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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-14-2018

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 JUNE 14-20, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE North Smithfield High School Valedictorian LAUREN CENEDELLA addresses the gathering during the school's graduation ceremony last Friday. 'Have no fear' NSHS graduates receive sendoff from anniversary class NORTH SMITHFIELD – "Go forth, have no fear." This was the message the North Smithfield High School Class of 1968, represented by Class President Deacon Robert Lafond, had for the class of 2018 as the latter celebrated graduation last Friday, June 8, under an open sky. Lafond, who, along with his class- mates, commemorated the 50th anniversary of North Smithfield High School's first graduating class over the By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – Students of Woonsocket's Mount St. Charles Academy, dressed in flowing red and royal purple caps and gowns, paused on the stone stairwell of their alma mater to exchange hugs and handshakes. In a few moments, they would no longer be seniors, but high Excelsior: Mount grads encouraged to pursue more than success By DIANDRA MARKGRAF Valley Breeze Contributing Writer See NSHS, Page 8 See MOUNT, Page 11 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE The MOUNT ST. CHARLES ACADEMY CLASS OF 2018 enters the school's gymna- sium to begin graduation ceremonies Skate park on edge Advocates say city facility, opened last year, needs more space, equipment WOONSOCKET – For Susan Kirwan, skating is a labor of love. The city resident and former street skater opened Craft skate and BMX shop in 2013 to fill what she saw as a void in services for the city's skaters and BMX rid- ers, including her two sons. Since then, the shop has become a hub for the city's skating community, with skaters of all ages dropping by to work on their equipment or say hello on their way to the city skate park. The skate park, opened last August on land close to Kirwan's Hamlet Avenue shop, should have been a source of pride for the skat- ing community, she said. Skaters had lobbied the city for several years to open the park, and were thrilled when it found a home near the Woonsocket Middle School. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SKATE PARK, Page 29 KIRWAN 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116

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