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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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10 CUMBERLAND / BUSINESS FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Aurise Carden, the Cumberland woman featured in last week's edition of The Breeze expressing her concerns about being added to a town waiting list for the vaccine, said she ended up being able to get vaccinated at CVS over the weekend. Carden said she spent about three hours on the phone with CVS last Thursday, then was back on the phone with them Friday when she landed an appointment for 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Carden said she made a dry run to set her mind at ease, traveling to Woonsocket to see the site and finding that everything looked "safe and sound," with a "massive freezer outside in the parking lot." The actual process of getting the vaccine was easy, she said, and she's so grateful. "I'm quite happy about it," she said. "On Friday everything seemed to click." She added that all processes were running smoothly, from what she observed. "It seems like they're on the ball," she said. "I think it's a good sign for everybody." Mayor Jeff Mutter had stated for last week's story that he didn't expect many of the older residents placed on the waiting list for a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in March to have to wait that long, especially with vaccines being dis- tributed at CVS and Walgreens. The town started its own vac- cination clinics at the Cumberland Senior Center this week, holding its first session on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Chief of Emergency Medical Services John Pliakas repeated that there were 240 vaccines allot- ted to the town to split between Wednesday's clinic and another this Friday, Feb. 19. "We're obviously limited by the supply of vaccine we're provided by the Department of Health," he said. Current clinics, open only to those age 75 and older, are running two days per week for another three weeks beyond this week to start, but all slots are full. Anyone who wants to be added to the waiting list (or make an appointment when they become available) can call 401-335- 5888. Rhode Island's vaccine rollout remains lethargic, putting the state near the bottom of the list for num- ber of residents vaccinated. That performance, said by some officials to be the result of seeking to vacci- nate the right people first and in an equitable way, was drawing sharp criticism from incoming Gov. Dan McKee and other state leaders this week, with some 80,000 vaccines delivered to the state but still not administered as of Monday. Carden gets her vaccine By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Firefighter BRYAN CLARKE, in the water as a "victim" during Sunday's ice safety drill, is rescued by Acting Lt. KEVIN DUBE. CUMBERLAND – Members of Cumberland Fire Department's sec- ond platoon took advantage of the ice formation from recent cold tem- peratures to conduct ice rescue drill scenarios in the pond behind Station 5 on Arnold Mills Road Sunday morning. All Cumberland fire companies carry ice rescue equipment in case of an emergency. Fire Chief Nick Anderson is reminding everyone that a body of water needs a minimum thickness of 4 inches of new and clear ice to be considered acceptable to walk on. Ice thickness will vary location to location. No amount of ice can be guaranteed to be completely safe, he said. Anderson noted that the state's phone number for checking the condition of ice is 401-667-6222. The state only checks three major park locations, but as of Feb. 16, had deemed that there was no safe ice in Rhode Island, he said. "The only safe ice is located at skating rinks," said Anderson. Warm temperatures and heavy rain on Tuesday further weakened pond ice, and additional weaken- ing was expected throughout the week, with fluctuating temperatures and more mixed precipitation. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s next week. During a pandemic winter where more people are getting outside to explore the outdoors, far more area residents have been seen venturing onto the ice at various locations. The state has a one-stop website dedicated to ice safety: riparks.com/ ice-safety.php#icesafety . Cumberland firefighters conduct ice rescue drills; no safe ice in R.I. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Fernandes earns Masters Diamond Award CUMBERLAND – Century 21 Gonsalves-Pastore Realty announces that Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized Sara Fernandes, sales affiliate with the office, as a top- producer nationwide when it hon- ored her with the coveted Century 21 Masters Diamond Award in 2020. Diamond level status is awarded to a C21 sales affiliate who has met min- imum sales production of $236,000 or 55 closed transaction sides within a calendar year. The sales affiliate also receives a trophy and a personal invitation to attend the annual Century 21 Top Agent Retreat. Fernandes completed not only her highest but her brokerage's highest sale recorded and a town record high of $2,575,000 in South Kingstown for 2020. Century 21 Gonsalves-Pastore Realty is a full-service broker- age located at 126 Broad St., Cumberland. Apply for Champions in Action program PROVIDENCE – Citizens and NBC10 announced that they will be accepting applications under the bank's Champions in Action program from local nonprofit organizations that are focused on closing social equity and inclu- sion gaps within local communities through education, advocacy and relevant programming. The winner for the second half of 2021 will be announced in July. Organizations selected for inclu- sion in the program will receive financial, volunteer and public rela- tions support to help further extend their reach and impact. Areas of focus for the program change twice- yearly. Eligible nonprofits typically work in collaboration with partners, neighborhood groups, schools, or other organizations to address issues related to the chosen focus area that affect local communities. The nonprofit applying for the award should include specific and measurable goals for their program. Applications can be com- pleted online at https://tinyurl. com/2zmojalb and must be submit- ted by Feb. 26. 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