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Posted 4/21/21

By MERI R. KENNEDY Paint recycling event Need to get rid of old paint? The city and PaintCare will host a paint recycling drop-off event on Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, located at 900 Phenix Ave. The event is open

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Paint recycling event

Need to get rid of old paint? The city and PaintCare will host a paint recycling drop-off event on Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, located at 900 Phenix Ave.

The event is open to households and businesses in the city, but spaces are limited at registration is required. To register, visit paint-www.cranston.eventbrite.com or call (855) PAINT09.

Households may bring any amount of paint, stain and varnish. Limits apply to businesses. All materials should be placed in the trunk or bed of visiting vehicles for removal by event staff. Visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles and wear masks.

For more information, visit the city’s website, cranstonri.gov. For more information about other paint recycling opportunities, visit www.paintcare.org or call the number above.

Cleanup at Stillhouse Cove

The 2021 annual Spring Clean Up at Stillhouse Cove will be held Saturday, April 24, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with a rain date of May 8. The cleanup is being held by the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association in cooperation with the Pawtuxet Village Association. Registration is required and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. For more information, visit www.stillhousecove.org.

Meshanticut Park Earth Day cleanup

City Council President Chris Paplauskas will host an Earth Day cleanup at Meshanticut Park on Saturday, April 24, starting at 10 a.m. Participants will meet in the Cranston High School West parking lot. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing.

Cleanup at Doric Park

On Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ward 2 Citywide Councilwoman Aniece Germain, Citywide Councilman Robert Ferri and Ward 2 School Committee representative Kristen Haroian will host a cleanup of Doric and Norman Olson parks. Participants will meet at the intersection of Doric Avenue and Arthur Street. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page, “Community Clean-up at Doric Park and Norman Olson Park.”

Ward 3 Community Cleanup

City Council members John Donegan, Jessica Marino and Robert Ferri will host the third annual Ward 3 Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 22, starting at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at the lower softball field at the Hugh B. Bain Middle School track. Bring gloves. For more information, email johndoneganforcranston@gmail.com or visit the event's Facebook page.

Yard waste pickup

Spring has arrived in Rhode Island, leading many Cranston residents to take advantage of the warm weather and start clearing out winter debris from their yards.

Yard waste collection has resumed for the season. Residents are asked to place their yard waste at the curb with their trash and recycling bins on their regular pickup day.

Waste must be placed in large paper bags or a corrugated cardboard box or trash barrel clearly marked “yard waste.” Plastic bags will not be accepted. Branches must be bundled and no longer than 4 feet long.

For more information, visit www.cranstonri.gov.

Books @ Home

Through the Books @ Home program, the Cranston Public Library provides free home delivery of books and other materials to qualifying, homebound residents of Cranston.

It doesn’t matter if you are permanently or temporarily homebound. Books, music and videos are delivered every three weeks at no charge.

For more information about Books @ Home, call the library’s Auburn Branch at 781-6116 or visit www.cranstonlibrary.org/homebound-services.

Neighborhood Block Party

A Neighborhood Block Party, sponsored by the Cranston Health Equity Zone (HEZ) in partnership with CCAP, the Cranston YMCA, the Cranston Police Department and Ward 3 Councilman John Donegan, will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Bain Middle School field and track.

Attendees will receive information regarding police services, alternatives to policing and mediation services. There will also be current information and resources regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

For everyone’s health and safety, attendees will be asked to follow CDC and Rhode Island Department of Health coronavirus protocols. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees will receive a gift card.

Shred Day at Central

The Cranston Public Library’s Central Library on Sockanosset Cross Road will host a Shred Day event on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your boxes of sensitive documents and watch them disappear in the Shred RI truck. Participants are limited to four boxes at a time. Those with more than four boxes will have to get back in line after their first shredding. Participants are asked to observe mask-wearing and social distancing. The event is sponsored by TW Financial Group. To learn more, visit www.cranstonlibrary.org.

Ocean State Job Lot hiring

Ocean State Job Lot is currently hiring for full-time and part-time positions at its distribution center, located at 375 Commerce Park Road in North Kingstown. On-site hiring events for all distribution center opportunities are being held through May 1. Candidates who are interested in visiting the distribution center for an on-site interview can reach out directly to the recruitment team at careers@osjl.com or (401) 552-5135. For more information, visit www.oceanstatejoblot.com/careers-distribution-center.

Summer jobs for young people

If you are 14 to 24 years old, CCAP’s Lean to Earn Program can prepare you for a great summer paid internship. CCAP’s youth employment, training and education programs provide a full range of services to young people enrolled in school and out of school. All enrollees are connected with a case manager to assist them in their education or employment goals throughout the program.

