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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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8 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION 8 around a long, long time. I reached out, having a huge veteran family, and found out this company is through the lieutenant governor's office. I contacted them and they put me in touch with Project Yellow Ribbon, which takes chocolate." Emily said that once they get all the donated candy they sort it between chocolate and no chocolate. The choc- olate will go to Project Yellow Ribbon while the rest goes to Operation Holiday Cheer, which puts together care packages to the already deployed. This year was a little different with the pandemic. Erinn said small busi- nesses were not able to participate as drop-off spots. But, with smaller Halloween celebrations and not as many trick-or-treaters, many Cumberland residents had an abun- dance of leftover candy. "It was different this year," Emily said about her experience collecting candy. "There was less interaction with people. But the reason we got so much candy was people were expecting more trick-or-treaters and there weren't so many." The Raimondis spent six hours driv- ing around picking up candy, also visiting drop-off locations at Town Hall and Mastery Martial Arts. The candy should be delivered out to troops this weekend. "I just want to thank the commu- nity," Erinn said. "The community ral- lied around Emily." Emily said that so many people reached out asking to donate a small bag of candy, but the bags ended up being huge. "Small acts of kindness add up to something really big," she said. Erinn said that Emily was named for her father's father, Emil, who was a prisoner of war in Germany. Emily added that her grandmother was the first woman officer in the Rhode Island National Guard, her uncle Billy is in the Space Force, and her grandfather is in the Army. She said she would love to do this every year, as "it's a lot of fun and has great effects." Emily has run numerous charitable efforts, including being part of the Travis Roy Foundation and creating a Facebook group to help the cause, Emily's Cakes for a Cause. The Travis Roy Foundation helps people with spinal cord injuries includ- ing research and getting supplies the injured party needs. Travis Roy suf- fered a paralyzing injury 11 seconds into his first hockey game for Boston University in 1995. Roy, who had befriended Emily, died on Oct. 29. "This candy drive has been very therapeutic," Erinn said for both of them. "It's given her something to look forward to and to know that there are good people out there. It's kept our mind off of how sad we are." Emily said she hopes to one day become a teacher. Her mom calls her "an old soul with a very giving heart." EMILY RAIMONDI, 12, of Cumberland, stands with all of the donated Halloween candy she has collected this year, almost 700 pounds, for Operation Holiday Cheer and Project Yellow Ribbon. TREATS From Page 6 Wireless issues resolved at Lonsdale Upgrades now at Central, LHS LINCOLN – School leaders are working with Cox Communications to ensure that the wireless internet issues experienced at Lonsdale Elementary School will not be felt across the district as it transitions to a new internet provider. Lonsdale, the first school in the district to make the switch over to Cox, experienced what Supt. Larry Filippelli called "some major hic- cups" during the process. The decision to upgrade the dis- trict's internet service was made last year, before the coronavirus outbreak forced students and teach- ers into distance learning. When COVID hit, Filippelli said there was a backlog on supplies, delaying the start of the conversion. Making the switch is a cost-effec- tive move for the district, Filippelli said, because Cox will own and By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Continues on next page

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