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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-19-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 WOONSOCKET 15 15 PAULETTE LEMIEUX of North Smithfield brought in the winning number of 1963 and claimed the $500 first prize in the Autumnfest button raffle. Lemieux donated half of the winnings, $250, to the milk fund charity. The grand prize is donated by WNRI annually to Autumnfest. Autumnfest button winner Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island, Woonsocket Clubhouse, receives funding from Amgen Foundation WOONSOCKET – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island has received a $35,000, two- year grant from Amgen Inc. to fund the Club's work in advancing racial and social justice through programs at its Woonsocket Clubhouse. Amgen is a global biotechnology company with a manufacturing plant in West Greenwich, and recently announced a $7.5 million commit- ment to support racial justice and equal opportunity, where Amgen operates. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island is a youth guidance agency for children and youth ages 5 to 18, with a mission "to enable all young people, especial- ly those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, car- ing, responsible citizens." At its Woonsocket and Cumberland Clubhouses and through community outreach, organizers say the Club strives to provide a positive environ- ment with programs and services focusing on three core areas – aca- demic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship – that are integral to Northern Rhode Island youth. "We often look back at speeches from the civil rights movement and realize not much has changed. The current environment this year pushed social injustice and racial dis- parities to the forefront and sparked outrage in our youth. With that out- rage, they need adult guidance to help them navigate and gain under- standing. We must work together to help dismantle long standing systems, put in place to keep cer- tain races and classes down in this country," said Bonnie Piekarski, unit director of the Woonsocket Clubhouse. "With this grant, we will be able to continue the work of healing a hurt- ing community. For our youth, the lack of representation in a commu- nity can lead to long-term self-esteem and self-worth issues. Not seeing one- self in leadership positions can make one believe that 'they cannot do it,' or 'that it is not for them.' Together, we all win," said Piekarski. The Club addresses social justice and equality topics by weaving them into its core and special programs, creating opportunities that specifi- cally address these issues, and mak- ing it part of the daily conversation at the Clubhouse, organizers said. During program sessions, staff and members have discussed such sub- jects as systematic racism, colorism, prejudice and police interactions. In addition, the Clubhouse recently ran a forum with teenaged members and local law enforcement. Youth were able to ask them a series of questions regarding racial issues and police violence, where they could feel safe doing so. As part of community out- reach, staff also ran a series of mem- bers' parent events regarding racial inequality in health care, with an entire segment dedicated to African American women's health care and the high rates of death in childbirth. On a daily basis (prior to COVID guidelines and regulations), more than 170 children and youth attend programs and services at the Woonsocket Clubhouse. Because the Clubhouse is at capacity and in order to reach more kids, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island recently purchased and is renovating a larger building at 600 Social St. in Woonsocket. This new facility will have triple the capacity of the cur- rent Kendrick Street location and is expected to open in the fall of 2021. CCA announces Holiday for Kids Campaign WOONSOCKET – More than 600 families that receive services at Community Care Alliance are facing the holidays without the supplemen- tal resources that Adopt-a-Family has provided year after year. The organization's decision was not alone as other holiday donation programs have also closed due to challenges of distribution during the pandemic. In an effort to fill the gap, Woonsocket ON-Radio, 1240 AM or 99.5 FM, has donated air-time for the Community Care Alliance Radiothon Holiday for Kids Campaign on Nov. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. CCA events and volunteers coordinator and Community Connections radio host, Wendy Pires, will conduct the show. WPRI meteorologist Michelle Muscatello will make a guest appear- ance, along with other community supporters. The radiothon will focus on good deeds, client stories, pro- gram news and holiday cheer with original music by local artists. Community Care Alliance is seek- ing monetary donations to purchase gift cards for children served by the agency by calling 401-766-1240 dur- ing the show. Donations can be made at any time at www.CommunityCareRI. org/Donate . For more informa- tion, contact Pires at Wpires@ . Sixth out-of-state plate crackdown nets 37 citations WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket's sixth sweep for out-of-state license plates resulted in 37 citations issued between April and June of this year. Those found in violation were summoned to appear before the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal on Oct. 8. According to Mayor Lisa Baldelli- Hunt, the city has prioritized enforc- ing the state law against out-of-state vehicle parking. State law requires vehicles parked or garaged over- night in the city for more than 30 days to be registered to that city. "First, it is imperative that we have correct information for all vehicles in our city so we can quickly identify vehicle owners and contact next-of-kin should a public safety emergency arise where time is of the essence. Second, it is only fair to all of our resident taxpayers that if you live and drive a car in Woonsocket and use our city ser- vices, you need to register your car here and pay your fair share of car tax," she said. Of the 37 citations, 30 were for vehicles registered in Massachusetts, three in Florida, one in Connecticut, one in Maine and two in New York. "Enforcement of this statute helps ensure the public safety by being able to quickly identify and locate vehicle owners should the need arise," said Police Chief Thomas Oates. "We are extremely thankful to the public who took the time to report the violators and are appreciative of their patience during the process. 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