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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2018 PAWTUCKET 23 • Jazmine Lindall: Visual Art Book Award • Soraya Silva: Valedictorian, Corning Glass Scholarship Nominee, Honors Club Scholar- ship, Pawtucket Administrators Association • Molly Brown: Bristol County Savings Scholarship • Kiana Lopes: Aramark Scholarship • Kylee Rebollo: Alliance Blackstone Valley Credit Union Scholarship, Math Award • Elsa Wu: Friends of Excellence Scholar- ship • Mya Ramirez: Donna Jeffrey Dedication to the Arts • Jessica Reynoso: The Pawtucket Teachers Alliance Scholarship, The John Haidemenos Unsung Hero Award, Dr. Hans W. Dellith Student Leadership Award • Sydney Bienstock: JMW PTO Scholarship, The William Blackstone Scholarship, DAR Good Citizens Award • Kaya Giroux: The William Blackstone Scholarship, Friends of Excellence Scholar- ship, JMW PTO • Keyline Moreno: JMW Directors Scholar- ship, Physical Education Award, Musical Theater Award • Alyssa Forget: English Award • Michael Mercado: Science Award • Kyle Palin: Physical Education • Isabel Mayers: Art Award • Saydi Batista: Guidance Award • Elijah Russell: Theater Book Award • Elimelec Aponte: Music Book Award • Josiah Morris: Dance Book Award • Ben Broadley: Mayor's Youth Commision Award • Antonio Burton: Congressman David N. Cicilline 5th Annual Leadership Award • Jillian Nash: History Award • Tess Collins: Math Award • Courtney McCaughey: Math Award • Michael Mercado: Science Award • Isabel Mayers: Art Award • Enrique Gomez: Musical Theater Award • Tri M Music Honor Society: Anthony Ashton, Antonio Burton, Kaya Giroux, Keyline Moreno • Biliteracy Seal Medals: Jessica Reynoso, Jose Hernandez, Pamela Ojopi, Berenice Perez, Soraya Silva AWARDS From Page 20 Officials testify in favor of bills to help reopen Memorial PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien last week testified in support of Senate bills 2953 and 2954 and House bills 8245 and 8242, which will impact the potential reopening or conversion of Memorial Hospital in the city. Fire Chief William Sisson, Mary Lou Moran, director of senior ser- vices, and Tony Pires, the recently retired director of administration, also testified in support. "The Senate, House and Care New England need to act to allow Memorial Hospital to return critical services to our area," said Grebien. "We have a partner in CharterCare willing to step up and make a $10 million dollar capital investment to the property and reopen emergency services." The mayor added, "When Care New England announced that they were closing Memorial Hospital's emergency room, and eventually the whole hospital, we knew that is was the wrong decision and we knew the negative impact it was going to have. Service to our residents and those in the area is declining. Our residents and the people of Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley deserve bet- ter." The closure of Memorial Hospital is not only a Pawtucket and Blackstone Valley problem but a problem for the entire state, said Chief Sisson, a 32-year veteran of the department. "The PFD responds to over 12,000 EMS calls a year, 50 per- cent of which were transported to Memorial. Since the closure, the PFD has had to increase trans- ports to other hospitals in the state and even to Sturdy Memorial in Massachusetts increasing our out- of-service times an additional 300 minutes or 5 hours a day. Pawtucket, along with our neighboring commu- nities, are seeing long lines of rescues waiting to transfer and ER staff often overwhelmed by the overflow of patients," he said. "At a stage in people's life when their health is declining, we shouldn't be making it more difficult to access care we should be making it easier," said Moran. "My office has counseled clients who lives have been greatly disrupted." The legislation affects the hos- pital closure transaction act and alternative payment incentives for hospitals. If a closed hospital is pur- chased within two years of closure the purchasing hospital would allow the services that has been provided to continue under the new owner- ship, as well as a more streamlined regulatory approval process. In addi- tion, the legislation creates a hospital