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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 THE VALLEY / OBITUARIES 15 15 John 'Jack' F. Babbitt John "Jack" F. Babbitt Jr., 77, of Manville, died Friday, March 20, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Laferriere) Jacques-Babbitt. Mr. & Mrs. Babbitt had been married for 24 years. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late John F. and Jeannette Babbitt (Letellier), he had lived in Manville for the past 28 years, previously living in Pawtucket. Mr. Babbitt worked as a computer technician for Tech Industries and PM Computer Services before retir- ing. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a member of the Poisson-Cournoyer- Carpenter-Bacon Chapter 12, DAV, Woonsocket. He was a communicant of St. James Church, Manville. He loved to paint, particularly with oils. He loved reading and watching "National Geographic" and spending time with his family. Besides his wife, he is survived by one stepdaughter, Melissa Bibeault, and her husband, James, of Manville; one stepson, Vincent Jacques, and his wife, Annette, of Narragansett; two sisters, Janice Renehan of Virginia and Patricia Crowe of New Hampshire; and four step-grandchil- dren. He was the brother of the late James Babbitt. A private burial, with military honors, will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Lung Association, 260 W Exchange St, Providence, RI 02903, would be appreciated. For online guest book, visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are with Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. BABBITT See more obituaries on page 16. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY In a sign of the times, CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH on Angell Road in Cumberland has a modern take on a scriptural truth. Cox pledges $35,000 in support to RIDE and CCRI WEST WARWICK – Cox Communications has announced a total of $35,000 in financial support for the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Community College of Rhode Island to assist with technology equipment purchases for low-income students in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cox will provide $25,000 to RIDE with the remaining $10,000 directed to CCRI as both institutions work to enable distance learning programs for students completing their school and coursework in remote environments. The donation is made on behalf of Cox Communications, Cox Business, and Cox Media to ensure low-income students can continue their education- al pursuits while learning from home. Additionally, Cox announced new support efforts of its Connect2Compete program, the company's low-cost internet product for families with school-aged chil- dren who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. To ensure digital equity for students without internet at home, these changes intend to help families with online learning at home. For a limited time, a first month of free service has also been introduced for new Connect2Compete customers. Cox is offering to fast-track the qualification process for Connect2Compete. Schools are being asked to contact connectnow@cox. com with a list of eligible low-income students that currently do not have an internet connection. Cox will assist in getting students qualified quickly so they can continue learning from home. Cox has also partnered with PCs for People where families can purchase discounted refurbished computers. More information can be found at https://cox.pcsrefurbished. com . These updates are in addition to the commitment the company previ- ously announced as part of its pledge to support the FCC's Keep America Connected initiative. Previously announced commitments include the company's agreement to: • Not terminate service to any resi- dential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. • Waive any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circum- stances related to the coronavirus pandemic. • Open Cox Wifi outdoor hotspots to help keep the public connected in this time of need. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 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