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The North Providence Breeze 04-07-2021

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 7-13, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island and the town of North Providence have had a longstanding partner- ship to help keep the community's unwanted items out of the landfill and support hundreds of children across the state. Mayor Charles Lombardi and the town have granted access to BigsRI to place their BIG Green Donation Bins at several new locations through- out the town: • Greystone Elementary School, 100 Morgan Ave.; • Ricci Middle School, 51 Intervale Ave.; • Birchwood Middle School, 10 Birchwood Drive; • North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd.; • And Whelan Elementary, 1440 Mineral Spring Ave. Residents are encouraged to drop off bagged clothing in the green bins. BigsRI Chief Executive Officer and North Providence resident Katje Afonseca, states, "I am proud that the town I live in is such a strong sup- porter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island. The bin placements are convenient for all residents to eas- ily donate their bagged clothing and textiles. When donating in our green bins you are making an impact right in your own community." Each year, BigsRI diverts between 3 and 5 million pounds of Rhode Island's unwanted items from the landfill. Residents of North Providence contributed more than 280,000 pounds of clothing and tex- tiles in the past two years. The dona- tions collected resulted in a savings of more than $6,500 for the town. "We're so grateful for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island's com- mitment to our community and look forward to our strengthening partner- ship," said Mayor Charles Lombardi. Residents can also schedule a free curbside pick-up at their home. Visit or DonateRI to schedule an appoint- ment. Visit for more. NP and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island grow partnership Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island CEO KATJE AFONSECA and North Providence MAYOR CHARLES LOMBARDI, pictured here at the North Providence Mancini Center, announce an expanded partnership on local donation bins. were Nina Manganaris and Sydney Brousseau. It was Brousseau's first day volunteering. They both work for the Family Care Community Partnership, which is a part of the agency. Manganaris is a social worker by trade and Brousseau works in social justice. "It's a huge public health issue and just to be part of the solution feels really good," Manganaris said about why she volunteers. Brousseau had a more personal rea- son for wanting to be involved. "My grandmother just died from COVID, from pneumonia she got from COVID in January," she said. "So being able to come and give people vaccinations who are around the same age as her, knowing that she couldn't get one, really is a big differ- ence." Last Thursday morning, they started seeing patients who were scheduled for their second doses at 8:30 a.m. By the middle of the morning, they took a break, restocked and cleaned, and prepared for round two, which includ- ed first doses. A line of people formed outside to get their temperatures checked. From there they are welcomed inside, checked in and confirmed, signing a consent form. "We go in and answer any questions they may have about the vaccine," Giordano-Perez said. "We let them know it's Moderna, repeat it over and over to make sure. We confirm if its their first or second dose. We talk about the side effect profile and (what the) immune response will be after each dose. And then we have them stay on site for 15 minutes if they don't have any history of anaphylaxis. If they do have a history, we stay with them for 30 minutes. We set a little timer and when they timer goes off, they're instructed to go to the check- out desk to get vaccine card and get scheduled for their next appointment in four weeks. Then we give out good- ies." The goodies, which are set up on a table in the back of the gym, include water, vaccination pins and stickers, information on how to become a patient at Tri-County, hand sanitizer, wipes and masks. "It's been going extremely well," Papagolos said. "They really have this down to a science to move clients through very quickly." Among the hundreds of people who have come through each week, some have stuck out. "I think the most powerful one for me that happened recently was we had this sweet 92-year-old woman who was told by her PCP that she cannot get the vaccine," Giordano- Perez told The Breeze. "She had a chart documentation of about 10 medica- tions that she's had anaphylactic reac- tions to and been hospitalized for that. And so I called her and we talked over the phone for about 15 or 20 minutes. I told her she could come on in, that's not a reason not to get the vaccine, and that sorry your PCP told you not to get it. We want you to get it and we'll be by your side the entire time." They kept a nurse by her side, hav- ing the woman stay for 45 minutes for both doses. "She did beautifully," he said. "And after her second dose, she just broke down into tears. She was so grateful. She's 92 years old, she doesn't have VACCINE From Page 2 Continues on next page Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell, to satisfy lien of the owner, by public internet sale via for competitive bidding to begin on March 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. and conclude April 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m via the Compass Self Storage located at 711 Branch Ave., Providence, Rhode Island 02904. The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to general household, furniture, boxes, clothes, and appliances. 1107 Chandra Ashley 1112 Deja Depeza 1144 Patrice Maina 2208 Linda Griffin 2221 Andrea Marrero 2234 Ingrid Ortega 6212 Lancelot Outland 7172 Crystal LeClaire 9336 Danielle Landry Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the time of sale. All goods are sold as is and must be removed at the time of purchase. Compass Self Storage reserves the right to refuse any bid. Sale is subject to adjournment. SEASON UPON US! • Memberships starting at $925 • Remodeled Locker Rooms • Brand New 1,000 sq. ft. Stone Patio overlooking the 9th Green • Newly Remodeled Restaurant For more information call 401-353-1620 1 Overlook Circle, North Providence, RI THE 2021 GOLF IS LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Commercial • Residential Backhoe Work & Excavation Services Paver Patio Work • Septic Installs & Repairs Wednesday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 767 Hartford Pike, Scituate, RI 401-934-0581 Farm & Greenhouses Owned & Operated by the Polseno Family Please like us on Facebook • Scituate Nursery Proud Member of RI Farm Bureau WEEKLY DELIVERIES OF NEW NURSERY STOCK! Now Available - Pansies & Violas Cold Vegetables • Trees & Shrubs

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