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The North Providence Breeze 04-08-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES MICHAEL COPPOLA, of North Providence, enjoyed a walk on Lincoln Woods' 2.5- mile loop with his dog, NIKKI, on March 22. The park, along with all other state parks and beaches, is now closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Chief of Staff Dick Fossa's sister-in-law is one of the residents at Golden Crest Nursing Centre who has tested nega- tive for COVID-19 as roughly half of those living there had tested positive for the virus and 10 had died as of Monday. According to Fossa, chief of staff for Mayor Charles Lombardi, his wife's sister, who's in her late 80s, had test- ed negative and has been doing OK, though he said she sometimes has felt panicked. "They panic, especially in that kind of situation," he said. The number of positive cases among both residents and staff members at the nursing home was approximately 75 this week. The skilled nursing facility, at 100 Smithfield Road in North Providence, owned by the Pezzelli family, has approximately 120 residents, according to a spokesman from the Rhode Island Department of Health. Cases have been confirmed at a dozen nursing homes across the state including at Oak Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pawtucket and Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket. Peter Pezzelli, spokesman for Golden Crest, told The Breeze that Nursing home hit hard by COVID-19 By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See NURSING HOME, Page 9 Driver faces charges after backing into someone with SUV Confrontation, collision caught on camera NORTH PROVIDENCE – A local woman was charged with reckless driving after backing her car down a local street and into another person during a confronta- tion over how she was traveling through the area. Janetta Kelly, 29, of 65 Brookside Ave., will face the misdemeanor charges in District Court on May 21, according to police reports pro- vided to The North Providence Breeze. According to the report, officers were called on the afternoon of March 27 for a report of a road rage incident on Brown Avenue. Kelly was traveling northbound through a group of mostly women playing basketball when some of them started waving at her and tell- ing her to slow down, leading to an argument. Kelly rolled down her window and started arguing with bystand- ers. She told police that she put her car into reverse and started to back up so she could speak with one bystander, and as she was doing so By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See COLLISION, Page 6 For local senior students, school career ending with a thud Staff working on potential alternative events NORTH PROVIDENCE – High school seniors expect their final semester to be one of the best, cul- minating their years in school with awards banquets, prom and other traditions before walking the stage at graduation. The spread of the COVID-19 virus has placed all of the above on hold indefinitely for the Class of 2020, leaving seniors in limbo as they finish their schooling online. It's not just events, but spring sports being impacted. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SENIORS, Page 5 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE APRIL 8-14, 2020 805 CHARLES STREET PROVIDENCE 401-861-7955 Order Now for your Easter Holiday Items! CUSTARD PIE COCONUT CUSTARD BANANA CREAM PIE CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE APPLE PIE BLUEBERRY PIE RICE PIE RICOTTA PIE SMALL SWEET BREAD LARGE SWEET BREAD SMALL PRAYING HANDS LARGE PRAYING HANDS .com FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS 25 Esten Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401) 723-6996 www.FactoryCarpetOutlet.com Carpet | Resilent Hardwood Tile & Stone Laminate shawfloors.com

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