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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-27-2019

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4 PAWTUCKET MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION region), will compete for patrons' votes to see who will be named the best beer. While Comey said he's still finalizing the list, some compet- ing New England-based breweries are Pawtucket's Narragansett Beer, Foolproof Brewing Company, and Smug Brewing, as well as Revival Brewing in Cranston and Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly. From Massachusetts are Shovel Town Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Sam Adams, and Berkshire Brewing Company. From outside New England will be New York's Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, California's Bear Republic Brewing Company, and Maryland's Heavy Seas Beer, as well as Bell's Brewery from Michigan and Goose Island Brewery from Illinois. This is a 21 and older event and proper identification is required. A couple of years ago, Comey, of Attleboro, Mass., said he had the idea to create a beer league to try and prove which companies have the best beer by letting people vote for their favorites. The event in Pawtucket is the first of its kind for the NBL, which Comey created in 2017 and said is a real, professional league. "I don't know of any other leagues like this," he said. Comey's long-term plan is to have 20 conferences across the U.S. and have conference winners compete, culminating in a "Super Brew" for a $25,000 prize and the chance to be proven "the best beer in the coun- try," he said. "That's probably two or three years down the line," he said. Comey has initiated numerous endeavors in Pawtucket and the sur- rounding areas, including the Living Well Adult Day Services, which pre- viously occupied space in the build- ing taken over by The Guild brew- ery (Narragansett's Pawtucket home). The NBL is a blend of differ- ent sports. Security guards will be dubbed "referees" and all NBL employees will wear uniforms, Comey said. Each patron, or "fan," will receive one wooden nickel, which they can place in a box in front of their favor- ite brewer. Each fan can vote only once. In the event of a tie, Comey said he has an official tie breaker who will decide the winner. "I hope people vote according to what they like," he said. The event will be divided into two halves with a halftime and will kick off at 3 p.m. with the National Anthem, Comey said. At the five-minute warning, some- one will blow a whistle and patrons must vote for their favorite beer if they haven't already. Whichever New England brewer has the most votes will win $2,000 and move on to the next round. The winner will be announced at the event and stats will go online within a week, Comey said. The event, which will be held rain or shine, will also feature food trucks, live music, and cornhole. Paul and Al from 94.1 WHJY will broadcast the event live, he said. Tickets are $35, and sales are lim- ited to 1,500 to 2,000 tickets, he said. Besides hosting fun events, Comey wants the NBL to become a "mar- keting research company for beer brewers across the country," he said. He plans to obtain demographics at the event and post statistics on the website. "All the breweries can go and see what age group and gender liked and disliked their beer," Comey said. "It levels the playing field for people who have no budget for advertising." "We want to be the premier research company for beer," he added. "Nobody else is doing that." Comey, who said he brewed his own beer for a few years, has other plans for the NBL, including creat- ing a "farm team" for aspiring brew- ers to take lessons. While Comey currently uses his home as his office, he said the NBL is looking for a permanent head- quarters. He's especially interested in finding a place in Pawtucket due to it being the home base for so many breweries. "We foresee this becoming a national phenomenon," Comey said. "We fully expect to employ hun- dreds of people across the country and locally." For more information or to pur- chase tickets, visit www.national- . BREWERS From Page One IN BRIEF OSCIL Lunch & Learn Workshop Thursday PAWTUCKET – The Ocean State Center for Independent Living will be hosting a free Lunch & Learn Workshop in March on the topic of SSI/SSDI benefits and work incen- tives on Thursday, March 28, at its 175 Main St. location, from noon to 2 p.m. Representatives from the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities will discuss general SSI/SSDI and how earnings may impact eligibility for these benefits as well as state benefits and health insurance. Included will be various work incentives that you may be entitled to, if working, along with your responsibility to report any earnings. Time will be available for questions and answers. Advance registration is required. Call 401-738-1013 or email heather. Seating is Limited. A lunch of pizza and beverages will be served. A sign language interpreter will be available at both locations and CART will be available at the Warwick loca- tion. Library passport office announces new hours PAWTUCKET – The Passport Acceptance Facility at the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., is changing its hours of operation, start- ing Monday, April 1. The hours will be Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Passport photos are also available for a fee of $10. For more information, call 401-725- 3714, ext. 212, or visit www.pawtuck- . The Department of State's website offers complete infor- mation on the passport application process at . ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link CITY OF PAWTUCKET TAXES FOURTH Quarterly Payment of Real Estate, Tangible & Motor Vehicle Taxes are due APRIL 15, 2019 Taxes unpaid after the due date will be subject to a (13%) thirteen percent penalty Don't have your account information? Email us: FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT EXCUSE ANYONE FROM PAYING TAXES AND ANY INTEREST PENALTY Send your payment NOW or Pay Online CITY OF PAWTUCKET TAX COLLECTOR 137 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860 Or to the P.O. Box indicated on your Bill FINANCE DIRECTOR TREASURER JOANNA L'HEUREUX SHAUN STROBEL CENTRAL FALLS HOUSING AUTHORITY AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCY PLAN & NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A DRAFT copy of the Central Falls Housing Authority's (CFHA) Public Housing Agency Plan will be available for public inspection from March 26, 2019 until May 10, 2019 at the Administrative Office of the Authority at 30 Washington Street, during normal business hours. This Plan will advise the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CFHA residents and members of the public, of the Central Falls Housing Authority's mission for serving the needs of low-income and very low- income families, and the Housing Authority's strategy for addressing those needs. You are invited to make comments on the Plan at a Public Hearing to be held on May 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Forand Manor Community Room, 30 Washington Street, Central Falls, RI. Written comments may be sent to: Agency Plan Comments Central Falls Housing Authority, 30 Washington Street Central Falls, Rhode Island 02863 Requests for interpreter services or hearing impaired during the public meeting must be made in writing, to the Authority, at the above address, no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to May 3, 2019. Central Falls Housing Authority Bridgett M. Duquette, Deputy Executive Director Equal Housing Opportunity

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