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The North Providence Breeze 03-27-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 11 St. Mary's staffers join Juvenile Justice network NORTH PROVIDENCE – Adam Cable, a clinician, and Catherine Hearne, a clinical supervisor at St. Mary's Home for Children's Shepherd Program, have been select- ed as new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows Network based on the approval of their Capstone Project. The Rhode Island team's Capstone Project, titled "LGBTQ+ Youth Safety Project," is focused on educating LGBTQ+ youth, their allies, and their service providers about commercial sexual exploitation of children and the increased risk factors for the LGBTQ+ population. "We are pleased to see the team working to expand the working rela- tionships between St, Mary's Home for Children and its community part- ners," said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR. "This project has the potential to improve outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth at high risk of commercial sex- ual exploitation in Rhode Island." Part of Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, CJJR advances a balanced, multi- systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency, fostering positive youth development, and holding youth accountable. Hearn is the clinical supervisor of the Supporting Teens and Adults at Risk project, and participates in the agency's training and policy work around both sexual exploitation and LGBTQ+ rights. Cable is an out- patient clinician for the Shepherd Program, specializing in providing trauma-focused clinical care to survi- vors of sexual abuse and their fami- lies. They are Rhode Island College graduates. Centredale School names Feinstein Jr. Scholars NORTH PROVIDENCE – The following students have been named Feinstein Jr. Scholars at Centredale School. January: Jai'lynn Singh, Liliana Pese, Fayeezah Ganiyu, Fareedah Ganiyu, Xavier Remy, Mia Tejada, Ellie O'Connell, Jace Johnson, Issac Remy, Isabella Carroll, Giavanna Gillheeney, Yvette Bolduc February: Ethan Hunt, Joseph Nickerson, Sarah Lange, Gianna Arcuri, Michael Williams, Abrielle Bacon, Aristotle Landim, Michael Parrillo, Zachary Webley, Laila Mitchell, Alexis Peno, Christian Galzin NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officials in the town of Cumberland, intent on transforming that town's Diamond Hill Park facility on Diamond Hill Road, have hired the grant writer responsible for securing millions of dollars to remake Camp Meehan in North Providence. Lisa Andoscia, a North Providence resident and owner of Rosewood Consulting, was hired last week to begin grant-writing work for Cumberland. Officials there noted her many accomplishments related to securing funds in North Providence, particularly since the 2012 purchase of Camp Meehan next to Notte Park on the Wenscott Reservoir. A listing provided to the Cumberland Town Council showed just how much money Andoscia has secured for the Meehan property. It includes: • A Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management open space acquisition grant of $300,000 (2013) • A $400,000 grant from RIDEM for restoration of the old camp facility (2014) • A $100,000 RIDEM trails grant (2013) • A $400,000 RIDEM grant for a new amphitheater at the park • A $345,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation for the resto- ration and renovation of the facility (2012) • A $176,000 Champlin grant for remediation and renovations at the facility • A $182,000 Champlin grant for a future new boating, fishing and educa- tion center (2018) • A Google settlement expenditure of $299,904 for a new police substa- tion (2016) • And a RIDEM grant of $57,000 for the resurfacing of tennis courts and improvements to the beach. That's about $2.3 million in total funding for Camp Meehan. The fig- ure doesn't include grants secured for energy efficiency, stormwater improvements, a generator, van, and wellness programs at the town's senior center, transportation and road resurfacing, and recreational fields, among others. Andoscia said she's happy to take on the work in Cumberland, and intends to have similar success there even as she continues to work in North Providence. Cumberland hired Andoscia at $48,000 per year, or $4,000 per month, a $500 discount on her typical rate, according to officials there. Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter, who toured Camp Meehan with North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi after taking office in January, said at last week's meeting that he's confident this investment in a grant writer will pay off. Many surrounding communities are accom- plishing great things through grant funding, he said, and Cumberland, which has long been without an offi- cial grant writer, can do the same. He said the funds will be targeted for far more than just Diamond Hill Park. Cumberland Councilor Craig Dwyer said he's worked with Andoscia in other capacities and "she's very good at what she does." He commended Mutter for the choice. Cumberland Councilor Lisa Beaulieu noted a 2014 Breeze story detailing some $5 million in funds gained to that point for North Providence since Andoscia took over as the town's grant writer in 2007. Cumberland looking to follow NP's lead by hiring grant-writer Andoscia By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com ANDOSCIA BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON U.S. SEN. JACK REED reads to Mrs. Denise Turcotte's 5th-grade class at Greystone Elementary School in North Providence on March 18. He read Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer's children's book, 'Turning Pages - My Life Story.' 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