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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Alarm bells were sounded across the North Providence community last week after a racist threat was made to "NPHS" on social media, but school and town officials quickly learned that the threat was intended for a high school in North Port, Florida. Out of an abundance of caution, officials ramped up security at North Providence High School. After the School Department received a call about the threat at 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, the North Providence Police Department heightened their presence at NPHS and escorted students and staff through a single entrance. The threat origi- nated on Snapchat where a post depict- ed a young man wielding a handgun and threatening vio- lence toward black students. According to media reports in North Port, a 15-year-old student was arrested in connection to the threats. North Providence High School Principal Joseph Goho, who stepped into his new role as superintendent this week, said once the administration became aware of the situation, school officials "worked closely with the North Providence Police Department, who did a tremendous job." While the threat was ultimately directed at a school more than 1,000 miles away, Goho told The Breeze that North Providence is working with the District Safety Team to "review the events of the day and to determine what may be done dif- ferently and better when potential threats occur in the future." Mayor Charles Lombardi, in a post last Wednesday, wrote, "Yesterday morning we had an incident, and we are very happy with the response from our Police Department and School Department. Everyone followed the policy that is in place. If an incident like this were to materialize, we know we will have a quick response to protect our children." Local parents told The Breeze they were very happy with the response, particularly a voice message from interim Supt. Robert O'Brien explaining the entire situation very succinctly. False threat prompts fast response at NPHS By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com IN BRIEF Comedy fundraiser will benefit Ava Simone NORTH PROVIDENCE – A comedy fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at VFW Lymansville Post 10011, 54 Fruit Hill Ave. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Showtime is 6 p.m. The event will include a pasta dinner from Lancellottas. Funds raised will go toward the purchase of an adaptable van for Ava Simone, a 3 1/2 year triplet who suffers from significant disabilities requiring extensive care and weekly trips to Boston. Tickets are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at https://tinyurl.com/ y8jwdwcd or make checks payable to: North Providence Rotary, 100 Vincent Ave., North Providence, RI 02904. Advanced purchase is pre- ferred, but tickets will also be sold at the door. Must be age 21 or older to attend. Sensory Storytime at Greenville Library SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host a Sensory Storytime on Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon. This is an interactive and edu- cational story time that is geared toward children with sensory chal- lenges ages 12 and under. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. For more information, call 401- 949-3630. Resource Recovery will host Eco-Depot collection Feb. 16 JOHNSTON – Resource Recovery, 65 Shun Pike, is hosting an Eco-Depot collection on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. Many common household items are actually household hazardous waste materials that cannot be col- lected through Rhode Island's stan- dard trash and recycling collection services. Household hazardous waste is anything labeled with a skull and crossbones, or words like "toxic," "poison," "flammable," "combus- tible," etc. These materials include fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, pes- ticides, oil-based paints, disinfectants, used motor oil and lawn and pool chemicals. When not properly col- lected and disposed, these materials can cause harm to the local envi- ronment by contaminating Rhode Island's waterways. For a full list of household hazard- ous waste materials, please visit www. ecodepotri.org . In addition to household hazardous waste, properly prepared sharps (i.e., needles, lancets) are also accepted at Eco-Depot collections. For sharps to be accepted for disposal, they must be secured either in a sharps contain- er or a puncture-proof plastic bleach, detergent or coffee container that is taped shut and labeled "SHARPS." Sharps containers prepared in this method can also be disposed of with regular trash collection. Eco-Depot is available to Rhode Island residents only, and to help reduce time spent in line, appoint- ments should be made in advance. To make an appointment or to view the entire Eco-Depot schedule, visit www.ecodepotri.org or call 401-942- 1430, ext. 241. GOHO 1637 Mineral Spring Avenue, Suite 215, North Providence 401-353-7300 www.drfrankdamato.com Frank D'amato DmD Recently we received heartbreaking news that our dear friend and member of our family, Sarah Daigle, was recently given a devastating diagnosis that her 2 year old son Noah has stage 4 Neuroblastoma. ey have a long road ahead of them and can use all of your prayers and support to help them get through this. Noah will require extensive chemo, surgery, stem cell transplantation and radiation. We are asking for any contributions to help defray the cost of medical expenses during this year long battle that Noah will be faced with. Please keep Sarah and her family in your thoughts and prayers. . . . ank you, Dr. D'Amato and Staff Hello family and friends. I will be selling bracelets for $5 to raise money for my sweet Noah. Thanks to Jen Lafond for organizing this. In case you haven't seen my posts, my sweet Noah has been diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma and has just started his chemo last night. Noah and our family have a long road ahead of us. Please go to GOFUNDME.com - search Sarah Daigle - Help Noah Slay Cancer, Chepachet, RI to donate, every little bit helps. Thank you all for your support and keep the prayers coming. #NOAHSTRONG Dr. Frank's assistant Sarah Daigle

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