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The North Providence Breeze 06-24-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 24-30, 2020 THE VALLEY 5 ment for all these folks." Every day Marchetti prepares and serves breakfast, lunch, and din- ner while filling out paperwork and handling crises in between, she said. Except for Saturdays when she starts at 3 a.m., she begins her days at 5 a.m. and works until 7 or 7:30 in the evening. After serving dinner at the soup kitchen, Marchetti delivers food to folks at the encampments along the Seekonk River. "You just do it," she said. "Just like the Nike commercial said: just do it." Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Marchetti said she's been even busier than normal as the need for meals has increased. "There are so many people that need food, it's incredible," she said. The number of meals served from last year to this year has gone up 33 percent, which is a lot, Marchetti said. In May of this year, they served more than 5,400 meals, and they're on track to serve more this month. Many places used to serve lunch or supper one day a week but have taken a break during the crisis, creat- ing more demand on the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Marchetti said. They've also picked up slack to help provide other items, such as hygiene products, because some social ser- vice agencies are closed or case workers aren't as accessible right now, she said. Aside from Marchetti, all the work at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen is done by volunteers, who range in age from 3 to in their 90s. Before the pandemic, Marchetti said, she had 75 volunteers helping her a week but when the crisis start- ed she scaled back to five a week. She said she'd like to thank the board of directors, volunteers, and donors who make it possible for her to do what she does. "It's a team job," she said. "We have a really good team." The soup kitchen, located in the basement of St. Joseph's Church, 195 Walcott St., can always use cash donations, Marchetti said, and there is a list of items they need on their website at www.pawtucketsoupkitch- en.org under the How to Help tab. From preceding page PAWTUCKET – A week after creating Traitorade, which pokes fun at Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for leaving the New England Patriots, Pawtucket's Smug Brewing has sold out of the new beer but has a second batch that will be ready in a couple of weeks. "Customers love it," Rob DaRosa, co-owner of Smug, told The Breeze, adding, "I hope people enjoy the fun spirit of it and (don't) take it too seriously." The beer is described as an imperial fruit sour with Florida key limes and a dash of sea salt. The idea came about one day while staff was canning and found out that Gronk "un-retired himself" and decided to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with Brady. "We were angry about that," DaRosa said. Someone threw out the word traitor, which "spitballed into Traitorade" and they began thinking what that would look like as a beer. "It had to be salty and had to be sour because that's what we are right now," DaRosa said. To tie in Florida, he threw key limes into the mix. The can's design includes a play on the Buccaneers' throwback "Bucco Bruce" logo. The first batch was released on June 10, DaRosa said. A four-pack of the 16-ounce cans costs $18 and so far Smug has sold more than 500 units. "Our distributor told us we should make more," he said, so they're working on a second batch that will go into distribution in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In the meantime, folks may be able to find some at a liquor store from the first batch until it's back at the brewery. DaRosa, who said he's a big football fan and has cable simply to watch Patriots games, said he's not actually mad at Brady and Gronkowski but thought the beer would be funny. "We are a little salty," he added. "I know some people will be a little upset about this beer, just remember it is just a joke," reads a post on Smug's Instagram account. "We love our two former Patriot players. That being said we have a unique brew for you. … This beer reminds me of getting old and hav- ing to retire in Florida." While many commented in sup- port of the brew, excited to try it and finding it humorous, DaRosa said some people have been genu- inely upset, emailing him to tell him he should be more respectful of the players and what they've done for New England. "It's football," he said. He's also heard from people who thought it was just a gimmick and that the beer wouldn't taste good who really enjoy the flavor. DaRosa said his team worked to create a palatable beer that has a balance of salty and sour. "It surprises people that it is a good beer." Due to restrictions amid the ongo- ing health crisis, Smug's building, located at 100 Carver St., is closed but people can still order beer for curbside pickup. Also in the works, DaRosa said, is a collaboration with Borealis Coffee Company, which has a new roasting space in Pawtucket. Visit www.smugbrewing.com for more. Smug scores with new Traitorade beer By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com Smug Brewing has sold out of its new TRAITORADE, a key lime sour that pokes fun at Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for leaving the New England Patriots to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was released on June 10. A second batch is in the works and should be ready in a couple of weeks. DAROSA Barrow recognized with leadership award PROVIDENCE – North Providence High School student Nicholas Barrow was among high school seniors across Rhode Island who were recognized by Lt. Gov. Dan McKee with the Lt. Governor's Leadership Award. The recipients were nominated by their schools for leading positive change in the community and inspir- ing others to excel and achieve. The virtual awards ceremony took place on May 28. IN BRIEF

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