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The North Providence Breeze 8-27-14

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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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Tip-Top Town Hall Workers put finishing touches on Town Hall renovations. PAGE 5 celebraTe! 16th Pawtucket Arts Festival opens Sept. 5. LIVING A Valley Breeze Newspaper Breeze ThE NorTh ProVIdENcE FREE valleybreeze.com @ AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 Breeze Photo By charles lawrence North Providence seniors enjoyed their annual picnic at the Salvatore Mancini Senior Center, with the music of Vini Ames, last Friday. They enjoyed coffee and pastry in the morning, followed by hot dogs and hamburgers at noontime. PAuLINE currErI offers pastry to the senior citizens. See more photos on Page 8. Sweet treats By EThAN ShorEY Breeze online news editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Philanthropist John Primeau was in the produce section of an area supermarket two summers ago when it hit him how "absurdly" expensive veg- etables had gotten. At $3.50 to $4 for one tomato, he was "shocked." "I saw the price ring up and I said something's got to be wrong there," said Primeau. No, he was told, that's the price. He walked out without the tomato, not because he couldn't afford to buy it – he could have purchased all of the tomatos in the store – but because he was so disgusted by the price of something that anyone should be able to buy. The North Providence resi- dent immediately decided he needed to do something about poor people not being able to afford healthy foods, so he did what few computer guys would dare to do and bought a farm. Primeau, who is active in local Catholic causes with the North American Educational Programming Foundation, purchased 150 acres of land off Route 101 in North Scituate and soon had two greenhouses up and running. The initiative has since grown to five green- houses, and three of those will soon be expanded. When he was growing up, said Primeau, it was hard to sell tomatoes for the months from July to September, but these days fewer people are growing any vegetables and there is less incentive to lower the price. The Rev. Edward Cardente, pastor of St. Anthony Church and the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in North Providence, as well as St. Edward Church in Providence, volunteers three days a week at Primeau's farm. Cardente told The Breeze that Primeau's vision has proven to be a Local man's sticker-shock leads to farm purchase Now he grows produce to feed the poor PrIMEAu see FArM, Page 11 By EThAN ShorEY Breeze online news editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Is the incumbent in Town Council District 2 "obstructing any and all progress" as his opponent says, or is he the "watchdog" who is fill- ing a need for "checks and bal- ances" in local government? On Sept. 9, voters will have the final verdict on who Councilor John Lynch is and whether they want to send him back to the seat for another two years or replace him with Raymond DeStefanis, a challenger who says that Lynch is a big part of the town's problems. The Democrat who takes the primary will essentially win the District 2 seat, with no Republican or independent run- ning in the general election. DeStefanis challenges Lynch for District 2 seat see dISTrIcT 2, Page 23 dESTEFANIS LYNch Like us on Follow us on NORTH PROVIDENCE 6 54-410 0 1818 M ineral Spring Ave. Sun. - Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ; Fri. & Sat. 11AM - 1AM SM ITHFIELD/ GREENVILLE 2 33-8 96 6 375 Putnam Pike $ 7 99 CARRYOUT ONLY CELEBRATE SUMMER 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 J A S W E L L ' S F A R M S TA N D & B A K E R Y w w w. j a s w e l l s f a r m . c o m O P E N D A I LY 8 a . m . - 5 p . m . PLUS: OUR OWN Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, Muffins, Cookies Gourmet Hot and I ced Coffees Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables! With Our Fresh Picked CORN, TOMATOES & VEGGIES Special! 99¢ lb. on our fresh picked: Eggplant Zucchini & Summer Squash Green Peppers Cucumbers GRAND OPENING Celebrate with us! Bring this ad thru 8/31 and receive 15% Off your purchase 2086 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 349-4887 Find us on FACEBOOK for online menu and special promotions

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