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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-19-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 NORTH SMITHFIELD 11 11 Officers of the NORTH SMITHFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT distributed Halloween goodie bags to students at NORTH SMITHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in the week before Halloween. School Resource Officer Chrystal Lin-Cabral and Capt. Stephen Riccitelli came up with the idea to pass out the bags in place of the department's annual Trunk-or-Treat, which couldn't be held this year due to COVID-19. The bags included a Halloween safety coloring book, 'Be seen, Be safe!' glow-in-the-dark bracelets, note pads, pencils, stamps and a glowstick. The supplies for more than 700 bags were donated by Walmart and purchased by the department and assembled by Lin-Cabral, School Resource Officer Emmanuel Avila and department intern Rosana Nunez. Pictured from left, in front, are NSES students Macsen R., Savannah G. and Reese H., hold- ing their Halloween bags. In the back row are School Resource Officer Chrystal Lin-Cabral, Principal Jennifer Daigneault and Chief Tim Lafferty. St. Antoine Residence receives $1 million 'Support and Change' grant NORTH SMITHFIELD – The St. Antoine Residence was among 10 nursing facilities that received "Support and Change" grants from the state as part of a $25 million investment of CARES Act funding into long-term services and supports. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced in October the St. Antoine Residence would receive $1 million as part of the program. Nine other nurs- ing homes also received between $500,000 and $1 million in funding. According to the announcement, the funds will go to nursing facilities that applied to the program seeking support to diversify their business models to remain viable through the public health emergency, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, diversify their revenue and expand quality services to specialized populations. "The COVID-19 public health emergency has had a significant impact on Rhode Island's nursing facilities," said Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones. "This partnership represents an opportunity to extend that cooperation to build strong resilience for the current crisis and improve health outcomes for all Rhode Islanders in need of long-term services and supports." Under this program, facilities submitted proposals for additional financial assistance, detailing trans- formation plans and the number of licensed beds to either be de-licensed, taken out of service or reserved for specialized resident needs. Successful applicants needed to demonstrate organizational readiness, community partnerships, Medicaid participation, a clear and well-structured work plan and a clear commitment to nursing facility diversification or building of specialized service capacity. Books Are Wings announces literacy campaign kickoff PAWTUCKET – Books Are Wings will hold its virtual 7th annual Gift of Literacy Campaign kickoff today, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The event will be hosted on Zoom in support of its work to get over 10,000 books out to learners by the end of 2020. Proceeds from the campaign directly support Books Are Wings and its mission to put free books into the hands of children. This critical mission is driven by efforts such as the Book Bag Project, a new initiative to support families. Book Bags are sealed bags packed with age- appropriate books and activities and are a way for Books Are Wings to stay connected with students and their families while regular programming is suspended. The campaign runs from Nov. 19 through Dec. 31. Tickets begin at $20 per person, with many sponsorship opportunities avail- able. All tickets are available online at https://tinyurl.com/y27et2t5 . For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Jocelynn White at jwhite@booksarewings.org or 401-475- 4882.

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