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The North Providence Breeze 02-17-2021

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22 NORTH PROVIDENCE FEBRUARY 17-23, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION • Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 7:15 p.m. • Wednesday, March 3, from 4 to 10:15 p.m. • And Saturday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Find the links at www.northprovi- denceri.gov . The first two dates appeared to be full as of press time, while the second two had openings. Residents will also have the oppor- tunity to register for their second vaccine on the day of their first one. Second doses are currently sched- uled for March 20, 27, 31, and April 10. There are roughly 4,500 senior citizens age 75 and older, said Lombardi, and the town will be receiving about 220 to 230 vaccines per week. The mayor himself will be waiting for the next round of vaccines for those age 65 or older, as he won't turn 75 until July. Lombardi said officials fought to have their own pod for easy access to town seniors, saying the open- ing round of vaccinations where some residents in Marieville were traveling six miles to a clinic in Providence just wasn't good enough. Eventually, he said, he expects the state to be running eight pods total. The mayor said incoming Gov. Dan McKee has been holding regu- lar Zoom calls with Rhode Island mayors to update them on vaccine information and other topics, includ- ing helping local businesses. "This is more cooperation and involvement than we've ever had," he said, reiterating his stance that it's time for Gov. Gina Raimondo to step down as she prepares to take the position of secretary of com- merce in President Biden's adminis- tration for the sake of good govern- ment in the state. Lombardi, who is now president of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, counts McKee as a close friend. He said he expects to have a great working relationship with him. McKee, he said, understands as a former mayor of Cumberland what it's like to respond to a complaint about a street not being plowed or a sewer backing up, including working with police, fire and public works. "He was one of us, so he can relate to that," he said. "He's get- ting the municipal leaders involved, so everyone is very appreciative of that." North Providence residents are receiving the Moderna vaccine. Any additional clinics and schedules will also be posted on the town website. Those seniors who need help with registering for the vaccine, or those who do not have access to a computer to register, can call the Mancini Center at 401-231-0742. Chamber member who exhibits the same philanthropic spirit that Ben Mondor had. This year's winner was John J. Partridge, senior counsel at Partridge Snow & Hahn. Partridge was born in Central Falls and grew up in Pawtucket. He thanked his parents for this award, as he said they were the ones who showed him how to be involved in the community and to be philan- thropic. The Barbara C. Burlingame Public Service Award honors an elected official who has made outstanding contributions to the business commu- nity. Catucci said it is given to some- one who has shown commitment to the business community and also to community as a whole. The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott, was this year's recipient. She was not able to attend. "We look at the lessons of 2020, how it strengthened our resolve, and we look forward to 2021 with positiv- ity," Catucci said. "We will continue our efforts at the Statehouse, working with the new administration. We will continue our greater focus on work- force development and education as well as continually making connec- tions and networking opportunities available for all of our members. She added, "With the vaccine here and warmer weather on the horizon, we hope to be able to do all of this in-person very soon." CHAMBER From Page 4 CLINICS From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON KEVIN WALSH, right, pushes his son DEZMON across the ice at the Wenscott Reservoir at Notte Park last Saturday afternoon, as his daughter, GRACE, watches. Frozen fun at Notte Park Ruggerio, McEntee introduce Plastic Waste Reduction Act PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick Ruggerio (District 4, North Providence, Providence) and Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (District 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) have introduced legislation to reduce the use of plastic bags by retail establish- ments by offering recyclable bag options and providing penalties for violations. The Plastic Waste Reduction Act (2021-S 0037, 2021-H 5358) would prohibit retail sales establishments from making available any single- use plastic checkout bag, and would require that any paper bags made available be recyclable, with an exception for paper carryout bags at restaurants. "The dangers plastic pollution poses to oceans and marine wildlife is well-documented, and plastic use overall contributes to the degradation of our environment," said Ruggerio. "We must take action to reduce plastic consumption and pollution. Support for efforts to promote reus- able bags is growing, as is evidenced by the many communities in our state that have already adopted simi- lar policies. A consistent statewide policy would be appropriate and much more effective at addressing this source of pollution." The legislation is supported by environmental advocates, including the Conservation Law Foundation. The legislation is cosponsored in the Senate by Senators V. Susan Sosnowski, Dawn Euer, Cynthia A. Coyne, Sen. Meghan Kallman and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, and has been referred to the Environment and Agriculture Committee. House cosponsors include Representatives Terri Cortvriend, David A. Bennett, Jason Knight , Lauren H. Carson, House Majority Leader Christopher R. Blazejewski, June S. Speakman, Robert D. Phillips, Susan R. Donovan and Robert E. Craven. The bill has been referred to the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

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