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The North Providence Breeze 12-12-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 15 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi's annual holiday party drew some 1,140 peo- ple to Twin River last Saturday and raised a record $30,000 or more for various groups. The charity ball has become a favorite tradition locally, said the mayor, and while it's a lot of fun, the primary reason for it is to raise money for good causes. "The best part about this ball is taking care of those organizations, individuals and charities," he said. "A lot of people were saying this was the best party ever. It's a nice night for everybody to get together for a great cause, and people didn't want to leave." Having an ad book for the first time this year raised an extra $12,000 in revenue, said Lombardi. The 32 organizations set to receive a portion of the funds raised this year are: the North Providence PTA and PTO, United Way, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Special Olympics, Assumption Food Pantry, Tri-County Community Action Agency, Hasbro Toy Drive, Clothes to Kids Rhode Island, American Red Cross, Adoption Rhode Island, the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, Italo-American Club, Barracudas Swim Team, Junior Achievement Rhode Island, Fogarty Center, Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Flights, North Providence Youth Commission, National Night Out North Providence, North Providence High School Scholarship Fund, Cougar Courier, Birchwood and Marieville year- books, Rhode Island SPCA, Ian Novacek Foundation, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Holy Family Name Children's Fund, American Cancer Society, Operation Stand Down, Saint Vincent de Paul, St. Mary's Home for Children, Kids Klub Rock and Wreaths Across America. Mayor's holiday party raises record $30,000 for groups By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Stephen Olney School gives back NORTH PROVIDENCE – The architectural plans for the new Stephen Olney Elementary School off Douglas Avenue in North Providence include a dedicated space for the school's food pantry. The school's food pantry has helped feed families in the communi- ty for more than a decade, primarily servicing families within the Olney district. School nurse Michelle Poirier, who helps to facilitate the food pan- try, said the new school design will include a full nurses' suite with a des- ignated area for the pantry. There are some families who use the pantry sporadically – once a month or just around the holidays, according to Poirier – while others come in weekly. There are no set hours; families who use the pantry set up an appointment through Poirier, who ensures that the pickup process is discreet. Instead of having open hours where people on their way to the pantry may be forced into an awkward encounter with someone they know, Poirier will fill bags of food and place them in the foyer for a subtle pickup process. The pantry is stocked by hosting several food drives throughout the year, in addition to donations from other schools, businesses and mem- bers of the community, who can also help by making a monetary donation to help keep the pantry stocked. The school recently prepared 11 Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need, and will prepare 11 more for the December holidays, to include a gift card to purchase a turkey and "all the fixings," including items made by the school's kindergar- teners. In addition to serving the commu- nity through the food pantry, Olney also gives back via its Giving Tree program, where members of the school community "adopt" a local family for Christmas by purchasing toys or clothes for them. The process, like the food pantry, is completely confidential. Families looking for help should call the school directly. IN BRIEF Cape Verdean center offering ESL services PAWTUCKET – The Capeverdean American Community Development will be helping to provide ESL education services for adult learners who would like to learn or improve their English. Registration will take place at the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., classes will be taught at CACD. Registration is available on Monday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Bring a pen or pencil with you. Registration will take approximately two hours. 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. 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