Author: Josh Amaral

Around SouthCoast, low prices of gas, heating oil has a ripple effect

Around SouthCoast, low prices of gas, heating oil has a ripple effect

“…Prices are also lower than in recent years for home heating fuel; according to Mass.gov for the week of Dec. 29, the average price for a gallon of oil in Massachusetts was $2.13. That’s about half what it was a few years ago.

And that’s good news, according to Bruce Morrell, executive director of PACE, which, through its fuel assistance program, provides home heating funds to 13,000 lower income Greater New Bedford households.

Morrell said PACE paid $1.67 per gallon for its order of oil last week.

“These prices are a tremendous help for our clients and it looks like we’ll be able to nearly triple the amount of oil we can purchase for them compared to a couple years ago,” Morrell said.

Fewer residents than normal have been asking for help from PACE in the past month and Morrell attributes this to the mild December temperatures.

“We know the tough times will be coming in January and February but with these prices, we’re in good shape to help a lot of people,” Morrell said….”

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New Bedford’s PACE Youthbuild receives $1M federal grant

“Local non-profit People Acting In Community Endeavors (PACE) Inc. has received a million dollar federal grant that will allow it to continue to help educate at-risk high school dropouts.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced 72 YouthBuild grants totaling $75.7 million to expand second chances for at-risk youth in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The private New Bedford nonprofit is the only SouthCoast recipient and garnered $1,003,047, according to a news release.

“I am absolutely ecstatic because that will keep this program going for several more years where we were worried if we would have the funding to continue it,” said Nancy A. Feeney, vice president of PACE Inc.’s board of directors.”

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