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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MAY 23-29, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 7 SMITHFIELD – Adam Maione's death on May 9 came as a terrible blow to his family and friends, as well as to the disabled community at large, of which Adam was a member. Adam's mom, Diane, is now look- ing to donate the many items the family had to accommodate his handicap, from a wheelchair van to personal supplies, to people who might need them. After 20 or so stories about Adam in The Valley Breeze & Observer over 31 years, said Diane, the family is reach- ing out to readers in hopes of passing along some of the items he had to those who need them. Anyone in the local disabled com- munity, or who knows someone in the community, who is in need of certain assistive devices, including a waterbed, two custom wheelchairs, assorted personal care items, enteral feeding supplies and formula, is asked to contact the Maione fam- ily about the possibility of acquiring them. Maione, of Smithfield, said she hopes to see Adam's items passed on to someone in the local com- munity who needs them. According to Maione, the ideal recipient of the items would be a child in the local disabled community due to the sizing of some of the items. "I want this to be about Adam pay- ing it forward/back to the commu- nity through his life and death," she explained. Adam Maione, 33, was a passionate defender of the disabled community. The Greenville native worked with his mother to help promote accep- tance of people who live with physi- cal or cognitive disabilities. Beginning in high school, he worked to familiarize those around him with people who have disabili- ties. As an adult, he continued those efforts and expanded them, meeting with state officials to lobby for better accessibility in local businesses. Diane wants her son to be remem- bered as "an active member of his community," she says, but beyond even that, she hopes Adam will be remembered as "someone who loved life, his friends, and his family." Contact Maione about available items by emailing diane26911@ gmail.com . Adam Maione's mom looks to distribute items in his memory By KELSEY BLAIS Valley Breeze Intern ADAM MAIONE View historic maps at Preservation Society meeting SCITUATE – The Scituate Preservation Society will host its Annual Meeting and Historic Maps of Scituate Presentation on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m., at the Grange, 706 Hartford Pike. The group will discuss plans for the year and offer a 30-minute presentation on historic maps of Scituate. East Smithfield Library announces story times SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Tiny Tots Story Time on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The program is for children ages 1-2. The group will read books and sing songs. Exploratory social play will follow. Toddler Story Time will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for children ages 2-3. Toddler story time includes age- appropriate stories, songs and a craft. A parent and/or caregiver must par- ticipate in the program. Pajama Story Time will be offered on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas and slippers and listen to stories. If you wish, you may also bring your favorite stuffed animal. There will be stories, a craft, and a snack. Children ages 3 and older and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend. Registration for all story times is required. Call the library at 401-231- 5150. Annual Lupus Walk set for June 8 PAWTUCKET – The 8th annual Lupus Walk will be held Saturday, June 8, in the Slater Park pavilion area, Newport Avenue. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www. lupusNE.org . HEALTH NEWS Register for Scituate Recreation Summer Program June 1 SCITUATE – In-person registra- tion for the Scituate Recreation Summer Program will be held at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. SCITUATE NEWS

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