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50 Years Ago August, 1967

By Jim Ignasher On August 2 the movie, “In The Heat Of The Night”, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, premiered in New York. The movie was a crime drama with Poitier as a Philadelphia homicide detective assisting Steiger, a small-town police chief, in solving the murder of a prominent citizen in the town of…

A Look Back at Smithfield Men’s Softball with Richard Zelano

By Tom Hines As the Smithfield Men’s Softball League puts a close on its 37th season, I sat down with Richard “Z” Zelano, the venerable Red team coach and longtime “commissioner” of the league. I sought out Z in order for him to address the rumor that this season would be his last after playing…

A Time Before “Cookie Cutter Cars”

By Jim Ignasher I came out of a store not long ago and started walking across the parking lot to a car that wasn’t mine. It looked like mine from a distance, and it was parked in the same general area, but as I got closer I realized it wasn’t my car by the emblem…

And furthermore: Moments in time

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. (part 1) One breakfast in a lifetime of breakfasts stands out. Why? Mother and father, aunt and uncle, and the young man are seated in a restaurant at a crossroads in Vermont. The fare is moist, tender pancakes beside strips of savory bacon, all soaked with maple syrup. The food…

Donated Backpacks Lighten the Load for Smithfield Families

By Jane Fusco America may be one of the richest countries in the world, yet one in five children goes hungry, according to the nation’s leading hunger relief charity, Feeding America (feedingamerica.org). These children are not just in poverty-stricken areas; they could be the children next door, in the schoolyard around the corner, or our…

Great Wolf Lodge Perfect for Both Cubs and Parents

By Marilyn Busch “Let’s go to the Great Wolf Lodge for my birthday!” enthused my son as the TV commercial finished. He had seen just thirty seconds of colorful swimsuits, wild wave rides, costumed characters and overwhelmingly cheerful families and man, that boy was hooked. Of course, being the frugal mom that I am, I…

Heart of a Gypsy

A Small Shop in Scituate With Lots of Soul By Paul Lonardo Deborah Lewis Paine is a local artist with varying talents, including making jewelry and sewing. Last fall she opened her own retail store in Scituate to offer her handiwork to the public. Her store offers an eclectic mix of gifts, and besides her…

IMHO

A Universal Bond By Ron Scopelliti I’m worried about Bond. That’s right, Bond – James Bond. I’m worried, not so much about the character, but about the trend in movie-making that the Bond movies have come to represent. There’s been all sorts of talk about whether Daniel Craig would return for another film, or whether…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown The Call of the Wild (or…Camp Stories, Part II) — (with all due respect and apologies to Jack London and his 1903 book about his adventures in the Klondike during the Gold Rush) The “wild” for us city kids from the ‘Burg was not the endless farm country of our rural highways,…

Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Reporter Jackie Roman’s story in the July 6th-12th edition of the Valley Breeze is eye opening. The Ethics Commission complaint pending against Councilwoman Maxine Cavanagh relative to her decision to appoint her husband’s cousin’s law firm as solicitor with the support of Councilman Alberto LaGreca and Council President Paul Santucci speaks…

Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne Movies coming out The Glass Castle – August 11th – The memoir The Glass Castle, which this movie is based on, is one of my all-time favorite books. Written by Jeannette Walls, it tells the story of Walls’ nomadic childhood and re-connection and reconciliation with her parents as an adult. I love…

Review: Providence Kayak Company

By Ron Scopelliti Can a satisfying kayak adventure start at a shopping mall and end in the shadow of a glass-walled office building? That’s what I set out to discover after stumbling across the Providence Kayak Company. Located in the basin of Waterplace Park, just across the street from Providence Place Mall, the Providence Kayak…

Scholarships Awarded to Former Players Who Continue to Demonstrate Core Values of Little League Baseball

Scholarships Recognize Service in Support of Youth Baseball in Smithfield SMITHFIELD, Rhode Island – On Saturday afternoon between the AAA and Majors Divisions Championship Games, Smithfield Little League held a brief ceremony during which it awarded $3,000 in college scholarships to six former players who are graduating from high school and pursuing college studies. The…

St. Onge’s Market

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. This is the seventh article in an occasional series about Smithfield locations that have either been forgotten by time or are no longer remembered for what they once represented. The locations are selected from a list compiled by former Smithfield Building Official Al Bruno. Now 86, Mr. Bruno was originally…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. A Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 Part I: Eclipse Primer and Local Partial Eclipse Circumstances On August 21, anyone living in the continental United States will have the opportunity to observe an eclipse of the Sun. Depending upon where you live will determine how…

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

By Ryan Strik Hello! Let me start by sharing with you a little about who I am. I was born and raised in Smithfield, Rhode Island. As a product of the Smithfield Public School System, I attended LaPerche Elementary, Gallagher Middle and Smithfield High School. I spend most of my days working, going to Bryant…

The Inside Scoop

By John J. Tassoni, Jr. I’d like you to meet your neighbors… Creating community in Smithfield and beyond Nothing makes me prouder than being a Rhode Islander and nothing grounds me more than my solid roots made here in the Smithfield community. I grew up here, competed in sports here, raised my family here and…

The Jesse Liam Band is Making its Way Around Rhode Island for its Summer Tour

By Brittni Henderson The energetic and crowd-pleasing Jesse Liam Band is on tour this summer to promote lead vocalist Jesse Liam’s fifth CD “Come on My Way.” This album includes six tracks, three of which are originals and three of fan’s favorite covers. Jesse has come a long way from his days performing in the…

What Makes Ticks & Fleas Flee

By Jules Martins Summer is here and we all love what that brings: vacations at the beach, cook outs, fireworks and family time. But for your dog or cat, this time of year is not as much fun for them as it is for us. With the warm weather, ticks and fleas descend on our…

Where Have All The Philosophers Gone?

Where have all the Philosophers gone? Once upon a time those who practiced ‘the love of wisdom’ were considered wise for their willingness to ask life’s big questions. Today, Philosophy is often considered quaint, B.S., irrelevant, or so esoteric that only brainy weirdoes study it. The demise of a discipline that encouraged us to search…