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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-13-2019

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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2019 LETTERS / WOONSOCKET 19 Berard: Kithes is an investment in the future and the best choice The special election for the open city council seat this summer is an opportunity to begin the next chapter in Woonsocket's history. It is no secret that our city has faced its share of challenges in recent memory, but we are a resilient community, and with the right vision and leadership we can har- ness the assets we have to generate a prosperous and sustainable future for ourselves. Alex Kithes has such a vision and is such a leader, which is why he has my vote for city council. I came to know Alex through his work as a climate organizer, and I have seen firsthand his dedica- tion to addressing the climate crisis through local action. Our city is poised to be a statewide leader in renewable energy generation, but we need to make sure we are pro- tecting our valuable open space and water resources. This means we should only be putting projects on existing buildings and under- utilized industrial properties. Alex plans to create a set of guidelines to make it easy for renewable energy companies to do business in the city, reducing carbon emissions and expanding the tax base in a smart, sustainable manner. We also possess another invalu- able resource in the Blackstone River. It was instrumental in the economic development of the city, yet as manufacturing moved out, we, like many post-industrial cities in the U.S., turned our backs on the river. Alex has pledged to work to restore the Blackstone and once again give it a role in our economy by reducing polluted runoff, keep- ing trash and litter out of the water, and by finding creative ways to allow residents and visitors more access to the river and its shoreline. Finally, Alex is committed to the refurbishment of the city's wastewa- ter treatment plant. Not only will facility upgrades improve water quality in the Blackstone, but they will reduce the distinct smell of sewage that we often have to deal with across the city. He also sup- ports efforts to encourage more walking and biking in the city, increase energy efficiency to lower utility bills, and modernize our zon- ing code. When my wife and I were look- ing to buy a home for our family, we chose Woonsocket because we believe in this city and wanted to make an investment in its future. I consider my support for Alex Kithes to be another investment in our community. I hope you will join me in voting for him on July 2. Johnathan Berard is a policy analyst and Rhode Island state director at Clean Water Action. He lives in the Hamlet neighborhood with his wife and newborn son. Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry thanks Bellingham The clients, staff and volunteers at Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry would like to give a big thank you to the town of Bellingham, Mass., for their generosity during the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 11. Food donations totaled close to 5,000 pounds. We would also like to thank the Bellingham postal workers for organizing this annual food drive and for all their hard work collecting and delivering the food to us. This food drive comes at a time of year when our shelves are beginning to become depleted, so thank you to all for helping the food pantry to continue supporting those in need throughout the coming summer months. SUE DURKIN Director of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry WOONSOCKET – Lisa Carcifero, the head of the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition known for her longtime advocacy around youth and community health issues, has been named the grand marshal of the 2019 Autumnfest celebration. Carcifero was surprised with the news during a meeting of the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition Wednesday night at Neos restaurant on Cass Avenue. Members of the Autumnfest Steering Committee gathered outside before making a surprise appearance and greeting her with news of the selection per Autumnfest tradition. "Lisa Carcifero is truly one of our community heroes that is very deserv- ing of being this year's Autumnfest grand marshal," said Garrett Mancieri, general chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee. "Whether it is her time through the Rotary Club of Woonsocket, the Milk Fund or Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, she puts her whole heart into whatever she does and has genu- ine compassion and care for other people." Carcifero, a licensed clinical social worker who has served as head of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition since 2000, is known throughout the region for her many years of work in substance abuse prevention and her advocacy for city youth. In addition to serving as director of the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, a coalition of seven communities in the greater Woonsocket area, she serves as chairperson of the board of directors of Connecting for Children and Families and a member of the Woonsocket Juvenile Hearing Board. She also serves on the boards of Landmark Medical Center and Senior Services Inc. and has served as chairperson of the Milk Fund Appeal since 2016. She is an active member of the Rotary Club, serving on the board since 2004 and as president in 2013 and 2014. She has previously been recognized by the YWCA of Northern Rhode Island with a Women of Achievement Award and by Northern Rhode Island Community Services with a Community Champion Award. "We are very lucky to have some- one like her in Woonsocket, and I am so excited to see her being honored and recognized for all her hard work, time, and dedication to improving our community," said Mancieri. 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