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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-09-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 9-15, 2019 PAWTUCKET – New Pawtucket School Committee member Stephen Larbi, charged with driving drunk and exceeding the I-95 speed limit by nearly 45 miles per hour last week, says he'll serve out his two-year term on the school board even as he seeks treatment for sub- stance abuse issues. Larbi, who took the oath of office with other school board members on Monday, issued a statement of apology last Friday. "First, I would like to apologize to my students, my family, my employ- ers and to the many Pawtucket vot- ers who have entrusted me to serve Larbi apologizes for DUI, says he'll serve out term By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LARBI, Page 9 LARBI PAWTUCKET – Representatives from the Pawtucket Department of Public Works this week are detailing what it would cost the city to close down its waste transfer facility, a move now up for consideration. Public Works Director Eric Earls, responding to a Breeze request for potential impacts of closing the facility, said his department's motto is, "working for you," and workers there never want to see service reductions if they can avoid it, especially if those changes come at an additional cost to taxpayers. "A transfer station allows for many efficiencies," he said. "Consolidated trips to Johnston cost less money. A sorting facility enables the removal of trash contamination from our recy- cling stream. Rejected recycling due to contamination costs us money and is bad for the environment." A new or upgraded facility on the existing Grotto Avenue site off Mineral Spring Avenue would allow for such cost savings, said Earls. "The complete closure of the trans- fer station would eliminate our poten- tial to stop contaminated recycling from heading to Johnston and lock us into these additional costs in the DPW officials discourage the idea of closing transfer station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TRANSFER, Page 24 EARLS PAWTUCKET – Leaders at Monday's city inauguration spoke in bold – and perhaps even defiant – terms. This city won't be kept down, said its newly sworn-in leaders, nor will it accept defeat, even in the face of discouraging outcomes largely beyond their control in 2018. "I'm not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me," sang the combined Tolman High and Shea High School Chorus, performing "This is Me" under the direction of Michael Raymond and Anne Lagace. "... I am brave, I am bruised. I am who I'm meant to be, this is me." City Council President David Moran referenced a quote from Roy Barrios, a player for the undefeated State Champion Tolman High soc- cer team, "This is for all our people. We're a small city but we're big talent," and another from Salim Chakhsi, "So many times in the past, we've been underdogs … this was our year." "Our mindsets need to be the same as the Tolman soccer team," said Moran. "We are a city of great talent and potential, and we nobly take on the role as underdog. It's time to forge ahead and become and act like the favorite, and we can and will do that." Leaders at inauguration: Pawtucket will show its 'warrior mentality' By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See INAUGURATION, Page 8 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Pawtucket's mayor, City Council and School Committee were sworn in on Monday night during ceremonies at Tolman High School. As his family watches, Pawtucket Mayor DONALD GREBIEN is sworn in by Sen. JACK REED, left, on Monday night. 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