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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-08-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET MAY 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Public invited to Connell fundraiser R.I. Foundation awards grants to seven Pawtucket schools Abstract photography on display at Gallery 175 PAWTUCKET – Gallery 175, 175 Main St., will present the exhibit "Focused & Composed: Photographers with an Eye for the Abstract," from Sunday, May 12 to Friday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On display will be the work of three photographers, Dan Borden of Pawtucket, Brooke Hammerle of Providence, and Dan Santoro of New Bedford, whose interesting and imaginative images of patterns, shapes, lines, tones and color are discovered through the viewfinder of their cameras. The public is invited to meet and chat with the artists at a reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sudnay, May 19, in the gallery. The event is free of charge and wheelchair accessible. For information, visit PAWTUCKET – Varieur Elementary School students are performing an origi- nal play as part of an innovative pro- gram designed to use acting to inspire a love of reading. About 40 3rd-graders are working on the play with the help of actors from the Gamm Theatre, who wrote the script and staged the action with the help of the students. Teachers Amy Dufault-Thompson and Marie Quinn won funding from the Rhode Island Foundation to take the unconventional approach to engaging their students. "Our goal is to bring reading to life. When students make the connection between academics and the 'fun' proj- ect, they will build a love of learning, reading and drama," said Dufault- Thompson. Students read through the script several times to enhance their imag- ery skills and make suggestions for improvements. Gamm staff taught act- ing warm-up activities that enhanced body and voice control. The scrip has a speaking role for every child. Varieur is one of seven Pawtucket ele- mentary schools that are sharing more than $34,500 from the foundation's Carter Spark Grants program. In addition to Varieur's grant, Baldwin Elementary received more than $11,000, Curvin-McCabe Elemantary was awarded $1,000, Winters Elementary won nearly $3,000, Cunningham Elementary was awarded nearly $6,000, Greene Elementary received $1,850 and Potter-Burns Elementary won nearly $10,000. PAWTUCKET - Ciara Connell, daughter of Pawtucket St. Patrick's Parade organizer Sean Connell, is 12 years old and loves to sing and play the piano. Last November, an MRI revealed a tumor growing in a ventricle passageway of her brain. A procedure was done immediately to relieve the pressure that was causing severe headaches and vom iting. She was kept in the hospital until a team could be put together to perform emergency surgery to remove the tumor. The side effects of the proce- dure and operation left Ciara with short-term memory loss and a rare condition called diabetes insipidus, causing dehydration and requiring a strict fluid intake as well as twice daily medication. She was released from Hasbro Children's Hospital the day after Christmas when she was admitted to Spaulding Rehab in Boston. She came home in late January. In March, another MRI revealed the tumor is growing back and the decision was made to administer chemotherapy to treat the remain ing tumor for a year. The chemo causes her fatigue and nausea and is further complicated by the diabetes. "It is a lot for her to manage but she is handling it with strength and class," said Shawn Kelly, organizer of a benefit event this Saturday, May 11, at the Galway Bay Irish Pub, 156 South Bend St. "She is doing bet- ter, she is gaining weight, and her mem ory is improving," he said. "We hope for a full recovery." He said organizers are hosting the fundraiser to "give back to the guy who has given all of us good times and OK music." There will be food, music and raffles, as well as entertain ment by the Irish Ramblers, Brian Twohey, Michael Hynes and others. The suggested donation at the door is $10. For those who can't make it, find "Fundraiser for Sean Connell" on GoFundMe.

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