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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-15-2019

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12 PAWTUCKET MAY 15-21, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION agency statewide over that same period, he said, and the Infrastructure Bank continues to expand its reach. When agencies/communities such as Providence Water, Narragansett Bay Commission and Newport and Warwick are factored in, that number climbs to $2.1 billion. The city received a $1.9 million loan to resur- face their roadways, including major thorough- fares such as Pawtucket Avenue, Main Street, Beverage Hill Avenue and Walcott Street. The city will save another $224,188 in debt service payments by borrowing through the Infrastructure Bank. The Infrastructure Bank will also be doing lending for green infra- structure work around a coming new transit hub off Main Street in Pawtucket, said Diehl, a project he and others are excited about as they try to encourage more of this type of investment in the environment. The Infrastructure Bank is also looking at refi- nancing some outstanding bonds in the coming weeks, said Diehl, and with Pawtucket included as one borrower in those investments, the savings to the city from that move could reach another $200,000. The Infrastructure Bank model works for a vari- ety of reasons, said Diehl. The agency receives limited amounts of capital and is able to leverage state road and bridge capital in the bond market. When the Infrastructure Bank lends to municipali- ties, everyone is pooled into a larger pot and that pot is pledged in the bond market. Highly rated water programs are better than the state's, he said, and the agency recently started leveraging private sector capital for road and bridge projects. With great ratings come attractive rates in the market, he said. The agency can lend below mar- ket because it has the capital and "can access the bond market at a very attractive level," he said, much lower than it would be if cities went on their own. The nonprofit agency uses a formula that works, he said, reducing the absolute transaction cost of going to market and reducing fixed costs overall by bundling borrowing together. The Infrastructure Bank is a component unit of INFRASTRUCTURE From Page 2 See BORROWING, Page 17 DIEHL ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? LOCAL EXPERTS Answer your Questions... Studying a musical instrument is an ongoing process. From our experience, any interrup- tion in the regular practice schedule can be detrimental to the learning process. It is always advisable to maintain a practice routine even during the months when the school music program takes a hiatus. A stu- dent can always continue their regular practice schedule in the privacy of their own home but, for those who desire to engage in additional musical activities, it is common practice for many music retail establishments offering a lesson program to hold summer sessions where you can enroll your child for group or private classes. This will allow the student to maintain his/ her current level of playing ability and/or engage in a review of weak areas which are otherwise impossible to cover during the regular school session. Continuing with classes during the summer vacation can also help your child to expand and im- prove from where they left off during the regular school year. With the school year ending soon, is it advisable to allow my child to take a break from music lessons until classes resume in the fall? Q: A: 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center Do you need new tires? Take a close look at your tires and determine if you actually need new tires. Tread is the best place to look. You can measure the depth using an old penny or by looking at the tread wear indicators built into most tires. If your tread is worn down to less than 2/32 of an inch you need new tires. Who to buy new tires from can be a challenge. You will have better luck with a tire retailer or local auto shop. Always check for promotions and coupons going on in your area. Tire sellers will often run specials on mounting, balancing, and rotating tires when you purchase a new set of tires from their location. Now it is time to select the right size tire. Most tires are brand - ed with a number that tells you all about the product you are about to purchase. For example, P195/70R15 43H M+S, shows you the type, width, aspect ratio, diameter, tire speed rating, and indicates the tire is an all-season tire. Now you know what tires will fit and where to look for them, but what tire is going to fit into your life? Weather, driving habits, and your own personal preference can all play a role in making this decision. If you live in an area that gets snow you might consider an all-season or winter tire. But if you ex- perience sun all year round this might not be the best choice. Know what type of tire you want! Do you need high-speed performance, a comfortable ride, traction in snow, durability in high temperatures, or the ability to carry heavy loads? Once you purchase your perfect set of tires, don't forget to pro- tect your investment. Regular maintenance is key. What Do I Need to Know Before Buying New Tires? Q: A: The term "paint & primer" contains a couple of misconceptions. 1) People believe the paint is a one coat process and that is not always the case. 2) It is assumed that there is not need for primer even on porous or new, unpainted surfaces. Howev- er, even though modern paints waterborne, finely ground polymers resemble those in primers, they do not contain the penetrating and sealing qualities like Benjamin Moore Fresh Start primers. Using a quality resin based primer will seal new or porous surfaces allowing the top coat to ad- here properly and to display a uniform sheen appearance. Therefore, it is always best to use a quality primer on new surfaces because you are establishing a solid, sealed base for all future paint jobs. What can I expect from a product that is described as "paint & primer?" Q: A: 470 Central Avenue | Pawtucket, RI 02861 Tel. 401-725-6096 Fax 401-725-6135 LEFT TO RIGHT--- Ben Bigelow, David Silvia (Owner), Richard Marsland The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies — affecting up to 30% of adults and up to 40% of children. Allergy suffers usually experience congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose but their eyes can also be affected. Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, are very common and can present as red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids. In some instances, they also can cause sensitivity to light, foreign body sensation, and/or blurry vision. Eye allergies are caused by allergens such as pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. When an allergy sufferer is exposed to allergens it releases a substance called histamine. There are different ways to get relief from eye allergies. Avoiding allergens is one of the best approaches. It may be necessary to see an allergist who can perform a skin or blood test to help identify specific allergens. When out- doors protect your eyes from airborne allergens by wearing wraparound sunglasses. Cold compresses can help to reduce swelling around the eyes and itching. In mild cases over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops (such as Alaway or Zaditor) may relieve eye allergy symptoms. Artificial tears can also help temporarily by washing allergens from your eyes. However, in more severe cases or if you do not get relief with over-the-counter eye drops, you may need to be prescribed a stronger medication by your eye doctor. In any case, do NOT rub your eyes! Rubbing your eyes releases more histamines and makes symptoms worse. Schedule an eye exam today to help get relief from your eye allergies! We hope you found this answer useful and informative. We will be answering questions submitted monthly. If you have a question you'd like to see answered, email it to Please follow us on social media! and Instagram @KlibanoffEye What are eye allergies and what can I do for relief? Q: A: 55 Broad Street Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 A: In a word: YES! Ticks are carriers of some problematic diseases . . . especially Lyme disease. There is a great deal that dog owners can do to protect their loved ones: flea & tick collars, topical ointments, and Lyme disease vaccinations are the core preventative tools. We're often fond of saying that giving "lots of belly rubs" helps too. Prolonged "petting" sessions help discern when a "bump" is normal or not. Ticks can come into your yard from birds, squirrels, and other "passing through" critters. As such, it's best to keep a close eye on your furry friend to make sure no new uninvited guests have come into your home. If you do find one attached to your dog, be careful about extracting it. It's important to take out the whole tick and not leave the mouth still embedded. Should I be concerned about ticks on my dog? Q: A: 245 Esten Avenue, Unit A Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401-722-8686

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