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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-02-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 2-9, 2019 PAWTUCKET – In what city officials were calling a "massive" bill with "huge implications" for downtown Pawtucket, state lawmak- ers ended their 2019 session late last week by passing a bill designed to boost redevelopment in the down- town area and beyond. This bill, which passed after some heated debate, has two key com- ponents to it, said House sponsor Carlos Tobon, a representative in District 58, Pawtucket: • One allowing incremental tax revenues generated in certain eco- nomic districts to fund improvements within those districts. • And one making it easier and more affordable for the city to acquire properties through eminent domain proceedings. Both the bill's sponsors and city officials insist this is key component of a broader effort to kickstart devel- opment, and is not specifically target- ing the downtown's Apex property, which was planned to be acquired through eminent domain under previous discussions for a baseball stadium. The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed the bill 52-8 last Friday evening, June 28, the Redevelopment bill hailed as huge win for the city By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Imagine, says Adrienne Marchetti, not having access to daily showers during the hottest and most humid days of sum- mer. That's what the city's homeless resi- dents now face after House of Hope's ACCESS-RI program, which meets homeless needs on a walk-in basis, permanently closed its doors at 185 Dexter St. last Friday, June 28. "It's a sad situation," said Marchetti, head of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, which feeds many of these same homeless men and women on a daily basis. "Most people don't give a crap, they say they deserve what they get, but this is horrible. Imagine being them." The ACCESS-RI program, said City's homeless left without shower access By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SHOWERS, Page 4 See BILL, Page 13 MESSIAH PETERS, 6, and his sister CHARIS, 2, of Pawtucket, enjoy cool ice cream treats at Daggett Farm in Slater Park in Pawtucket on Sunday, June 30, a warm summer day, with some thunderstorms later. See more photos on page 12. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Sweet summer cool down • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Happy 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, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings!

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