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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-07-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 19 However, town officials are not the only realm subject to attack by the development lobby. Another example is anyone who opposes the Sand Trace Development, which provides for 180 units in an R-80 zone. And I could cite others. The best solution I can find to put an end to such nonsense and selfishness, is to unite against it and eliminate decisions influenced by campaign contributions from the development lobby. United we stand. GLORIA P. NERNEY, Former Smithfield Planning Board member, council member, administrator, and manager. LEACH From Page 14 Melanie DuPont is a 'hero' for supporting Reproductive Health Act I am writing in response to the Jan. 31 news that Rep. Constantino called the police on his constitu- ent after she testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in support of the Reproductive Health Act. We are living in a world in which men expect women to accept a well-over 20 per 100,000 risk of death from pregnancy – nearly 50 per 100,000 for black women – without access to the life-saving medical care provided by abortion – but in this same world, suggest- ing that men and women should be treated equally by the medical establishment is understood by men as a threat on their life. Men like Rep. Constantino would simply not know how to survive if they had to face the pain, the risk, and the suffering of a pregnancy. Melanie DuPont, on the other hand, is a hero for laying bare the hypocrisy and fragility of men like Rep. Constantino. MIKAILA MARIEL LEMONIK ARTHUR Providence LETTERS FOSTER NEWS SCITUATE NEWS SCITUATE NEWS SMITHFIELD NEWS & Observer from Zhawred's Mann School Road home, Bouchard and her husband Mark joined Zhawred's family to share his story. John's wife Wendy, who does not have Alport Syndrome, survived cancer 11 years ago and can't donate. Two of his grandchildren, Ryleigh and Mackenzie, sat between John and his sister as he talked about his search for a kidney. He is on two donor lists, including in New England and Florida. Many factors contribute to how long a person has to wait on the donor list before receiving a kidney. Only two doctors in Rhode Island perform the organ farming surgery when a patient dies and decides to donate organs, which can lead to some missed opportunities. In New England, the average wait time is seven years. In Florida, it is approximately two-and-a-half years. If a match comes up there, he'll need to fly to Florida as soon as possible, as organs last up to 48 hours post mortem. Then, he'd stay in Florida for an eight-week recovery period before returning home. "The whole process could be very expensive," Zhawred said. His insurance covers all medical expenses associated with living donor match testing and surgery. And, if a donor ever needs a kidney in the future, they're moved to the top of the wait list, he said. While Alport Syndrome is rare, with approximately 30,000 to 60,000 people in the U.S. carrying the disor- der, rarer still is the number of adults with Alport's that result in end-stage renal failure. Zhawred said he wants a kidney so he can get active again. He said he'd love to continue going to his grand- children's swim and cheerleading competitions and get back into the auto body shop. "Hopefully, I can get back to that, get back to work," he said. His Rhode Island Hospital kid- ney adviser, Sarah Gibb, is helping Zhawred and Bouchard in their search for a donor. A match needs to be blood type O+ or O- between the ages of 18 and 70, in good overall physical and mental health, and free from uncon- trolled high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis or organ disease. Qualified parties can call Zhawred at 401-479-3372. SYNDROME From Page 2 Beekeeping program at Tyler Free Library FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host "Is Bee Keeping for Me?" on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. Calvin Alexander of the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association will present a general and introductory program on how to keep bees. Call 401-397-7930. Tyler Afternoon Book Group meets Monday FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host an organizational meeting for its Tyler Afternoon Book Group on Monday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. This new book group will be a traditional coffee hour and book discussion. Titles will be suggested by the library staff and voted on by the readers. All are welcome. Call the library at 401-397-7930. Play Life-Sized Bananagrams Saturday SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will offer a program of Life- Sized Bananagrams on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. Teens ages 13 and up are invited to play a giant version of the word game, spread across the library's meeting room floor. Call 401-647- 5133 to register. Gentian Garden Club meets Tuesday SCITUATE – The Gentian Garden Club will meet at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The program, "Native Plants and the Aiken Trail Development," will be presented by Gentian member and former president, Jackie Marro. The group's Garden Therapy Team will meet at the Village at Waterman Lake to present its program, "Valentine Splendor," bringing containers and flowers to work with the residents to create a Valentine arrangement. The group's Youth Activity Team will be meeting at the North Scituate Library on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. The program is titled "Pressed Flower Valentine Cards and Bookmarks." Contact membership chairperson Nancy Laurie at 401-647-6966 or gentryway@cox.net for more infor- mation. Free workshop for private well owners Feb. 26 Hope Library hosts Minding Your Money SCITUATE – A free workshop for private well owners will be held at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn the importance of regu- lar well water testing, how to protect your well water from pollution and more. The workshop is offered by the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the Rhode Island Department of Health, and is co-sponsored by the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District and Providence Water. To register, call URI at 401-874- 4918 or visit web.uri.edu/safewater/ workshops/ . Space is limited and preregistration is required. Visit www.riwelltesting.org for more information on private well water protection. Annual water testing kits from the R.I. State Health Lab will be avail- able after the program. Attendees may return the kits and payment on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 8 to 9 a.m., at the North Scituate Community House and the samples will be taken to the State Health Lab in Providence for testing. SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Minding Your Money on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to figure out your net worth, what initial steps to take to reduce your debt, and how minding your money can ease your financial worries. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library at 401-821-7910 to reserve a seat. Segura receives Stars of the Industry Award CRANSTON – The R.I. Hospitality Association recently honored North Scituate resi- dent Wendy Segura with a Hotel Employee of the Year award at its "Stars of the Industry" annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at Twin River Casino Hotel. Segura is a guest room attendant at the Omni Providence Hotel. The Stars of the Industry Awards recognize the achievements of mem- bers of the hospitality, food service and tourism industries. Award recipients are nominated by their peers, managers or custom- ers and were chosen not only for their dedication and contributions to their careers, but for their involve- ment in their local communities. For information call 401-223-1120 or visit www.rihospitality.org . Knitting and Crochet Group meets Feb. 14 Library hosts Valentine's Counting Contest SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Thursday Knitting and Crochet Group on Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the library. This group is a drop- in, casual get together to work on projects; help each other along, and share inspiration. All levels are wel- come. For more information, call 401-231-5150. SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., is hosting a Valentine's Counting Contest for patrons in grades K-5. Candies will be in a specially designed jar and the children will be asked to estimate the number of pieces in the jar. The deadline for submitting guesses is Thursday, Feb. 28. Call the library at 401-231-5150. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. 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