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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-21-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ADAM BRUNETTI aims his cell phone toward the REV. JEFFREY THOMAS, of St. James Baptist Church, as he livestreams a memorial service at the MLK Memorial Sculpture Garden in Woonsocket Monday morning. See more photos on page 10. Local agency struggling to find foster families during pandemic 'If you're going to do it, now is the time' WOONSOCKET – Staff mem- bers at a local foster care agency say they're struggling to recruit new fos- ter parents and place children with families during the pandemic, even as the number of removals from homes plummets statewide. Mark Cote is the director of child welfare for Community Care Alliance, which contracts with the Department of Children, Youth & Families to place By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor See FOSTER, Page 6 As Rhode Island continues its COVID-19 vaccination efforts in nursing homes and regional distribu- tion sites, local municipal leaders are preparing for the inevitable arrival of vaccine supply closer to home. Last week, Fire Chief Paul Shatraw and EMA Director Timothy Walsh of Woonsocket toured several sites around the city as possible points of distribution on the local level. The goal, said Shatraw, is to be ready to distribute vaccine to the community once it becomes available to a wider group of people. "We're working the logistics right now, but we will certainly be ready when the time does come for us to bring it back to the municipalities," he said. Though the tour included several Woonsocket Education Department sites, including Hamlet Middle School and Woonsocket High School, Shatraw told The Breeze last Friday they'd most likely settled on using the former Monsignor Gadoury School at Holy Trinity Parish. Unlike the city- owned sites, the former school is cur- rently vacant, allowing site workers to distribute the vaccine at any time of day without worrying about interac- tion with students. "It kind of checked every box, so to speak, as far as parking and location and accessibility," he said. The Rev. Daniel Sweet, pastor at Holy Trinity Parish, said the building Holy Trinity school, NSHS to serve as vaccine sites By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor See VACCINE, Page 14 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Two years ago, Annika Stager was one of the first young women in Rhode Island to join Scouts BSA, the Boys Scouts-rooted organization that Stager will be Troop 438's first female Eagle Scout By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor See EAGLE, Page 11 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 21-27, 2021 6 Blackstone Valley Place Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Do you hear what I hear… Hear for the Holidays! At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Call today to schedule your appointment and ask about our Interest Free Financing! Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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