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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-15-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Sixth-grader ANNA COSTELLO, from Gallagher Middle School, becomes the Smithfield district winner, spelling the word "lunatic," during the Smithfield District Spelling Bee at Raymond LaPerche Elementary School last Thursday. She will compete in the state finals in March. See story on page 2. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHARLOTTE ILLINGWORTH, a 7th-grader at Scituate Middle School, takes first place by spelling the word "spherical," during Scituate's District Spelling Bee, held last Wednesday, at Scituate High School. See story on page 14. SMITHFIELD – The founder of ALCOR Scientific, Carlo Ruggeri, said the company's product being chosen to be in the 2018 Olympic Medical Center in Pyeongchang proved that the diagnostic machine is "best in class." ALCOR researched, designed and manufactured the iSED Analyzer, a fully automated erythrocyte (red blood cells) sedimentation rate analyzer. The machine looks at red blood cells for signs of inflammation, and is capable of diagnosing bacterial or viral infections as well as a patient's reaction to medica- tions in just 20 seconds. Other systems could take between 30-60 minutes, said Ruggeri. Smithfield-based ALCOR is excited and proud to take part in the Olympics, said Janet Aveni, the company's mar- keting director. She explained that the Olympic Medical Center was compiled to prepare the best medical care for Olympic athletes by a task force from South Korea's major hospitals. The Olympic Medical team approached ALCOR distributors, she said. If looked at as a sort of vetting process for medical equipment, she said this would prove that the iSED Analyzer is the best available. "That confirms what we know and what we aspire to be," Ruggeri said. "There are no Olympics for medical equipment. This is it for us." Local medical product gets gold in Pyeongchang By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze and Observer Staff Writer See ALCOR, Page 4 Spelling champs head to state bee JOHNSTON – Now at the halfway point of construction, the new Citizens Bank campus on Greenville Avenue welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to an open house over the past weekend. Citizens Bank Executive Vice President Mike Knipper said the company decided to host the event after learning the massive construc- tion project off the future Exit 10 was a hot topic at many dinner tables, and he realized members of the Citizens community were inter- ested in seeing the buildings. The 424,000-square-foot facil- ity on 123 acres of land will house three buildings and a 414,000-square-foot parking garage, including a call center and a pair of four-story office buildings, employ- ing around 3,000 people total. With construction on the build- ings hammering in the background, Citizens campus will be a recreational haven By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer 'We feel terrible about the road. It's been a long project. It's a bumpy ride. This summer everything will feel a whole lot different.' MIKE KNIPPER Citizens Bank Executive Vice President See CITIZENS, Page 20 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE FEBRUARY 15-21, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Now Enrolling for Fall 2018

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