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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-08-2020

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2 PAWTUCKET JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Following the official cancellation of the final sea- son for the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium last week, city offi- cials have announced that a feasi- bility study starting this month will help determine what happens to the facility next. Mayor Donald Grebien and the City Council announced that, through CommerceRI's Site Readiness program, a geotechnical study of McCoy will begin in July. The study, expected to be com- pleted next month, includes assess- ing data from the area and checking stability of the site to determine the feasibility for its next use. "Pawtucket continues moving forward, and the city is pleased to begin work on the geotechnical study," said Grebien. "The study will determine the site's allow- able uses to come. I thank Gov. Raimondo, CommerceRI, the Pawtucket City Council, and the delegation for their continued part- nership." He said there are a number of potential options and officials "need to have more clarity from the analysis on what can and cannot be done. We will be able to move forward looking at all of the pos- sibilities." Past suggestions have included a sports complex, single city high school, and even another baseball team. Brett Johnson, developer of a new soccer stadium on the riv- erfront, has said he would like to convert the stadium into an outdoor athletic complex. CommerceRI awarded the city a Site Readiness grant of up to $60,000 to perform a geotechnical study, including ground borings, in the area of McCoy stadium. The program partners the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. with munici- palities and/or developers to fund municipal technical assistance and site-specific planning and improve- ments to catalyze development throughout Rhode Island. The state and city have owner- ship of the stadium and land. Fuss and O'Neill will be conducting the geotechnical study including ground borings. After confirming cancellation of their last season before moving to a new stadium in Worcester, negating a chance at a final season, PawSox officials said they will continue efforts to help those affected by the coronavirus, will continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team, will host some workouts for the Boston Red Sox, and will explore ways to have a fitting fare- well. The PawSox will look to continue Dining on the Diamond events at the 78-year-old McCoy. This year is the first in the 137- year history of the International League, founded in 1884, that no games will be played. Fans with tickets to 2020 PawSox home games will be contacted by the club's ticket office and receive personal attention regarding a vari- ety of options, including refunds. "Naturally, as baseball fans, we are deeply disappointed to not have a summer of PawSox Baseball, especially in our 50th-anniversary season," said PawSox President Charles Steinberg in a statement. "Yet all of us recognize that the health, safety, and well-being of our players, fans, and entire community are paramount. But we will keep the faith; this may not be how the story ends. Steinberg also left the door open to partnering with Grebien and the city about uses beyond this summer. "So many high school and college players have loved playing on this field through the years, and we will see if there is a way to continue to provide that opportunity," he said. Study will determine feasibility of McCoy site By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – After seeing a depleted supply during COVID- 19 shutdowns and quarantines, Books Are Wings has finally started to receive books donated to them from the annual BankRI book drive that happened in March. For the last 10 years, every March, the 20 branches of BankRI and its Lincoln Operations Center partner up with the Pawtucket- based organization for the book drive. Patricia Saracino, BankRI vice president of community rela- tions, said that normally the book drive would go on for a lot lon- ger and the bank would bring in teams to sort through the books and divide them into different age groups. But this year has been anything but normal, she said, and the book drive only lasted for two weeks before things shut down and bank hours were reduced. "We thought maybe we could continue the book drive in a month or later on in the year as we had no idea how long COVID-19 would last," Saracino said. "Then we decided to count the books and get the books out to the kids for the summer." Between the 20 branches and the operations center in Lincoln, BankRI collected a total of 1,618 books. Over the past couple of weeks, the books were collected and delivered to Books Are Wings, 1005 Main St. in Pawtucket. Jocelynn White, executive direc- tor of the nonprofit, said she and others had been giving out books that they've had in their inven- tory as well as trying to buy new ones. "We didn't stop distribution," White said of life during the shutdown. "We kind of took a few weeks to see what the world was going to look like and then we got clearance from the Department of Health to distrib- ute books in plastic bags." While school was still in ses- sion through virtual learning, the organization created The Book Bag Project. Books were packed and sealed and kept for 72 hours before distributions at various meal sites. Overall, Books Are Wings distributed 14,386 books to 25 school departments and com- munity organizations throughout Rhode Island. Inventory had been running low, but the group now has books just in time for summer programs. "It's actually pretty amazing," White said. "I spoke with Patricia and she reached out to the branches and said we had 1,500 books during the first call. I was BankRI book drive helps stock Books Are Wings By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See BOOKS, Page 5 Pawtucket Fire Department adds additional engine PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Fire Department have announced that the sixth engine, Engine 3, is in service. The department will now operate four rescues, six engines, and two ladders throughout the city. "Public safety for our residents is a top priority, especially as Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley have been without a hos- pital, emergency room, or neces- sary associated services for well over two years," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "The addition of the sixth engine and the res- cue will allow the brave men and women of the Fire Department to serve our community, including throughout the rise of the corona- virus pandemic this year." "We thank the Fire Union Leadership for working with the city in the best interest of our community. Our main priorities continue to be the safety of our residents, maintaining effective response times, and the health and safety of our firefighters," said Acting Public Safety Director Chief Tina Goncalves. "The addition of the fourth rescue was truly needed as 80 percent of the calls the depart- ment receives continue to be for EMS," said Fire Chief Bill Sisson. "Having the sixth engine back in service allows us to continue to ensure that our residents receive the highest quality public safety services." Working together, the city and Fire Union worked out an agree- ment for four rescues, six engines, and two ladders. A new contract also began on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2023. COVID-19 resource available to seniors in need PROVIDENCE – Family Service of Rhode Island, a statewide non- profit human service organization, has launched "Be Safe Plus," a pro- gram delivering fresh foods, masks, cleaning and personal care supplies to Rhode Island seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers who are at high-risk for COVID-19. FSRI recruited Chubby Chickpea and Hope & Main, located in Warren, and Roch's Fresh Food, of West Greenwich, to put Rhode Islanders back to work by employing them to pack and deliver "Be Safe Plus" boxes. Funding for the program is from the Rhode Island State Office of Healthy Aging. Seniors can access Be Safe Plus by calling 401-462-4444. 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