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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-18-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 PAWTUCKET 9 the river and in downtown. The city purchasing the property would give "real direction for the site" instead of a "nebulous" situation where pri- vate ownership isn't doing much but might do something in the future, said Zelazo. Most private developers don't want to be associated with an eminent domain proceeding, he said, even if the situation with this particu- lar property is a little bit different, so "site control is a massive issue." It was also an issue cited frequently by the PawSox, he told The Breeze. "Once you have site control, it's different from being willing to get site control," he said. The general sentiment from most in city government is that this redevelopment is long overdue, said Zelazo, and while a negotiated purchase remains a possibility, the actions taken by the city allow for the possibility of eminent domain. A representative from the Apex companies released the following statement in response to the city's proceedings: "Over the last 18 months, the city and the Apex Companies, by and large, have worked well together," it states. "We believe the best path for- ward for the acquisition of this prop- erty is to return to the negotiating table. We also believe this is the most cost-effective path for taxpayers." To further the city's goals, the Apex Companies have put their own devel- opment plans on hold multiple times, reads the statement. "Apex has only negotiated in good faith and will continue to do so given the opportunity," it states. The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at port. Thank you as always for reading. 9 From preceding page PAWTUCKET – As part of a multi-pronged approach to keep- ing more items out of the landfill, reducing costs, the city is now partnering with Warwick-based Curbside Textile Recycling to col- lect residents' unwanted clothing and shoes on regular recycling days. This collaboration is in addi- tion to a new partnership with the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization now adding more donation collection bins across Pawtucket. Public Affairs Officer Wilder Arboleda said this is an innovative and easy solution. "The city is proud to partner with Curbside Textile Recycling to provide yet another option for the community to dispose of gen- tly used clothes for a good cause," he said. "We want to promote as many different opportunities for our residents as possible to encour- age clothing donations for those in need." Though the fledgling Curbside Textile Recycling is a for-profit company, says Melanie Flamand, who started the company a year ago with Marjorie Muller, the com- pany sends 2 cents for every pound of items sold to local and state nonprofits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she said, curbside driv- ers have been collecting non-per- ishable food items alongside their trademark yellow bags, with dona- tions made to the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen and Amos House, among others. Flamand said the company is excited to partner with Pawtucket going forward. Over about a year, the company has diverted more than 225,000 pounds of clothing and shoes from the landfill, she said. Asked how her company com- pares to Simple Recycling, with its pink bags, she said that the busi- nesses are very similar, though she noted that Simple Recycling has almost completely pulled out of the state. Flamand said residents will be given normal trash bags to start out, but after the first bags are picked up on regular recycling days, they'll get a yellow bag in exchange. Each time a bag is picked up, a new yellow bag will be dropped off along daily routes. The Department of Public Works will also have bags available. Curbside Recycling is work- ing with the city to identify three Pawtucket nonprofits to receive a regular share of the 2 cents per pound, she said. Every bag is weighed, and the city gets a monthly report on the number of bags and pounds. Those numbers are used to determine the amount to be given to nonprofits through its Bag2Good program. The pandemic has given people a lot of time to reorganize closets, but many are wondering what to do with all the excess clothes and shoes they no longer want, states a release from the city. Curbside Recycling will begin its service on Nov. 30. Residents are instructed to simply put items, including clothes, shoes, pocket- books, belts and ties, out on their regular recycling day. The bags should be placed outside the door in an area visible from the road and away from trash, and be in place before 7 a.m. Drivers will then do pickups from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clothes are distributed around the world. Flamand has been in the insur- ance business for more than 35 years and Muller is newly retired from a 32-year executive banking career. They say they were moti- vated a year ago this month to start their company based on goals of sustainability and helping others. Three local charities will be selected every six months to receive the 2 cents per pound col- lected during that timeframe. "The interest in our service has been overwhelming and the ability to bring to life a company whose purpose is to create a win for the planet, a win for Rhode Island jobs, and a win for local communi- ty organizations is just so fulfilling," said Flamand. "We want to thank everyone who is participating and encourage oth- ers to check us out on our website ( and utilize our service," said Muller. Pawtucket adds Curbside Textile Recycling to the mix By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor We are Thankful for Our Community! FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL to Prepare at Home for Familes in Need Sunday, November 22 • Noon - 3 p.m. (While Supplies Last) PICK UP YOUR FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER BOX! A Whole Turkey and All the Fixings for a Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner! 1438 Newport Avenue Pawtucket, RI (401) 642-6737 Welcome to Our 2nd Annual THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY Holiday Spirit

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