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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-16-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 16-22, 2019 Pawtucket's sewer pipes have hit old age Hints of trouble in backups; city looks to get a jump on the issue PAWTUCKET – Sewer pipes are typically known to have a lifetime of 75 to 100 years. In Pawtucket, the city's 265 miles of main lines and service pipes have an average age of 93 years, creating a situation where officials need to think about address- ing this critical public service system hidden beneath the ground. Andrew Silvia, chief of project development for the city and its public works department, said the sewer lines in Pawtucket, which could stretch to Philadelphia if laid end to end, will soon be insufficient to meet the needs of the city, and are already showing signs of nearing the end of their useful life. About 80 percent of the state's fourth largest sewer system is at or past the range of 75-100 years, about a third is older than 100 years and 10 percent of the system is over 125 years, Silvia told the City Council as he laid out the situation for officials last Wednesday, Jan. 9. The fact that the local sewer system is still doing so well is "a testament to By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PIPES, Page 22 PAWTUCKET – City residents Cathy Plourde and Kara Larson are busy putting the finishing touches on their distillery and tasting room Rhode Island Spirits at 65 Blackstone Ave., behind Tolman High School, but say they can't say for sure when they'll be able to produce and sell their gins, vodkas and liqueurs. R.I. Spirits will open for tours, tast- ings and cocktail sales on March 8. The original plans for a grand open- ing have been dialed back due to an ongoing government shutdown, say the owners. "Instead of a full rollout, we'll now have to open in a sort of preview mode," said Larson in a statement. Federal shutdown impacts new distillery, breweries By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Smug Brewery co-owner ROBERT DAROSA takes 55-pound bags of malt out of his truck and into the brewery on Monday morning. Local brewery owners are being impacted by the government shutdown, as the Alcohol and Tobacco, Trade and Tax Bureau is also closed, meaning distilleries and breweries can't receive approval on labels, formulas and permits for new products. PAWTUCKET – Despite some high-profile closures in Pawtucket, city officials say they've achieved plenty of success over the past 18 months in helping businesses open and grow here. Since June of 2017, city officials have helped 22 individuals and companies through the process of locating in the city and getting through local regulatory and loan processes. Responding to a request for information on what's been done to retain and attract business, Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle and Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss offered a list- ing of businesses receiving help from the city from June of 2017 to City helps 22 businesses open, stay, or expand By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See GROWTH, Page 4 "We can make vodka and a distilled gin to serve at the tasting room, but until the government has someone in the office to approve our local ingredient formulas, the really inter- esting spirits will have to wait. And, of course, since our labels need gov- ernment approval, too, we'll only be See SHUTDOWN, Page 21 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. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2019-2020 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • • Open House January 27th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 100% FINANCING NEW CONSTRUCTION • REMODELING WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS (401) 225-9422 • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No job too small • FREE Roof Inspections Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW!

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