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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-26-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 2, 2018 PAWTUCKET – One man's trash is a neighborhood's treasure, says Justin Foster, of the News Cafe at 43 Broad St. Those driving up Summer Street from downtown Pawtucket past the city's gate- way music venue to Central Falls have noticed an old piano with the hashtag #PawtucketPiano above it, encouraging people to docu- ment their tunes on social media. For Foster, installing the piano accom- plished his goals of saving the instru- #PawtucketPiano a hit with residents; Councilor Barry not a fan By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor City Councilor John Barry III says the PAWTUCKET PIANO looks like trash and should get a makeover. PAWTUCKET – City records show that the Apex Department Store property and its related par- cels on the Pawtucket riverfront at I-95 has been cited for nearly 50 violations of city code over the past two decades. Those include 25 violations at the main Apex property at 100 Main St., seven violations at the former St. George's Maronite Church prop- erty across the street, at 46 Main St., 11 violations at the former George's Games building at 101 Main St., five violations at 33 Main St., at the Apex Tire and Service Center, and one violation at 10 School St., an adjoining address of the tire center. Many of the violations on the church property and the George's Games property happened prior to Apex owner Andrew Gates taking ownership of them. The properties have also avoided many citations that could have been, including for the graffiti covering its ziggurat roof over the summer. The Breeze filed a public records request for the violation informa- tion on the properties, which were Apex properties frequently cited for violations By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See APEX, Page 8 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ETHAN SHOREY At left is the Pawtucket Piano in its spot next to the NEWS CAFE in down- town Pawtucket. See PIANO, Page 4 FOSTER 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. 220 Cottage Street ~ Pawtucket 401-723-4035 Honoring every family we serve Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home John H. O'Neill Check out our Autumn in the Valley section INSIDE Apex Apex Check out our Autumn in the Valley section INSIDE ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Bewitching Season Meet a local witch who uses her powers for good Fall Flavor Try making your own hard cider & stuffed pumpkin Local Haunts Pawtucket rolls out new 'Halloween Spectacle' Inside Autumn in the Valley 2018

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