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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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4 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PROVIDENCE – The need for occasional help to pay bills isn't limited to people of a certain age or to one community more than another, says Sandi Connors, spokeswoman for United Way of Rhode Island, who's encouraging anyone who thinks they may qual- ify for heating assistance this year to reach out. United Way of Rhode Island last week announced that the 2019- 2020 Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is now open to eligi- ble Rhode Islanders experiencing financial difficulty and in need of assistance with their heating bills. "It's critical for people to have utilities be on," Connors told The Valley Breeze. "It really impacts the whole household's ability to thrive." The fund, administered by United Way, is sponsored by Block Island Utility District, National Grid, Ocean State Power, Pascoag Utility District, Petro Home Services and RISEC LP.Since 1986 it has raised more than $14.6 million and provided heating assistance to 46,000 households in R.I. Across the state last year, 509 households and 1,260 people received help, Connors said. Individuals and families in need of energy assistance are encouraged to visit their local Community Action Program agen- cy, which receives funding from United Way and pays utility bills directly. Renters and homeowners are eligible. "It's a good program for people who are struggling to get a bill paid and need to make sure to continue heating their home," Connors said. Household eligibility is based on total household income not exceeding 300 percent of the fed- eral poverty level, states a press release. For example, a household of four is eligible if its annual income does not exceed $77,250 while a household of six cannot exceed $103,770. Grants to house- holds are determined by fuel type and need and will not exceed $650 per heating season. Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, said that Rhode Islanders should dial 2-1-1, United Way's 24-hour call center, if they're looking for more informa- tion about the fund or need help identifying their local CAP agency. "With temperatures starting to drop, we want those in financial difficulty to know that the Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a great community resource and we're here to help," she said in a state- ment. "If people even wonder if they're eligible, they should call 2-1-1," Connors said. "It can be very dif- ficult to ask for help, particularly if you've never had to ask for help in the past. … Just call. That's what the money is here for." Local CAP agencies, according to information provided by United Way, are as follows: • Community Care Alliance, 55 Main St. in Woonsocket, serves residents in Woonsocket and North Smithfield. Call 401-235-7000. • Blackstone Valley CAP, 32 Goff Ave. in Pawtucket, serves residents in Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. Call 401-723-4520. • Tri-Town Community Action, 1126 Hartford Ave. in Johnston, serves residents in North Providence, North Smithfield, Smithfield, Glocester, Johnston, and Burrillville. Call 401-351-2750. • Comprehensive CAP, 311 Doric Ave. in Cranston, serves residents in Foster, Scituate, Coventry, and Cranston. Call 401- 467-9610. Emidio Rosa, supervisor for the family support center at Community Care Alliance, told The Breeze that the agency gave out 69 Good Neighbor Energy Fund grants last year. "The program is good (for) the community because it helps people in crisis," he said. Tri-County gave out 200 grants last year, Connors said. She didn't have numbers for Blackstone Valley CAP. The fund is earmarked for fami- lies and individuals who are in a one-time or temporary crisis, Connors said. Someone who can't pay their utility bills because of a recent job loss or a healthcare issue may be eligible to receive assistance. Those who need assistance can be any age from any community, she said. Connors said the 2-1-1 call center receives about 180,000 calls a year from Rhode Islanders look- ing for help. Families are making difficult decisions between paying for food, utilities, and medications, she said. "It's definitely a problem in Rhode Island," she said. While unemployment rates are lower, salaries are not as high as before the 2008 recession, and many families are spending more than 30 percent of their salary on housing, Connors said. "When that happens it impacts the ability to pay other basic supports," she said, and leaves less money for food, medications, and transporta- tion. Because of a moratorium in the state that says energy compa- nies can't shut off heat until May in households that haven't paid, Connors said they'll see a surge in the spring of people who can't keep up with their bills. Anyone can donate to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund's Warm Thy Neighbor fundraising cam- paign via the yellow donation envelopes that are enclosed with energy bills through the end of February. People can also text WARM to 91999 on their mobile phone, send a check payable to "Good Neighbor Energy Fund" to Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909-2459 or visit www.rhode- islandgoodneighbor.org . "The generosity of Rhode Islanders to this program has been very consistent," Connors said. "I think New Englanders understand what it is to be cold and under- stand what it is to be in a tempo- rary crisis. … People want to help their neighbors in Rhode Island." Heating assistance available for Rhode Islanders this winter By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com CONNORS Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition announces grants CENTRAL FALLS – The Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition held a press conference at Central Falls City Hall on Oct. 30 to announce six local organizations that were awarded Opioid Solutions Grants. Local organizations that were select- ed to receive funding are: • LISC RI of Pawtucket, partnering with RI Cares will develop a Parent Café to be conducted at the Pawtucket YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket. The focus of the program will be to engage parents and families to understand the opioid epidemic, rec- ognize the signs of opioid misuse and to develop strategies