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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 THE VALLEY 21 CUMBERLAND – Charles "Chuck" Moreau, a Pawtucket native and former disgraced mayor of Central Falls, is getting ready to open a new ice cream shop in Cumberland. Chucky's Creamery, at 48 West Wrentham Road, will have exte- rior walk-up service and an interior service counter when it opens at the former Dancing Pig bar, said Moreau, hopefully by March 1, but "as soon as possible" this spring. The only seating would be outside, said Moreau. Moreau, now a resident of Louisquisset Pike in Lincoln, told The Breeze he thinks this is a good spot to "try something new." He said he's never owned or run an ice cream shop before, and is "jumping through all the hoops right now" to finally open a business at a building he and his business partners have owned for the past two years. The Cumberland Town Council approved a victualing license for Chucky's Creamery during a meet- ing last Wednesday, Feb. 6. Councilor Craig Dwyer asked Moreau whether the restaurant still plans to serve breakfast. "Not at this time," Moreau responded. "Maybe in the future." Councilor Scott Schmitt said the building hasn't looked this good in years following a rezoning of the property in June of 2017. Upgrades at the property include a new septic system, which was a requirement of the rezoning council's decision two years ago. Chucky's Creamery faces stiff competition in Cumberland, where Ice Cream Machine, The Keep, and Josie's all do a brisk business during the warmer months. Moreau made national headlines when he pleaded guilty to corruption charges back in November of 2012. Michael Bouthillette, Moreau's business partner in the ice cream shop, purchased the former Dancing Pig for $110,000 in December of 2016. Bouthillette was also the con- tractor involved in the 2012 corrup- tion case. He pleaded guilty after receiving a no-bid contract to board up vacant houses in financially troubled Central Falls, and admitted to paying a portion of the cost of a furnace as well as doing repair work in Moreau's former homes. Moreau was released from prison a year early in February of 2014, serv- ing one year of a two-year sentence as part of a deal with prosecutors after an appeals court brought his conviction into question. In a new deal five years ago, he pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and was sen- tenced to time served. Moreau was nowhere to be seen when Bouthillette got preliminary approvals from the town in June of 2017. The Town Council originally voted 4-3 to approve a restaurant use for the former Dancing Pig restau- rant. At that time a restaurant was also planned alongside the ice cream shop. "Yes, because I want to see that place up and active, and knowing that there won't be any liquor on the premises," said Council President Peter Bradley at the time, explaining his vote to break a 3-3 tie. Neighbors had urged the council to uphold a ruling by a former council a year earlier and prohibit a restau- rant use. They encouraged officials to keep the building for office space. Residents in the area worried about traffic and other issues related to a restaurant use. Bouthillette said two years ago that he planned to be a good neighbor, and that he had no plans to come back for a liquor license at a later date. When the council rezoned the property in 2016, at the request of former owner Nicholas Pacheco, it restricted uses to mixed-use residen- tial, official space, professional ser- vices or small hotel/bed and break- fast, and daycare center or nonprofit community center. Because the restaurant use for the property was never officially abandoned when it was sold to Bouthillette, the Planning Board declared that the developer main- tained the right to create a restau- rant. The property was first developed long ago as a bar and venue for illicit gambling called Over the Rainbow, and was later rebuilt as a restaurant. Several failed restau- rants tried and failed, including the Dancing Pig, Joseph's, Sizzler's, Every Buddy's Bar & Grill and Sorella's Restaurante. The council's license approval last week is contingent on a number of other state and local approvals. Chuck Moreau opening Chucky's Creamery By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The former Dancing Pig restaurant on West Wrentham Road in Cumberland will soon be home to CHUCKY'S CREAMERY, a business venture by former Central Falls Mayor Charles "Chuck" Moreau. Boys & Girls Club receives grant for after-school programs PROVIDENCE – The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's educa- tional after-school programming has received a financial boost through philanthropy. The organiza- tion – which serves an average of 300 youth each day – was recently awarded a $2,000 charitable grant by Bank Rhode Island. "The combination of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's daily reach and their commitment to learning outside of school uniquely positions them as one of our state's strongest youth service organizations," said Mark J. Meiklejohn, president and CEO of BankRI. "By helping stu- dents succeed today, we're laying the foundation for their success as adults, and that's an investment with the power to change lives." Movie night for teens at Pawtucket Library Feb. 20 PAWTUCKET – On Wednesday, Feb. 20, teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., to watch a movie at 6 p.m. A failed reporter bonds with an alien entity that decides to help pro- tect Earth. Watch this new release in the Campbell Auditorium. No registration is required. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714, ext. 221, or email sbloom@pawtucketli- brary.org . Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. 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