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The North Providence Breeze 03-31-2021

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2021 THE VALLEY 7 Heritage Corridor's Combs honored for protecting region's water resources 'My motto is to leave something better than I found it' BLACKSTONE, Mass. – When Bonnie Combs, of Blackstone, first started volunteering with the Blackstone River Watershed Council in 2005, she describes the experience as an "aha! moment." "I found my people," she told The Valley Breeze. "That just set the course for me to keep volunteering. My activism grew from there." As a result of her activism, Combs, now marketing director for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, has been awarded the 2020-21 Paul Keough Award from the New England Water Environment Association, which honors her "significant outreach, edu- cation, and advocacy work to protect our region's water resources." NEWEA's Paul Keough Award, established in 1994 in memory of Environmental Protection Agency employee Paul Keough, honors pro- fessionals who have demonstrated their commitment to outreach and communication to the public about the necessity of protecting the water environment, states a press release. "I was very flattered and honored," said Combs about learning she had received the award. At BHC, Combs launched the Trash Responsibly Program to cre- ate awareness about the impact of litter on natural resources, coor- dinated environ- mental cleanup events with 25 communities, and had the month of May declared Storm Drain Awareness Month by way of gubernato- rial proclamation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Jordan Gosselin, spokesperson for NEWEA, told The Breeze. Combs also "delivered a passion- ate keynote address" at NEWEA's 2019 teacher training, which provides K-12 teachers with resources and workshops that can be implemented in their classrooms to teach students about water environment issues. Also in 2019, Combs said, BHC received an Earth Day grant from the Narragansett Bay Commission to pur- chase storm drain marking supplies. Years ago, she said, she picked up a children's activity book, "Dwayne the Storm Drain," at a Blackstone River Watershed Association event, which talked about how litter can get into waterways. The book, she said, sparked her interest, and she began doing outreach to raise awareness about storm drains. "NEWEA is pleased to present Bonnie with this award in celebra- tion of her decades of vital work to protect New England's precious water resources," Gosselin said. NEWEA's awards program annu- ally presents awards honoring members for outstanding water industry work in a variety of catego- ries, including safety, engineering, operations, public education, public relations, management, collection systems, laboratory expertise, and service to the organization, and rec- ognizes awards given by the Water Environment Federation and EPA Region One, states a press release. "We could not be more proud of Bonnie's accomplishment," Devon Kurtz, executive director of BHC, told The Breeze. "She is truly an amaz- ing advocate for the health of the Blackstone River Valley. The road to success is 'littered' with obstacles. While others might give up and turn around, Bonnie has consistently pushed her way through, cleaning her way through the Valley. I can only imagine what she will do next." Combs said that her advice to the community is that any little bit helps. People don't need to take part in a big cleanup; they can simply pick up litter they see when walking down the street before it gets swept away by rain into a storm drain and then into a body of water. "My motto is to leave something better than I found it," Combs said. "Water is a precious resource. We can all do our part to protect it." By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com COMBS R.I. Law Day essay contest offers scholarship awards PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Judiciary, and the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association, with support from the Rhode Island Department of Education and Roger Williams University School of Law, are sponsoring the annual Hon. Francis J. Darigan Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest open to Rhode Island resident students in grades 10, 11, and 12 attending school in Rhode Island. The winning essay author receives a $1,000 scholastic award and an engraved trophy cup. A second place essay author receives a $250 scholas- tic award donated by the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court. This year's essay topic is American Democracy and the Rule of Law. This topic reminds students that we, the people, share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend lib- erty, and pursue justice. Students will be asked to describe what the rule of law means to them and where it fits into an orderly and just society. Background information on this topic can be found on the Bar Association website ribar.com under: For the Public: 2021 Law Day. The entry deadline is Monday, May 10, at 4 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen Bridge at the Rhode Island Bar Association at 401-421- 5740 or email: kbridge@ribar.com . RIBBA seeks scholarship applicants PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association and its charitable arm that focuses on empowerment and training related activities, the Institute of Economic Empowerment & Development, are now accepting applications for their 2021 Scholarship. Scholarship award amounts vary from $500 to $1,000 for each individual student. To date, RIBBA has given out over $45,000 in scholarships to Black students entering college or university. To be considered for the 2021 scholarship, applicants must be a resident of Rhode Island, a high school senior in the fall of 2021, and will begin their freshman year at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2022. Scholarship applica- tions are reviewed by a Scholarship Committee and awardee announce- ments will be made in August of 2021. Applications must be complet- ed and received by May 27 at 4 p.m. For more information and to down- load the application, go to www.ri- bba.org/scholarship . SCHOOL NEWS Good Neighbor Energy fund offers help to households impacted by COVID-19 PROVIDENCE – Although the winter season has ended, the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund continues to be avail- able to all eligible households in the state impacted by the pan- demic or another crisis. The Fund's sponsoring energy companies and its administrator, United Way of Rhode Island, want to remind local households struggling financially that the fund assists with payment of home energy expenses, not only during the winter months but throughout the spring and into the summer. The fund is a safety net for households in crisis who are having trouble paying their energy bills. Households in need of energy assis- tance are encouraged to call their local Community Action Program agency to determine if they qualify for the fund. The CAPs determine household eligibility for the fund based on total household income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of four is eligible for the Fund if its annual income does not exceed $78,600 while a house- hold of six cannot exceed $105,480. Grants to individual households are determined by fuel type and need with grant amounts up to $650 per heating season. Those interested in donating to the Fund to assist those impacted by the coronavirus can also visit www.rhodeislandgoodneighbor.org or send a check payable to "Good Neighbor Energy Fund" to Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909-2459. thank you for supporting our Valley Breeze advertisers. They make this free newspaper possible! 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