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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 11 DaSilva clarifies misunderstanding of similar candidate names Once again it is election time in North Providence and I would like to clear up some apparent confusion. Lately, in various social settings and governmental functions, it has come to my attention that members of the public think that a certain candidate running for the open District Two School Committee seat with the last name DaSilva is somehow related to me. That is not the case. I would like to express my complete support for Charles "Chuck" Pollock, who is also running for the open North Providence District Two School Committee seat in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 12. Charles will be a great asset on the School Committee and will bring expertise to the area of public safety. I know Charles Pollock to be a reasoned, thoughtful and responsive individual and he will represent children and their families as well as all residents with honor and integrity. Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this unique political circum- stance with respect to my last name. RODERICK DASILVA North Providence DaSilva is the current Dist. 2 School Committee member Accolades for candidate Corsini Few contemporary candidates for public office enter the field with the extraordinary qualities and qualifica- tions of Arthur Corsini. From personal observations, I will reflect on a few: He is a compassionate, honest, self- less and dedicated gentleman with a wealth of management experience. Corsini was the principal of Stephen Olney Elementary School during the many years that my two grandchildren were students. I drove them to and from school daily, routinely watching until they entered the building and later waiting for them to be dismissed. It was during those times that I wit- nessed repeated acts of kindness, con- cern and responsibility for the students by Principal Corsini. He greeted every student as they entered the school building and escort- ed them to the school bus at dismissal, always holding his umbrella over their heads during pouring rainstorms. Did I neglect to say that he knew and greeted every student by name? Always upbeat and with a ready smile, I have never known him to be downcast. These actions come from the heart and not from the require- ments of a job description. Parents, teachers, students and residents of North Providence alike will benefit immensely from Arthur Corsini's pres- ence on the North Providence School Committee and from the contributions to public education that he is certain to make on their behalf. ERNEST E. RICCI North Providence Vaping now included in workplace smoking ban PROVIDENCE – The use of elec- tronic tobacco delivery products and vaping are now included in Rhode Island's workplace smoking ban, under legislation sponsored by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, North Providence, and signed by Gov. Gina Raimondo. The legislation, which took effect July 1, adds the use of e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and similar products designed for electronic, vapor or aero- sol delivery of nicotine, to the defini- tion of "smoking" in the Public Health and Workplace Safety Act, which in 2005 banned smoking in in nearly all enclosed areas of places that are open to the public, including private businesses, restaurants, most bars, public restrooms, athletic fields, health care facilities, shopping malls, bingo facilities, common areas of apartment buildings with more than four units and many other places. The new law is meant to protect workers and the public from the effects of secondhand nicotine vapors. The World Health Organization recom- mends that electronic smoking devices not be used indoors, especially in smoke-free environments, to minimize the risk to bystanders of breathing emissions and to avoid undermining the enforcement of smoke-free laws. IN BRIEF Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865.

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