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The North Providence Breeze 07-29-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 THE VALLEY 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Edward Napolitano wants veterans to know that someone is out there to help them, no matter their age or branch of service. Napolitano, a U.S.. Air Force vet- eran who lives in North Providence, was installed as the Rhode Island state commander of the Disabled American Veterans at a small cer- emony at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW Post in Cranston on June 27. As state commander, Napolitano will oversee the organization's nine state chapters, which range from 150 to 800 members each, he said, and he'll be responsible for hosting meet- ings every month with the different chapters. They'll work to help veter- ans in the state, from those struggling with homelessness or needing help paying their bills to those who need help filling out paperwork to receive disability benefits. "I was honored," he said of the promotion. "I'm proud to represent the state as a commander. It felt pretty good to work your way up … it doesn't happen to all of us." His wife, Maureen, told The Breeze that she's very proud of her husband, noting that veterans are getting help and benefits because of him. "He's worked very, very hard. I've seen him put in a lot of hours … he's a good person for the job," she said. "He's very passionate about it." After his neighbor, who was the commander of Chapter 21 in North Providence, tipped him off to the DAV, he joined the organization in 2005, he said. After serving on the state board for six to seven years, working his way up from second junior vice commander, Napolitano said he ran unopposed and was unanimously voted to serve as com- mander this year. "I never realized that there are so many veterans out there that need help," he said. "We try to do what- ever we can." DAV is a nonprofit that helps dis- abled veterans with different tasks, including filing VA claims for disabil- ity compensation, appealing claims decisions and with transportation to VA medical appointments. Nationally the organization's nearly 1,300 chapters help more than one million veterans each year, providing more than 600,000 rides to medi- cal appointments and assisting with more than 200,000 benefit claims, according to its website. The group also helps veterans find employment. These services are at no cost to vet- erans. "(Helping) is our main job. That's what we do," Napolitano said. "I think this is probably the most important thing I've done." He also volunteers at the VA Medical Center in Providence, assist- ing veterans with filing for disability claims. While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has prevented him and other members from volunteer- ing there the past several months, Napolitano said they are being allowed to return this week to help out again. While stuck at home, he said he's been talking to veterans on the phone and filling out paperwork for them. Napolitano grew up in Johnston, graduated from Mount Pleasant High School, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960, serving as an administrative specialist in Korea until 1966. He noted that a lot of the work he did is classified. "It served me well," he said of the Air Force. "I enjoyed it. I'm proud of it." After his time in the military, Napolitano worked much of his career in the auto industry. As a veteran, he said he needed help and didn't realize it, like many other veterans. "You don't think of what happened in the past until you meet up with someone who had the same problems and … find out you had disabilities you didn't know you had," he said. Veterans of any age are welcome to join DAV. He said they're especially trying to reach out to younger veter- ans to help take over. He said he's more than happy to hear from veterans across the state. They can email him at edandmau- reen@hotmail.com . For more about the Disabled American Veterans organization, visit www.dav.org. NP's Napolitano, new DAV commander, says help is available By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com EDWARD NAPOLITANO, of North Providence, was instated as the Rhode Island state commander of the Disabled American Veterans last month. AUG. 14 Adrianna Fortin, Happy Birthday, Puddin'! Love Pepere and Gram AUG. 20 Krista and Daniel Tocco, Happy 28th Birthday! Love, Grammy XOXO BIRTHDAY CLUB Social Enterprise Greenhouse seeks entrepreneurs for fall program PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse is now accepting applications for its Fall 2020 Impact Accelerator program. Motivated and coachable social entrepreneurs who are in the process of building a "do well, do good" business with a focus on social impact are encour- aged to apply. Applications are due by Aug. 1, and the program begins in September. 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Between now and Aug. 9, the goal is to collect $30,000 to make life better for children in fos- ter care by purchasing suitcases and duffle bags and other essentials. To donate, visit http:// weblink.donorperfect.com/ ChildreninFosterCare/DuffleBagBash or mail gift cards and checks to Adoption RI, PO Box 6411, Providence, RI 02940. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Our store is presently closed. Please call in your order and we will drop ship to you for FREE! HARMONY HILL SCHOOL – FORMER STUDENTS NOTICE OF FILE REDUCTION Persons who were students at Harmony Hill School and discharged between 1/1/2011 and 12/31/2012 are herewith notified that effective August 28, 2020, files detailing your placement at Harmony Hill will be reduced. If you wish to review or obtain documentation before your file is reduced, please make contact before August, 21, 2020. Write to Department of Student Records, Harmony Hill School, 63 Harmony Hill Road, Chepachet, RI 02814. SELFIE EXAMINATION The explosion in the popularity of selfies on social media has led a considerable number of people to examine and critique every aspect of the faces they put before the public. This self-examination has not only led many to undergo plastic surgery and skin-rejuvenation procedures, but also to consider cosmetic treatments that will make their teeth look whiter, straighter, and more appealing. Among the cosmetic dentistry procedures that are currently most popular among Baby Boomers, in particular, are tooth-whitening and dental implants. While the benefits of tooth whitening are obvious and immediate, dental implants have become an increasingly affordable tooth-replacement treatment for the preservation of natural tooth function and appearance. 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