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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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4 PAWTUCKET / VETERANS JUNE 13-19, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION James McNally Wilson Irish Festival set for June 23 at The Guild PAWTUCKET – The Sons and Daughters of Erin Pawtucket announce that the sixth James McNally Wilson Irish Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, from noon to 9 p.m., at The Guild, 461 Main St. "This free festival is a fun-filled cel- ebration of Irish and Irish-American cul- ture, music, piping, dancing and food for people of all ages," said club President Chris McDonald. "We are thrilled to bring the festival this year to The Guild, a popular spot on our local brewery scene." Music and dancing will be interspersed on one main stage. This year's entertain- ment will be provided by bands com- ing from across New England, includ- ing: The Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band; The Band Ireland, from Massachusetts; Sean Connell Band, from Rhode Island; Gobshites, from Massachusetts; Poor Richard, from Connecticut; The Garda, from Rhode Island. The event will also include dancers from the Kelly School of Irish Dance in Rhode Island, the O'Shea Chaplin Academy and the Greene-Roy Academy of Irish Dance. The festival includes a large vendor area and food trucks. The Guild will be brewing a sig- nature beer for the event. The festival is free and there is free parking nearby. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For information, call McDonald at 401- 728-4382 or connect on Facebook. The Sons and Daughters of Erin is a nonprofit organization open for mem- bership to all men and women of Irish descent. PROVIDENCE – A bill to place an extra tax on sugary drinks in Rhode Island got the dreaded "held for further study" treatment last Thursday, and its sponsor, Sen. Donna Nesselbush, is conceding this week that it probably needs more work. Nesselbush, of District 15, serv- ing parts of Pawtucket and North Providence, said the soda industry was obviously against her bill, but she maintains that the "correlation between sugar and disease appears strong." The bill developed by the American Heart Association had drawn support from some advo- cacy groups but strong opposi- tion from others, including the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island. Under the bill sponsored by Nesselbush, sodas would have had a 2-cent tax tacked on per fluid ounce, or 24 cents for a 12-ounce can. Estimates were that the bill could generate an extra $27 million in tax revenue, to be funneled not into the General Fund but into the new Children's Health Promotion Fund. Nesselbush said the language in the bill regarding obesity seemed problematic as it appeared to com- bine sugar and obesity as the cause of disease when one witness point- ed out that sugar is dangerous and causes disease even for people with small or medium-sized bodies. Taxing as a way to drive people away from a behavior "is tricky," Nesselbush told The Breeze. Though the American Heart Association is solidly behind the bill, she does think it needs more work. There's no need for opponents to worry about the bill passing this year after the Senate Finance Committee held it for further study, she said. Nesselbush had promoted the "small tax on sugary drinks" as a way "to decrease sugar consump- tion and increase health," accord- ing to a release. Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, was among those to tes- tify on the bill. Nesselbush and her wife, Kelly Carse, own affiliate Industrial Revolution CrossFit on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket. Glassman testified against the efforts by the soda industry to influence health science and policy throughout the country. Joining Glassman as Nesselbush's guest was Nick Wishart, a member of Industrial Revolution CrossFit who in January completed the World Marathon Challenge, suc- cessfully running seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents. No other states currently have a bill similar to the one from Nesselbush. State lawmakers attempted to pass a similar mea- sure back in 2013. Not so sweet: Nesselbush concedes that 'sugary drink' bill needs work By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CharterCARE Foundation awards $50,000 grant to help veterans JOHNSTON – Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, head- quartered in Johnston, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the CharterCARE Foundation, it announced in a news release. 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