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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation APRIL 17-23, 2019 @ North Providence High head cheerleading coach GIANA NASSI was named the RICCA (Rhode Island Cheerleading Coaches Association) High School Coach of the Year at the RICCA's banquet that was held on April 8 at the Shriner's Club in Cranston. Under Nassi's tute- lage, the Cougars captured the Game Day championship in the Tumbling Division and earned All-Girls Large Division runner- up honors at the RIIL Team Championships on March 9 at Johnson & Wales University. Cougars' Nassi is R.I. Cheerleading Coach of Year NP softball team opens D-I season with 2-2 record WOONSOCKET – Junior ace pitcher Hannah Doorley struck out seven batters and ended up with a two-hit gem, and senior Katie Manchester delivered the game's big hit, a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, to help the North Providence High softball team blank Mount Saint Charles Academy, 5-0, last Friday afternoon on the Mounties' campus. The Cougars are now 2-2, with their first win coming in their season-opening 5-3 victory over Lincoln on April 2 at the Lions' Saylesville Elementary School com- plex. Junior Mary-Catherine Fornaro supplied the heroics by snapping a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh with a two-out, two-run double to left field. NP held a 3-0 lead after 3½ innings, but Lincoln tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. That was all the damage the Lions could do off Doorley, as she pitched a six-hitter that saw her strike out five batters. Doorley pitches two-hitter to help Cougars blank Mounties See SOFTBALL, Page 14 The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Im- munology estimates that 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies — affecting up to 30% of adults and up to 40% of children. Allergy suffers usually experience congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose but their eyes can also be affected. Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, are very common and can present as red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids. In some instances, they also can cause sensitivity to light, foreign body sensation, and/ or blurry vision. Eye allergies are caused by allergens such as pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. When an allergy sufferer is exposed to allergens it releases a substance called histamine. There are different ways to get relief from eye allergies. Avoiding allergens is one of the best approaches. It may be necessary to see an allergist who can perform a skin or blood test to help identify specific allergens. When outdoors protect your eyes from airborne allergens by wearing wraparound sunglasses. Cold compresses can help to reduce swelling around the eyes and itching. In mild cases over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops (such as Alaway or Zaditor) may relieve eye allergy symptoms. Artificial tears can also help temporarily by washing allergens from your eyes. However, in more severe cases or if you do not get relief with over-the-counter eye drops, you may need to be prescribed a stronger medication by your eye doctor. In any case, do NOT rub your eyes! Rubbing your eyes releases more histamines and makes symptoms worse. Schedule an eye exam today to help get relief from your eye allergies! We hope you found this answer useful and informative. We will be answering questions submitted monthly. If you have a question you'd like to see answered, email it to Please follow us on social media! and Instagram @KlibanoffEye What are eye allergies and what can I do for relief? Q: A: 55 Broad Street Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? LocaL ExpErts answer your Questions... It is stereotypical that learning a musical instrument is strictly an activity reserved for children. However, more and more adults are letting go of that preconceived notion and finally learning to play an instrument. Aside from learning to play the instrument of your choice, there are also benefits that accompany involvement in music studies. It is proven that playing a musical instrument can help improve coordina - tion and memory to say nothing of being a form of relaxation or even meditation. And if you think that you are too old to learn then think again. Teachers notice that the adult student has better motivation and more focus than their adolescent counterpart. You will also discover that most music lesson facilities have a high percentage of adult enrollment, so there is no need to feel like you are the only one. If you have the desire then there is no reason to deprive yourself any longer because it is time to make music. How old is too old to begin learning a musical instrument? Q: A: 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center Aside from the critical bonding time gained by brushing your dog, there are a number of critical health benefits for brushing your dog. First, it's a great way to become intimately familiar with all of the normal "bumps" on the dog's skin. Brushing / combing allows you to know when new "bumps" appear that could be ticks or other medical conditions that might require a vet's attention. Second, by not brushing / combing your dog, your dog may start to develop matts. We encourage dog owners to think of matted fur as akin to an adhesive bandage tugging at the hair on your skin. It can be painful! Sometimes groomers can cut the matts out, but depending on where they're located or what size they are, the only option many times is to shave them out. Be sure when brushing to address all parts of the dog. Many times the top of the neck and back are well brushed, but the chest, legs, and tail is left unaddressed. Why is brushing a dog important? Q: A: 245 Esten Avenue, Unit A Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401-722-8686

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