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The North Providence Breeze 04-07-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 7-13, 2021 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – An old home behind the town's former public safety complex on Mineral Spring Avenue has been a valuable resource in training for firefighters, says Chief John Silva. There have been some continued claims from some that Mayor Charles Lombardi is employing a double stan- dard by allowing the 1967 home at 175 Bourne Ave. to continue sitting in a deteriorated state even after taking a hard line with Dr. Anthony Farina for his former dilapidated building at the intersection of Smithfield Road and Mineral Spring Avenue. Those claims have included asser- tions that the building hasn't been used as an actual firefighter training space for many months, but Silva said that's not the case. "That's definitely not true," he said. He said last Friday that the most recent training prior to that date was "at most maybe a week or two" before. "We use it fairly frequently," he said. Having an expendable home such as this, as the town prepares to sell it with the safety complex prop- erty nearby, is a great benefit to the department, said Silva. It proved especially valuable for training when the department recently welcomed several new recruits. It's important for any department to be able to train live in a building, said Silva, including on ventilation and opening walls. Specific training exercises are dependent on weather conditions, he said. Back in January, former Town Councilor Joe Giammarco said leav- ing this building in a wrecked state, with holes in the roof and mattresses strewn about, could make it a harbor for rodents, as Lombardi previously asserted at Farina's building before it was torn down three years ago. Lombardi said this week that the town still has an active purchase and sale agreement with a developer on the old safety complex and sur- rounding parcels, a pending sale that's projected to bring in more than $2 million. He said in January that even outside of allowing firefighters to continue using the home for train- ing, he sees no reason to spend the $12,000-$15,000 needed to demolish it if that work will be covered by the property's next owner. The town's real estate database shows that the 1,630-square-foot home went into foreclosure back in 2017 and was sold to the town for $126,000 in February of 2018. Chief Silva: Old home has proven a valuable training ground By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY This home behind the old public safety complex has been put to use as a training center for town firefighters. any family left. She's been home- bound and pretty much alone, isolat- ed for the last year. And now she can finally go on a walk. And she's been waiting for this vaccine to go on a walk. She thought it was never going to come." Giordano-Perez said there's still some misunderstanding out there about who can get the vaccine and who can't. The reality is, almost everybody can unless they had a bad reaction to the first dose. "As long as you have the support staff. We have a ton of epipens and we're ready to go. Haven't had one reaction, so fingers crossed," he said. Kris Turgeon, of Providence, was one of the many last Thursday to receive her first dose of the vaccine. She said she came in nervous and left feeling really good. "It was amazing," she said about her experience. "It was easy to sign up, easy to get, and everyone here has been so nice. I'm so relieved." Despite not being paid for running the clinic and losing money not see- ing patients for two days, the staff of Tri-County said they happy to be doing something good for the com- munity. "We're vaccinating more and more every week, so that's really exciting," Giordano-Perez said. Both Dr. Giordano-Perez and Papagolos said that they usually end up with extra doses at the end of the day. So throughout the day, family members or caretakers who come with the patient getting vaccinated can put their name on a wait list and may receive a call later in the day to come back and get their own vaccine. From preceding page 2021 SUMMER CAMP for Children Ages 5-12 Open Camp Registration throughout the Summer! 1589 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814 401-568-3580 Check out website for our COVID guidelines TEACHING KIDS TO BE KIND TO THEIR TEETH Most parents know to avoid giving their children drinks like soda because of their extremely high sugar content, but even sugar- free sodas contain enough acid to eat away at the enamel on their teeth and cause cavities. Replacing powdered and other artificial juices with 100 percent real fruit juice seems like a good idea, but even those have copious amounts of sugar and natural sugar is also bad for oral health. In most cases, the best drink you can give your child is simple tap water because it usually contains fluoride. Milk is also a tooth-healthy drink because it helps strengthen enamel. Black and green teas come in a wide variety of flavors and also fight bacteria in the mouth. We believe you and your family deserve the highest quality dental services available today, and we are committed to providing just that here at DENTAL ARTS GROUP From sound advice on dietary habits to all-encompassing, high-tech dental care from a rigorously trained compassionate staff, you'll know you're in the right place the moment you walk through our doors at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston. Office hours are by appointment; please call 401-521- 3661. P.S. Getting children to switch to tooth- friendly beverages can be difficult, so weening them off the sugar with drinks like chocolate milk and flavored seltzers may help ease the process. 1789 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 401-353-1111 Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gift Baskets Galore! Our wonderful friends at Big Blue Bug Solutions are running a food drive and we're happy and honored to help. Between now and April 15th we will be a drop off location for any non perishable food item you wish to donate. Food drive to benefit the RI Community Food Bank and Amos House. Drop an item off at our location in North Providence and receive a raffle ticket for one of our beautiful gift baskets. (Valued at $50.00). Thank you

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