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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Fruit Hill Day Services for Elderly has never been a major money-making operation, but small payments are better than no payments, say staff members. On May 4, Sister Noreen Murray made the announcement to the staff that services at the facility, a fixture on Fruit Hill Avenue since 1973, will per- manently cease at the end of July. "The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded the Fruit Hill Day Services for Elderly almost 45 years ago. Through the years the center has provided the families of adult men and women a place where their loved ones were treated with care and respect," she said in a statement. "For some time now, due to severe financial restrictions from the state and others, the center has not been receiving full payment for the majority By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY VINCENT D'ADAMO is the grand marshal for North Providence's 2018 Memorial Day Parade and Celebration. NORTH PROVIDENCE – For 23 years, Vincent D'Adamo ran the New Marieville Pharmacy on the corner of Mineral Spring Avenue and Charles Street with the idea that customers were family. He would answer calls at all hours of the night. If a mother called at 2 a.m. to say that her baby was sick and needed medicine, he would head over to the business, located where Walgreens is today, to fill a prescrip- tion. If someone couldn't pay, he would tell them to forget about it. "Those are the things we did," he told The North Providence Breeze. "Those values have never left me." It's that sacrificial approach D'Adamo displayed from 1956 to 1979 and since, as well as his service in the U.S. Army, that earned him the honor of serving as grand marshal in the town's 11th annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration, planned for next Monday, May 28, beginning at 1 p.m. from the front lot of North Town pharmacist D'Adamo is parade grand marshal By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – This town is joining the Planet. The commercial complex previ- ously housing Blast Fitness at 1920 Mineral Spring Ave. will soon wel- come Planet Fitness, according to owner Joe Iaciofano. He's in the process of putting on an addition to accommodate the town's first Planet Fitness location. The addition of Planet Fitness, combined with the pending grand opening of the Providence Brewing Company in the same building, adds up to a comeback of sorts for Iaciofano's building across from the North Providence Police Department. Iaciofano is also working on the development of a Wendy's restaurant Town's first Planet Fitness coming to Mineral Spring Avenue By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See GRAND MARSHAL, Page 9 See FRUIT HILL, Page 4 See FITNESS, Page 8 SISTER RUTH CRAWLEY waves in front of the original sign at the Fruit Hill Avenue adult day care facility. Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE MAY 23-29, 2018 roofing & gutterS FREE ESTIMATES! ALL MILITARY & SENIOR DISCOUNTS Roger Jalette Jr. - US War Veteran - Roof Inspector for Quonset A.F.B. - Over 25 years experience - College Certified Roofing Education Fully Licensed and Insured (Inc. Workman's Comp.) 401-692-6545 • 508-954-5602 RI REG. #25429 MA LICENSE #162179 WWW.jAlEttECOntRACtIng.COm KnOWlEDgE & IntEgRItY are what it takes to get the job done right! OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Try our FRESH MADE LEMONADE & FRESH PICKED ASPARAGUS OPEN FOR THE SEASON Plus Our Own Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Donuts, Muffins, Cookies Fruit Hill Day Services is shutting down There's a dispute over who is to blame

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