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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-10-2018

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 OCTOBER 10-16, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer for the City of Pawtucket HERB WEISS, left, and Pawtucket's First Lady LAUREEN GREBIEN, right, carry items donated toward the city's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Drive into the drive's packing location on Fountain Street. PAWTUCKET – Laureen Grebien started her Pawtucket Holiday Basket Drive eight years ago with a few volunteers and about 100 recipients of turkey and the fixings. This fall, a small army of volunteers is planning to set a record by assembling 735 baskets. That number is up from about 710 baskets last year, says Grebien, who is married to the Pawtucket mayor, and local levels of people in need show no signs of slowing down. Grebien and her group collect donations throughout the year and then purchase food items to assemble on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at 80 Fountain St. "I look forward to this every year," said Grebien. Each year, she and others involved in the charitable project challenge themselves to remember the many Holiday Basket Drive a source of community pride By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – City officials expect to host a groundbreaking for a future new commuter train station later this month, but the area around the coming station between Conant Street and Main Street is already see- ing significant development of new commercial, nonprofit and residential space. Mayor Donald Grebien and his administration are working closely with Commerce Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to identify further state investments in the area, said Grebien spokesman Wilder Arboleda this week. Here are some of the projects either recently completed or planned for the area of the new train station: • Shri Yoga, 390 Pine St. This mill rehab includes workforce housing, light manufacturing, and exercise uses. The partner in the project is PCF Development and the developer is piecing together nonprofit financ- ing. • Nulco Lofts, 30 Beecher St. In this development, 112 market rate residential units are being developed by Aurora Leigh, and are to be completed late this year. Leigh and her company are responsible for a number of completed and in-progress Investment blooming near future train station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PROJECTS, Page 20 stories they've heard of people who are down and out, all in hopes of brightening a particular family's Thanksgiving next year. A recipi- ent included a family who lost their home in a pre-holiday house fire, leaving them with nothing. Many help out with the effort, including representatives from the Salvation Army of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Red Sox, said Grebien. Local residents reach out and offer names and donations to help their neighbors, and there is See BASKETS, Page 4 CUMBERLAND – Advocates for the "Lost 74" are hoping the unpre- dictable nature of President Donald Trump will bring them the answer they've long desired. They say they've heard through the grapevine that their petition to the president to have the names of those who died in the 1969 crash of the USS Frank E. Evans near Vietnam properly honored might be making its way up the chain of command. Two of the sailors on the USS Frank E. Evans during its deadly crash were from Rhode Island. One, Cumberland native Frederic C. Messier Jr., died. A second, Pawtucket native Bill Thibeault, lived to tell the tale and has been seeking proper honor for Messier and his other ship- mates for many years. A year away from the 50th anni- versary of that crash, none of the names of the 74 sailors killed off the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969, are represented on the Vietnam Veterans Proponents of 'Lost 74' honor appeal to Trump By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LOST 74, Page 32 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. Factory Certified Installer From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered 15 years of perfection Lic# RI 18045 MA REG. #172793 – Member RI TABELEY'S ROOFING 401-431-2816

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