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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-07-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JUNE 7-13, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 3 classroom, and, most significantly, in the family. Mental health pro- fessionals rose up in one voice to proclaim that traditional parent authority wreaked havoc on the young psyche. This fiction was the centerpiece of their campaign for the so-called "democratic" family. "Because I said so" – which is mere affirmation of the legitimacy of the authority of the adult in question – was replaced with "What do you think, honey?" And the snowball began rolling downhill. The paradox is that giving chil- dren power in their relationships with adults weakens rather than strengthens them. As it erodes their sense of security, it increases their sense of vulnerability. As the feeling that adults can't be relied upon (i.e., a sense of helpless- ness) grows, so does resentment and lack of respect. Defiance of adult authority is intoxicating to a child, but like all intoxicants, it is ultimately self-destructive. Almost without exception, parents who describe depressed teens describe belligerent, disre- spectful teens. Likewise, when these parents – those of them who can straighten their back- bones, that is – begin to calmly and purposefully reclaim their natural authority, their kids begin to get better. Respect for adult authority on the part of a child is a good thing for his or her parents, but it's an even better thing for the child. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. EAST GREENWICH – Sauce or gravy? Italian Americans argue this question in kitchens and over boiling pots of tomatoes and meats while re- creating family recipes. Queries like this will be debated in the comedy show "The Italian Chicks," on Friday, June 15, at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St. The show is brought to Rhode Island by Italian American and mem- ber of the Scituate Housing Authority, Carol Costa. Reminiscing about her childhood, Costa said after church on Sunday her family would gather for dinner at her grandmother's house, which smelled of fresh basil, parsley, garlic and Lester's oil. Her grandmother would make the gravy after her grandfather cleaned the stairs. Her memories are similar to those of many other Italian Americans liv- ing in Rhode Island. Connecting with the five "Italian Chicks," Maryann "Boom Boom" Maisano, Mary Dimino, Regina DeCicco, Gina Scarda and Tara Cannistraci, on Facebook, Costa said they united over a shared heritage. "Every culture and ethnic group has fun stories and quirks, and we found a way to laugh at that," Costa said. "I thought this would be great for our state." The crew will sing, laugh and joke about their Italian customs and cul- ture, and bring a night of light-hearted fun and reminiscing. Each of the women brings something different to the table. A former banker, Maisano left her career to become a comedian, and star of the one-woman show, "The Agita Monologues." Scarda is another "Italian Chick" that reinvented herself. After 20 years as a New York City police offi- cer, Scarda began her second act in comedy with the women in the skits. The other women have a history in standup, sketch comedy, film, and television. Costa said the show is guaranteed to bring a laugh, and leave you wanting more, especially gravy. Tickets are available at www. greenwichodeum.com for $35 gen- eral admission, and $45 VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with the stars. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. Comedy with a dash of sass By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com The Italian Chicks, from left, MARY DIMINO, GINA SCARDA, REGINA DECICCO, and MARYANNE MAISANO, along with Tara Cannistraci, take the stage at the Greenwich Odeum on Friday, June 15. Women's Night Out will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer LINCOLN – The 7th annual Women's Night Out will be held on Thursday, June 21, at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln. This year's event, Bellbottoms and Boobs: A Salute to the '70s. The '70s theme was chosen in honor of event organizer and breast cancer survivor Dianne Fonseca's 70th birthday. Funds raised will support the American Cancer Society's pre- miere breast cancer awareness event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Providence. For more information, visit www. MakingStridesWalk.org/bellbottom- sandboobs . From preceding page ACROSS 1. Absence of diffi- culty 5. Preserve a dead body 11. Gratitude 14. Grads may attend one 15. Less difficult 18. Visionaries 19. Fish-eating bird 21. Indicates near 23. '69 World Series hero 24. Scandinavian mythology source 28. Pop 29. Rapper __ Ham- mer 30. Senses of self-esteem 32. Hormone that stimulates the thyroid 33. __ Farrow, actress 35. Electronic data processing 36. Baby talk (abbr.) 39. Slender, snake- like fish 41. Air Force 42. Computers 44. Ecological stage 46. Wings 47. In the course of 49. Laid back 52. Jewelled head- dress 56. In slow tempo 58. __ Falls 60. Corrections 62. Periods in one's life 63. Hyphen DOWN 1. Body part 2. Large primates 3. Retch (archaic) 4. Sea eagle 5. Genetically dis- tinct geographic variety 6. Category of spo- ken Chinese 7. Barium 8. Consumed 9. Chinese dynasty 10. NFL great Randy 12. Ireland 13. Palm trees 16. Fungal disease 17. Tall plants with slender leaves 20. Affirmative! (slang) 22. Potato state 25. Delaware 26. A way to develop 27. Associations 29. Woman (French) 31. Sunscreen rating 34. Brew 36. One who leads prayers 37. Indigo bush 38. Burn with a hot liquid 40. Citizen (senior) 43. Scads 45. Morning 48. Straight line passing from side to side (abbr.) 50. S-shaped line 51. Small, thin bunch 53. Worn by ex- posure to the weather 54. Mars crater 55. Humanities 57. Of the ears 58. "The __ Degree" 59. Type of residue 61. Keeps you cool Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 11.

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