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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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10 THE VALLEY JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Morin will not seek re-election WOONSOCKET – Rep. Michael Morin, a Democrat representing Rhode Island House District 49, announced on Tuesday he will not seek re-election. Morin has represented District 49 in Woonsocket since February 2014, when he won a special election. He has since won re-election three times and ran unopposed in the 2018 elec- tion. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Woonsocket at the State House," said Morin. "It has been a great experi- ence working on issues that have improved the quality of lives for the city and our state." In a press release, he said his proudest accomplish- ments as a legislator include supporting the elimination of the car tax, advocating for an increase of $12 million in state aid to public schools and supporting brewer- ies and other small businesses. He also sponsored a 2017 child protection law that prohibits the use of certain cancer-causing chemicals in the manufacture and sale of upholstered children's prod- ucts. He currently serves as deputy majority leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives and is a member of the Finance Committee, Corporations Committee and Small Business Committee. The legislator said he hopes to use the additional time to focus on the next chapter of his life with his fian- ce, Darlene Boudreau. The couple had originally planned to marry this year but postponed their wedding due to COVID-19 and are planning a wedding for next year. Morin is a retired captain and fire marshal from the Woonsocket Fire Department, where he served for 31 years. He is a former deputy state first marshal and former president of the Woonsocket Firefighters Local 732. He currently works in environ- mental safety in Providence. MORIN North Smithfield Food Pantry open for pickup NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Food Pantry, located in the basement of Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Greene St., wants to remind the community that the pantry remains open for pickup services for resi- dents of North Smithfield. Clients are invited to visit the pantry on select Tuesdays and Saturdays to receive pre-selected bags of groceries. Visitors are asked to line up in their vehicles on Greene Street and wait for instruc- tions to approach the church. When they arrive in the church parking lot, volunteers will place bags of groceries in their vehicles. There is no registration required. Upcoming pickup days include Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. Call 401-678-0356 for more infor- mation or to coordinate a donation. Energy funds available to eligible households impacted by COVID-19 PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund's sponsoring energy companies and its administrator, United Way of Rhode Island, announce the fund is avail- able to all eligible households in the state impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund assists households in financial difficulty, including indi- viduals laid off, furloughed or out of business due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the payment of their home energy expenses. The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a safety net for households in crisis who are having trouble paying their energy bills. Households in need of energy assis- tance are encouraged to call their local Community Action Program agency to determine if they qualify for the fund. The CAPs determine household eligibility for the fund based on total household income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of four is eligible for the fund if its annual income does not exceed $77,250 while a household of six cannot exceed $103,770. Grants to individual households are deter- mined by fuel type and need with grant amounts up to $650 per heat- ing season. "We urge all Rhode Island house- holds to dial 2-1-1, United Way's 24-hour call center, if they are look- ing for general information about the Good Neighbor Energy Fund or need help identifying their local CAP agency to determine eligibility," said Terry Sobolewski, chairperson of the 2020 Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund and President of National Grid Rhode Island. Those interested in donating to the Fund can visit www.rhodeislandgood- neighbor.org or 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. thank you for supporting our Valley Breeze advertisers. 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