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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-11-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2018 PAWTUCKET 13 Appiah challenges Rudd in Council District 6 PAWTUCKET – Jeffrey Appiah announced last week that he is run- ning to be the next city councilor representing District 6, a seat cur- rently held by Tim Rudd. He said he was born and raised in Pawtucket and is the son of a Ghanaian immigrant single mother. "The family values and work ethic my mother instilled in me are what guide me as a person and a parent," he said. "My 5-year-old son is my inspiration. I want the best for him and all the youth growing up in our community." Appiah said he is deeply rooted in the Pawtucket community. He worked at the Boys & Girls Club for 10 years. He now works for Turning the Corner. Appiah said he is a supporter of city schools and wants to see more investments in Pawtucket's schools. The city should also prioritize investments that are most important to Fairlawn residents' quality of life, he said, as well as addressing daily issues such as rats. Appiah said he is running to be able to help create solutions for the neighborhood and Pawtucket. He said he plans to work to cut spend- ing and keep more money in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers. Appiah said keeping the Pawtucket Red Sox is also very important to the community, and it should be a high priority for all of the city's elected leaders. Vallecilla takes another run at Tobon PAWTUCKET – After running for office two years ago as an inde- pendent against Rep. Carlos Tobon, of House District 58, Jonathan Vallecilla says he's challenging the incumbent again this year, but this time as a Democrat. "The first time I ran for the General Assembly in 2014, I ran as an independent because I wanted to let voters know that I would be an independent voice, free from party influence," he said. Vallecilla cites independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders as a key influ- ence in his decision to run for state office, as well as running as an inde- pendent. "Unfortunately, in Rhode Island, if there isn't a 'D' by your name, voters are skeptical to vote for you," he said. "So, this time around I'm running as a Democrat, because the establishment in the Rhode Island Democratic Party needs to be changed from the inside." Vallecilla said he looks forward to speaking with voters about the issues that affect them, and let- ting the constituencts of District 58 know where he stands on the issues. He said, "If you want someone representing you in the General Assembly who will put principle over party, someone who is passion- ate about representing the people of District 58, then I ask for your vote on Sept. 12." ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL YMCA of Pawtucket honors its 'stars' PAWTUCKET –The YMCA of Pawtucket held its annual staff rec- ognition event on June 26 at the MacColl YMCA in Lincoln, with this year's "Night of the Stars" rec- ognizing YMCA staff for their years of service and special initiatives that bring the YMCA's ideals to life every day. Staff were nominated by their peers for three different awards, and Charlie Clifford, chief executive offi- cer, along with Jeanine Achin, chief operating officer, and Marc Dupuis, past president of the board of direc- tors, announced the winners. Phil Ashley, of the Pawtucket Family YMCA, received the honor of the Youth Development Champion Award. This award is given to a staff member who dem- onstrates a commitment to helping children in the Y and community realize their potential. Multiple people nominated Ashley for this award, declaring, "He inspires chil- dren to be open and express them- selves as individuals and show their work to the community." Denise Henriquez, of MacColl YMCA and Family YMCA, earned the Healthy Living Champion Award, given to a staff member who has advanced the Y's impact in the health and medical field, offering new pathways to improved health and well-being. Fellow staff members explained, "Denise has a unique ability to motivate people to be their best self. She organizes fundraisers for the Y and other local charities with Zumba Master Classes to help others become healthier in spirit, mind, and body." Juana Pires, of the Family YMCA, through building partner- ships, expanding access to opportu- nities, and helping create a better, stronger, and more inclusive com- munity, was recognized with the Social Responsibility Champion Award. Pires greets each member by name, and because she is bi-lingual, it has allowed her to ensure the Y is a place where everyone feels at home and can be listened to and appreciated. Additionally, Jeanine Achin announced the winners of the 2017 Friendliest Staff Awards, chosen by members at each branch. She also announced the newly certified YMCA Swim Lesson V6 instruc- tors and the newly certified Health Initiative Trainers. The following people were recognized: • Friendliest Staff – Aisha LaLiberte, Katrina Horn, and Brian Cadenas (Family YMCA), Jenna Andrews (MacColl YMCA), Alexis Andrade (Four Corners) Lori Lyons (LCDC), James Arnold (Woonsocket YMCA), Becky Lozy, Pat Falvey and Jessica Brough (Westwood YMCA), Ana Santos (Heritage Park YMCA) • Swim Safety Initiative Instructors – Joanne Barry, Jonathan Chaisty, Jared Curci, Tayler Green, Colleen Logan, Alexandria McCormick, Axel Quinones • Evidence Based Health Initiative Trainers – Emily Bird and Charissa Hallam (MacColl). Jannel Hill, director of human resources, recognized key staff mem- bers for their years of service to the Y: • 15 Years of Service – Virginia R. Fahey (Heritage Park YMCA), Sean R. Guzeika (MacColl YMCA). • 10 Years of Service – Joshua D. Duquette (Family YMCA), Emiliano E. Luna (Family YMCA), Marelvis Barrios (Heritage Park YMCA). • 5 Years of Service – Jonathan A. Chaisty (Family YMCA), Rebekah L. Gaspar (Family YMCA), Danny A. Walsh (Family YMCA), Kizzy A. Davis (Heritage Park YMCA), Jose M. Delgado (Heritage Park YMCA), Kara Elise Jones (Heritage Park YMCA), Michelle Marie Allen (MacColl YMCA), Hilary L. Cooney (MacColl YMCA), Jason Cusati (MacColl YMCA), Joseph Barrie DeMars (MacColl YMCA), Katelyn R. DiSano (MacColl YMCA), Mirella Ferris (MacColl YMCA), Edward Galligan (MacColl YMCA), Helice Amy Gillis (MacColl YMCA), Donna L. Higgins (MacColl YMCA), Michael Laprade (MacColl YMCA), Loretta C. Mills (MacColl YMCA), Brittney Mikolajczyk (MacColl YMCA), Catherine M. Mongeau (MacColl YMCA), Cindy Rojas (MacColl YMCA), Paula S. Santos (MacColl YMCA), Ricardo A. Smith (MacColl YMCA), Howard F. Thomas (Westwood YMCA), Nancy Eve Donnelly (Woonsocket YMCA), Raymond Dufresne (Woonsocket YMCA), William Evans (Woonsocket YMCA), Kelly A. Glassey (Woonsocket YMCA), Sheniqua Sonia Rogers (Woonsocket YMCA). For more information on the YMCA of Pawtucket, visit www. ymcapawtucket.org . JUANA PIRES, of the Pawtucket Family Y, received the Social Responsibility Champion Award. Juana was presented with the award by CEO of the YMCA of Pawtucket CHARLIE CLIFFORD, alongside MARC DUPUIS, past president of the Board of Directors, and JEANINE ACHIN, COO of the YMCA of Pawtucket. PHIL ASHLEY, of the Family Y, received the Youth Development Champion Award. 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