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The North Providence Breeze 02-17-2021

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 17-23, 2021 THE VALLEY 5 PAWTUCKET – Betty Francisco, director of nursing at the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence on Main Street, never thought she'd have the chance to go to a Super Bowl. The Rumford resident said it was a "dream of a lifetime" to attend, so when she learned she was one of 76 health care workers who would travel to Super Bowl LV aboard the Patriots' plane, she thought at first it was a joke. "I would've never thought that I could ever do it. It's so expensive. It would be the dream of a life- time to ever go," she told The Breeze. The nursing home learned in late January it was one of four facilities in Rhode Island chosen to send a representative to the trip sponsored by the Kraft family and the New England Patriots. Health care "superheroes" received an all-expense-paid trip to Tampa, Fla., to attend the Super Bowl with trans- portation on the team plane. All participants had to be fully vaccinated with both doses of the COVID- 19 vaccine. Francisco said the facility held a drawing to deter- mine which staff member would attend, but she never expected to win. "I'm a person who never wins anything, first of all, and then to win something so honorable, it was just an incredible feeling," she said. Last Sunday morning, she reported to Gillette Stadium at 7 a.m., where health care workers from all six New England states gathered for a group photo on the Patriots' field. From there, they had a police escort to Logan Airport and boarded the plane bound for Tampa. Francisco said the atmosphere was light and friendly on the plane as health care workers had the chance to meet and share stories from the past year. "It was relaxed, we had fun, and we had the opportunity to meet some incredible superheroes, other people who have been going through the same challenges that we could really relate to," she said. In Tampa, they had a chance to personally meet Robert Kraft and were guests at a tailgate Miley Cyrus concert. Then they headed over to the game for the start of the Super Bowl. "It's still like a dream, honest to God. Just talking about it is beyond words," she said. Even though the Patriots didn't play in this year's Super Bowl, Francisco said it was OK because she got to see her favorite player, Tom Brady, claim his seventh Super Bowl win. One of her favorite moments, she said, was dur- ing the halftime show, when the entire stadium was lit up with sparkling lights. Francisco said she did a lot of reflecting on the way home that night about what the trip meant to her. "To me, it meant that I was so honored and all the hard work we've been doing, this was like the icing on the cake," she said. "Being honored this way and remembered by the Kraft family, we were just vali- dated and it was great to have that done." The biggest takeaway, she said, was the impor- tance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Francisco said she lived a dream she would have never been able to experience if she hadn't received her vaccine. Being in the stadium, she said, reminded her that more people will have to get the vaccine if they'll be able to go back to attending concerts and football games. "What does it mean getting vaccinated? It means there's hope at the end of the tunnel," she said. Francisco said she's proud of her staff and the resi- dents at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, most of whom have already received their two doses. She encour- aged anyone on the fence about the vaccine to talk with their doctors. "If anybody has any doubts, please talk to their physicians, talk to somebody in health care and get educated," she said. Pawtucket nurse recounts Super Bowl trip on Patriots plane By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com BETTY FRANCISCO, director of nursing at the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, attended Super Bowl LV in Tampa last Sunday with 75 other health care workers from around New England. Library announces new website, programs NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Library announces its brand new website at https:// nprovlib.org/ . Patrons can visit the website for all upcoming programs and events. Patrons will be able to access all the services offered at the library and a direct link to the Ocean State Libraries Catalog. Through Feb. 24, North Providence Library patrons can enjoy the romance e-book and audiobook "Love Lettering," by Kate Clayborn, the latest Together We Read: U.S. digital book club selection, with no waitlists or holds. Readers can access the digital