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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-10-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 10-16, 2019 PAWTUCKET 11 PAWTUCKET – Some 20 trees have been removed from high-traffic areas at Slater Park, most of them due to being invaded by moths or rot. Trees were taken down in areas near the playground, animal shelter, picnic grove, boathouse, bandstand and roadways. These trees posed a major safety concern for park patrons and struc- tures during heavy wind storms," said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. The Department of Public Works is exploring the replacement of the trees, with the fall being the best time to plant, he said. The city each year budgets $12,000 to complete its tree maintenance plan at Slater Park. In past years, the focus has mostly been on trimming dead wood, lifting the drip edge up (the limits of where water drips from the tree), and removing a couple of rot- ted trees. The city takes great pride in pro- viding a safe and clean park for resi- dents to enjoy, said Arboleda, and the DPW's tree maintenance plan is a big part of that. Trees are evaluated each year based on safety concerns and prioritized based on location and budget. The work happens in May and June, according to Arboleda. Many of the trees that were taken Workers remove trees posing safety risk at Slater Park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Rotted and diseased trees have been removed at SLATER PARK in Pawtucket. The trees were considered a safety hazard. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY down last month were very unsightly, losing limbs and developing a gnarly appearance due to age and disease. In addition to the enhanced safety aspect, removing them and replacing them with something younger and more attractive also contributes to the overall appearance of the park. Pawtucket Y raises more than $40,000 at most successful All-Star Outing PAWTUCKET – Through the charitable contributions of local businesses and the fundraising efforts of committee members, the YMCA of Pawtucket in partnership with the Pawtucket Red Sox helped raise more than $40,000 at the Y's All-Star Outing at McCoy Stadium June 20. Funds raised will go toward pro- viding camp scholarships at the YMCA of Pawtucket. Charlie Clifford, CEO of the YMCA of Pawtucket, explained the outing's significance for the Y and the broader community. "We are incredibly grateful to this year's sponsors. Through their gen- erous contributions, more children than ever before will be able to attend summer camp," Clifford said. "All children deserve the opportu- nity to live healthier lifestyles, and Rhode Island's community is help- ing to make that a reality for many kids, regardless of their economic situation." The YMCA regularly seeks to help families who can't afford to pay for programming at the Y. Senior leaders at the Y say that the summer programming, made more widely available through fundraising, helps children remain mentally focused and physically active, aligning with the Y's overarching goals. For more than 20 years, the Pawtucket Red Sox have supported the Y's annual outing. The team's commitment to local youth is reflect- ed in its yearly participation in the outing, Clifford said, adding that the annual event would not be possible without the organization's support. As part of the Y's longstanding tradition to send a lucky winner to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the YMCA of Pawtucket named Mary Coyle of Albion in Lincoln the grand prize winner of its All-Star raffle. The tickets, donated by the PawSox, are for the July 9 All-Star game in Cleveland, Ohio. Coyle's prize includes cash and cov- ers the cost of transportation and lodging. Library presents 'How to Make a Show' for teens PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., is hosting the hands-on workshop How to Make a Show for teenagers enter- ing grades 6 to 12 on Monday, July 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. The free workshop is for teenagers interested in creating and marketing their own show on a social media platform. It will be conducted by Ricky Katowicz, also called Ricky Rainbow Beard. Call Shannon Bloom at 401-725- 3714, ext. 221. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Stump Grinding Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS

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