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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 BUSINESS 9 9 U.S. News & World Report names Ballou Home Best Nursing Home WOONSOCKET – Ballou Home for the Aged is among the 21 per- cent of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The home earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of "High Performing," the highest possible rating, for both Short Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News' assess- ment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures. Barry Zeltzer, Ballou's executive director, said, "We are pleased to have received this remarkably high honor from U. S. News and World Report. Much of the credit must go to our frontline staff, our nurses and all of our staff who work so dili- gently every day to provide the best of care in a safe, secure, and loving environment to our residents and their families." Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation's 15,000- plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News' exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic. SBA announces Small Business Week award winners PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the 2020 Rhode Island Small Business Week awardees. This year's winners are led by the Rhode Island Small Business Persons of the Year, Harmony Oschefski and Cedar Hwang, owners of the Bodhi Spa in Newport, along with the five New England regional winners and six state-level awardees. Historically, Small Business Week is observed in early May but due to the risk of COVID-19 and state guidelines for social distancing the annual event was postponed. Locally, National Marker Company in North Smithfield earned the award for Rhode Island & New England Small Business Manufacturer. Michael Black is the president of the company. Winning for R.I. Veteran-owned Small Business was Smoke & Squeal BBQ of Pawtucket, owned by Adam Batchelder. NRI Board of Realtors installs Williamson as president CUMBERLAND – Realtor Robert Williamson, of Residential Properties Ltd. in Cumberland, was installed as the 2021 president of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors on Oct. 8, at its 100th annual meeting. Williamson has been a member of the Realtor Association for seven years. He has held the positions of president-elect, treasurer and cor- porate secretary of Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors, served on the board of directors since 2015, and is a member of its Executive, Finance, Realtor Party and Shared Services Committees. He serves on the Board of Directors of the R.I. Association of Realtors and is an active member of his community through his service with the Cumberland Education Foundation and Children's Friend. Additionally, the board installed the following 2021 officers: • Alexander Parmenidez of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Providence, as president- elect • Arianne Tanasio of Tanasio Realty Advisors in Lincoln, as trea- surer • Anne McCrann of Premeer Real Estate, Inc. in Smithfield, as cor- porate secretary Installed as direc- tors were: Chris Whitten, immedi- ate past president; Stacy Corrigan, Michele Cerreta, Michelle Keach, Jan D'Angelo, Jennifer Lemme, Aleisha Noonan. Mary Baron, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cumberland, was recognized as the board's 2020 Realtor of the Year. The 2020 Golden R Award was presented to Chris Whitten of Premeer Real Estate Inc. in Smithfield. The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Alissa St. Jacques of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cumberland. The Affiliate of the Year Award was presented to Brad Pelletier Esq. of Pelletier, Marshall & Clark, Attorneys at Law in Cumberland. The Richard Fontaine Award was presented to Michael Lambrese of Re/Max Town & Country in Cumberland. WILLIAMSON Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!'

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