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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-15-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 15-21, 2019 PAWTUCKET 17 the state, but is not guaranteed by the state, he said. It has a board appoint- ed by the governor, and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner sits on that board. Last week's announcement was for $18.5 million in financing of road and bridge projects and Pawtucket, Central Falls and Westerly. The three communities will save a combined $1.4 million in that borrowing. "The Infrastructure Bank is proud to partner with our local communities to make significant investments in their roads and bridges," said Diehl. "The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has been essential to saving Pawtucket taxpayer dollars," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "This part- nership between the state and local municipalities is exactly the type of success story that taxpayers need and deserve. We are proud to continue working with the bank to upgrade Pawtucket infrastructure in a cost effective manner." BORROWING From Page 12 Slade: Keep McCoy grounded A good stadium is hard to find. Building one is complicated and expensive, just ask Worcester. That's why we need to keep McCoy Stadium post Pawtucket Red Sox. Let's not forget who the stadium was originally intended for – the enjoyment and recreation for the children and citizens of Pawtucket and surrounding towns. In other words, the people of Rhode Island and those young athletes and sports enthusiasts who otherwise would have no other place to play. Mayor McCoy knew this when he allocated Federal Works Progress Administration funds to build the stadium. His plan eased the strain on a city reeling from the Great Depression, by putting hundreds of unemployed men to work filling in the old Hammond's Pond and build- ing the stadium during wartime con- ditions. To lose this structure is not only a crime to history and a disregard to aspiring athletes, it's a waste of anoth- er classic site in Rhode Island. Site of the longest baseball game. Scene of International League Championship games and victories. The field where so many players honed their skills to help the Boston Red Sox achieve World Series Championships. I thought of this particularly this past weekend while watching the televised College Baseball playoffs between Northeastern University Huskies and James Madison University. The game was played at Friedman Field at Brookline, Mass. Friedman is not a huge park or tourist attraction or a tantalizing fan experience venue – but it's there! Just a ballpark, neat and clean – perhaps a bit too utilitarian for today's ball- park dreamers and designers – and yet serving the purpose for which it was built. Northeastern also used part of the field for football games. With the demise of its football program, the football field was converted for soccer. Yes, soccer, nothing fancy, nothing too elaborate, but a decent college soccer field. McCoy Stadium needs mainte- nance and staffing. OK, charge a fair fee for its use by area schools or colleges and universities and make an honest effort to market it in that way. Nothing fancy. It doesn't have to be part of an outlandish economic development that is planned by people or corporations who don't know us. There should be no question of what to do with McCoy: It is a 10,000- seat stadium – keep it! As a city native and resident, a taxpayer and amateur city historian, I believe the city and its residents can still ben- efit from McCoy. Once the PawSox vacate, the city should utilize the much-needed office space for its rec- reational offices and sports programs that local schools can benefit from. After all, for many years the stadium housed part of its Recreation, Public Works Department and school bus fleet there. Parking would not be a problem. We don't need to lose more resources. Pawtucket has lost the leg- endary Leroy Theatre, the PawSox, Memorial Hospital, The GAMM the- ater, and now is on the cusp of losing Hasbro. Remember, a good stadium is hard to find. EARL D. SLADE Pawtucket properties received blue recycling bins for recycling including materials, plas- tics, paper, aluminum, and cardboard when the city moved to single stream recycling with the intention of making the process easier for residents. "There are a number of benefits to recycling including protecting the environment, conserving resources, and reducing the waste that ends up in our landfills," said DPW Director Eric Earls. "The process will not work, however, if our loads continue to get rejected by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery due to contamination. It is important that we are all diligent when disposing of waste such as garden hoses, clothing, food, TVs, air condi- tioners, car tires, and plastic bags as they do not belong in recycling." City ordinances call for a written warning for a first offense in failing to separate recyclables and trash, a $25 fine for a second offense, and a sum- mons and fine of $100 to $500 for a third or subsequent offense. "Proper recycling can result in keep- ing your taxes low," says the DPW. Call 401-728-0500, ext. 260, or email for more. RECYCLING From Page 2 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. 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