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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 22-28, 2020 PAWTUCKET 5 PAWTUCKET – City Councilor Meghan Kallman and Sen. Sandra Cano are launching #ChalkTheBlockPawtucket, challeng- ing people throughout the city to share messages of hope, sustainability and environmental and climate jus- tice to mark Earth Day today, April 22. Kallman said the two are trying to get creative in an age of social distancing, pairing the need for hope amid the pandemic with hope for a better environment. "Everyone needs a dose of hope and optimism," she said. Other political issues have taken a back burner to the pandemic, she said, but this is a chance to sort of meld the inspiring trends of chalk art with an issue that's important to everyone. Residents are asked to sub- mit pictures of their art on the ChalkTheBlockPawtucket for Earth Day! Facebook page with the appro- priate hashtag. The same hashtag will be used on other platforms. Kallman said she was inspired to run with this initiative after seeing a friend post about a similar effort in Utah. These issues have always been important to her, she said. The pair will be offering four prizes of $25 gift certificates to local restaurants to support the struggling industry. Residents invited to #ChalkTheBlockPawtucket ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor City looks to help expand testing PAWTUCKET – The city con- tinues to work with the Rhode Island Department of Health and governor to provide coronavirus- related services to Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley, say officials. They say they are looking to add additional testing sites in Pawtucket and surrounding area. Armistice Urgent Care has been named a respiratory and COVID-19 testing center. Care New England this month stepped up to serve the community with a Respiratory Infections Triage Unit (RITU) on the former Memorial Hospital property to support the efforts. "We thank them for their partner- ship," said city spokesman Wilder Arboleda. As for the long-term future of emergency medical services at the Memorial site, officials say they continue to work through the RIDOH. A recently released report "clearly shows the need for emergency medical services in our community," said Arboleda. "We look forward to continuing the dis- cussions once we are through the pandemic." Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa recognized Care New England for agreeing to place a RITU on the former Memorial property, providing medical assess- ment services related to coronavi- rus in multiple languages. Care New England's RITU is staffed by CNE medical profession- als from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Symptomatic patients should call their primary care pro- vider or call 401-227-3669 to make an appointment. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner North Smithfield Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems

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