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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 5, 2019 Calendar 6 Entertainment 2 Movie 2 Real Estate 5 Classifi eds 7 QUICK INDEX valleybreeze.com @ This time of year Marta Martínez is usually getting ready to host an event to commemorate Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Providence, but this November the executive director of Rhode Island Latino Arts is heading to her home- town of Fresnillo, Mexico, to be with family for a much bigger observance of the holiday. "I'm hoping that I'm going to be going back to something that hasn't changed much," said the Warwick resident, who hasn't been back to Mexico since she was a teenager. "I haven't been down there in so long to celebrate. … The celebration is very personal." Day of the Dead is traditionally observed on Nov. 1 and 2, which are All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, respectively, she told The Valley Breeze. For those unfamiliar with the Day of the Dead honors those we've lost in meaningful ways By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See DAY OF THE DEAD, Page 4 Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND Schools' parent portals are counterproductive The Portal. It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, the gateway to an alternative universe that lures, then traps the unwary in its nefarious web of illusion, where things are never what they seem. If the previous sentence sounded to you like Rod Sterling intoning the intro to "The Twilight Zone," then you too are old enough to thank your lucky stars that the portal did not exist when you were in school. The portal, for the blissfully unaware, is a website the techno-hip 21st-century parent visits at least once daily to get the very latest updates on her child's grades, upcoming and incomplete assignments, test results, and anything else the child's teachers deem important, like "Billy seemed distracted today." If you're a parent and you've never visited the portal, I have one word of advice: Don't! One school's portal advertises itself as providing parents with "important, up-to-date information" concerning their children's progress in school. No, the information in question is not important. First, in days gone by, when there were no portals, kids achieved at much higher levels. Second, the best research into parent See PARENTING, Page 4 Landscape & Masonry Materials 401-769-4286 Homeowners & Contractors Welcome 63 Ledoux Drive, Nasonville, RI Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Delivery Available New England Wood Pellets Ice Melt, Bagged Concrete & Motar Bio Bricks & Bio Brick XL Foot and Ankle Specialists David M. Colannino, D.P.M. F.A.C.F.A.S. Dominic J. Roda, D.P.M. 41 Sanderson Rd., Suite 104 • Smithfield, RI 02917 Call or visit our website for an appointment today. GREENVILLE 949-3220 www.greenvillefootandankle.com Quality, patient centered care for the entire family SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE The most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments for: • Heel Pain • Fractures • Sports/Overuse Injuries • Bunions • Hammer Toes • Flat Feet & More

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