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On behalf of the Cumberland, Lincoln and North Smithfield Prevention Coalitions, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following establishments for their commitment and participation to our … More

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May I let it be known what is going on at John F. Kennedy Manor in Woonsocket, Rhode Island? According to the notice that residents receive, a company named Encore Fire Co. is doing these fire drills he… More

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May I let it be known what is going on at John F. Kennedy Manor in Woonsocket, Rhode Island? According to the notice that residents receive, a company named Encore Fire Co. is doing these fire drills he… More

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The men’s homeless shelter at Harvest Community Church would like to thank our friends at WNRI radio and Tommy Brien for organizing and hosting our 8th annual coffee drive on Oct. 23. We were once again overwhelmed and blessed by the support of our community as we raised over $1,100 and stoc… More

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We have lived in Cumberland for over 30 years and this year, for the first time, moss is growing on our roof. We’ve had another wet summer but I guess we shouldn’t complain as we’ve been free of the wildfires, floods, drought and excessive temperatures that other parts of our country have be… More

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I’ve been in an ongoing struggle with the Woonsocket Education Department. That started over administrators of Globe Park Elementary sharing children’s photos online without permission back in September of 2020. This is the situation that led to the revision of the Social Media Policy in Mar… More

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November is truly one of the nicest months of the year. And, although beautifully colored leaves are falling from trees, nights are getting colder, and winter is on the horizon, it is a month to be thankful for many things. More

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On Oct. 21, Dan Yorke felt the need to weigh in on the comments and performance of Dr. Alexander-Scott, a physician and public health practitioner. As someone familiar with public health, I took issue with some of the misconceptions presented in the article about her role and responsibility … More

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This is a decisive moment in history when America can make a critical choice to save the planet with a simple, commonsense proposition – carbon pricing. With carbon pricing, also known as a carbon tax, companies are taxed on the carbon content they emit, and the revenue is then distributed a… More

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Pause a moment to appreciate those who volunteer for public service. It’s easy to criticize, but could we do better? Could we shape a bill as thoughtful as the Save Our Futures Act introduced by Sen. Whitehouse and cosponsored by Sen. Reed a few months ago? More

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I was dismayed by the Breeze Oct. 21 issue’s column by Dan Yorke. I watched the press event that his article referred to and saw no indication of the “public defiance” that he implies. Not only did he miss the mark on that interpretation of events, he also misinformed your readers of the ter… More

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I wanted to write in response to Ricardo Pitts-Wiley’s editorial in the Oct. 21-27 edition of The Breeze. Responses are limited to 500 words so I’m only addressing two sections of his editorial. In the third paragraph he states that people are “standing by while the center falls apart’.” My … More

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I’d like to have this opportunity to respond to an editorial that appeared in last week’s Valley Breeze concerning the proposed police station in North Smithfield. I agree with the writer, Mr. John Carroll of Slatersville, whom I don’t know. The cost and size of a new police station is outra… More

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Domenick Fabrizio’s letter about town noise (Valley Breeze Oct. 14) made some reasonable points. However, we think his assessment of the various sources of commotion on our street in Cumberland was incomplete. More

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I’m sure we have all seen the television commercial where the elderly woman is crying out, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” I always said that will never be me. Well, on the night of Sept. 2, that was me. More

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Rhode Island is a popular place to visit in the summertime. It’s known for its beaches and city life. Tourists come in from many different backgrounds and when asked about their experience they say, “That place is home to potholes and rocky roads.” More

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There was a time when living in Cumberland offered a pleasant and quiet way of life. Granted, an increase in population will always change the character of an area, but a small percentage of individuals can aggravate the situation to an abnormal level. Besides the well-documented speeding is… More

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The proposed cost and size of a new North Smithfield police station is outrageous. At 22,214 square feet it would be larger than Woonsocket’s which has a police force three times larger. With a department of approximately 30 people each would have 740 square feet of workspace – the size of a… More

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It is an honor to announce my endorsement of Marlena Martins Stachowiak for Pawtucket City Council District 6. The primary for the race will take place on Nov. 2. More

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I felt mixed emotions regarding the Town Council’s decision to delay an RFP to hire a diversity consultant. Members of the Smithfield Anti-Hate Coalition have engaged in a productive and thoughtful conversation around this news. Some have rightly pointed out that a delay could provide time f… More