to engage their children in conversation. • The Central Falls Office on Health will work to increase the perception of risk and harm associated with opioids in the city of Central Falls by develop- ing a comprehensive listing of sites and culturally sensitive messaging. • Also, to provide additional means of support to individuals and families in the Blackstone Valley region, limited resources for wellness and recovery support activities will be made avail- able to individuals who have over- dosed, are in recovery, or are family members of either. These supports may include memberships to the YMCA or Boys and Girls Clubs, resources for support groups and other community programs. Applications are available through funded grantees, as well as the BVPC. For more information, call the BVPC at 401-301-2894. Sidewalk snow removal required: According to city ordinance, the owner, occupant or other responsible person shall have snow and ice removed from a sidewalk intended for pedestrians not later than the first 12 hours of daylight after the end of a snowstorm. § 351-20, Remoyal of snow and ice required A. No snow shall be permitted to remain upon any sidewalk, which shall be defined as that portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for the use of pedestrians, for a period exceeding the first twelve (12) hours of daylight after the cessation of any snowstorm or after such snow shall have fallen from any building. No ice shall be permitted to remain upon any such sidewalk more than two (2) hours in the daytime, unless covered with sand or other suitable substance. B. The owner, occupant or other person having the care of any building or lot bordering upon any such sidewalk shall cause the same to be made safe and convenient by removing the snow and ice therefrom, or by causing the ice to be suitably covered. C. Snow and ice removed from a sidewalk shall not be thrown or deposited on any street or on any property of another property owner. § 351-21 Violations and penalties All violations of this article shall be subject to a fine of $25 for a first offense, a fine of $50 for a second offense, and a fine of $100 for a third and subsequent offenses. Fines may be paid by mail. Mailed-in fines must be received by the Office of Zoning and Code Enforcement within fourteen (14) days of the date of the summons. Anyone who does not pay the fine by mail in a timely manner must appear in Pawtucket Municipal Court Volunteer help with sidewalk snow removal, for seniors and people with physical limitations, is available by calling city Seniors Liaison Tom Hodge at 728-0500, ext. 357, or by contact- ing him by email at thodge@pawtucketri.com. Call or email to be placed on the list. El retiro de Ia nieye de Ia acera requirio Segun ordenanza de Ia ciudad, el dueño, el inquilino u otra persona responsable deben tener Ia nieve e hielo quitado de una acera querida para peatones no mas tarde que el primero 12 horas de luz del dia después del final de una tormenta de nieve. Seccion 351-20, El retiro de Ia nieve y del hielo reguirio A. No se permitira ninguna nieve para permanecer sabre ninguna acera, que sea difinida como esa porcion de una calle entre las lineas del reborde, o las lineas laterales de un camino, y las lineas. de caracteristica adyacentes previstas para el usa de pedestre, par un periodo que excede las primeras doce horas de luz del dia despues de Ia cesacion de cualquier tempestad de nieve o despues de tal nieve habra caido de cualquier edificio. No se permitira ningun hielo seguir siendo sobre cualquier acera mas de dos horas en el dia, a menos que este cubierto con Ia arena o Ia otra sustancia conveniente. B. El dueno, el linquilino o Ia otra persona teniendo el culdado de cualquier edificio o Ia porcion que confina con cuatquier acera haran iguales ser hechos seguros y convenientes quitando Ia nieve y helar de ahi, o haci - enda el hielo ser lanzado o ser depositado en cualquier calle o en cualquier caracteristica de otro propietario. C. La nieve y el hielo quitados de una acera no seran lanzados ni seran depositados en cualquier calle o cualquier caracteristica de otro propietario. Seccion 351-21 Violaciones y penas Todas las violaiones de este articulo estaran conforme a una multa de $25 para Ia primera ofensa, a una multa de $50 para Ia segunda ofensa y a $100 para Ia tercera y subecuentes ofensas. Las multas se puenden pagar por correo. Las multas se deben recibir por Ia oficina de Zoning y Ia aplicacion en el plaza de catorce dias de Ia fecha del emplazamiento. Cualquier persona que no paga la multa par correo a tiempo debe aparecer en Ia corte municipal de Pawtucket. La ayuda del voluntario con el retiro de la nieve de la acera, en para mayores y la gente con limitaciones fisicas, esta disponible llamando el Enlace de Mayores de Ia ciudad Tom Hodge en 728-0500, ext. 357, o poniendose en contacto con el por el correo electronico en thodge@pawtucketri.com. Llamada o correo electronico para colocarse en Ia lista. CITY OF PAWTUCKET PUBLIC NOTICE • SNOW REMOVAL CITY OF PAWTUCKET PUBLIC NOTICE • RETIRO DE LA NIEVE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND FAMILY COURT PROVIDENCE, SC NOTICE BY ADVERTISEMENT IN RE: Eddy Jimenez-Sanchez P19-002313 TO: EDDY JIMENEZ and ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST Last known address Pawtucket, RI 02919 You are hereby summoned to appear in Providence County Family Court, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence, RI 02903 On November 22, 2019 at 9:00 am in Courtroom 5J to consent to or object to the adoption of Eddy Jimenez-Sanchez by Juan Jimenez Paulino. Failure to appear will result in a default judgment being entered against you which will terminate your parental rights to this child. is notice by advertisement was ordered by Rhode Island Family Court Associate Judge Lia Stuhlsatz at a hearing on 11/1/2019. Juan Jimenez Paulino, By his attorney Milan T. Azar North Providence Public Schools 2240 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI 02911 Office: (401) 233-1100 Ext. 11103 Transportation RFP e District is seeking bids for Student Transportation Services Commencing July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023. For bid specifications: N. Providence Schools website, under the "About" menu select "Bids." Bidding closes on Dec. 3, 2019.

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