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On Monday I was shopping at Marshalls and noticed a woman with a medium-sized dog on a leash. For a quick second I wondered to myself why the dog was in the store and then, just as I was about to turn my attention to the back-to-school section of lunch boxes and backpacks, I noticed a sizabl…

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Councilors Mercer and Wildenhain have decided that people renting in Pawtucket are a nuisance. Instead siding with constituents that either A: spend their entire days invasively watching their neighbors… More

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As a resident of Lincoln, I was disheartened to read in the July 14-20 issue of The Valley Breeze that the town of Lincoln has opted to challenge the recent unanimous State Housing Appeals Board decisio… More

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I was in St. Louis for an annual family reunion this last Fourth of July weekend. It was a grand time in every way possible. Four generations of my beautiful family gathered to laugh, hug, kiss new babi… More

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I would like to thank the North Providence Police Department, the North Providence Fire Department, the Rhode Island State Police, as well as Major Todd Patalano, Captain Gerard Carnevale and Lt. Michae… More

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Rhode Island Republicans may not win a lot of issues but one thing has stood out for the Party, i.e. it has always promoted women for higher office. Starting in the ‘80s, multiple women ran for Congress… More

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The Cumberland Police Department recently held their annual Post Graduation Party at Forecourt Health and Racquetball Club on Friday, June 10. The party is held to ensure that the seniors enjoy a safe, … More

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On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and clients of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Bellingham, please accept our heartfelt thanks to all who donated and to the postal workers who worked so hard to … More

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Thank you North Smithfield town officials for adding two more firefighters in the town budget. Additional manpower is critically needed. The calls for service with the current staffing we have is very d… More

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I read this letter last week answering the question “What is evil,” it was this letter about the fall of Christianity in this country, “woke” progressives and abortion. I thought about evil as I read th… More

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The most patriotic people I know are immigrants to the United States. Their appreciation for America is different from mine because they have personally experienced life without the freedom and opportun… More

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PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Arthur Corvese and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio to provide better information to Rhode Islanders about where affordabl… More

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Memorial Day 2022 was just a few days ago. We remembered our war dead and were grateful for their ultimate sacrifice. The oath taken by our deceased servicemen was to “protect the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Like many politicians, our congressma… More

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The recent gun legislations in the state will do nothing to stop criminals and violent people. California is the most aggressive gun grabbing state in the nation, 44th for gun ownership and first in the nation for gun violence. All the legislation did was make it easier for criminals to act,… More

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Several years ago, I bought an electric vehicle (EV). It was three years old and had been sitting on the used car lot for a while. Maybe it was because it had a range of just 80 miles and its trunk was half-filled with batteries? But it had low mileage (surprise!) and was a good price. A bar… More

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I have only this recent article (06/02-08 VB) by Ethan Shorey to go by but, from what I read of this nasty business at NCMS, I can only commend this 6th-grade teacher for her efforts to provide a safe environment for those students experiencing a most challenging time in their lives. More

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I commend my neighbor, Robert Daniels, for reaching out to The Valley Breeze to express the frustration of all Manville Avenue residents regarding speeding on our street. My husband and I and our daughter and her family own homes on Manville Avenue for a combined 60 years, and the problem ha… More

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Many Democratic leaders nationwide are calling on the American people to vote. I applaud their message but wish to appeal it to the next level: Democrats, get involved locally. As former Speaker Tip O’Neill opined, “all politics is local.” Local government molds policy and budgets that affec… More

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On behalf of We Share Hope, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to two Scituate businesses who recently partnered to host the first annual “Summer of Hope” food drive for students facing food insecurity. New Day Planning-Thrivent, and Cindy’s Diner rallied customers and residents to… More

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The Glocester Heritage Society extends a thank you to the Champlin Foundation for awarding to us a grant upgrading our headquarters located in the Historic 1814 Job Armstrong Store, located at 1181 Main St., Chepachet, and create a walkway to the URI Master Gardeners 1800s era Kitchen Garden. More

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Last month I wrote an article that was in part a reaction to the series of horrific mass shootings in New York, Oklahoma and Texas. I also wrote about a conversation I had with a young man who said, “It’s crazy out there, be safe and arm yourself.” More

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In the past few weeks mass shootings have again torn apart communities across America. The headlines are devastating, and they remind me of my experiences as a nurse in Rhode Island, where I have taken care of many victims of gun violence. More

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I am against abortion. I have been from the time I was old enough to understand what it was. The argument against Roe vs. Wade made by right wing religious fanatics, who would foist political and physical abuse on women, is that they believe themselves to be pro-life. More