book by download- ing the Libby app or visiting http:// riezone.lib.overdrive.com and then participate in an online discussion. This country-wide digital book club joins nearly 16,000 public libraries and thousands of readers across the United States. The North Providence Rhode Island Children's Book Award Reading Challenge for grades 3-5 is available through May 15. This challenge encourages kids to read as many of the 2021 nominated books as possible. Kids who read at least five nominated books by May 1 will earn a spot to compete in the 2nd annual North Providence Rooster Games. They can also be entered to win one of three prizes through the library by signing up through Beanstack at https://nplib.beanstack- org/reader365 and logging each of the nominated books they read. Call the Children's Department for more information at 401-353-5600, ext. 5. "Tale"-Gating Storytime at the pool will be held on Tuesdays through March 2, at 9:30 a.m. This storytime will meet in the pool parking lot behind the library. "Tale"-Gating Storytime at Notte Park will be held on Wednesdays through March 3 at 9:30 a.m. This storytime will meet in the lower parking lot at Governor Notte Park. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, chalk to decorate their own space, blankets, and dress for the weather. Masks are required for everyone over age 2. Registration is required; call the Children's Department at 401-353-5600, ext. 5. Visit the new Math Walk at the lower playground of the Stephen Olney Park. Follow the yellow signs to do some warm-up exercises, com- plete an obstacle course, go on a nature hunt, listen for some wildlife, and generally run around and have fun. Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com STATE OF RHODE ISLAND TOWN OF NORTH PROVIDENCE ATTENTION NORTH PROVIDENCE VOTERS STATE REFERENDA SPECIAL ELECTION March 2, 2021 In-person emergency "early" voting for THE STATEWIDE REFERENDA SPECIAL ELECTION will be held daily from Feb. 10 to March 1, at North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith St. Voting will be held during Town Hall business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Feb. 28. On March 1, voting will end at 4 p.m. A drop box for mail ballots is located in the Town Hall parking lot outside the rear handicapped accessible doors. The only in-person polling place and time on Election Day, March 2, will be at THE NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER 1-Gov.Notte Pkwy., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In-Person Polling Place for March 2, 2021 1A FORMER POLICE FIRE COMPLEX, 1835 MINERAL SPRING AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2404 1B JAMES MCGUIRE SCHOOL, 55 CENTRAL AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2407 1C GREYSTONE SCHOOL, 100 MORGAN AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2408 1D CENTREDALE SCHOOL, 41 ANGELL AVE 2403 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2411 2A BIRCHWOOD SCHOOL, 10 BIRCHWOOD DR 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2412 2B DR JOSEPH WHELAN SCHOOL, 1440 MINERAL SPRING 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2413 2C SAVING GRACE WORSHIP CENTER, 3 VOLTURNO 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2415 2D REV I J BOUFFARD K OF C, 15 BASSETT STREET 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2416 2E PRESENTATION CHURCH, 1081 MINERAL SPRING AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2401 3A FRUIT HILL FIRE STATION, 369 FRUIT HILL AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2402 3B LYMANVILLE VFW POST 10011, 354 FRUIT HILL AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2405 3C NORTH PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL, 1828 MINERAL 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2406 3D DR EDWARD RICCI SCHOOL, 55 INTERVALE AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2409 3E FORMER ST PATS SCHOOL, 622 WOONASQUATUCKET AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK 2414 3F STEPHEN OLNEY SCHOOL, 1378 DOUGLAS AVE 2410 1E NORTH PROVIDENCE YOUTH CENTER, 1 GOV NOTTE PARK IF YOU NORMALLY VOTE HERE ON MARCH 2, 2021 If you have any questions ,Please feel free to contact the Board of Canvassers Dept. at 401-232-0900 ext. 230 or email bocclerk@northprovidenceri.gov DENISE A VASQUES, DIRECTOR • Stuffed Shrimp • Clams Casino • Scallops/Bacon • Stuffies • Crab Cakes • Mushrooms • Stuffed Scrod • Stuffed Sole Quality Seafood Since 1982 Full Line of Bake & Serve Appetizers and Entrées NORTH PROVIDENCE 1702 Mineral Spring Ave. 353-6350 WARWICK 1 Centerville Road 738-6762 EBT OPEN 7 DAYS Fish & Chip Takeout Fridays! 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