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HOPKINTONâ€”A recent letter from Gov. Chafee to Town Manager William McGarry contained a pleasant surprise: This year, Hopkinton is being awarded $131,335 from the Rhode Island Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The amount is nearly twice last yearâ€™s amount.
â€śIt was wonderful to see. We got almost double what we got last year. And itâ€™s not often you get double from the state one year over another,â€ť said Council President Frank Landolfi at Monday nightâ€™s council meeting.
According to Chafeeâ€™s letter, approximately $4.3 million is being awarded to 30 Rhode Island communities this year. Priority was given to activities designed to increase or improve housing for low to moderate income families. The state also funded job training and development programs that assist low-moderate income persons and various social and community services agencies.
In particular, Landolfi was pleased that improvements were in store for Langworthy baseball field at Hope Valley Elementary School because he had coached little league baseball there when his son was younger.
â€śIâ€™m really happy that that money was awarded because Iâ€™ve been involved in coaching over the years and the field is just not in good shape. It needs fencing and some definition to the baseball field and Iâ€™m glad that some money is going there,â€ť he said.
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