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As a small business owner, I have seen how hard it has been to recover from the significant economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well-intentioned safety restrictions and other measures have put small businesses, like Santoro’s Pizza, at risk of shutting our doors for good. More

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This is an open letter to the gaming executives at Bally’s/Twin River. I am writing as a poker player, town of Lincoln tax payer and new shareholder. Congratulations on finally breaking ground for your new expansion. The past year and a half has been extremely difficult on individuals and bu… More

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On Monday, Sept. 13, our Town Council held a special meeting to discuss the unacceptable conditions of the sidewalks in several areas of Lincoln. The meeting was prompted by two of my e-mail complaints about the terrible conditions of the sidewalks and the lack of maintenance we have experie… More

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I just read Mr. Yorke’s column concerning the coronavirus. His closing comments I find extremely offensive. To come out and say people who have not received the COVID vaccine should be denied medical attention is against everything that doctors and nurses are trained to do. More

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I was quite taken aback reading Mr. Rosemond’s recent article on “grit.” Upon finishing the article I wondered why he would refer to children only as “Him and He” which he did no less than eight times. More

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I think it is wonderful that the town’s Economic Development Commission is planning a Savor Smithfield week. However, in your article Sept. 16-22 was it necessary to bash the farmer with Stephanie McCulloch’s opinion on the number one environmental polluters? More

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When I was growing up I remember fathers portrayed on television as intelligent, hardworking and faithful. They were depicted as the head of the family and were always present to give counsel to their children. They were not portrayed as muttering, stuttering imbeciles who had no clue as to … More

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As we continue to battle COVID-19 and recover from the pandemic, Rhode Island has been given an unprecedented economic opportunity that will shape the course of our state for generations to come. How we choose to invest the $1.5 billion we received from the American Rescue Plan will impact e… More

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Nothing is more important than making sure our kids stay engaged, safe, and healthy this summer. It’s critical we remember their health goes far beyond just physical. But for families who have children with autism or other social development challenges, many need to choose: athletics or therapy. More

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With heavy hearts we see 20 years of lost lives and diverted funds based on the fiction that military force could solve the attack on the World Trade Center. Military force failed the USA in Vietnam. It has now failed the United States in Afghanistan. As much as ever, we need the promise of … More

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the CDC’s eviction moratorium, and now 40,000 Rhode Islanders are at risk for eviction this winter. Rhode Island has $350 million to support rent relief programs through Rent Relief RI, but it has dispersed less than $19 million. Many families have submitt… More

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As the 20th year remembrance of that tragic 9/11, 2001, day is approaching, let us pause and remember the approximately 3,000 innocent people that this senseless act of terrorism took from us and the many wonderful people whose hearts were and continue to be shattered. More

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With heavy hearts we see 20 years of lost lives and diverted funds based on the fiction that military force could solve the attack on the World Trade Center. Military force failed the USA in Vietnam. It has now failed the United States in Afghanistan. As much as ever, we need the promise of … More

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On behalf of Franklin Farm, I would like to thank the volunteers who helped make the plant sale fundraiser last Saturday a big success. We appreciate the community’s support in our efforts to preserve the farm. We sold more than 350 perennial plants! More

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In 2016 when I served on the City Council, I drafted and passed unanimously to require City Council appointments are to be publicly advertised. This was done to ensure that the government that is paid for by its citizens are allowed an equal and fair opportunity to serve their community by r… More

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This question caused me to research this particular word. Since many of you don’t have the time and/or opportunity to do research, I thought I would share some information with you. A simple definition of “vision” is the ability to have a mental picture of the future, i.e., it’s an idea of w… More

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The Woonsocket Historical Society has been awarded a Woonsocket Rotary Donation Request Grant and would like to thank out-going President Roger Bouchard and in-coming President Nicole Bourget-Brien for Rotary Club of Woonsocket’s generous support. On behalf of the Board and members of the Wo… More

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Many thanks to my Cumberland neighbor from Newell Drive (you know who you are!) for pointing me in the right direction to purchase a medical supply that I needed. More

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Last Wednesday leaders of the Rhode Island General Assembly appointed members to a commission that’s charged with redrawing the political boundaries of our state for the next decade. The creation of fair and just political boundaries – State Senate and House districts – is key in making sure… More