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The North Providence Breeze 05-16-2018

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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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE MAY 16-22, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Ed Goodhart's latest sculpture project has consumed more than 200 hours of his retirement time and left him with nicks and cuts up and down his arms. "Like Arnold (Schwarzenegger) said about lifting weights, it's the feel- ing afterward," jokes Goodhart as he manipulates and twists metal in the garage of his home at 27 Twins Lane. The warmth and pride he'll feel when he sees his statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on the front wall of the Holy Family Home for Mothers and Children, at 979 Branch Ave. on the Providence/North Providence line, will be payment enough for this labor of love, Goodhart told The North Providence Breeze. After doing numerous sculptures in plaster, Goodhart, 69, is going with cement for his three life-sized mem- bers of the Holy Family to be secured on the wall of the shelter, which is located next to St. Edward Church in Providence. The sculptures will "portray a feeling of faith, strength and hope for the resi- dents beginning their journey toward stability," as Goodhart's daughter, Michelle, puts it. As he works in his garage, Goodhart gains inspiration for his work by listen- ing to songs of the Vienna monks. "If I was making a statue of Elvis, I'd listen to rock and roll," he says. Because these statues are being com- pleted for a building where children live, Jesus is depicted in his childhood, all three statues will have smiles on their faces, and Jesus will hold Mary's hand, said Goodhart. The Holy Family Home for Mothers and Children is one of many ministries run through St. Edward Church of Providence and the St. Anthony Church and Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in North Providence. The home is located next door to the St. Edward Food and Wellness Center. Both received the Lumen Gentium Award in the category of evangelization this year. The Rev. Edward Cardente, who oversees all three churches, created the Holy Family Home for Mothers and Children in 2015. Former North Providence Police Chief Ernest Spaziano is the director of the facility. The home is meant to provide a safe, caring and nurturing place for women with children who find them- selves in danger and don't have the ability to improve their situation. The building can house 12 women at any time. Each of the three statues Goodhart is creating will have sparkling crys- tal halos. His goal is that the sun will reflect on them and create what he calls the "apparition of Branch Avenue." A former boilermaker who lives near the Wenscott Reservoir, the St. Goodhart creating sculptures for front of Holy Family Home By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY North Providence resident ED GOODHART shows the progress that's been made on three new cement sculp- tures to be installed on the front of the Holy Family Home for Mothers and Children. Next to Goodhart is the in- progress image of Mary. See SCULPTURES, Page 16 Wingate Management Company, LLC, does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities. The person listed below has been designated to coordinated compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Dept. of Housing & Urban Development's regulations implementing Sec. 504 (24 CFR Part 8 dated June 2, 1988). Contact: Site Manager. Head Start is now recruiting for All Head Start Options for families that live in Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Foster, Glocester & Scituate. We offer Home Based services for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers! We offer Part-day and Full-day options for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers! We offer a State Pre-K option for children who reside in North Providence and will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2018. Families can download an application for State Pre K at or apply online at For information on Head Start or Pre K contact Holly Audette (401) 519-1979 or

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