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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 8-14, 2020 OBITUARIES / THE VALLEY 11 Brian L. Whewell Brian L. Whewell, 64. It is with great sorrow and sadness to announce that Brian passed away on Dec. 29 after a short illness. He was the son of Raymond Whewell and the late Ruth (Shuttle) Whewell. Brian was retired from Electric Boat in Quonset. Brian is survived by his father Raymond Whewell; brother Paul Whewell and his wife, Kathy; nephew, William J. Whewell of Hamden, Conn.; and niece, Katie E. Whewell of Boston, Mass.; as well as several cousins and many friends. Services will be private. Visit www.thekeefefuneralhome. com . WHEWELL NORTH PROVIDENCE – The holidays can be less than idyllic for many local families, sometimes grow- ing heated as unusual dynamics get thrown into the routine. Arthur Martins, new chief of the North Providence Police Department, says Christmas week historically is typically a time of increased pressures for many people as they're looking to make sure presents are in order and meals are properly prepared. Add in difficult family circumstanc- es, he said, and the fact that people typically don't have a convenient out- let to vent like they would in warmer weather with a walk or run outside, and the anxiety gets ramped up. Police are constantly reminding people that resorting to violence instead of walk- ing away could have tragic conse- quences for everyone involved, includ- ing children and other bystanders, he said. But do the number of actual calls related to domestic incidents increase during the holidays? According to Martins, there is generally an uptick in North Providence, and in 2019, in particular, there was a significant increase from the year before. In November 2018, there were 14 arrests related to domes- tic incidents, compared to 17 arrests in 2019. In December 2018, there were eight arrests related to domestic inci- dents, compared to more than 20 in December of 2019. There was also an increase in no- crime incidents between the two years. In November of 2018, there were five no-crime domestic disturbances and one open case for a criminal offense where the perpetrator was not appre- hended. December 2018 saw four no- crime domestic incidents and has one open case. In November 2019, there were 14 no-crime disturbances and one open case, and in December 2019, there were 11 no-crime incidents and one open criminal case. Police officials in several other local communities, including Cumberland, Pawtucket, Smithfield and Woonsocket, are providing data showing no noticeable increase in December domestic incidents over other months, despite Christmas week itself typically being seen as prime time for such issues. Amanda Milkovits of The Boston Globe tweeted that nearly everyone being arraigned by Providence and Woonsocket police the day after Christmas was facing domestic vio- lence charges. Detective Lt. Norm Galipeau of the Woonsocket Police Department said Woonsocket averaged 30 domestic- related calls for both criminal and non- criminal activity per week throughout 2019. That number increased to 33 calls through Dec. 27 on Christmas week. In Pawtucket, Detective Sgt. Christopher Lefort said there is no noticeable increase for domestic calls on Christmas week over other weeks. A three-year synopsis provided by Lefort showed that there were more domestic calls combined for both the Nov. 22-26 period and Jan. 22-26 than the Dec. 22-26 timeframe. North Providence sees spike in holiday month domestic violence calls By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor MARTINS LINCOLN – Manville Manor main- tenance technician Michael Nelson is a case study in paying attention to one's surroundings and never dismissing a gut feeling about a potential crisis as someone else's problem. Eva Ferri, an eight-year resident of the Lincoln Housing Authority's Manville Manor, has Nelson's alert- ness and quick action to thank for still being alive. On the Thursday before Christmas, Dec. 19, Nelson walked into Ferri's apartment to put new batteries in her electronic door when he saw her in her bed. He said good morning and asked her what day it was, and her response made no sense. Nelson, a Greenville resident, said he immediately realized he might need to call 911, so he ran to nearby resident Sharon Arnold's apartment to tell her the situation didn't feel right and asked her to come take a look. Arnold, who is friends with Ferri and has experience with observing the effects of diabetes, was able to quickly determine that Ferri hadn't had a stroke, but knew something was wrong. She knew Ferri to be a diabetic and realized she might be suffering from a diabetic coma. Local fire and rescue personnel were called and quickly arrived. They found a packet of sugar and mixed it with a can of soda to get Ferri the blood sugar she needed. "I could have been dead," said Ferri of the scenario if Nelson hadn't acted on what he was seeing and summoned Arnold to get her the treatment she needed to be revived before it was too late. She thanked both of them for act- ing so quickly. Ferri, 82, remembers going into the bathroom and staying in there for some time because she wasn't feeling well. She recalls hurrying to get into her bed, but doesn't remember any- thing after that until the first respond- ers were reviving her. Doctors informed Ferri that if some- one hadn't intervened after she'd slipped into the diabetic coma, she would have died. "In a time where everyone is always so busy and singularly focused, our entire office and the residents of Manville Manor are so glad that our community takes the time to care for one another and check in," said Jessica Migneault, tenant services specialist at the Lincoln Housing Authority. Nelson took a simple step, said Ferri, but she'll forever be grateful that he cared enough to act. She said it's not an action many people would have taken. She said her three children check on her once they get out of work, but that would have been far too late. Manville Manor Executive Director Claudette Kuligowski said Nelson has earned quite a reputation for caring about those around him during his five years working here. "He goes above and beyond what he's required to do," she said, noting the time he alerted a resident to the fact that her tire was flat and made sure she didn't drive with it like that, or the time he took matters into his own hands and tracked down a dog. "It seems like he's always the angel," she said. "That kind of stuff, he's not required to do. We're lucky." Arnold agreed, saying Nelson is always respectful and gets to know each resident personally. Nelson is perfectly happy to accept such descriptions as "angel," joking that he'd even accept "Jesus," but he said he only did what everyone should do in such a situation. Too many Manville Manor worker hailed for life-saving 911 call By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY EVA FERRI, center, is thankful for Manville Manor maintenance worker MICHAEL NELSON, right, and fellow resident SHARON ARNOLD, left, whose actions last month saved her life. people today are too absorbed in their phones or their own personal business to act on a small warning sign, he said, but taking action could be the differ- ence between life and death. Ferri said she learned a valuable les- son through the incident. A relatively new diabetes patient, she blamed the situation on a switch from a pill to insulin and not realizing that she had a small window to eat something after getting her shot. Knowing what she knows now, she said, she would know to pull the emergency cord in the bath- room next time. OBITUARIES are updated continuously at Click on 'Obituaries' 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 Monument Manufacturers INDOOR SHOWROOM Cemetery Lettering 91 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford 401-434-4064 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon STANLEY GRANITE CO.

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