Programs offered include IT and manufacturing, interactive digital media and computer science, graphic communications, employer partner internships, intro to automotive, welding, it networking and marine trades and life skills.

For morei nformation and to apply, visit www.cognitoforms.com/CCAPL2E/summer2021realskillsforyouth or call the Cranston Skills & Youth Center at (401) 525-0869.

Mortgage assistance

Were you affected by COVID-19 and having trouble making your mortgage?

The city of Cranston’s Department of Community Development, in partnership with CCAP, has funding available in the CDBG Emergency Mortgage Payment Program. This program assists low-income Cranston families earning under 80 percent of the median income who are at risk of losing their homes as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic with up to six months of mortgage assistance.

For more information, call CCAP’s Social Services at (401) 467-7013.

Wonderful Weekend kits

The Cranston Public Library will be offering teens in grades six through 12 the chance to sign up for Wonderful Weekend kits. New kits will be announced every other Monday. To register, visit www.ow.ly/8Pfg50EgBG0.

CCAP Chip for Charity golf tournament

Save the date – CCAP has announced plans to hold its 2021 Chip for Charity golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Harbor Light Golf Club in Warwick. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. For more details, contact CCAP’s Lee Beliveau at 401-562-8353 or lbeliveau@comcap.org.

As a nonprofit community action program, CCAP needs to raise funds to assist families it serves. A large number of families CCAP serves have lost their jobs, suffered an illness, or experienced a different type of crisis, usually through no fault of their own. Last year, CCAP touched the lives of more than 40,000 people and provided over $1.2 million in uncompensated services.

Chip for Charity, presented by Neighborhood Health and Mutual of America, is CCAP’s largest fundraiser during the year to benefit its programs and services.

Cranston Y to offer Summer Enrichment Camp

The Cranston YMCA will be hosting Summer Enrichment Camp and is looking forward to bringing all of its amazing enrichment opportunities back into the Y. Students will have the opportunity to swim, play outdoors, take part in STEM activities, do arts and crafts, and so much more.

The camp will run for 10 weeks, beginning June 28 to July 2. The final week will run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, pending the return date for Cranston Public Schools.

The cost for YMCA members is $245 per week, while the cost for non-members is $300 per week. Financial assistance is available.

For more information, contact Jess Tate, camp director, at jtate@gpymca.org.

Rotary scholarships

Once again, the Cranston Rotary Club will award four scholarships to one graduating senior from each of the four Cranston high schools. Students are invited to apply for the scholarship before April 30. The scholarship awards will be announced in May. The financial amount varies each year depending upon the success of the club’s fundraising efforts.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians. To download a scholarship application, visit www.rotaryclubofcranston.org.

Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across Rhode Island through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in RI experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65 and older, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.

Cranston RSVP seeking volunteers

The RSVP Program at Cranston’s Department of Senior Services is seeking volunteers to help to deliver brown bag lunches to seniors in the community, run errands for seniors and transport local homebound seniors to medical appointments.

You must be 55 years of age or older to volunteer and a BCI is required. Mileage reimbursement is given to cover travel costs. AmeriCorps Seniors will also provide insurance protection with three types of coverage – excess accident medical coverage, excess volunteer liability insurance and excess automobile liability insurance.

If you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer, contact Karen Porto at 780-6159 for an interview.

Zero Isolation Program

Are you bored? Lonely? Looking for new experiences? The Zero Isolation Program may be for you.

Cranston RSVP is assisting Dr. Nicholson of Quinnipiac University School of Nursing in offering an online program to enhance social integration.

You will be able to meet new people and learn about psychosocial conditions while taking part in interactive small-group activities. Seniors 60 years of age and older participate for about 90 minutes per week for six weeks.

To express interest in participating or for additional details, contact Dr. Nicholson at (203) 582-6542 or nicholas.nicholsonjr@gmail.com.

Tax time at CCAP

CCAP’s VITA Preparation Assistance Program provides free tax preparation for individuals and families earning less than $60,000.

Last year, CCAP’s VITA program filed over 1,000 federal tax returns, helping Rhode Island families receive $2 million in refunds without any cost. The program’s volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS and will help file federal and state income taxes. IRS e-file is the most accurate, safest and fastest way to file a tax return. Refunds can arrive in as little as 10 days.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all returns will be done via drop-off. Call (401) 467-7013 for more information.

Did you know?

In spring 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked!

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