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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-24-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 24-30, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Flutist JAMIE SCHMIDT, a senior at North Smithfield High School, performs a solo during the Concert Band's performance of "Tree of Life" during the band's annual Spring Concert on Wednesday night. See more photos on page 9. Spring song WOONSOCKET – On June 1, drivers statewide will be asked to put down their phones as a new hands-free driving law approved by lawmakers last year takes effect. The law strengthens Rhode Island's existing no-texting-while- driving law and will illegalize any use of an electronic device that is not hands-free. This includes talk- ing on the phone and texting as well as manipulating a social media or navigational app. Lt. Thomas Calouro, of the Woonsocket Police Department, said he anticipates a large number of citations in Woonsocket as driv- ers adjust to the hands-free law. At any moment, eight patrol cars are out looking for traffic violations within the city, with another eight officers in unmarked cars. "There's going to be an educational piece to this where there's going to be a lot of tickets written in a short time before people catch on it's anything in your hand," he said. Calouro said the current distract- ed driving problem is especially noticeable at intersections, where drivers often do not respond to changing lights. He said he thinks drivers will begin to pay attention Police expect violations of new hands-free law By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HANDS-FREE, Page 16 WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles Academy has announced its top students and graduation speakers for the class of 2018. Julia DiSpirito, of Cumberland, will serve as valedictorian, Matthew Melmychuk, of Cumberland, will serve as salutatorian and Rachel Breitenbach, of Cumberland, will serve as mistress of ceremonies at this year's commence- ment ceremony on Sunday, June 10, 1 p.m., at the school. DiSpirito is the daughter of Karen and Steve DiSpirito, of Cumberland. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mount St. Charles names top students By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM The top seniors at Mount St. Charles Academy are, from left, RACHEL BREITENBACH, of Cumberland, mistress of ceremonies; MATTHEW MELMYCHUK, of Cumberland, salutatorian; and JULIA DISPIRITO, of Cumberland, valedictorian. See MOUNT, Page 6 Looking for a lift Local schools rally around longtime community member with ALS NORTH SMITHFIELD – Donna Guevremont, a resident of North Smithfield and finance director at Mercymount Country Day School, was no stranger to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurological disease better known as Lou Gehrig's disease or simply ALS. Her mother and aunt both died of the dis- ease, and her brother began experiencing symptoms in 2014. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See LIFT, Page 18 CALOURO 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!

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