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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-17-2018

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 MAY 17-23, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Age-old beauty Pawtucket photographer captures portraits of residents at St. Antoine NORTH SMITHFIELD – For Cynthia Wilcox, a Pawtucket-based photographer and social worker, her latest project happened almost by accident. An avid traveler, Wilcox has traveled around the globe with photography organizations and often found herself photographing the elder- ly people she met in other countries. It was on one of these international trips that she had the idea to photo- graph senior citizens back in Rhode Island. "After a while I sat down one day and said, 'Why don't you just stay home? Why don't you take pictures of elderly folks at home?'" she said. Last year, Wilcox started "The Grandmother Connection," a photog- raphy project focusing on the bond between grandmothers and their grandchildren. It was through this project that she met April Paniccia, a social worker at St. Antoine Residence. Paniccia was looking for an opportunity to engage the residents of her unit and was impressed by Wilcox's black and white portraits of elderly individuals around Pawtucket and other areas of the state. She invit- ed Wilcox to photograph the residents in celebration of National Nursing Home Week, an invitation Wilcox was happy to accept. "I called her and emailed to see what we could do. She's a social worker, I'm a social worker, it was a match," said Paniccia. As with her other photography proj- ects, Wilcox offered her services free of charge, giving the families a copy of the portraits and posting them online for download. She and Paniccia set By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See PHOTOS, Page 18 NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Memorial Day Parade will go on this year, with the parade committee and members of the VFW saying residents can expect all the pomp and circumstance they've come to love about their annual tradition. VFW post commander and parade committee member Ernest Frappier said the parade will kick off from the Brigido's parking lot at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28, and make its way down North Main Street to Town Hall, where veterans and town officials will lay a wreath dedicated to the town's veterans and those lost during war. As in past years, the parade will include local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, police and fire departments and veterans, along with the North Smithfield High School Marching Band. "Both sides of the street are loaded with families as you're com- ing down North Main Street here," VFW members keep Memorial Day tradition alive By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See PARADE, Page 12 Revaluation boosts city property values by 16 percent Some questioning its validity WOONSOCKET – Property values in the city increased an average of 16 percent after Northeast Revaluation Group, LLC, completed its 2017 property revaluation in February and fin- ished analyzing the collected data this week. The full revalu- ation, required by state law every nine years, was the first to take place in the city since 2008. According to City Tax Assessor Elyse Pare, the increase reflects a gradual return to pre-housing mar- ket crash values, though the market has not yet returned to the level of the 2008 revaluation, which incor- porated market data from 2007 and reflected values at the height of the housing bubble. "We haven't gotten back to that pre-crash number yet, but we're By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See REVAL, Page 16 PARE BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM JUTTA BOURGEOIS, a resident of St. Antoine, looks at her portrait during a photo exhibit at the residence on Monday, May 14. 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. TUES-FRI 18 HOLES with CART & LUNCH TEE OFF 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $ 44 Cannot be combined with other offers SAT & SUN 18 HOLES with CART $ 52 See our Money Saving Coupon Book Inside! See our Coupon I ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. COUPS .COM RI Local Money-Saving COUPONS S E L E C T P u b l i c a t i o n $5 OFF Any Purchase of $30.00 or more Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 6/30/2018. 401-334-9611 1270 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Closed Sunday NEW FREQUENT BUYER PROGRAM Prey • Fussie Cat •Blue Buffalo • Taste of the Wild Solid Gold • Canidae • Nulo • Natural Balance No card needed, stop by our store or visit our website to join.

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