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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 24-30, 2020 POLITICS 7 7 Bonollo pursues eighth term on school board PAWTUCKET – In 2006, Joanne Bonollo says she began her advocacy for local students from a school board seat, focusing first on the condition of facilities, knowing that children deserved bet- ter. She became the first chairwoman of the well- ness subcommittee and held that position for five terms. During her time on the committee, Bonollo implemented: • The Pawtucket Backpackers, providing supple- mental meals during weekends and school holi- days. • Eating Healthy on a Budget for students and their parents, with culinary expertise provided by Kids First. • The first wellness policy aimed at reducing sugary beverages and foods from the student diet and to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables at no charge to the students during breaks and lunches. • Get Healthy Pawtucket, an annual event open to all that offered activities for students and fami- lies as well as vendors to provide a variety of information from reading to substance abuse. • Most recently, Bonollo hosted a gown give- away for local students who may have not been able to attend prom without help. Facilities has remained a priority for Bonollo. After much work, "the condition of our schools have become something to be proud of," she said, but the work is not over. "Living most of my life in this city, raising my children in the Pawtucket schools, and with a granddaughter about to enter preschool, I have a vested interest in continuing the work that I so enjoy," she said. "With your support, I can con- tinue to work for the students of this city." Cano running again in District 8 PAWTUCKET – Sandra Cano this week announced her candidacy for re-election to the Senate District 8 seat. She said her campaign will continue to focus on bringing a new generation of leadership to the state. Her legislative priorities include improving our public education system, insuring thoughtful eco- nomic development initiatives, and continuing to provide meaningful taxpayer relief programs. "I have seen firsthand the value of serving in the General Assembly. The implementation of the car tax removal program has saved thousands of dollars for the residents in District 8," said Cano. "While there is so much going on in the world, it is still important for our state to pass initiatives that improve the lives of all residents. Hopefully, the residents of District 8 will return me to office and in return, I will do my very best to represent them in a manner befitting of their support for me." Cano is the vice chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Labor, as well as serving on the Senate Committee on Finance. In the past three years, she has supported increased services and protections for seniors in the community. She sup- ported a package of legislation to protect seniors against elder abuse and financial exploitation. Cano worked with Gen. Treasurer Seth Magaziner to require financial literacy for Rhode Island schools. Her initiative won passage in the Senate in 2019. "Unfortunately, many children today do not have the financial knowledge needed to navigate our financial system" said Cano. "Every student should be taught real world skills, such as balancing a budget, maintaining their credit and investing." Last year, she said she fought to enact important education reform modeled after public schools in Massachusetts. She also supported a $2 million increase in aid to Pawtucket schools. She said she championed a new law creating economic development districts in Pawtucket, boosting efforts at creating economic growth. Grebien announces candidacy for re-election PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien has officially announced his candidacy for re- election. "We are in a prime position to continue mov- ing Pawtucket forward with real progress, real results, and proven leadership," said Grebien. "It is against this backdrop that I announce my campaign for re-election as mayor of the great city of Pawtucket." Grebien is seeking his sixth term as mayor. "These have been challenging times for all of us. As a community, we continue to battle the coronavirus. With the support of the City Council and our state delegation, we have been able to get through these unprecedented times," said Grebien. "We need strong, empathetic, and consistent leadership, which is why I ask for your vote." Since taking office in 2011, Grebien said his administration has moved the city forward from the brink of bankruptcy to having another zero- increase budget this year. "Pawtucket is now experiencing an exciting period of growth welcoming new businesses, transforming its mills into live-work space, and supporting its world-renowned arts community," he said. "We continue to stay focused on and are advancing the largest economic development project in our city's history – a beautiful, mixed- use riverfront development that will change the landscape of our downtown and restore Pawtucket to the active center of northern Rhode Island we once were," said Grebien. "We are also welcoming a new commuter rail station set to open in early 2022." Grebien vowed to continue fighting for students, noting that they are the future of Pawtucket. Quality of life issues will always be a priority, he said. Among other initiatives, the city has continued reinvesting in parks and recreational facilities. He also noted that the city continues to increase its zoning and code enforcement throughout the city, will begin automated trash collection, and is close to completing the transi- tion of its streetlights to energy-saving LEDs. Grebien is a lifelong resident of Pawtucket where he lives with his wife Laureen and chil- dren, Alexa and Connor. Larry Holloway, its president. Joe Clark, board member of the Fairlawn Cardinals football, praised Rudd's dedication to youth. Sen. Donna Nesselbush and Ineida Rocha also support Rudd's re-election. Rudd, a graduate of Rhode Island College and part-time track and field coach, lives with his family on West Forest Avenue. 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