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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-27-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 LETTERS / PAWTUCKET 19 said Monday that there has been no purchase and sales agreement signed, "so the property is still for sale at this time." The Breeze reported last December that representatives from Anchor Recovery were leaving the building at 217 Main St. after NBIC owners said the building would be sold. In February, NBIC made its exit from adjoining properties it owns after months of talk about moving to a new headquarters, announcing a new facility at the Northwoods Office Park in Johnston. A story last week focused on the efforts of developer Leslie Moore to redevelop The Grant at 250 Main St., across the street from 217 Main St., into an indoor mini mall-like mix of tenants offering visitors chances to eat, shop, and be entertained. She's planning a grand opening there in May. Moore owns three other buildings in the downtown with similar goals for business development, including one just up the road at 41 Summer St., near the former Mangos, one near that one at 33 Summer St., and the Pawtucket Pawn building across the street from The Grant, at 255 Main St., next to 217 Main St. NBIC owns a collection of properties in that block of buildings, including 25 Maple St. on the other side of Moore's building at 255 Main St. She told The Breeze that current plans for 255 Main St. involve sim- ply getting it up to fire code "so it can continue and increase its use for office, training and studio space." Moore said she's not involved in the purchase of 217 Main St., but was told that the buyer is a Boston- based developer. NBIC had expressed interest in previous development efforts around a new downtown baseball stadium, but when that stadium plan evaporat- ed last August, so too did the desire to stay. Pawtucket officials also weren't confirming a sale of 217 Main St. this week. "There has been a lot of interest in the Pawtucket downtown district for development," said Director of Commerce Jeanne Boyle in a state- ment. "The downtown, as well as the riverfront and the TOD, are desig- nated as federal opportunity zones." The city has reached out to the city's state delegation to create a State Opportunity Zone Tax Credit program, she said. The program would work in conjunction with the federal program by providing state incentives in addition to the federal tax incentives offered for qualified projects in federally designated opportunity zones. "Pawtucket is ready and willing to work with any potential and inter- ested developers," she said. "We look forward to seeing the continued development of the downtown." BUYER From Page One An unnamed buyer appears to be closing in on the purchase of this building at 217 MAIN ST. in Pawtucket. Bikers Against Child Abuse is here to help Hello everyone. My name is Hamster and I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. A while back I wrote to introduce the Rhode Island chapter to all of you. I'm writing now to let you all know we are still here, stronger than ever, and to let you know April is child abuse awareness month. Abuse in our state has been on the rise and it's up to all of us to help end this. Our chapter is still 100 percent dedicated to helping empower abused children, to help them be children again, to be able to laugh, play, go to school and not be afraid, but we can't do that with- out your help. So please, if your child has been a victim of abuse, call our helpline. If you know a child that has been a victim, pass our number to the parent or guard- ian. If you are curious about us and you see a member, talk to us and we will tell you everything we can. Don't see a member but still want information, call the helpline and someone will get back to you. If you are a teacher or a principal or a guidance counselor and you would like us to do a presentation about us to others in your school, call us and we will be more than happy to set something up. All we ask is for your help, for the sake of abused children every- where, help. We can only do so much without you. Thank you for taking the time to read this, if it helps one child then it was worth it. Helpline: 401-487-1760 PAUL "HAMSTER" MAYNARD Road Captain Bikers Against Child Abuse, Rhode Island Chapter LETTER 'Gardening Is Murder' presentation at library April 4 PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., is hosting a "Gardening Is Murder" presentation with Neal Sanders on Thursday, April 4, in the Campbell Auditorium at 6 p.m. Sanders will share his humorous observations about gardening and gardeners. Why do gardeners turn to the internet to find outrageous solu- tions to simple problems? Why does the introduction of one plant into a garden start a game of musical chairs that results in the displacement of at least two other plants? Why do people have gar- den benches around their yards if no one ever sits on them? These are the questions that readers of author Neal Sanders' popular blog, The Principal Undergardener, get to ponder. For more information, contact Natalie Coolen at 401-725-3714, ext. 231, or programs@pawtuck- etlibrary.org . IN BRIEF 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. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. ACROSS 1. Joint 6. A group of coun- tries in special alliance 10. Stone 14. Move with a splashing sound 15. Can be fixed 17. Giving human characteristics to the nonhuman 19. Other side of yang (Chinese) 20. Consume 21. Gave it a go 22. One point north of due east 23. Fat used to make puddings 24. Turfs 26. Not awake 29. Not nice 31. Frighten 32. Political action committee 34. Skin problem 35. Type of music 37. Intestinal pouch- es 38. Eight 39. Emerald Isle 40. Interpret char- acters 41. Abandon 43. Felines 45. Energy and enthusiasm 46. Resembles a pouch 47. Relating to sense of smell 49. Swiss river 50. Bradley Int'l Airport 53. __ __ __ __ yonder 57. Tarred and ___ 58. Boyish 59. This (Spanish) 60. Male parent 61. Lounge chair DOWN 1. Sports award 2. Monetary unit of Angola 3. Some animals live here 4. Former CIA 5. Global health group 6. Male given name 7. Opposite of right 8. Open Payment Initiative 9. Desert plants 10. A bird that can- not fly 11. Off-Broadway theater award 12. Lump of clay 13. Barbie's pal 16. Seldom 18. Noses 22. Denotes past 23. Selling at spe- cially reduced prices 24. __ Claus 25. Comes before two 27. Fencing swords 28. Nocturnal rodent 29. Chinese revolu- tionary 30. Electronic count- er-countermea- sures 31. Enjoyable 33. Villain 35. Discussed 36. Waterfall (Scot- tish) 37. Old television part (abbr.) 39. Roughly chipped flint 42. Helps change channels 43. __ Sagan, astron- omer 44. Cooling unit 46. Uttered words 47. Small integers 48. Type of data 49. Inspired 50. France's first Jewish PM 51. Famed sci-fi novel 52. Body parts 53. Nigerian City 54. Amount of time 55. Coloring material 56. Type of constric- tor snake Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 20.

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