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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-19-2020

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2 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET 2 NORTH SMITHFIELD – For Olivia Marcantonio of North Smithfield, mental health wasn't something to keep quiet about. The junior at Nichols College said she struggled with mental health her whole life and has dealt with anxiety and depression in the past. She and her friend and business partner, Kate Silvestri of Cleveland, Ohio, wanted to find a way to promote positivity and tell others it was OK to focus on taking care of themselves. So they decided to put it on a sweatshirt. The two women are the founders of Radiate Positivity, a new clothing line that aims to raise awareness about mental health issues. Their signature pastel-toned loungewear features positive messages, and 10 percent of proceeds are donated to a different mental health-focused organization every month. "To us, it's more than a business. It's more of a lifestyle. It's helped us grow as people," said Marcantonio. They first had the idea when Silvestri, a student at Boston University, was considering applying to an entrepreneurship program. Her plans for the program fell through, but the two friends took the business model she developed and decided to launch it online. They sketched out a logo on a napkin – a bright sun with rays reaching skyward – and Radiate Positivity was born. Three months later, the company offers a selection of sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts and beanies in their online store. Each color corre- sponds with a different mental health issue, ranging from depression and eating disorders to suicide preven- tion. Silvestri said the message has connected with customers, many of whom are dealing with their own struggles. "I'd say the most rewarding part of it is to see that it means a lot to people. The reviews really hit home for me," she said. While founding a business might not seem like the most natural reac- tion to 2020, Marcantonio and Silvestri said they felt now was the right time. The two friends have kept in touch remotely as they navigate returning to classes and running a business during a pandemic, using Marcantonio's apartment as their "warehouse" to fill orders. "With our message, we felt it was something that needed to be out in the world. Because it's all about radiating that positive energy and get- ting through those hard times," said Marcantonio. The two women hope to continue to grow their business and are work- ing on an athletic line next. The com- pany, they said, is not just a business, but a message they're trying to get across. To learn more about Radiate Positivity, visit www.radiatepositivity. net . New clothing line from local student brings attention to mental health By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com OLIVIA MARCANTONIO, of North Smithfield, and KATE SILVESTRI, of Cleveland, Ohio, model sweatshirts and sweatpants from their new clothing line, RADIATE POSITIVITY. WOONSOCKET – The City Council on Monday approved a new, one-year contract for the city's police department, though with the contract expiring this past June, the department still does not have an updated contract for the current fiscal year. The contract approved on Monday covers the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. It replaces a previous, five-year con- tract that expired in 2019. According to a fiscal impact statement provided by the city Finance Department, the agree- ment will result in a $307,240 increase over the last contract, a sum that was not included in the city's fiscal year 2020 budget. That includes salary increases of around 3 percent for officers along with corresponding increases in ben- efits. The contract makes some changes to the department's orga- nization, adding an "accreditation sergeant" and giving the title of sergeant to the evidence officer, a position that's already funded at a sergeant's pay rate, according to the contract. The city will also change to a bi- weekly pay schedule from its cur- rent weekly schedule beginning in December. The new contract was first con- sidered by the council back in September. However, members wanted a work session to discuss the terms prior to bringing it to a vote. A vir- tual public hearing on the contract drew no comment on Monday, and the agreement passed by a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Alex Kithes voting against. Members of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 404, which represents the city's officers, have also ratified the new contract. City, union agree on last year's police contract By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Correction A caption in the Nov. 12 issue incorrectly identified the Connecting for Children and Families staff members in a photo taken at the Kids' Adventure Afterschool Program at Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School. They are Michael "Mr. Mike" Davis and Marybeth Sztabor. BIG NEWS For People With Hearing Loss Are you experiencing difficulty hearing? Do you have to ask people to repeat, especially in noisy environments? Are you having difficulty hearing the dialogue when you watch television? Now is the time to have your hearing checked. There is a revolutionary new award- winning hearing device to help you hear better. That means you won't have to work so hard to hear. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. 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