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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-23-2020

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20 LETTERS / THE VALLEY JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Jackson: CHS should lose the Clipper name Rhode Island's Black leaders say the words "Providence Plantations" invokes images of slavery and serves as a reminder of Rhode Island's role in the slave trade. They and others have called for the removal of the phrase from our state name. Now comes the time for the residents of Cumberland to look deep within themselves and finally realize that the Cumberland High School mas- cot/nickname – the Clippers—is even more racially offensive. Historians say that there were no slaves in the area designated as Providence Plantations, but Clipper ships were definitely used in the slave trade. No Black man or woman should have to drive by Tucker Field every day and see a granite hitching post marked with the moniker of the very type of ship that shipped his or her enslaved ancestors to America. Chained in the bowels of clipper ships like sardines, these slaves were subject to unhygienic conditions for weeks that wreaked of the wretched, pungent smell of bloody diarrhea that comes along with the dysentery caused by the contaminated food and water that they often went days without. It is time that Cumberland divorce itself from this historically inhumane treatment of Black people. If we can dismiss the honor- ary naming of North Cumberland Middle School for the late Richard B. Lynch for actions not reflective of the "inclusive environment schools are trying to cultivate today," then we would be outright hypocrites to continue to use the Clipper name. CHRISTOPHER JACKSON Woonsocket Brain Injury Association announces Zoom Support group EAST PROVIDENCE – The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island announces Zoom Support, a new tool to support survivors and caregivers. The group meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 7 p.m., and last for 40 minutes, followed by a 10-min- ute break, and resume for another half hour. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the association is invested in creative ways to continue support and offer resources to those affected by brain injury. To join the meeting, visit https:// tinyurl.com/y2f7cw84 and copy and paste the meeting ID 935 1009 6512 and passworkd 3yqKSm . IN BRIEF Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com 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. HOME IMPROVEMENT PROFESSIONALS HEADQUARTERS WE WILL BEAT ANY COMPETITORS PRICES DESIGN ~ INSTALL ~ MAINTAIN commercial • residential 401-451-2622 401-300-9228 We Specialize in All Phases of Hardscape Patios • Walkways • Retaining Walls D.C.J. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Rhode Island • Massachusetts • Connecticut BOB THE BUILDER INDOOR & OUTDOOR COMPLETE HOME BUILD CUSTOM BUILT-INS COMPLETE REFURB FINISH CARPENTRY MUCH MORE . . . 401-332-5957 www.bobthebuilderRI.com *Residential and Commercial* Tree Removal and Pruning – Stump Grinding – Brush Removal – Bucket Truck Services – Firewood – Bobcat Work Fully Insured/Free Estimates 401-439-6028 FANTASTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Mention this ad & Get a 15% Discount! "We don't just say it . . . WE DO IT! TYRELL ALPHONSO NEALY (401) 766-1473 CELL (401) 639-8157 2 Mayfield Street, Greenville, RI Established 2012 • Fully Insured Comm# 237R RI Reg# 3692 Mike Gorman Roofing, INC. Prompt, Professional Service First Quality Workmanship & Materials cell 401487-5724 or 401728-2851 R & R Roofing Free estimates 40 Years in Business Angie's List Award Winner 5 Years in a row All Types of Shingle and Flat Roofs Fully Insured • License #5840 RRossi57@gmail.com www.randrroofingri.com Richard Rossi, owner 4 0 1 - 8 2 3 - 1 3 3 0 All Work Guaranteed! CertaPro Painters ® BECAUSE PAINTING IS PERSONAL ® MARK BULPITT Owner & General Manager mbulpitt@certapro.com 4 Anvil Drive Cumberland, RI 02864 Office 401-447-9626 Cell 401-447-9626 Toll Free 1-800-462-3782 Lic. #36470 www.certapro.com/northernrhodeisland

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