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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-19-2018

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. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket APRIL 19-25, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE SILAS COFFIN, 4, of Blackstone, has no fear as he holds an American alligator at YWCA Rhode Island's Family Night last Thursday in Woonsocket. See more photos on page 7. See ya later alligator WOONSOCKET – The Landmark Maternity Unit has seen a dramatic increase in the number births over the past three years, a reflection, say doctors and staff, of a collective vision and investment in birthing services there. Together, Prime Healthcare execu- tives, hospital leaders, physicians, nurses, midwives and staff have intro- duced best practices in clinical care while integrating a holistic approach to family- centered care, they say. The result? A family-friendly and patient-driven approach to care that includes a com- prehensive team of providers. Landmark Medical Center was home to 179 births in 2015, or about 15 per month. This year, the Woonsocket hospital is on track to blast past 400 births, or more than double the monthly rate of three years ago. Staff at Landmark say they've benefited greatly in the effort of enhancing the birthing center's pro- file with the arrival of such doctors as John Morton and Susanna Magee, who were both part of the former birthing center at the now-closed Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Landmark Maternity Unit bustling with activity By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LANDMARK, Page 11 Businesses impacted by Stone Arch Bridge closure Slatersville bridge to remain closed through end of year NORTH SMITHFIELD – The continued closure of the Stone Arch Bridge in Slatersville is so bad for business that one local business owner has decided to close his doors. Gerald Prifti was the owner of Gusto Pizzeria & Spaghetteria, a North Main Street business that shut down April 8. He told The Valley Breeze that a 40 percent drop in business due to the bridge closure, combined with high rents, led to the decision to close the business of eight years. "I can't work just to pay rent for the next two years, plus a year that just went by," he said. "I spent eight years of my life building that busi- ness, and in the end, for what?" Prifti said he has no plans to reopen and was saddened by the closure, but the business was no lon- ger viable. News of the closure was met with an outpouring of support from residents and customers. "The great thing is the people in that town, or at least the people that knew me, they were some of the best," he said. Jocelyn Lebrecque, owner of Quik By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See BRIDGE, Page 8 WOONSOCKET – City Council President Daniel Gendron said Monday that while the City Council has not yet discussed taking any action in response to derogatory comments made on Facebook by Councilor Richard Fagnant last week, he is aware of the comments and is seeking further information. "At this point, the council hasn't dis- cussed doing any- thing, but from what I've heard from the public, there's cer- tainly an impact to him personally from what was said. But I don't know all of the details of what was said," he said when reached for Gendron: More information needed on Facebook comments by Fagnant By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer FAGNANT See COMMENTS, Page 16 MAGEE Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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