Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 Subaru of Wakefi eld and #TheRightSeat W akefield, MA — Subaru of Wakefield has partnered with the Wakefi eld Police Department for the second consecutive year to host a car seat check on Saturday, May 14th at the Subaru of Wakefield facility at 618 North Avenue to help parents, grandparents, guardians and others know if their car seat is the right one for their child, or if their car seat is installed correctly. The #TheRightSeat event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free of charge for the community. According to the National Highway Traffi c Safety Association (NHTSA), nearly half of all car seats are installed incorrectly. Car seats are designed to precise specifi cations to keep children safe, which is why they need to be installed and used correctly. Wakefield’s Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians Sgt. Kevin McCaul, Sgt. Shawn Conway, Offi cer Amy Rando, Offi cer Kelley E. Tobyne, Offi cer Jeanette DeMasi and certifi ed state inspectors will check car seat placement, determine if the car seat is the right size for the child, check the expiration date on the car seat, and check to see that the child is buckled in correctly. Expect         •   •   •          ant parents are encouraged to attend the event with their car seat to learn the correct way to install the car seat before their baby arrives. “It’s important that all children are in the correct car seats for their ages and sizes and are buckled up in the back seat,” Wakefi eld Police Sgt. Kevin McCaul said. “The Wakefield Police Department is grateful to Subaru of Wakefield Co-owner Sal Barbagallo for hosting this event at his dealership again this year so that we can accommodate everyone who requires a car seat check. This is an important service that we provide to the community and we are fortunate to be able to host this oneday event in such a convenient location.” “Subaru of Wakefi eld staff knows the importance of vehicle safety and keeping all car occupants safe,” Sal Barbagallo added. “It is a natural fi t that we join with the Wakefi eld Police Department to host this important event, and we are happy to do our part to help our community and its residents.” For information about the May 14th #TheRightSeat event at Subaru of Wakefi eld contact Sgt. Kevin McCaul at kmccaul@wakefi eldpd.org. Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians are also available throughout the year by appointment. Baker makes $7.5M in Gap Energy grants available to municipalities, non-profi ts and small businesses C ontinuing with its efforts to provide Massachusetts municipalities, non-profits and small businesses with clean energy assistance, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of the Gap III Energy Grant Program, which is designed to implement energy effi ciency and clean energy facility upgrades to qualifi ed entities. Importantly, the program will make available up to $5 million to municipal drinking water and wastewater facilities and up to $2.5 million to non-profi t aff ordable housing, food- and agricultural-producing organizations and small business food-distribution and processing organizations across the Commonwealth. Interested entities can apply or learn more about the program, which is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), by visiting the program’s webpage. “The Gap III Energy Grant Program will complement the Commonwealth’s proactive work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing signifi cant funding to reduce energy use, lower operating costs, increase energy efficiency, or install clean energy at these facilities,” said Energy and Environmental Aff airs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “This innovative grant program will help the state reach our emissions limit of a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050.” The Gap grant program will expedite implementation of previously assessed energy efficiency and clean energy generation projects at qualifi ed facilities. The program is designed to fi ll the last “gap” in project fi nancing as facilities utilize utility incentives and other sources to build on install selected energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Previously reserved for municipal water facilities, the Gap grant has expanded its program to allow non-profi ts and small businesses in the agricultural, aff ordable housing, food-producing, and processing space to gain access to additional funding to implement energy savings that will reach deeper into communities across Massachusetts. “The Gap Energy Grant Program seeks to build on its success in the water utility sector by providing Gap funding to additional facilities, which will present signifi cant opportunities for energy cost savings through building energy effi - ciency upgrades, installation of clean energy, and energy storage systems,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “This expanded program will provide an opportunity for eligible entities to reinvest the fi nancial savings into their facilities and communities, and move us closer to the state’s decarbonization and emissions reduction goals.” These new sectors will benefi t as municipal water facilities have in the past two rounds of Gap grants — helping 64 drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities increase operational efficiencies, while also saving more than $2.5 million in energy costs and producing more than 24,000 megawatt-hours in electricity savings from efficiency and on-site renewable power generation and reducing carbon emissions by nearly 18,000 metric tons each year.

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