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The North Providence Breeze 11-18-2020

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION them in the same way we have in the past," Lombardi told The Breeze. Over the years, donations have gone to such organizations as St. Mary's Home for Children, the North Providence Youth Commission, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tri-Town, MADD, Honor Flight, St. Anthony's Holy Family, and the Fogarty Center, among oth- ers. "In order for these organizations to continue to assist vulnerable popula- tions, especially during COVID-19, these charities need our generous support now more than ever," said Lombardi in a letter to donors. With help from donors, every contribution gained, no matter the size, will be an investment in the recovery from the pandemic, said the mayor. Tax-deductible donations can be made by check payable to the 501c3 Mayor Lombardi's Holiday Fund, 17 Twins Lane, North Providence, Rhode Island 02904. "On behalf of all the deserving charities, we thank you and are grateful for your generous, compas- sionate hearts," he wrote. GALA From Page One their dog to escape could be hit with a second offense on their first offense in North Providence, thus incurring a fine even without a past record in town. Addressing concerns previously expressed by Animal Control Officer Ernie Calandra that he wouldn't want the ordinance to prohibit stronger action on a first egregious offense, the ordinance does not apply to actions taken by the town with regard to vicious dog violations or offenses. Ordinance Committee Chairman Stefano Famiglietti said the proposed ordinance on the docket for a vote Dec. 1 hasn't really changed much from what was originally proposed, but some of the wording was modi- fied to address concerns and clarify certain items. A legal restraint is defined as a cord or chain no longer than 6 feet in length and connected to the collar or harness of the dog and held in the hand by the owner or a competent person. The owner shall keep the dog under restraint at all times and shall not permit it to be at-large and off their property unless they are leashed. Councilor Steven DiLorenzo has been especially adamant that the town needs to revise its leash laws after several attacks by dogs this year on town streets. DiLorenzo previ- ously said that increased pet-walking activity during the pandemic has highlighted the problem and the need for stricter rules. LEASH LAW From Page One Martins. "It makes it easy for a thief to commit the crime and the owner is without transportation." By employing those simple preven- tative tactics, said Martins, "we can lessen criminal opportunity, reduce property damage, decrease victimiza- tion and improve public safety." Residents and visitors can pre- vent these "crimes of opportunity" by eliminating the opportunity, say police. Simply trusting that a car can be left on but unoccupied is an invitation for a potential thief to take advantage of an innocent person, said Martins. "With the cooperation of our resi- dents we can make our town safer and help reduce criminal activity," he said. "In addition, the victim will not have to be without their vehicle because it was stolen." Incidents of stolen vehicles are way up compared to this same time last year. Four cars were stolen between Sept. 2 and Dec. 27 of last year, with three of those clustered a week or so before Christmas, Dec. 18-19. Many people assume their cars won't run for long with key fobs in use, but older key fobs won't cut the engine, noted Martins a year ago. With those older fobs, the only way a thief would be prevented from con- tinuing to drive is if they happened to turn off the car before arriving at their destination. THEFTS From Page One www.valleybreeze.com Other community partners include Lynne Bryan-Phipps of the Beachwood Center for Well-being in Charlestown, who will introduce the women to integrative equine therapy. Bryan-Phipps said the center helps people from all walks of life, includ- ing veterans, their children, and their caregivers. Bulawan-Jessop said equine ther- apy "really heals from the inside out." Using measurable data and care- fully selected therapy horses, Bryan- Phipps said the center provides "some deep therapeutic work, with horses adding a number of dimen- sions to that, which makes it faster and easier, creating a safe space for people to heal." The group will also be working with Jen Costanza of Rooted Life, a healthy living blog, who will offer cooking classes and nutrition educa- tion focused on plant-based eating. She's hoping that the participants are able to incorporate healthier meals into their cooking for them- selves and their families. "Like everyone here, I overall want to promote the idea that it's OK to take time for yourself," she said. Bulawan-Jessop has provided each person in the program with a binder of helpful resources and tools for self-care, which she plans to add to during each session. "At the end of this event, they'll have their own wellness book so they don't have to sit on a computer and look for this information," she said. Though 2020 has been a difficult year for people due to the challeng- es of the pandemic, Bulawan-Jessop said she is glad to have committed to the theme of wellness. "It has been an amazing journey. I've stepped into realms I never imagined for myself," she said of her Dole Fellowship. After two ses- sions of her program for caregiv- ers, "I already have people saying: thank you, you don't know how much I needed this." There are additional supports available to veteran caregiv- ers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at elizabethdolefoun- dation.org, and through Hidden Heroes on Facebook and hiddenhe- roes.org. CAREGIVERS From Page 2 ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at ethan@valleybreeze.com or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334- 9555, ext. 141 or email: jack@valleybreeze.com CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at valleybreeze.com, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. 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