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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 23-29, 2020 OBITUARIES / NORTH COUNTY 17 Chieftains logo depicts the head of a Native American man wearing a feathered headdress not traditional to local tribes. Last week, Barnes commented to WPRI 12 that he received emails and comments from community members requesting a conversation about a name change. Barnes did not respond to requests this week from The Valley Breeze & Observer for comment. Pezza said his statement that schools are considering a change is false, and that the School Committee does not have a discus- sion about a potential name change on the agenda, adding that the matter has not been brought up at recent meetings. "We have a lot more pressing things on our agenda. Right now, our number one priority is getting these kids back to school safely," Pezza said. To her knowledge, the mascot, which has reigned over PHS and Ponaganset Middle School for decades, has not received backlash from the community. "It has not been brought up in the past," she said. Pezza declined to comment when asked if she would consider chang- ing the mascot's name at a later date. Members of the Ponaganset community weighed in on the sub- ject online, most opposed to the name change citing tradition and pride. Ponaganset High School and Middle School are located on Nipmuc ancestral lands in Scituate. Kerri Dunn said she thinks of Chieftains as "representing honor, valor, strength, (and) leadership." Mark Otoole said, "Chieftain 'til I die, born and raised in the Foster School District. Best school system, best name for the school. Don't mess with the Chieftains." Sarah Renzi said, "Leave the Ponaganset Chieftains mascot the way it is." Amita Rodman said to honor Native American tradition, the best place to start may be with the logo, which is an inaccurate depic- tion of local tribal regalia. Rodman said the misappropriation of a hard-earned headdress worn by Plains Nation is odd and a Native American stereotype. "But it's also seen as a head, as in behead, like the former 'Indian head' coins. And then it isn't hand- some but horrific," Rodman said. Native American leader and activist Raymond Watson ques- tioned which "Chieftains" the school is honoring. Watson said Nipmuc chiefs were killed, enslaved, indentured, and forced onto reservations while their land was stolen from them and never returned. He called the logo's depiction inaccurate for the headdress, say- ing he disapproves of the image of a beheaded Native American chief, "which is outrageous because that's what colonists actually did to the local chiefs: behead them." "What about this name and logo could ever have been considered respectful of or honoring to the local chief or nations?" Watson said. The Woonsocket Redskins youth league, including recreational foot- ball and cheerleading, is seeking ideas to switch that group's mascot. Director Jeremy Greene said he was considering the name change before hearing about the NFL team deciding to make a switch. "I did the research and found out what it meant and we decided to make the change," Greene said, adding that he figured it was only right. The Woonsocket Redskin Facebook page is requesting sugges- tions for a new name, which he said will be announced later this week. The Valley Breeze is committed to keep- ing quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. PONAGANSET From Page One Jason Howard Jason Howard, 82, of Glocester, passed away on July 8, at his home in day Dayville, Conn., surrounded by his family. He left behind his daughters Jackie Dagitz, Kim Tafe and Katherine Ringuette, his son, Dennis Monroe, his many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Jason was predeceased by his wife, Doris Howard, and his daughters Judy and Linda Howard. During his years with us, Jason enjoyed hunting, mowing his lawn and spending time with his family. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. Private services at his request will be held graveside at Acotes Hill Cemetery, 1049 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, for family. Carlo J. Sabetti Deacon Carlo J. Sabetti, of Greenville, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on July 17, surrounded by his wife and chil- dren. Carlo, the only child of John B. and Grace (DiIorio) Sabetti, was born in Providence on Sept. 6, 1939. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 59 years, Kathleen (Casey) Sabetti, and his children, Sarah (Bill) Nottage of Cranston, Tony (Susan) Sabetti of Murphy, Texas, Mary (Rick) Torres of Cranston, Margaret (David) Papineau and Katey (Steve) Tillinghast of Greenville, and Ellen (Nick) Russo of Scituate. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and one newborn great-grandaughter. Carlo was brought up in East Providence, graduating from East Providence High School and the University of Rhode Island. He was an electrical engineer and began his career at Bell Labs. He worked in sales and marketing for the Philips Corporation for over 35 years. During those years, he earned an MBA from Bryant College. He earned a second master's degree from Providence College at the age of 70. He loved Sacred Scripture and spent endless hours reading and studying scripture and delighted in the chance to share his knowledge through classes he taught in the par- ish. Carlo was a member of St. Philip Parish since 1967, and was involved in many ministries in the parish both before and after he was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Providence in 1982. He served as a volunteer chaplain at the ACI in Cranston for 20 years. He was honored to serve as St. Philip Parish Manager when appointed by the then pastor, Bishop Robert Evans. Visitation is Friday, July 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., in St. Philip Church, 622 Putnam Pike, Greenville. A concel- ebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m., in St. Philip Church. Seating capac- ity limits, social distancing guidelines and other public health directives (i.e., use of facemasks) will be in place for the visitation and Mass. Burial in St. Francis Cemetery will be private. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his favorite charities, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302, Glenmary Home Missioners, at glen- or Mercy Ships, PO Box 1930, Lindale, TX, 75771. For online condolences, visit www. . HOWARD SABETTI OBITUARIES Notre Dame all-class reunion postponed to 2021 CENTRAL FALLS – Once again, out of an abundance of caution and consideration for alumni, organizers have decided to reschedule the Notre Dame High School's final all-school reunion from Sept. 20, 2020, to Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln. This event is for all former stu- dents, both graduates and non-grad- uates of Notre Dame High School from 1937 to 1980. Detailed reunion information and reservation forms will be sent out next summer. In the meantime, email any changes in contact information to or contact Sandra Vincent Richard at 401-821-3023. Visit the new website: www.ndhs- for updates about the reunion. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at Rhode Island launches Buprenorphine Hotline PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has launched a 24/7 phone line to help people with opioid use disor- der or opioid withdrawal symptoms access providers, medication and outpatient treatment that can help on the road to recovery. The new Buprenorphine Hotline, 401-606-5456, uses telehealth to connect individuals to health care providers who can prescribe buprenorphine, a treatment option for people with opioid use condi- tions. Launched by the Department of Health and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, the phone line also links individuals to continued outpatient treatment. "During the COVID-19 pan- demic, we have to be even more proactive, deliberate and innovative in getting resources and supports to people living with substance use disorder," said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. "The Buprenorphine Hotline allows someone to take the first step in their journey of recovery simply by picking up the phone, no matter the day or time. We need to do every- thing we can to make treatment available to every Rhode Islander who is living with the disease of addiction. We know that recovery is possible because we know that treat- ment works." Starting people on buprenor- phine through telehealth has only recently become possible under new guidance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in response to the COVID-19 public health emer- gency. The prescriptions available through the phone line are for indi- viduals who want to start buprenor- phine treatment. Individuals who already have prescriptions for buprenorphine should work with their current health care provider. For more information, visit www. . In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer 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

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