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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-21-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 is around; include a note with your name on it. Ernie Connor, of Cumberland, who's volunteered with the pantry for four years, said he does it to help people and make them feel comfort- able and at home. "It's not always easy to ask for something," he said. Pawtucket • Laureen Grebien is hoping to help at least 750 city families in need this Thanksgiving with her ninth Holiday Basket Drive. "I try to take care of our community," the mayor's wife told The Breeze. Baskets will be distributed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and will include a 12-pound turkey, a box of fixings that includes corn, green beans, stuffing, a bag of pota- toes, and a loaf of bread, as well as a blanket. A full basket costs about Bazaars 5 Calendar 9 Entertainment 3 Real Estate 7 Recipe 4 Classifi eds 11 QUICK INDEX valleybreeze.com @ BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT BOB CHAPUT, co-executive director of the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, shows off the produce the pantry received last Thursday. The pantry is open the third Saturday of every month and interested volunteers can apply via the pantry's website, www.nrifoodpantry.org . See VOLUNTEER, Page 6 Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND Setting the record straight OK, it's time to set the record straight, confront the gorilla in the proverbial room, call a spade a spade, and so on and so forth. I recently published a column on "The Portal" – the black hole in aca- demic cyberspace that has trapped many a mother – in which I used the female pronoun almost exclusively. I am told by a 60-year-old grand- mother who agrees, she says, with "most" of what I write (which is about all I can ever hope for), that I offended women by implying that the female parent is the parent most likely to become obsessed by and enslaved to The Portal. According to my accuser, my "1950s prejudice" was showing. I counter the assertion with the pre- vailing 21st-century prejudice: One should not tell the truth if the truth might disrupt someone else's view of themselves. This prejudice is why so many teens are cutting themselves, on medication for depression and various anxieties and phobias, and running for the shelter of "safe spaces" on col- lege campuses all over America. In contemporary America, feel- ings trump the truth, which is why child mental health has so pre- cipitously dropped since the 1950s. See PARENTING, Page 8 CUMBERLAND – Thanksgiving is the time of year to reflect on everything we're thankful for, and it's also become a time when people give back to their communities. Many towns, churches, and nonprofits are in the middle of col- lecting food items and assembling baskets and boxes for families who need extra help this season. Here's a list of some local organizations that are hosting food drives and ways to lend a hand not only this holiday season but any time of year. The Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, at its new location on 1 Angell Road in Cumberland, is looking for help at all times, not just during the holiday season, Bob Chaput, co-executive director, told The Breeze. The pantry is open every third Saturday of the month for people to pick up food. It serves the north- ern Rhode Island community, with the largest number of clients from Pawtucket and Woonsocket, Chaput said. "We don't turn anybody away," he said. While the pantry has a regular core of volunteers, people interested in helping out can fill out a volun- teer sign-up sheet on the nonprofit's website, www.nrifoodpantry.org . Adults and children are welcome to sign up. The pantry can always use food donations, Chaput said, especially peanut butter, tuna fish, maple syrup, and jelly, as well as finan- cial donations. To find out how to donate, call 401-347-5714. People can also drop off food at the pantry and leave it in the hallway if no one Lend a hand this Thanksgiving season By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com www.Tabeleys.com 401-431-2816 info@tabeleyconstruction.com Tabeley's ROOFING Factory Certified Installer 20 years of perfection RI REG. #18045 MA REG. #172793 - Member RI From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered We offer a variety of quality vinyl siding systems • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit valleybreeze.com, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at Noon. Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help.

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