Talk to Regunberg
Rep. Aaron Regunberg will visit Burrillville this week to discuss the proposed power plant, energy policy, and other issues facing Rhode Island. A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Regunberg will visit the First Universalist Church at 134 Harrisville Main St. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 for the town-hall style meeting, starting at 6 p.m.
A press release on the event noted that Regunberg was the first state elected official to publicly oppose the proposed power plant in Burrillville.
After remarks from Regunberg, a question and answer session with attendees and the press will follow. The Q&A is open to all topics relevant to Rhode Island politics. Light refreshments will be served after the Q&A.
Learn more about the meeting series organized by local residents here.
Visit Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern tonight, Monday, Aug. 27, for a rally to elect Paul Roselli for Senate District 23 with special guest gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown. Roselli will compete against Kevin Heitke in a primary election on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The event is an all you can eat chicken dinner and the cost is $20. To RSVP call 401-568-0357.
Summer’s last gasp
While school begins for many districts across the state this week, Burrillville kids still get another week of fun before it’s back to the books on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Squeeze in that last trip to the beach this week, go fishing or take a hike on some trails in town or make a day trip to one of the many area attractions. For ideas on some affordable family outings throughout the year, visit our Parent’s Blog.
Free lunch for kids
The Rhode Island Department of Education has released the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free or reduced-price meals or free milk for the 2018-2019 school year. The guidelines are effective through June 30, 2019.
Meal Benefit Applications are sent to all households, along with a letter about the free and reduced-price program. The information provided on the application by a household is confidential and will be used to determine school meal benefits. Applications based on income must contain complete documentation of eligibility information requested.
Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving SNAP or RIWorks, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials.
Children in households receiving Special Nutrition Assistance Program or RIWorks cash assistance are automatically eligible for school meal benefits. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from SNAP or RIWorks . Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.
Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application or your child is otherwise determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.
Council weighs in on state tolls
The Rhode Island Department of Education has released the environmental assessment for tolls throughout the state and has invited government boards across the state to weigh in on the plan. The Burrillville Town Council voted last week to send RIDOT a letter in opposition to the plan, noting the potential affect they could have on business throughout the state.