Cranston Chatter

Posted 12/23/20

By MERI R. KENNEDY Need help with your mortgage? RI Housing's Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) program is offering zero-interest, forgivable loans to eligible Rhode Island homeowners who became unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID-19

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Need help with your mortgage?

RI Housing’s Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) program is offering zero-interest, forgivable loans to eligible Rhode Island homeowners who became unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to make their mortgage payments. Loan proceeds may provide eligible homeowners with up to six months of mortgage payment assistance and a mortgage will be recorded on the homeowner’s property. Learn more about the loan program and eligibility at

Holiday cat and dog food drive

During the month of December, the Warwick Animal Hospital will be holding a drive for cat and dog food to benefit Defenders of Animals.

Warwick Animal Hospital is located at 1950 Elmwood Ave. on the Cranston/Warwick line. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To donate, please call 785-2222 and ask for Tonya. She will come to your car, masked and with gloves, to receive your donation.

Holiday hours at Cranston Public Library

All Cranston Public Library locations will be closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will remain closed through Saturday, Dec. 26, in observance of Christmas.

Additionally, all library locations will be closing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will remain closed through Saturday, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year's Day.

For more information, visit

CCAP Emergency Housing Assistance

The Comprehensive Community Action Program’s Emergency Housing Assistance program assists individuals/families living in Cranston, Coventry, Scituate and Foster with back rent, security deposits, mortgage assistance, late fees associated with back rent or mortgage, moving costs and utilities. Funding is limited. For more information, call CCAP at 467-7013 or visit

Neighbors helping neighbors

McAuley House, a nonprofit social services organization, is desperately in need of full-sized toiletry items, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, powder, shaving cream, hair brushes, etc.

McAuley House has also requested that brand-new, packaged toys only would be greatly appreciated to be given out for the upcoming holidays.

Please drop them off to the home of Barbara and Kevin Dwares, 46 Balsam Court, Cranston in Garden City. Please put them in the plastic container located near their breezeway. The bin will be outside every day all week. If the bin is full, please leave donations in a plastic bag (in case of rain) under one of the awnings at the front or side doors.

Zoom-ba program

The MS Dream Center will offer a virtual Chair Zoom-ba Program sponsored by Maguire Disability Law, with the class being instructed by Michelle Calise.

Classes will be offered nationally on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. for people with MS and their loved ones. There is no fee to participate and classes can accommodate up to 100 on a first-come, first serve basis.

Please contact Anne at to register for the classes and to complete a signed liability waiver, which is required of all participants.

The MS Dream Center provides a dedicated resource and support facility in which people living with multiple sclerosis, and their care partners, may engage in a wide variety of interactive social and educational activities, workshops and therapies. The MS Dream Center’s goal is to bring awareness to the disease and reach out to those living with it, empowering them and offering important respite opportunities for care partners.

Free dental assistant training

CCAP is excited to announce a new, free dental assistant training program. This 13-week program will be run using a hybrid model, with classroom work using Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays and hands on clinical sessions Fridays and Saturday mornings at CCAP’s Coventry dental office.

Participants must live in Rhode Island, be 18-24 years old, and have a clean BCI and a high school diploma or GED. Call the Cranston Youth Center at 562-8325 today.

Troop 22 looking for Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 22 Cranston is looking for new Scouts. Following all the BSA and state of Rhode Island safety protocols, the troop is meeting, hiking and camping. It has a full schedule of activities planned for the 2020-21 program year. Troop 22 is affiliated with girls’ Troop 13-G, which is also looking for new members. Both units meet at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St., at 7 p.m. on most Thursdays.

The program is for youth ages 11 to 18. For younger children, Troop 22 also has a relationship with Cub Scout Pack 2 Cranston. Anyone interested is invited to call Paul Kelley at 401-595-6726 for more information.

Mindful Mondays

Mindful Monday is a weekly drop-in meditation group open to all teens 13 to 18 years old. Brief meditations are facilitated by CCAP’s Community Response Program team members. The program will be held on Mondays, on Zoom, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Pelkey at or 318-2555.

Did you know?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New Year’s Eve 2021 in New York City will not be open to the public this year, but you can enjoy the show and the ball drop in Times Square during a virtual celebration safely from the comfort of your own home. (Source: NYE2021 Fun Facts)

To submit your news from the community, email Meri R. Kennedy at Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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