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The North Providence Breeze 05-15-2019

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14 IN OUR SCHOOLS MAY 15-21, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION On May 2, Ricci Middle School held a Unified Arts Night which featured student art exhibits, band and chorus performances, foreign language pre- sentations, robotics and mechatronics. Above, 7th-grader ABDULLAH AWAD explains the school's Aquaponics project in which the two Koi fish, in the tank below, supply all the nutrients needed to grow the plants above. Water from the tank is pumped to the plants and no soil is used or needed. The plants will eventually be planted outside this summer. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON Above, from left, VINCENT PONTARELLI, 11, KRISTINE PONTARELLI, DOMENIC MCNEIL, 12, and DAWN MCNEIL go through some of the sketch books on dis- play in an art room. Parents and friends watch and capture on their phones the performance of the Ricci Middle School Chorus. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? LOCAL EXPERTS Answer your Questions... Studying a musical instrument is an ongoing process. From our experience, any interrup- tion in the regular practice schedule can be detrimental to the learning process. It is always advisable to maintain a practice routine even during the months when the school music program takes a hiatus. A stu- dent can always continue their regular practice schedule in the privacy of their own home but, for those who desire to engage in additional musical activities, it is common practice for many music retail establishments offering a lesson program to hold summer sessions where you can enroll your child for group or private classes. This will allow the student to maintain his/ her current level of playing ability and/or engage in a review of weak areas which are otherwise impossible to cover during the regular school session. Continuing with classes during the summer vacation can also help your child to expand and im- prove from where they left off during the regular school year. With the school year ending soon, is it advisable to allow my child to take a break from music lessons until classes resume in the fall? Q: A: 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 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 out- doors 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 Info@KlibanoffEye.com. Please follow us on social media! Facebook.com/KlibanoffEye and Instagram @KlibanoffEye What are eye allergies and what can I do for relief? Q: A: 55 Broad Street Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 A: In a word: YES! Ticks are carriers of some problematic diseases . . . especially Lyme disease. There is a great deal that dog owners can do to protect their loved ones: flea & tick collars, topical ointments, and Lyme disease vaccinations are the core preventative tools. We're often fond of saying that giving "lots of belly rubs" helps too. Prolonged "petting" sessions help discern when a "bump" is normal or not. Ticks can come into your yard from birds, squirrels, and other "passing through" critters. As such, it's best to keep a close eye on your furry friend to make sure no new uninvited guests have come into your home. If you do find one attached to your dog, be careful about extracting it. It's important to take out the whole tick and not leave the mouth still embedded. Should I be concerned about ticks on my dog? Q: A: 245 Esten Avenue, Unit A Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401-722-8686 friendsoftoto.com

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