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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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8 NORTH COUNTY JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION are used to dressing up must all become the one thing they have all aspired to be: heroes," Schwartz said. Schwartz said he attends the San Diego Comic Con every year, and was disappointed to hear of its cancellation. He said he promised himself after releasing his first quarantine movie that if Comic Con was canceled, he would write another movie. He focused on writing the "Comic Book Junkies" script through May, and sent out a cast- ing call on Facebook for willing actors. He said each was given between 60 and 90 seconds to play each role in the film. All actors volunteered for the role in the movie. "We did it with literally noth- ing," Schwartz said. Much of the cast were people Schwartz worked with in the past or wished he could work with, but distance prevented it. He said he now has about 35 new friends. He and Nathan Suher co-directed the 105-minute film. To keep the movie feasible with working at home, Schwartz said he decided against having a central, lead character to having the storyline told through clips of people sharing as witnesses, or what Schwartz calls a "stream of consciousness." His first pandemic film, "Far From Perfect," was written in 10 days and posted online. It is still available for viewing on Facebook. "It was a cool little experiment," Schwartz said. "Comic Book Junkies" will air on Facebook Live on Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m. on the movie's page. Schwartz said the movie will be posted on Facebook for the weekend, and said after he will try to get it on Amazon Prime. FILM From Page 6 CRANSTON – Tom Marcello, who has spent nearly two decades as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Ponaganset High School, took a huge step in his professional career on Tuesday when he was officially named the new assis- tant director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. Marcello, who was unanimously approved of his appointment by the Principals' Committee on Athletics in a meeting at Cranston East High School's library, will begin his new job on Aug. 1. He will succeed Mike Lunney, who in a week and a half, will take over as the RIIL's executive director. Tom Mezzanotte announced his retirement earlier this year after 16 years in that position. "I am blessed and honored to be appointed as the new assistant director," Marcello said in a press release. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime and the culmination of a career spent serving tremendous students and student-athletes. I look forward to working with the diverse communities across the state to continue improving the experiences provided by educa- tion-based athletics in our schools." Marcello, who arrived at Ponaganset in 2002, was a business and mathematics teacher who spent eight seasons as the head coach of the Chieftains' football team, which captured the Division III Super Bowl in 2007 and 2009, and 14 as an outdoor track and field coach. For the past 13 years, Marcello has also served as Ponaganset's ath- letic director, and under his watch, the program not only expanded its number of high school teams to 26, but also its middle school teams to 12. According to the press release, Marcello also "facilitated the addi- tion of a full-time athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, managed the construction of a 7,000-square-foot weight room at the high school, advanced other facilities improvements, and estab- lished the Ponaganset High Athletic Hall of Fame." The Athletic Director of the Year in the RIIL (2015) and the R.I. Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (2016), Marcello, who resides in Cranston and attended Bishop Hendricken High School and the University of Rhode Island, also served as the president of the RIIAAA from 2016 to 2018. RIIL appoints Marcello assistant director Athletic director accepts 'opportunity of a lifetime' after spending past 18 years at Ponaganset High MARCELLO Updates to long-term care and assisted living facility visitation policy PROVIDENCE – Long-term care and assisted living facilities were allowed to welcome visitors again beginning Wednesday, July 8, provided that they abide by strict infection control measures to keep residents, staff, and family members safe, the Rhode Island Department of Health has announced. The Standard Visitation Plan for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Residences developed by RIDOH states that: • Visits will be limited to only those essential to the resident's physi- cal and emotional well being and care. • All visits must be scheduled in advance. Visits will be allowed for 30-minute increments. • Facilities must actively screen everyone for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter. • Facilities must keep a daily log with names and contact information for all visitors. • Outdoor visits are preferred. If a visit must occur inside the facility, the visit shall be restricted to the resi- dent's room or other area specifically designated for visits. If a resident's room is used for visitation, only one visitor per resident at a time is allowed in the resident's room. • Regardless of the location of the visit, visitors must maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and residents. • All visitors must wear a cloth face covering. • All visitors shall perform hand hygiene upon entry to the facility or to the outside visitation area or before entering the resident's room. While RIDOH has provided gen- eral guidance to facilities, and has developed a standard visitation plan for facilities without their own plans, all facilities are different. Some facili- ties may take different approaches, based on the uniqueness of their lay- out or resident community. For more information, visit https:// . Sisters charged with first-degree robbery SMITHFIELD – Police arrested two sisters after they allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in the Douglas Apartments at 379 Douglas Pike. Kellielyn Bianco, 21, and Kendra Bianco, 19, were arrested last Saturday, July 18, at 11:45 a.m. when officers responded to a reported domestic dis- pute. Officers found a male, age 33, of Warwick, who said he met Kellielyn walking on Douglas Pike and returned to her apartment and met her sister, Kendra. While speaking with Kendra, the man said he saw Kellielyn going through his things and stealing his money. When he confronted Kellielyn and said he would call the police, Kendra pulled a shotgun out of a closet and pointed it at him, according to police. The male said he grabbed the shot- gun, which discharged and hit the kitchen wall. He was able to get the gun from Kendra and exit the apartment. The sisters fled into the adjacent woods as police arrived. Kellielyn was charged with first- degree robbery and conspiracy. 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