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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-27-2019

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12 PAWTUCKET MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Ready, set, grow Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful launches community beautification contest PAWTUCKET – A battle is blooming in the Blackstone Valley. As part of a new competition hosted by Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, nine cities and towns are invited to beautify a location in their community, vying for monetary prizes and bragging rights. Entries for Blackstone in Bloom are welcome from Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Smithfield, Glocester, Burrillville and Central Falls. "I'm really excited to see how this is going to work out. I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Donna Kaehler, director of Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, told The Valley Breeze. "I'm excited to see what our valley communities are going to come up with." After identifying one community spot to improve, municipalities will plan and purchase supplies for their location and organize groups to help with the work. While projects must be located on town- or city-owned property, any individuals or groups – garden clubs, conservation commissions, scouting groups – can volunteer and participate. "Anyone can work on doing the sprucing (up)," said Kaehler, a North Smithfield resident. To register, municipalities should contact Kaehler by emailing keep@ tourblackstone.com by Monday, April 1. Include the location, partici- pants, and a "before" picture of the spot. Projects must be completed by Friday, June 21, and winners will be announced on Friday, June 28. First prize is $1,000 along with a private boat ride for 30 people on the BV Explorer on the Blackstone River. "Whoever helped the transforma- tion … we want to show them a piece of the river and have some fun," Kaehler said. The second-place winner will receive $500 and third place, $250. Prize money could be used to reimburse the groups for the sup- plies they purchased or it could go to the town to encourage future beautification projects, Kaehler said. BETA Group Inc. in Lincoln is sponsoring the contest. Lowe's Home Improvement in North Smithfield is the supplying sponsor, offering discounted supplies for the contest. Judges from BETA, Lowe's, and By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener program will choose winners based on transfor- mation, sustainability and visibility in the community. Points will be won for beautify- ing locations that have previously been graffiti-tagged, overgrown with weeds or an area where people illegally dump, as well as for creat- ing a sustainable project that "looks good year-round and that people are going to see" often during day-to- day activities, Kaehler said. People should "think a little bit outside the box," she said, suggest- ing that if there's a spot in the com- munity that people drive by every day and think is an eyesore, that could be the location to tackle. Kaehler didn't want to put too many parameters on the competi- tion, she said, and looks forward to seeing what communities create. For ideas, competitors can check a list of plants that thrive in the val- ley, assembled by the URI Master Gardener program: www.keepblack- stonevalleybeautiful.com/site/uri- plant-listings . The competition is "a way to show pride in your community and get people involved," she said. Even municipalities that don't win "still end up with another pretty spot in the community for people to enjoy." It's also a way to make people think about their everyday actions and how slight changes can help the environment, Kaehler said. People might hesitate to litter if they see a nice, clean area, but "an area that is littered makes people feel that they can litter there." See CONTEST, Page 15 OUR 2ND GENERATION FAMILY owned and operated business has been dedicated to meeting all of your flooring and custom tile needs since 1986, when the company was first started by Fernando Almeida. Now, 30 years later, Valley Floor Covering Inc. continues with the same exceptional customer service under its new President, his son, Marco Almeida. We take pride in providing our customers with the best personal attention from design and sales to project completion. All installations are carried out by our experienced and professional installation team, lead by Marco, his brother/Vice-President, Rui Almeida and Senior Installer, Nick LaPrade, who has been with the company for over 10 years. Floors you love – SERVICE YOU EXPECT 144 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 • VFCRI.com Our Showroom is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Additional hours available by appointment. SHAW • MOHAWK • DALTILE • TARKETT •CORTEC • MANNINGTON & MORE

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