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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-11-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 11-17, 2018 PAWTUCKET – All local schools are receiving enhancements this sum- mer, particularly in the area of safety, say school officials. Potter-Burns Elementary School previously received a complete overhaul, and the new Nathanael Greene Elementary is now nearing completion, but School Committee Chairman Gerard "Jay" Charbonneau said other schools are also in need of upgrades, part of a long-term plan to revamp local education facilities. In keeping with the new school pick-up and drop-off areas at Potter- Burns and Nathanael Greene, other schools are receiving similar upgrades. "Consistent with our shared belief in providing for every school, these upgrades will take place almost simul- taneously throughout the summer," he said. "All sites will be completed prior to the first day." These are significant projects rang- ing from $20,000 to $200,000, said Charbonneau, and are meant "to enhance student safety in the lot and surrounding areas. In keeping with our belief of equity through the dis- trict, the spend is close at all schools with the exception of Winters, where it is significantly lower based on scope and future considerations." Site improvements are being made at the recommendation of a Schools receiving upgrades this summer By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SCHOOLS, Page 21 East Avenue will be repaved next week City nearly finished with spring list PAWTUCKET – The city has com- pleted the spring paving list of about 40 road sections, with the exception of East Avenue, which is scheduled for next week. The Pawtucket Department of Public Works was able to cover some major thoroughfares with new asphalt, said Mayor Donald Grebien, including Power Road and School Street. "We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our residents and local businesses to upgrade their streets and neighborhoods," he said. "Through voter-approved bond- ing, we have been able to improve approximately 50 percent, or 100 miles, of our roadways over the past seven years." The DPW is scheduled to start the roadwork on East Avenue next Monday, July 16, but that date is sub- ject to change. Residents and business owners will see no-parking postings on their street by this Saturday, July 14. East Avenue was scheduled for paving more than a year ago but was delayed due to a water main replace- ment and then a gas main replace- ment. Another 15 miles of roadway were planned to be redone this year. All roads up for repaving are being decided based on a complex rating By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PAVING, Page 2 PAWTUCKET – Would-be mari- juana growers in the city are still waiting for the go-ahead to start operating. To date, five applications for Pawtucket-based license cultivators have been accepted by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, and one, Organic Bees, was issued a license to operate in May, according to the state's data- base. Other hopefuls with accepted applications include Mother Earth Creations, Gardening for Good, LiVity LLC and High Gardens. Jay Rosa, senior planner for the city, said all applications for licensed medical marijuana grower Five Pawtucket marijuana facilities waiting to grow By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See MARIJUANA, Page 4 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON From left, MICHELLE JARDIN, of Pawtucket, dances with her granddaughter, NEVAEH SEIDEL, 5, of North Providence, to the music of Reminisce, at the North Providence Independence Day celebration held July 3. The celebration was at Notte Park, with music, multiple food vendors, and hundreds of people turning out for the fireworks. Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Call for SUMMER SAVINGS 401-654-5259

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