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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-12-2018

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 DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON In preparation for Friday's 2nd annual Wreaths Across America Veterans Recognition Ceremony at Goff Middle School, students, teachers and families joined forces to decorate two "Hero Trees" on Monday. One tree celebrates the 21 fallen heroes from Pawtucket and the other is in honor of the 28 Rhode Island casualties from the War on Terror. Students and family members con- structed and placed ornaments on the tree, which could be personalized for a lost family member. Sixth-grader MEGHAN MASTON hangs an ornament on the Hero Tree. See more photos on page 18. Hero trees at Goff PAWTUCKET – As Reginald "Reggie" Jean takes on his new role as executive direc- tor of the Pawtucket Family YMCA, he says he will focus on building the Y's pro- gramming and work- ing with local organi- zations to make the community a better place for all residents. Jean, whose first day was Nov. 5, filled the vacancy left by Jim Stewart, New Y director: I'm ready to serve Pawtucket By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Contributing Writer JEAN See JEAN, Page 21 Beer hall instant hit at The Guild Duffy: Time for cohe- sive plan to market city's breweries, distilleries PAWTUCKET – The rapid expan- sion of The Guild's footprint within its 131,000-square-foot facility on Main Street reached a crescendo with the opening of the facility's new By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See GUILD, Page 19 Council labels Apex 'blight,' says yes to new downtown zoning Also gives nod to Newport Avenue commercial development PAWTUCKET – Agreeing that the time has come to send a clear mes- sage on the future of the downtown, the City Council last week approved a "blight" designation for the center- piece riverfront Apex property. Apex attorney Joe Whelan urged the council not to go that route, say- ing redevelopment plan changes for the property do nothing to "advance the ball in any way" on the future of the property. He said owner Andrew Gates wants to avoid a fight and liti- gation over the property. "How does this development plan promote development in the city of Pawtucket?" he asked. Even if the council approved the changes, the developer would still work with the city to create a new vibrancy on the property, pledged Whelan prior to the vote. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See COUNCIL, Page 23 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. Jewelry & Watch Repair Ricard Jewelers Gift Certificates Free Layaway Established 1985 555 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 401-725-3680 Holiday Hours: Sunday 12p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ORdeR NOW! Starting at $89 Sterling Silver 14K Yellow or White Gold 10Kt Yellow Gold Pawtucket's #1 Jeweler for Price, Service & Selection!

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