. Lombardi said he's known Cardarelli and his family for many years, and the World War II hero is deserving of the honor. A few years ago, said Lombardi, he gave the veteran a jacket with "Mayor of Lymansville" emblazoned across it. Everyone in the neighborhood knows Cardarelli, and the rest of the Last of Lymansville's World War II heroes will lead Memorial Day parade By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PARADE, Page 2 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Bridget Morisseau says she'll have the "first day of school butterflies" when she takes over as superintendent of schools in North Providence. It's a feeling that's never gone away for her: being so excited that it's hard to sleep the night before the big day. Morisseau, a North Smithfield resi- dent, was appointed to lead the dis- trict at last week's School Committee meeting, where board members praised her work in Rhode Island schools over the years. She's held roles in higher education, special and elementary education, instruc- tional coaching and also served as a Title 1 family coordinator. Morisseau currently serves as assis- tant superintendent in Smithfield, a position she's held for seven years after working as principal of William Winsor Elementary in the town. Morisseau chosen to head North Providence schools By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer MORISSEAU See SUPERINTENDENT, Page 2 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE @ MAY 17-23, 2017 NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1744 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11 a.m . - 12 a.m . ; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m . - 1 a.m . SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike

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