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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 PAWTUCKET 5 PAWTUCKET – The revelation of a secretive effort by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to export that city's homeless residents to com- munities such as Pawtucket was met with strong condemnation from a trio of local mayors last week. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, in a statement submit- ted jointly with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is calling the program irresponsible for its lack of communication with recipi- ent cities, which leads to the home- less residents having no support system in their new locations. Grebien and the other mayors are warning of the consequences of further moves through New York's Special One-Time Assistance Program, saying they have no indication that it's been ended fol- lowing a New York Post story on its specifics. "Based on the information in the New York Post's article, this is an outrageous example of bad public policy," they said. "Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket are financially distressed communities working with limited resources to improve our residents' quality of life. It is deeply concerning that the city of New York is relocat- ing members of their community to ours and many others without informing us. To send these families to other cities and towns with no communication or support structure is irresponsible." According to the report out of New York, that city has been exporting homeless individuals and families all over the country, sending with them a year's worth of rent. According to The Post, New York has sent 5,074 homeless families, or 12,482 people total, to 373 cities and towns in 32 states and Puerto Rico, doing so with- out informing the receiving com- munities. The local mayors said they will continue to do everything they can to help their residents, especially those experiencing homelessness, despite having limited resources. According to the report, three families were sent to Providence, and one each to Pawtucket, Woonsocket and North Kingstown. "This irresponsible approach is taking away the resources that we as individual communities and the state of Rhode Island have," said the three mayors. "We echo many of the sentiments of the mayors of other communities. While it is unclear how many families have been relocated to Rhode Island, we must sit with state leaders and the Department of Human Services in order to ensure that the Special One-Time Assistance Program does not negatively impact our commu- nities moving forward." If that doesn't happen, this will come as a cost to the state as a whole, and not just these munici- palities, they said. "While it appears relocations have occurred in Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket at this point, there is no indication that New York's Special One-Time Assistance Program will stop in our cities or will refrain from moving families experiencing homelessness from New York City to other cities in Rhode Island," said the mayors. Grebien decries stealth relocation of homeless By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com GREBIEN PawSox host 5th annual steak dinner for veterans PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox commemorated the Veterans Day holiday by welcom- ing veterans to its 5th annual steak dinner in the PawSox Clubhouse at McCoy Stadium on Nov. 8. For the fifth straight year, the PawSox presented a four-course steak dinner for a number of area veterans. The guests also received a tour of McCoy and gifts from the PawSox. The honorees are veterans from the YWCA of Rhode Island Gateway to Independence, the R.I. Fire Chiefs Honor Flights, Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306, and R.I. Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. "Hosting veterans on Nov. 13, 2015, was our first community event after several of us joined the ballclub, and it was inspir- ing," PawSox President Charles Steinberg said. "We have since turned this into a traditional gathering that we look forward to around the Veterans Day holiday. "For the past four seasons dur- ing each home game at McCoy Stadium, we have also conducted a special ceremony, 'In Debt to a Vet,' that allows our fans to express their appreciation, as vet- erans stand on the field between innings and experience a beauti- ful, nightly, sustained, heart-felt standing ovation. "These modest gestures allow us to continue to demonstrate our appreciation to those who have served our country," he said. Warm Hearts Warm Coats Day Nov. 29 PAWTUCKET – Warm Hearts Warm Coats Day will take place on Friday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 102 High St. Collection of coats is going on now through Monday, Nov. 25. Right now they are looking for new or gently used winter outerwear for all age groups, especially children's coats. Hats, scarves and gloves are also welcome. Drop-off spots are located around the area, including all Pawtucket branches of Pawtucket Credit Union, Pawtucket Public Library, the Winter Farmers Market at Hope Artist Village and the Attorney General's office, through Monday, Nov. 18. Go to http:/www.neighborhood- link.com/NAP-_Neighborhood_ Alliance_of_Pawtucket/home for an updated list. Books Are Wings will be handing out books at the event. Volunteers are needed to sort coats into sizes on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. shifts) and to help at the event. Contact Arthur Plitt at kingarthurArthur@ gmail.com if interested in volun- teering. Council meeting date changed PAWTUCKET – The next Pawtucket City Council and Board of License Commissioners meet- ings, originally scheduled for Nov. 20, have been moved up two days. The meetings will be held on Monday, Nov. 18. They will be held at their regular times, 7 p.m. for the City Council pre- ceded by the Board of License Commissioners at 6:45 p.m. Direct questions to the city clerk's office at 401-728-0500, ext. 225 or 348. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com Do you know someone celebrating a December Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for DECEMBER will be printed on November 28, 2019. Forms should be received by The Valley Breeze by Friday, November 22, 2019. Send in the name of someone with his or her December birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. 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