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The North Providence Breeze 11-26-2019

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 15 Day game against the Sentinels, 39-0, but NP went on to drop its next four contests and get shut out in three of them. As for the Sentinels, they have had a nightmarish year that saw them lose their first nine games, all of them by 24 or more points, and fail to score in seven of them. But Smithfield broke into the win column in its non-league game against Scituate on Nov. 16 by soaring to a 42-21 victory. NP also picked up its third win that day by rolling past Hope, 40-12. Smithfield leads the holiday series, 26-21-1, but NP has won five of the last six meetings. GAME From Page One entered Brigham and Women's Hospital for a bone marrow trans- plant. "She was upbeat, positive and looking forward to her future," said her sister, Mary. Susan never left medical care, and died on June 9, 2017. Prior to her death, Susan and her sister Mary began writing a chil- dren's book titled "The Hare on the Chair," but Susan died before it was completed. "It took me a bit to get back to the book, but it is now officially fin- ished," Mary said. There's a plush hare under production to accompany the book, a theme incorporated into the reading nook at McGuire. The nook is a cozy room off the main library at the new McGuire school, extending two stories tall. There are two bookshelves in the shape of birdhouses inside. A tree climbs up the wall, with its branches used as bookshelves. Illustrations from "The Hare on the Chair" have been transferred onto the back of the tree, visible when children empty a shelf. "We wanted to honor Susan in the best possible way. For my sister, that is with books, and with learning," said Mary, an elementary teacher in town for more than 38 years. "Susan considered books to be like so many cherished friends, friends to whom she would return often to take up conversation, wherever she left off. As Susan matured, she approached reading with a new vigor and with deeper perspectives. Susan loved books, and in the written word she found nourishment, enlighten- ment and strength," Mary said. At the dedication ceremony, Mary and sisters Ann and Jane, along with their cousin Annie, thanked those who helped bring the project to fruition, including Mayor Charles Lombardi, Supt. Joseph Goho and Assistant Supt. Louise Seitsinger, the North Providence School Committee and Principal Bruce Butler. "We are grateful that James L. McGuire School is dedicating this reading nook to Susan and helping facilitate and create a space fitting of Susan and all students who seek to quench the thirst of learning through reading," Mary said. "Susan developed her love for reading at this very school. The teachers here encouraged that love of learning and the love of books in Susan - all helped to expand her expectations for herself and others," she said at the dedication. "On behalf of my family and Susan's memory and her aspiration to reach out to students and encour- age them to seek their potential and realize that success does not discrimi- nate; that talent has no limits when enthusiasm for learning and yes, hard work is applied," she added. "Susan believed in the indomitable spirit in a blossoming being and that we have a duty as adults to encourage and nur- ture it as someone once did for us." NOOK From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Illustrator GINA TRIPODI holds up the children's book "The Hare on the Chair" which she and Susan Palumbo worked on. Palumbo, once a student at James L. McGuire Elementary School, was honored posthu- mously with a Book Nook in her memory at the school's library in a dedication cer- emony held there on Saturday, Nov. 23. A picture of SUSAN PALUMBO as she appeared as a student at James L. McGuire Elementary School in North Providence. Susan Palumbo's friends gather at the Reading Nook Dedication to share memories of Susan. From left, are, SUSIE ROBSON, who said she was Susan's good friend since 1987; LAURA FLANNERY, Susan's niece; SASJA LUCAS, who said she knew Susan for five years; and LAURA HOUSEMAN, who knew Susan for 20 years. Laura said Susan loved to read, was an expert in words, and sometimes like to read the Oxford Dictionary. Navigant Credit Union recognized by SBA PROVIDENCE – The Small Business Administration recognized the six top local lenders for fiscal year 2019 on Nov. 15 at an awards cere- mony in Providence. Navigant Credit Union earned the distinction of being named the "7(a) Lender of the Year," marking the first time a credit union has been the top 7(a) lender in the state. The entire group of award winners in the various categories is as follows: • 7(a) Lender of the Year: Navigant Credit Union • 504 3rd Party Lender of the Year: BankNewport • 7(a) Dollar Volume Lender of the Year: Webster Bank • 7(a) and 504 Combined Lender of the Year: Bristol County Savings Bank • Certified Development Company of the Year: Ocean State Business Development Authority • Micro Lender of the Year: South Eastern Economic Development Corporation "All of these lending institutions should be commended for their commitment to small business here in Rhode Island," said SBA District Director Mark Hayward. BUSINESS BRIEF In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES

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