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Recently it was reported that the COVID-era free school lunch program was not going to be renewed at the federal level. It is abhorrent to charge children a fee for food at school. More

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Someone needs to remind Doug Forcier about his response to “MAGA letter” that the Democrats have controlled the majority in the House and the Senate as well as the White House. So when he states “incoherent” list of Fox News talking points and finger pointing, he needs to open his eyes and s… More

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About a month ago, news swirled that RIPTA would be suspending its express bus service to the beach. I felt a pain in my belly immediately, and a wave of nostalgia hit me like a ton of bricks. More

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The cars were stopped and pedestrians were everywhere on Mendon Road last Friday night, as the Cumberland High School Class of 2022 spilled out with friends and family in tow. An officer worked the traffic pulling out of Tucker Field, alternating the flows from those already on the main drag… More

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They did it again! Another great Memorial Day Parade in Lincoln. Thank you town of Lincoln, and all responsible for your tireless and I am sure time consuming efforts. The successful results of such was clearly shown on Memorial Day. More

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My religious community, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has identified five critical concerns on which to focus our efforts, one of which is non-violence. This is why I am calling on the federal government to cut our nation’s excessive spending on weapons and war and invest in solving … More

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I’ve attended the last two meetings of the Planning Board for the town of Cumberland. Unfortunately, there seems to be decisions already made and no amount of evidence or reporting will change the opinions of some. Up front, I am a grandparent of a BVP high school junior. However, the expans… More

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When my good friend Elyse Major and I agreed to become co-presidents of the Rhode Island Press Association last year, we had a goal to help create a more vibrant organization that makes a significant difference in our state. More

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Now that I have your attention, let me explain. As I sat there during the conclusion of the June 6 Smithfield School Committee meeting, I was equal parts proud and equal parts disappointed in what I had witnessed. Proud because there was a packed room of citizens interested in participating … More

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Erika Sanzi’s letter of May 25 was very short of facts which would defend her opinion and completely lacking of any which would highlight her and her organization’s bias. More

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Having a car I appreciate the ability to come and go whenever I want to almost anywhere in Rhode Island. The trouble is that almost everyone else doing the same is resulting in congested roads, pollution and climate emissions, lots of accidents that kill or injure people, pets, and wildlife,… More

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I personally know Clara Hardy and Lenny Cioe and I vouch for their amazing hearts and strong moral character. Whenever Dominick Ruggerio maligns people, remember that this man who drives drunk, steals condoms, and keys cars (“allegedly”) isn’t qualified to judge character. Meet Clara and Len… More

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Prior to Memorial Day, the American Legion and the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries placed American flags on the graves of veterans buried in Smithfield. It is a small token of appreciation for those who helped us gain and maintain our freedom. More

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Every day, families are calling for help. Parents of children and adults with disabilities are desperate to get support for their child’s needs. Unfortunately, this story is not unique. This is happening at Seven Hills of Rhode Island, and every support agency for families across the state. … More

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I’m sick to death of observing another moment of silence when children have been murdered, particularly in a school setting. Since 2018 there have been 119 school shootings. The most recent carnage at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, marks the 27th school shooting in 2022. No other civ… More

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In states throughout the U.S., Roe v. Wade is under the process of death by a thousand cuts. None are more threatening than SCOTUS’s leaked anti-abortion decision two weeks ago. More

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Gov. Dan McKee has demonstrated his capability of being able to meet communities where they’re at. He’s long been a proven leader, from his days as a capable and talented and dedicated mayor of the town of Cumberland. More

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I was sad to read in The Valley Breeze that the town of Cumberland is trapping and euthanizing the beavers on Cumberland Land Trust property, the Monastery, and elsewhere in town. Cumberland does not have a beaver problem. The “problem” is overdevelopment resulting in poor drainage. Mayor Je… More

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Finally the long and exasperating question of what was inside “Jake’s Antiques” store in Chepachet, R.I. I lived in Chepachet for a number of years in the 1970s and always wondered why the place seemed to be forever closed. More

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“Health Care for Children and Pregnant Women” was created in 1993 in RIGL 41-12.3 with the valiant purpose of providing comprehensive health coverage for our most vulnerable residents and improving access to health care for pregnant women and their children. More

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Rhode Island got good news earlier this month when state officials projected that revenues will exceed previous forecasts by more than $500 million dollars. Yet, even with this good news, the radical progressive voices in our state remain determined to hurt small businesses. More

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I have just learned that the 150-year-old local newspaper where I used to live has been sold to Gannett News, merged, with another “local” paper, and now carries nothing local at all – just fluff and national headlines. More