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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-09-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 OBITUARIES / NORTH COUNTY 11 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 apart- ment 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 some- thing 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 acting 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 remem- ber anything after that until the first responders were reviving her. Doctors informed Ferri that if someone 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, not- ing 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 mat- ters 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 every- one should do in such a situation. Too many people today are too absorbed in their phones or their own personal business to act on a small warning sign, he said, but tak- ing action could be the difference between life and death. Ferri said she learned a valu- able lesson through the incident. A relatively new diabetes patient, she blamed the situation on a switch from a pill to insulin and not real- izing 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 bathroom next time instead of climbing into bed. NELSON From Page One plaza at 639 Putnam Pike should be enough to allow pedestrians to walk through the area. Rossi disagreed, saying another crossing leading directly to the plaza is better. Rossi said the request was made to the commission to open a cross- walk at the shopping center to help create a more pedestrian-friendly part of town. He said Town Hall and the Police Department received numerous requests for a crosswalk t the shopping center, and he felt the denial was unfortunate. Rossi said the town got buy-in from local business owners, who elt the crosswalk would provide a good opportunity for people to walk safely to and from their businesses. Rossi said he'd like to see employ- ees at the business park across the street be able to walk to the recently opened Dunkin' and other stores and restaurants along the street. The town supports a "pedestrian community," including any drive to get people outdoors and walking for personal health and environ- mental reasons, Rossi said. Though BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD A proposed crosswalk on PUTNAM PIKE would allow pedestrians to cross from near Citizens Bank to the shopping plaza at 639 Putnam Pike. The State Traffic Commission denied the town's request. 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; neph- ew, 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 OBITUARY CROSSWALK From Page One the town's traffic safety commission approved of the change, Rossi said the state needed to approve altera- tions on the state road. "Not just that area, anywhere we can build that community or residential, commercial and retail. Anywhere we can be green so they can walk to places," he said. Rossi said the town will try again to bring a crosswalk to Putnam Pike. He said he may try to get a list of nearby residents and business own- ers to show the state just how many people are pushing for the cross- walk. IN BRIEF Greenville Library book clubs meet SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library's Cesareo's Circle Book Club will be reading "The Victory Garden," by Rhys Bowen, and will meet on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The Picnic Table Reads Book Club will be reading "The Tuscan Child," by Rhys Bowen, and will meet on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. For more information, call the library at 401-949-3630. Hope Library announces winter story times SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, offers story times for children, ages birth to 5. Registrations for the winter session are currently being taken. Programs begin Friday, Jan. 17. • Book Babies will be held on Fridays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, at 10:30 a.m., for babies, ages birth to 24 months, and a parent or caregiver. • Time for Twos will be held on Fridays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, at 11:15 a.m., for children, age 2, and a parent or caregiver. • Preschool Story Time will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. This program includes stories, move- ment and a craft for children ages 3-5. • Pajama Time will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. This program includes a bedtime story, craft and snack for children ages 3 and older. For all story times, registration is encouraged, but drop-ins are wel- come. Call the library at 401-821-7910. Make Marbled Paper at Hope Library SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will offer a class in Marbled Paper on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. Children in grades K-5 will make decorated paper with shaving cream. Space is limited. Call the library at 401-821-7910 to register. Greenville Library hosts Coffee & Books SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host Coffee & Books on Monday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. This is an open book discussion group to discuss whatever mem- bers are reading at the moment – there is no assigned reading. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be offered. Call the library at 401-949-3630. Friends of the Library meeting Saturday SMITHFIELD – The Friends of the East Smithfield Library will meet on Saturday, Jan. 11. The group will also hold its annual "Friends" meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. The group is in the process of planning events for the 2020 year and welcomes suggestions for programs. Email suggestions to Catherine Lynn at friends.east. or a note may be left at the circulation desk. Holiday ornaments, figurines, etc. are also being collected for next year's holiday fundraiser. There will be a red bin in the library through the end of January to collect your ornament and holiday donations. For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. IN BRIEF 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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