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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-10-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 10-16, 2018 THE VALLEY 5 PAWTUCKET – Almost exactly a year after taking over as the city's public safety director, retired Rhode Island National Guard Col. James Vartanian is stepping down from the post to address personal health issues. Police Chief Tina Goncalves is now filling in as acting public safety director and Deputy Director of Administration Dylan Zelazo is serv- ing as director of administration as Mayor Donald Grebien seeks a replacement for Vartanian. "James has been an asset to my administration and our community in his year here," said Grebien in a letter announcing the resignation. Vartanian is leaving due to his need to undergo extensive surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right ankle, according to Grebien. "This procedure will require James to remain immobile and would ultimately have kept him away from his position for four to six months," said the mayor. "I thank him for his work during his time with the city and wish him the best of luck in his recovery." Grebien said he has "the utmost confidence in Pawtucket's first female chief, Tina Goncalves, to be able to manage the dual role. She has con- tinued to be a strong, proactive and transparent leader." He said he and Goncalves dis- cussed and agreed prior to her being appointed the acting public safety director that they would revisit the position in a few months. According to Grebien spokesman Wilder Arboleda, "nothing is off the table," including Goncalves poten- tially filling the role permanently. When he was sworn in last September, Vartanian promised to serve Pawtucket with the same loy- alty, integrity and dedication with which he'd served in the R.I. National Guard, where he had served as direc- tor of operations. He pledged to "make our city safer and stronger" through strong relationships with everyone in Pawtucket. Upon his hiring, Grebien said a dedicated safety director was needed to lead all three of the city's public safety departments – police, fire and emergency management – into the future. Agencies are facing increasing- ly more complex processes and tasks, including preventing cyber attacks, according to officials, and need a professional who isn't responsible for day-to-day operations to oversee the wider goals and objectives of city safety. Vartanian was hired at a $105,000 salary. Vartanian departs as safety director By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor VARTANIAN Collette Tours will celebrate 100 years at the library PAWTUCKET – In honor of Collette Tours 100-year anni- versary, Kevin Sullivan will be conducting a presentation on the History of Collette at the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The event will be open to the public and presenters are hoping to attract people who worked for, or took a Collette tour, prior to 1980. They are invited to bring their pictures, stories and any Collette memorabilia they might have that they would like to donate to our archives or have photographed including old brochures, docu- ments, newspaper ads, give-aways and more. They are also looking for any information they have about Jack Collette, the founder of Collette Tours. Those who can't make the event, but have items or information they'd like to share, can email Carol Palmer at cpalmer@collette. com or call at 401-592-3459. Attleboro Preservation Society hosts tour ATTLEBORO – The Attleboro Historic Preservation Society will host a tour of the Old Attleboro High School on County Street on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. It's free and open to the public. Blackwood Brothers Quartet at Woodlawn Baptist Church Friday PAWTUCKET – The award win- ning Blackwood Brothers Quartet will perform a one night only con- cert at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 337 Lonsdale Ave., on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., with warm-up group Just Us 4 at 6:30 p.m. Since their founding in 1934 the name "Blackwood Brothers" has become synonymous with Gospel Music, and their music has been heard around the world on radio, recordings, television and in personal appearances, recording over 200 albums and touring in 47 countries. They won eight Grammy Awards and six Dove Awards, and were inducted in the "Gospel Music Hall of Fame" in Nashville, Tenn., in 1998. Members of the group today include Billy Blackwood, Wayne Little, Butch Owens, and Jonathan Mattingly. Billy Blackwood sings baritone and is a song writer. The concert is the final one in the 2018 concert series. It is free and will be held in the main church audito- rium.

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