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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-08-2020

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6 PAWTUCKET JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Citing a stipula- tion against city employees holding elective office, Charles "Chachi" Carvalho has withdrawn his at-large bid for Pawtucket City Council. Carvalho's departure leaves six Democrats running for three at-large seats on the council, three incum- bents, Elena Vasquez, Albert Vitali Jr., and Michael Araujo, and three newcomers, Agi Gai-Kah, Melissa DaRosa, and Tarshire Battle. In an announcement of his deci- sion, Carvalho said he put his name in to be the voice of the people, but "unfortunately there are rules in the city charter that prevent city employ- ees from holding office." Change is coming, Carvalho said, urging people to get out and vote to bring about the changes they want. He recommended a vote for the "powerful women who are running for office in Pawtucket." Though he can't run right yet, said Carvalho, his political aspirations this year are only the beginning. A Cape Verdean resident and musician, Carvalho urged others to continue the struggle forward to bring "better days for our children's children." City Registrar Ken McGill said Carvalho told him he was hired as climate and culture coordinator at Shea High School in January. McGill said the charter doesn't prohibit city employees from holding General Assembly seats. While noth- ing prohibits someone from running for local office as a city employee, they must give up the city job if they win. That rule would apply to Ama Amponsah, the part-time city sergeant who is running for City Council, McGill said. Herb Weiss, one of several city employees running for office, was the only candidate to have all of his required signatures submitted to McGill's office as of Monday, well in advance of a July 10 deadline. He is running for Rhode Island State Senate District 15, serving Pawtucket and North Providence. David Coughlin, running as an independent, also sent a fax to McGill's office removing himself as an independent from the race for House District 60, leaving incumbent Rep. Karen Alzate running alone. Two drop bids for Pawtucket office By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Infrastructure Bank announces $1.3 million for lights, stormwater fixes PAWTUCKET – Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has announced $1.3 million in financ- ing for LED streetlight conver- sions and stormwater improve- ments in Pawtucket. By borrowing through the Infrastructure Bank at below market interest rates, the city will save $157,336 on debt service payments over the lifetimes of the loans. Of the $1.3 million, $1 mil- lion is for streetlight conversions through the Efficient Building Fund, and $350,000 is a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for a stormwater mitigation project adjacent to the coming Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station. "By taking advantage of the Bank's Efficient Buildings Fund to upgrade their streetlights, Pawtucket will generate signifi- cant savings for the community and make a positive impact on the environment," said Jeffrey Diehl, CEO of the Infrastructure Bank. "The future Pawtucket- Central Falls train station will be a hub of economic activity for the Blackstone Valley. The stormwater improvements will sig- nificantly reduce pollutants from rain water runoff and add to the beautification of the area." Pawtucket is converting approxi- mately 6,000 streetlights to LED lights across the city, saving significantly on annual energy savings. This is the city's second time borrowing from the EBF program. "The city is constantly looking for innovative ways to save the taxpayers' money. Transitioning over to LED lights not only saves us money, but is environmentally friendly. The improvements to the train station district will make Pawtucket cleaner and greener," said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. "We thank the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank as these projects may not have been feasible without their continued partnership." B & G Club announces opening of summer programs PAWTUCKET – The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket announced the opening of sum- mer programs to be held at the Alfred Elson Jr. Clubhouse. Each year when school closes for the summer, the club offers several summer programs with an array of opportunities for youth to stay engaged through- out the summer, including Camp Ramsbottom. Earlier this year, Club CEO Jim Hoyt, along with leadership staff at the club, decid- ed to close camp for the summer due to the restrictions in place surrounding the COVID-19 pan- demic. However, club staff have developed club summer program- ming that is deemed to be both safe and engaging for pre-teens and teens to participate in from July 6 to Aug. 14. The Pre-Teen Summer Program is designed for 60 youth ages 6-12 and will provide an engaging summer program. With activities running throughout the day, the program will focus on three main areas: learning through play, service learning, and social-emo- tional wellness. All participants will be provided with a nutritious morning snack and lunch meals daily, fun activities, and interac- tion with professional and car- ing staff. Programs and activities range from educational to artistic to community service focused to recreational. The Teen Summer Program is designed for 50 youth ages 13-18, with an array of activities run- ning throughout the day. Teen summer programming at the club offers much of what the club typi- cally provides during the school year. In accordance with current guidelines from the CDC and state of Rhode Island, teens will be placed in pods of 13 based on their interests and will participate in fun activities with their peers. Registration for both of these programs is limited. For more information or to register, visit the website: https://bgcpawt.org/ summer-programs/ . For ques- tions, call 401-722-8840. Boys & Girls Club holds graduation ceremony for club seniors PAWTUCKET – The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket held a gradua- tion ceremony at the Alfred Elson Jr. Clubhouse on June 19, adhering to the safety and social-distancing guide- lines set forth by the state of Rhode Island. The ceremony honored 17 club seniors and highlighted their achievements during the time that they attended the club. "We know these are difficult times for everyone, but in particular for graduating seniors, as this is not how any of them ever imagined ending their high school journeys" said Jayar Santos, director of teen programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket. "Recently we found out that many of our club members who were graduat- ing seniors weren't able to attend any type of graduation ceremony, and it was then that we knew we had to step in and change that for them." All of the graduating seniors were able to have one car attend as their guest on the night of the event. All cars were able to park several car spaces apart and watch their loved one cross the stage to receive their certificate of achievement and a graduation gift from the club. Photographers were spread through- out the ceremony, taking photos of seniors crossing the stage and again for a personal photo opportunity with their cap and gown. The ceremony closed with a speech from Santos, who reminded the seniors that they are now alumni of the club, and are responsible for setting a positive example in their communities. Do you know someone celebrating an August Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for AUGUST will be printed on July 30, 2020. 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