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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-06-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 15 City not helping handicapped man As a resident of Woonsocket, I continue to be in battle with the city as they denied my request to have a handicap parking spot in front of my residence. This happen last February. Because the city would not discuss the matter, I filed civil action against the city, only to have a judge deny the matter making a biased deci- sion that I did not provide that I was handicapped! I reached out to the City Council to again address this issue, and they are turning a blind eye to assist. Our re-elected mayor turns a blind eye also, so I have had to re-file another civil action against the city. One main issue is the city has not provided a valid reason why they are denying this request. The ADA coordinator claims the Traffic Dept. has provided reasons which is of an opinion of the Traffic Dept., and does not comply with any law, rule, or city ordnance. I have not been provided with any appeal process with the city. I was approached after the last council meeting by a person that feels I am getting a raw deal, and stated to me (a city official) is behind this denial, which I have no proof of, but explains why there is no official reason for this denial. The city has denied my parking request to better assist me to access my personal vehi- cle with my scooter or wheel chair, and after the last snowfall, found sev- eral sidewalks unplowed and covered over. This is a violation of state law that requires all cities and towns to clear sidewalks of snow and ice. So as I am hampered to get to and from my vehicle, I cannot maneuver my scooter on the city sidewalks, forcing me into the road. To go and do laundry I have to take my life into my hands hoping not to be hit. I am hopeful this time in court I will not get a biased judge and my issue will receive a fair response. I find it shameful our mayor and City Council keep turning a blind eye to a disabled citizen in need of access. DAVID SILVIA Woonsocket Turcotte family thanks North Smithfield On Aug. 23, 2017, Spc. Matthew Turcotte was killed at Fort Carson, Co., during a military training exer- cise. He was from North Smithfield and a 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School. He was also a captain of the varsity football team. His 20th birthday was one month earlier. Matt was our son, our grandson, our brother, our nephew, our cousin and, for the briefest of times, our husband. During halftime of this year's delayed Thanksgiving game, our family was presented with Matt's retired football jersey, the American flag which flew over the field and a beautiful wooden plaque. The ceremony was tremendously well done and meaningful to us. We would like to give special thanks to the North Smithfield Town Council and School Committee; the North Smithfield Police and Fire; the Patriot Guard Riders; the North Smithfield varsity football team; Coach Wes Pennington; Athletic Director Matthew Tek; Army SFC Paul Hulkow Jr.; and North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Tony Guertin. We would especially like to thank the people of North Smithfield for the love and support you have shown us over the past year. Nothing will bring Matt back to us, but this is a great step in assuring that his memory and accomplish- ments are not forgotten. THE TURCOTTE FAMILY North Smithfield St. Antoine staff thanked I'm writing to personally thank each person who helped care for our mom, Jennie Fiore, during her time at the St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. From the moment she arrived in 2017 until her passing on Nov. 17, she was treated like a member of the family. The nurses, social services director, activity director, and housekeeping depart- ment were outstanding in every way. We would like to acknowledge the following staff members for their hard work and dedication not only for our mom but for all the residents: Charlotte Pinault, Sue Deragon, Margerite Jasse, Michelle Lafierre, Jenna Godin, Alice Basile, Kimberly Harris and Debbie Thifault, Sister Gipsy Sebastian, Jackie Archambault, Liz Kalf, Tammy Duquette, Nicole McNab, Karen Tucker, Corrin Djamou and Liz Cayer. On behalf of the Ventura family, we thank you all very much for the loving care you provided for our mom. ROBERT VENTURA Glocester Santa to visit the North Smithfield Library today NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Public Library will present a visit with Santa Claus on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. No registration required, just drop by and bring your camera. For more information, call 401-767- 2780 or visit . 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