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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY 5 NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Slatersville woman says she never imagined being the type to fall for an elaborate phone scam, but that's just what happened to her when she let someone take $500 from her this month. The woman, who asked not to be named, is warning others to avoid a similar downfall this holiday season. People should be especially careful about strange calls from such com- panies as iTunes, Google, Apple, Amazon and MoneyPak, she said. As the woman tells it, she got a call supposedly from Apple telling her that someone was trying to use her account to buy something in Japan and Germany. She was told to click on a supposed Apple sup- port icon on her screen, which she did. She didn't realize someone had hacked her computer and changed the icon. Three hours later, the woman was in deep with a claimed technician who told her the only way she could stop what was happening was to go buy a $500 gift card at Target. She did that, buying the gift card on her credit card, and read the numbers to the person over the phone. "Like an idiot, I did it," she said. "They're masters at it." She soon learned that her gift card had no money left on it, and repre- sentatives from Target told her there was nothing they could do. The phone number she had used was no longer in service. The victim reported the scam to the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, but is out the $500 and knows she will never see that money again. She said it's important not to accept any calls that are even remotely suspicious, adding that if your gut is telling you something is wrong, it probably is. Reputable companies and agencies are not making these types of calls, she said. Also something to keep in mind is to never take gift cards from the front of a card pack, said the woman. Scammers are often wait- ing for those particular numbers to come up so they can steal the money. Report a scam to the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General at 401-274-4400. Local woman warns of gift card phone scam By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – A pending agreement between the town of North Providence and neighboring city of Pawtucket would potentially save the two communities a com- bined $300,000 or more, say officials. Pawtucket will be sharing dispatch resources with North Providence in the coming months, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. "This will improve the overall effi- ciencies and responses to all emer- gency calls related to the fire depart- ments," he said. The two communities have been in talks for some time about ways to share emergency services. Pawtucket has long needed upgrades to its dis- patch center, according to Grebien. "The city of Pawtucket continues to prioritize and improve the pub- lic services for our residents," said Arboleda. "These shared services will support the long-needed improve- ments to the dispatch center. The city is in the process of finalizing some of the specifics with (North Providence) and other parties to finalize the agreement." The agreement would likely mean Pawtucket paying a fee to North Providence for hosting the services at the town's new public safety com- plex on Mineral Spring Avenue, said North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi. Communications Director Ralph Nahigian is in the process of drafting up a report on the proposal for combined services, he said. When a formal announcement is ready, says Lombardi, he'll have more exact numbers on how much each community will save through sharing services. Lombardi says the new North Providence Public Safety Complex was built with the idea that it could accommodate some services for other departments. He says the state-of-the- art dispatch center has space for one or two additional communities. Other efforts to regionalize services in North Providence have included a shared animal control facility and shared gun range, both with neigh- boring Johnston. NP, Pawtucket would see savings in joint dispatch By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Brunch with Santa set for Dec. 1 NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington St., will hold a Brunch with Santa and the Mrs. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12:15 p.m. Photos with Santa will be availalbe at 1:15 p.m. Christmas gift raffles will be held at 2:15 p.m. A Santa parade will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person. Call Maureen at 508-369-2464 for reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door. Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' Linda Farrington, DVM Laura Roman, DVM Ranjini Abraham, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM Richard Coates, DVM Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 OPEN 7 DAYS - EXTENDED HOURS 401-333-7911 Quality Care for Small Animals We offer advanced veterinary services with a compassionate touch. Rabbits Guinea Pigs Ferrets Gerbils • Mice Dogs • Cats & more Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509 Valley Breeze offices to close for Thanksgiving and different publication days HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The news and display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, November 22nd at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will move to Friday, November 22nd at 5 p.m. PUBLICATION DAYS The Valley Breeze Pawtucket edition, and The North Providence Breeze edition will be delivered on Tuesday, November 26th (instead of Wednesday, November 27th).

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