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The North Providence Breeze 05-22-2019

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2 THE VALLEY MAY 22-28, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION contest was "Heroes Around Me." Students were encouraged to think about what it means to be a hero, especially the heroes we have in our daily lives, before submitting an original song, dance, short film, essay, photograph or visual art installment. Nouel won out of a pool of more than 150 entrants in his category alone. Participating in the contest meant more to Nouel and his family than the McGuire 8th-grader initially expected, with the lyrics of his song helping to see them through what his mother Rosamy described as a "dark place" for the family. Shortly after Nouel told his parents about the art contest, his father was arrested. "With my dad in jail, I was going to give up and not participate at all," Nouel said. "I felt discouraged because I wanted him to be there." Despite the circumstances, his father encouraged him not to give up. Together, they wrote the lyrics to "Hero." Rosamy said, "His dad was telling him: don't give up. I know you can do it. Don't let what's happening stop you from getting it done." The song begins, "Life can be so hard, hit you by surprise, but you can't stay down – get up and fight." It continues, "To find the strength with- in, you need to have the will. Why set up for failure, you can win. If you fall again, climb the mountain, have some faith. Never give up, you will be OK … you'll be OK." The chorus starts, "'Cause everyone needs a hero deep inside their heart. Everyone needs a champion; don't think otherwise. Everyone needs a winner, you just have to believe that everyone is a hero – and that hero lives within." Rosamy said, "We were going through a lot as a family, so inspira- tion for the song came out of that dark place. The song was born from Jeremy really having to be a hero to make it happen." Nouel said the message he hopes people take away is that anyone can be a hero by tapping into the inner strength they never knew they had. "The song is saying: everyone has something inside of them," he said. "You don't have to be a policeman or firefighter – they are heroes, too – but you can be a regular person and still be a hero." Jeremiah professionally recorded the song in a local studio with help from his father's music producer. The song was so well received locally that the kindergarten students at McGuire will perform it at their graduation this year. "Knowing what he had to get through to get to nationals … for us as a family, this has been a real victory," his mother said of the experience. When he's older, Nouel said he hopes to be a motivational speaker. "I'd like to be that impactful person who gives people something to think about," he said. "The small things you do or say can make someone's day." He said he has no plans to stop singing, one of many interests he has including baseball, basketball and motivational speaking. "I've been singing my whole life," Nouel said, noting that he won the "most musical" superlative from his peers for his tendency to start singing in class. "It's a really good feeling that my song stood out among the rest." Nouel will make his debut live per- formance of "Hero" in Columbus, Ohio, during the national Reflections awards ceremony, taking place June 22-26. HERO SONG From Page One Eleven-year-old JEREMIAH NOUEL, an 8th-grader at McGuire Elementary School in North Providence, records his original song 'Hero,' which recently earned top place in the National Parent Teacher Organization's Reflections art contest. Red Sox Foundation accepting IMPACT Award nominations PAWTUCKET – The Red Sox Foundation is accepting nominations for the 5th annual IMPACT Awards (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together). The program provides Red Sox fans in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts with the opportunity to vote for their favor- ite local nonprofits to decide which organizations will be awarded grants. The theme of the IMPACT Awards changes annually, with this year focused on organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving health and wellness outcomes in their community. Fans can nominate a nonprofit that fits within the theme. The nomination period is open through May 24. Finalists will be announced on June 7, at which time the voting period will begin. Voting ends July 28. The foundation will donate a total of $75,000. Voting will help determine a first, second, and third place winner in each of the five states. First place winners will receive a $10,000 award and check presentation during a pregame cer- emony at Fenway Park on Sept. 5, tickets to a game, and recognition on the team and Foundation web- sites. Charities with the second- and third-most votes will receive grants of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, along with additional benefits. To be eligible, charities must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits in good stand- ing whose work is consistent with the Red Sox Foundation's mission of serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children, families and veterans in need across New England. Visit . Environment Council of RI to host tour of solar arrays NORTH SMITHFIELD – On Monday, June 3, the Environment Council of Rhode Island will host a tour of solar arrays in North Smithfield and lead a discussion of the issues surrounding the best ways to site com- mercial solar in Rhode Island. The tour of North Smithfield sites will be led by Town Planner Tom Kravitz. The bus will leave at 3:30 sharp from the Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Greene St. Immediately following the tour will be dinner and a discussion of solar sit- ing issues with remarks from Kravitz and Erica Niedowski an advocate with the Acadia Center. ECRI encourages public officials facing these issues and members of the public to join the tour and discussion. The cost of tour and dinner is $40. Reservations are required and should be made at the Environment Council of Rhode Island website: https:// Call 401-621-8048 or email environ- The Environment Council of Rhode Island is a coalition of 60 R.I. environ- mental organizations working together to protect and enhance the R.I. envi- ronment and protect the public health and our communities. AARP Chapter 4580 will meet Thursday NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence AARP Chapter 4580 will hold its last meeting until September on Thursday, May 23, at 1 p.m. Installation of the new and returning officers and board mem- bers will occur at the Church of the Presentation, 1081 Mineral Spring Ave. A light lunch will be provided to members. BABY TOOTH REVELATION Scientists and archeologists have long used dental analysis to glean information about ancient civilizations' diets, lifestyles, and causes of death. Now, the study of teeth has shifted from the past into the future, as researchers try to determine what teeth may tell us about potential health risks. It has been discovered that children with primary teeth ("baby teeth") that have thin enamel are at a higher risk of developing a mental health disorder. When researchers used high-resolution imaging to examine the exfoliated baby teeth of 37 six-year-old children and matched tooth-enamel thickness with behavior, they found that the differences in dimension and teeth quality were better predictors of mental health than the factors that a psychiatrist would normally consider. At DENTAL ARTS GROUP, we stay on the leading- edge of dentistry, keeping up to date on the latest health studies and dental techniques, materials, and therapies to ensure all our patients receive the very best in dental health care. If you are looking for a family dentist who understands the needs of everyone in your family as individuals and patients, we welcome you to stop by 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston, and get acquainted. We're sure you'll leave with a good feeling about our practice. For an appointment, please call 401-521-3661. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8a.m. to 4p.m.; Friday 8a.m. to 12p.m. P.S. 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