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The North Providence Breeze 10-14-2020

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE / CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Archambault outlines priorities SMITHFIELD – Incumbent District 22 Sen. Steve Archambault is outlin- ing his top priorities for the next legislative session. "I will continue to put my experience to work to bring back jobs, hold the line on taxes, and provide a helping hand to people and families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts," he said. More specifically, he vowed to help the small businesses and local farm- ers that create about six out of 10 new jobs, push for supplemental unemployment benefits for families in need, actively back the continued phaseout of the car tax, advocate for quality health care for all and to curb the opioid epidemic, and fight to upgrade and expand job retraining programs. Archambault serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee of Judiciary and is a member of the Environment & Agriculture and Rules, Government Ethics & Oversight Committees. District 22 covers Smithfield, North Providence and Johnston. Paolino pledges to protect those with pre-existing conditions These are unprecedented times, says District 17 Sen. Thomas Paolino. "COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our daily lives. Health insurance cover- age is now more important than ever," he said. As your senator and a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, I will continue to support protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and the inclusion of children under 26 years of age on their parents' health insur- ance plan." Last year, he said, "we eliminated surprise out-of- network billing and joined efforts championed by the AARP to reduce the cost of prescription drugs." Health care costs "have reached exorbitant levels while deductibles have also risen," he said. "I am run- ning for re-election because I believe you deserve an expe- rienced voice in the state Senate to advocate on your behalf as we navigate the COVID crisis together while securing required health care benefits for all residents. Thank you, stay well, and I humbly seek your vote on Nov. 3." Santucci says council work gave him experience SMITHFIELD – Paul Santucci says his previous experience as Smithfield Town Council president affords him insight into how the state delegation should address the needs of Senate District 22. "I worked to bring Smithfield Water Supply into a state of good repair," he said. "As a member of the Smithfield Charter Review Commission, I crafted a capi- tal plan that gives Smithfield schools a seat at the table with respect to long-term capital needs planning." A major challenge to most communities is the sustain- ability of post-employment benefits, he said. On the Town Council, he initiated changes that lowered OPEB costs. "Smithfield has a mountain of economic development opportunity for District 22," said the candidate. "This area needs basic infrastructure to grow. I pledge to take leader- ship on this opportunity." He said he successfully navigated improvements in the Smithfield police and fire pension plans, leading to sav- ings that were reinvested into both plans. "The legislature needs to address our state pension plans," he said. DISTRICT 17 DISTRICT 22 North Providence Library offers watercolor class and more NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library announces the following events. • A Watercolor Painting Class for beginners will be held on Saturday, Oct., 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Local artist Sue Greco will lead this program for adults 16 and up to learn basic techniques while painting a pumpkin picture. This class will be held outside, weather permitting, or in the large community room. Masks are required. Registration is required by calling 401-353-5600, ext. 2. • The Virtual Science Club for 3rd-5th-graders meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 27. • 2020 North Providence Union Free Library Book Character Election: Elsa Oldenburg for president and Anna Oldenburg for vice president, from Disney's "Frozen," vs. Hermione Granger for president and Ginny Weasley for vice president from "Harry Potter." Vote using this Survey Monkey link: https://www.survey- monkey.com/r/8JF2DLF . One vote per person ... election results will be posted on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Stop by the Children's Department to get an "I Voted" sticker once you've submitted your choice. • Meet Rhode Island Children's Authors on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature local authors Tom Carrol, Denise Flagg, Sue Greco, and Donna McCarthy. Drop in to meet and greet these authors, listen to a story and have the opportunity to purchase a book. • Come and Trick-or- Treat at the library on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff will be in costume and ready to hand out a special candy or non-candy treat to those who visit in their Halloween costumes. A pumpkin patch backdrop will be available for any- one who would like to take Halloween selfies. For more informa- tion, visit www.nplib.com or www.facebook.com/ Northprovidencelibrary . All patrons entering the building are asked to self- screen for symptoms and must wear a mask. The library offers lobby pickup for patrons Monday through Friday during open hours. Call 401-353-5600, ext. 2, to schedule a pickup time. Musical instruments for children needed PROVIDENCE – The Instruments for Children Program of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society is seek- ing donations of used or new musical instruments for children who express an interest in their school music programs, and would not be able to participate without help. The group constantly has a need for flutes, trumpets, sax- ophones, clarinets, guitars, basses, string instruments, etc. With Covid Guidelines in place, there is a special need for electronic key- boards for remote learning. Contact Tom Colantonio at 401-793-1281 or Tcolantonio@cox.net Visit www.bluespreserva- tionsociety.org for more on The Rhode Island Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society.

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