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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-10-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 10-16, 2019 PAWTUCKET 7 borhood groups on this issue and we thank them for their collaboration." In social media postings, city resi- dents have reported fewer rat sightings overall. According to city officials, there were 39 rat cases addressed from January to June of last year, and there were 19 for the same period this year. The Zoning Department contin- ues its efforts to minimize rodents, which Vieira noted has been an issue across the state, including areas in Pawtucket. In recent years, the Zoning Department has implemented a num- ber of rodent control measures to help residents and businesses avoid rodent issues on their properties. The department previously implemented the e-rat program that provides for the digital tracking of rodent cases, bait stations for property owners who request them, and regular environ- mental inspection services that the department provides to help reduce rodent harborage. Information on best practices to limit rodent activity is regularly dis- tributed to a number of neighbor- hoods experiencing a higher volume of cases, according to Vieira. The city continues to partner with all residents to help mitigate rodent issues in the city. Last year, the city hired an out- side vendor, A&D Professional Pest Elimination, a Pawtucket-based busi- ness, to help curtail local rodent issues, with a major focus on areas that have been known to have higher cases, such as the Fairlawn neighbor- hood around the Grotto Avenue waste transfer station. Residents there last year blamed continued substandard conditions at the station for the prolif- eration of rats. Neighborhood aesthetics are a big part of quality of life, but local hous- ing ordinances exist for more than just aesthetics, said Vieira. High grass and other infractions leading to violations can attract rodents and other pests. "These quality of life issues are why the city is so vigilant about inspec- tions," he said. "We don't want to cite people, but we have to address these matters as quickly as possible to keep them from spreading, on behalf of all residents." Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said all services related to rodent control are coordinated through the e-rat program, which allows the Zoning Department to better coordinate ser- vices in a proactive way. RODENTS From Page One said. "I tend to involve myself in a lot of committees, anything that has to do with the Spanish community in Rhode Island." She's a member of the north- east chapter of REFORMA, and the ALA Association for Library Services to Children recently voted Cotto to serve on the 2021 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Committee, she said. Last year, Cotto received the Outstanding Librarian Award from the Rhode Island Library Association for her work advocating for children with special needs, including autism. Cotto and Babs Wells, children's librarian at the Greenville Public Library, co-founded the Rhode Island Sensory Story Time Support Group, which seeks to empower youth ser- vices librarians to better serve chil- dren with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is now offered in 12 libraries, Cotto said. "I'm very thankful," she said of receiving two awards over the past two years. "I still have a lot of work to do." COTTO From Page 5 MARIA COTTO, the bilingual children's librarian at the Pawtucket Public Library, in the Spanish bilingual section of the library. BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT THE WEEK THAT WAS Nesselbush bill extending statute of limitations on abuse passes PROVIDENCE – A bill from Sen. Donna Nesselbush, of District 15, Pawtucket and North Providence, and Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee, of District 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett, amending the state's civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse was signed into law by the governor on July 1. The legislation extends the stat- ute of limitations for childhood sex abuse claims to 35 years. The pre- vious statute of limitations is seven years in Rhode Island. "Childhood sexual abuse is a scourge on our society, nationally and here in Rhode Island. Today, passage of this legislation signifi- cantly moves the needle forward for these brave victims and survi- vors of childhood sexual abuse," said Nesselbush in a statement. The legislation would also extend to 35 years the statute of limita- tions for entities, individuals or organizations that caused or con- tributed to childhood sexual abuse through negligent supervision, con- duct, concealment or other factors that enabled the abuse to occur. The state and its municipalities are also included under this provision of the legislation. The 35-year statute begins at the age of 18 for the victims. The bill also includes a "seven- year discovery rule," which enables victims of sex abuse to file suit against perpetrators and non- perpetrators up to seven years from the time a victim discovered or remembered abuse had taken place, such as through therapy as an adult. "Victims of childhood sexual abuse deserve justice and by pass- ing this legislation, these brave people who have the courage to confront their victimizers will have a chance at justice for the crimes committed against them as chil- dren," said the lawmakers in a joint statement. Share Memories of Apollo 11 at Seagrave Observatory Saturday SCITUATE – Skyscrapers Inc. will host Memories of Apollo 11 on Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m., at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, 47 Peep Toad Road. During this monthly Skyscrapers Inc. meeting, all are invited to recall their thoughts on this his- toric moment in time, the day Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin set foot on the moon. Did you watch it on television? If so, how did it affect you, if at all? Do you have any memorabilia from that date? In addition, Skyscrapers is plan- ning to collate everyone's memories into a booklet, for all those who were not alive at the time, and for future generations. Contact Vice President Jim Hendrickson at hendrickson.jim@ . After the meeting, if skies allow, the organization's telescopes will be open for viewing of the sky. Visit for more information. IN BRIEF Movie Night for Teens PAWTUCKET- The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will host a teen movie night on Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Teenagers entering grades 6 to 12 are invited to watch the new DVD release of a woman who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. No registration is required. Call 401-725-3714, ext. 221. Don's Luncheonette 169 Benefit Street, Pawtucket, RI 725-2530 Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Homemade Hash $4.00 TEXAS 2 Eggs, Toast, Home Fries, Beans, French Toast or Pancakes, Bacon or Sausage $ 7.25! Place your classified ad online at

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