payment structure to allow hospitals which meet certain criteria to be eligible for an enhanced commercial rate agreement with insurers. This new rate arrangement will help to fix the disparity in the rates that hospi- tals have been paid. Grebien thanked members of the local delegation for sponsoring the bills. In April, CharterCare announced its intention to purchase and reopen Memorial Hospital's emergency room, invest $10 million in capi- tal improvements, and develop a phased-in approach to restore hos- pital services. Charter Care has pre- sented an offer to Care New England for the facility. The offer was contingent on get- ting all appropriate regulatory licenses and certificates reinstated. The purchase was also contingent on CharterCare's ability to either negotiate fair commercial rates with insurance providers or the adoption of legislation that would mandate commercial reimbursement rates in line with the average commercial rate paid to other hospitals in Rhode Island. On June 6, the House Committee on Finance held hearings on two key pieces of legislation that would help to restore emergency room services at Memorial Hospital. • The first bill would improve and correct the unjustified disparity of commercial hospital payment rates from insurers. • The second would allow for an expedited restoration of hospi- tal licenses if a hospital has been closed for less than two years with- out undergoing a burdensome and lengthy regulatory review process. Similar bills were heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday sponsored by Senator William Conley. Rep. Mary Messier of Pawtucket sponsored the House bills. Relay for Life set for June 23 SMITHFIELD – The Northern Rhode Island Relay for Life will be held at the Smithfield High School track, 90 Pleasant View Ave., on Saturday, June 23, from 2 to 11 p.m. The Opening Ceremony and Survivor Lap will begin at 2 p.m. There will be speakers, a Survivor Lap and a reception at 6 p.m. A Luminaria Ceremony will take place at 9:30 p.m. The event will include Knockerball, Touch-a-Truck, chil- dren's activities, bingo, Drums Alive, Zumba, concessions and raffles. This event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Visit www.relayforlife.org/northernri . IN BRIEF 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: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. ACROSS 1. Glowering 7. Sports equipment 13. Relief organiza- tion 14. Go against the flow 16. A public pro- motion of some product or service 17. Premier League's Spurs 19. Of I 20. Tears down (Brit.) 22. One point north of due east 23. Sandwich shops 25. American spy 26. Medieval stringed instrument 28. Self-immolation by fire ritual 29. Pearl Jam's debut 30. Panthers' Newton 31. Press against lightly 33. __ Squad 34. Eminem hit 36. Violent seizure of property 38. Native or inhabi- tant of Asia 40. Loudness units 41. Knotted anew 43. Daddy 44. Folk singer DiFranco 45. Women from the Mayflower 47. Metric capacity unit 48. Couple 51. A way to coat 53. __ and Diu: Indian territory 55. French river 56. Asteroids 58. Investment mea- surement (abbr.) 59. India and Nepal border river 60. Santa says it three times 61. Hungers 64. Linear unit 65. Speech 67. Taking forcefully 69. Places to be 70. Amusing behavior DOWN 1. Adult female 2. An alternative 3. Rituals 4. Native American people 5. High school exam 6. Respect 7. Tanned 8. Kilometers per hour 9. Ancient Israeli city 10. Periods 11. Electron volt 12. Smallest interval in classical West- ern music 13. Metric weight unit 15. Occupies 18. __ and flow 21. Responsive to physical stimuli 24. One who presses into thin sheets 26. Jogged 27. Automobile 30. Punished 32. Belonging to a bottom layer 35. Japanese delicacy 37. Soda 38. Algonquian lan- guage 39. Legislators 42. Father 43. Needed at the ATM 46. Baltimore foot- ballers 47. __ Tomei, actress 49. Expands 50. Person (Indone- sian) 52. Related 54. Where wrestlers work 55. American com- munist leader 57. Creatively tell 59. Separatist group 62. Edgar Allan __, poet 63. A way to discolor 66. Actinium 68. Integrated circuit Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 26. Summer Sizzlers! 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