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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

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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30 BUSINESS AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – At Dina-K Designs Unique Jewelry, there's a certain emphasis on the word "unique." "No two pieces are alike and that's what I like," said shop owner and jewelry designer Maria Scirocco, who began selling her handmade wares July 13 at her store at 3456 Mendon Road in Cumberland. The storefront was most recently The Central Perk, a relatively short- lived "Friends"-themed café. While the building no longer hous- es a coffee shop, Scirocco said she'll happily offer visitors a freshly made espresso and encourages them to stay a while. Her jewelry designs, which range from $12 to $60, are on display at the front of the space, while her open workshop is in the back. The name Dina-K is derived from Scirocco's middle name, Eduardina, and the name of her puppy Koko. Her stock includes necklaces, rings, bracelets and other accessories, made from materials ranging from leather, suede and ribbon to copper, sterling silver and semi-precious stones. "No two pieces of mine are exactly the same," she said. "When it's hand- made, it's handmade." The Cumberland resident began "dabbling" in jewelry making several years ago. Last December when she was laid off from her 33-year career in real estate as an administrative assistant, she was given the push she needed to start her business, she said. In addition to selling her hand- made pieces, Scirocco will also offer jewelry repair and cleaning services. She'll fix anything, "it doesn't matter what it is," she said. She'll also take requests for custom pieces. While Scirocco's website is under construction, she said her entire stock will soon be visible online. In the meantime, she is open for business at 3456 Mendon Road, Unit 1, and can be reached at 401-425-8111. Dina-K Designs offers affordable homemade jewelry By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Cumberland's MARIA SCIROCCO stands in her storefront at 3456 Mendon Road, now home of Dina-K Designs Unique Jewelry. BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD BankRI hosting food drive for area food banks PROVIDENCE – As summer enters its final weeks, food pan- tries across the state are preparing for the high demand they experi- ence during September. In an effort to help emergency food pro- grams re-stock their shelves, Bank Rhode Island branches statewide are hosting a food drive through Sept. 20. In Lincoln and Woonsocket, the bank's local branches will collect in support of the Connecting for Children & Families food pantry, with all donations going to help feed area residents. During the drive, food collec- tion bins will be placed in each BankRI branch lobby for dona- tions of nonperishable items. The family- and kid-friendly foods most needed by pantries include peanut butter, nutritious breakfast cereals, canned fruits and vegeta- bles, boxed macaroni and cheese, and whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce. Along with the food collected in its branches, BankRI has commit- ted a $4,500 contribution to the Food Bank on behalf of its food pantry partners. The gift will pro- vide each pantry a grant to pur- chase additional food through the Food Bank's leveraged acquisition program at the times they need it most. The BankRI Lincoln branch is located at 625-B George Washington Highway, and the Woonsocket branch is located at 1175 Cumberland Hill Road. For hours of operation, visit www. . Adoption RI's Duffle Bag Bash this Sunday SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Adoption Rhode Island announced the 4th annual Duffle Bag Bash will take play on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 12-3 p.m., at the Matunuck Community Center, 619 Matunuck Beach Road. The admission for kids is a free duffle bag and for adults it's a donation of a duffle bag and/or a $25 gift card. No kid should have to carry a trash bag from foster home to foster home. The kids get to go home with the bag and have something to call their own. The rain date will be Monday, Aug. 12. The event will include food, drinks, amazing 'Pick a Pale' grab bags, games and activities for kids and adults, music, therapeutic ani- mals, and much more. Children are welcome with an admission 'fee' of one brand new backpack. Guests are asked to pre-register at www.dufflebagbash.eventbrite. com , though walk-ins are wel- comed. No pets. Anyone interested in helping but unable to attend may drop off their donation at: Mews Tavern, 456 Main St., Wakefield or Adoption RI, 290 West Exchange St., Suite 100, Providence. Can't figure out how? Let us help! We can help you manage your Facebook account (Instagram, too!) Contact Brad to get started today! E-mail: or call: 508.801.6147 We can also help create your own manageable website with really useful features: •Mobile Optimization • Lead Generation & Lead Notifications • Monthly Reporting • Including Hosting Running Your Business on Facebook alone? Is that enough Should you do more ?

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