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The North Providence Breeze 03-31-2021

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2021 THE VALLEY 11 Clairette Y. Martin Clairette Y. Martin (Caplette), 87, passed on Sunday, March 21, at Hope Hospice Center. Clairette was the wife of the late Theodore J. Martin. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Yvonne C. Caplette. Clairette is survived by her chil- dren, Pauline Santorelli and her hus- band, Ralph, Jeannine Costa and her husband, Victor, Ernest G. Martin and his wife, Lisa; the late Georges T. Martin; a brother, Georges P. Caplette, and his wife, Marcia, and a sister, the late Pauline Eannarino. Clairette, is also survived by her four granddaughters, Stacey McCrary, Michelle Lugones, Jaime Martin, Kara Martin; also, four great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Clairette, was a kind and loving person, she will be missed by every- one who knew her. A celebration of her life will be held at a later day. Visit www.thek- . MARTIN PAWTUCKET – The worst-case scenario for this year's Pawtucket Arts Festival will be a repeat of the pared-down version held in fall of 2020, but organizers say they're hopeful that they can do a bit more when the 23rd annual festival rolls around in September. "This year my bar is set at last year," Anthony Ambrosino, festival director, told The Breeze. "I hope that the rate of vaccine (distribution) out- paces the rate of the new variants, and we can push beyond last year. … We have to keep in the back of our minds that anything can hap- pen." One aspect of this year's fes- tival that will be different from last year's is the return of the popular open-air artist market held at Slater Park, which was canceled last year due to safety concerns related to the pandemic. "That was a big thing that art- ists and vendors missed last year," Ambrosino said. "We were very upset to not have it." For thousands of people in the state, art is their livelihood, which is "one of the reasons we wanted to push to bring the marketplace back," he said. "There are artists who are depending on that sale." Much of the planning for the festival, slated for Sept. 10-19, is on pause at the moment, with Ambrosino describing some of the events, such as the downtown concerts and the R.I. Philharmonic concert at Slater Park, in a "yellow light" stage. In addition to being in talks with the city of Pawtucket, Ambrosino said that he has calls out to the usual festival part- ners, but every- one is waiting to see how the pandemic and vaccine rollout progress. "We keep waiting to see what's around the corner," he said. "Where we are in September might not look anything, good or bad, to where we are now." Organizers are essentially looking Plan A or Plan B, the ideal festival or the scaled-back version. "So much of the planning might have to be done last minute," he said. That said, Ambrosino is looking for volunteers from the community to help with festival planning. He has four community work groups that folks can join, though due to the pandemic, each group will be lim- ited to five people. Groups are: • Neighbors, who will share ideas representative of the many cultures and communities of Pawtucket to enrich the arts festival in a way that makes it representative of the city; • Creators, who will advise in the realm of the many arts disciplines and create programming that will both educate and enrich the greater community; • Helping Hands, who will advise and support the arts festival in the areas of people and planning to ensure well staffed and fluid events; • And Friends of the Arts, who will focus on fundraising. There's no minimum or maxi- mum time commitment, Ambrosino noted. "We're very appreciative of everyone that volunteers their time, knowledge and opinions to the fes- tival, and we want this to be a fun and rewarding experience for every- one," he said. If interested, email info@pawtuck- and in the subject line list "Work Group." In the body of the email, list the group or groups you are interested in along with a brief description of yourself and why you want to get involved. Ambrosino said that the 2020 festi- val lacked volunteers. "I'm not blaming anyone," he said. "People were afraid." Despite the challenges of 2020, Ambrosino said he's still proud of the version of the festival they were able to host last year, which included a scavenger hunt and a liv- ing forest at Slater Park hosted by TEN31 Productions; comedy and music at the Veterans Amphitheater downtown; a drive-in movie night; and events hosted by Mixed Magic Theatre. "It was a very trimmed down festi- val," he said. "It was very nice." He said that zero COVID-19 cases were traced back to the events, and they had no issues with people not wearing masks or abiding by safety and distancing guidelines. Now that they are well-versed in how to put on events during the pandemic, "we will (at least) have the bare minimum of what we had last year," he said. As arts organizations across the world have suffered over the past year, Ambrosino noted that the Pawtucket Arts Festival is 85 per- cent funded through donations and sponsorships and during COVID-19 "those numbers aren't there." To donate or sponsor the festival or for more information, visit www. . Organizers hoping for better Pawtucket Arts Festival in 2021 By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer AMBROSINO Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition publishes guide to support alcohol licensees WOONSOCKET – The Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition recently published a guide to support alcohol licensees in the region. The publication is titled "Alcohol Licensee Guide: An Overview of Underage Drinking, R.I. Laws, and Responsible Alcohol Sales." Part of the BVPC's mission is to work with businesses licensed to sell and/or serve alcohol and sup- port them in understanding the risks related to underage drinking. The idea to develop the guide came from a desire to strengthen its partnership and support of licensees and their employees in this area. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Information in the guide includes facts and consequences of under- age drinking, alcohol's affects on the brain, standard drink size, blood alcohol concentration, binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, Rhode Island state laws related to the sale of alcohol to underage youth, prop- erly checking IDs, and best business practices. The development and publish- ing of the guide was made possible through a Partnerships for Success Grant from the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Copies of the guide were recently mailed to more than 150 alcohol licensees operating establishments such as liquor stores, restaurants, and bars/taverns in Burrillville, Central Falls, Lincoln and Woonsocket. These are the commu- nities involved in the grant. Future plans are to distribute them to licensees in the other communities in the region- Cumberland, North Smithfield and Pawtucket. A Spanish version of the guide is also being developed for distribution. Any licensee who did not receive the guide or needs additional printed copies should email Cheryl DaCosta at cdacostabvpc@gmail. com. A pdf version of the guide can be downloaded by visiting the Not So Easy Program page of the BVPC's website at: http://blacksto- resources . Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' Taxpayers can e-file tax returns via Free File program PROVIDENCE – Many taxpay- ers this season can file their federal and Rhode Island personal income- tax returns online, at no charge, by using the Free File program avail- able on the Rhode Island Division of Taxation website, misc/efile.php . To use the Free File program, go to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation's Free File webpage and review the free offers displayed on that page from five brand-name online tax providers to see the ones for which you may be eligible. Choose the one that best suits your needs and click on it. To see if you may qualify, read each Free File offer for full details. OBITUARY IN BRIEF In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. 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