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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 3-20-13

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MARCH 20-26, 2013 Serving Pawtucket Breeze FREE THE VALLEY THE FUN ADDS UP PLASTER PLAY Henry J. Winters students celebrate math on Pi Day. PAGE 7 Masks and more at the Parks and Recreation art class. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on Tall task: Grebien plans six-week sprint to pension fix By ETHAN SHOREY valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Nuts 'n More blasts off after 'Shark Tank' episode By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Mayor Don Grebien has the unenviable task of gaining support for his pension fix plan that calls for a multi-year freeze on pay increases for retirees, a similar freeze for active union members when they retire, and bigger payments from city taxpayers. GREBIEN It might be a tall order even if city leaders had another six months to get it done, but state officials' deadline for a plan to fix the city's broken police and fire pension system is just six weeks away. Grebien has said that if his administration is unable to get the support of the City Council and the backing of those vested in the system by May 1, the city could lose millions of dollars in state aid that is directly tied to submitting a plan. That would head Pawtucket down the path See PENSION, Page 13 PAWTUCKET – In the four months leading up to their appearance on ABC's "Shark Tank," the three men behind city-based Nuts 'n More did about $100,000 in sales. In the week after the show aired on March 1, they sold more than $200,000 in product, an "unbelievable" sign, say these young entrepreneurs, that their billionaire investors knew what they were doing. Dennis Iannotti of North Providence, Neil Cameron of Lincoln, and Peter Ferreira of East Providence, all in their 30s, are the brains and brawn behind Nuts 'n More, an upand-coming maker of specialty peanut and almond butters that won big when it mattered most, in front of a panel of "sharks" who could make their dreams become a reality with one word. "It's changed our lives," Iannotti told The Breeze during a visit to the Nuts 'n More facilities in the Lorraine Mills, 560 Mineral Spring Ave. "It INCOME TAX RETURNS Prepared ON SITE by a licensed CPA Serving Individuals AND Small Businesses FREE Consultations to review your 2011 income tax returns Bring in your bill for 2011 tax services - we will beat it by 10% PLUS Additional DISCOUNTS apply for Insurance Customers No need to pay up-front – fees can be paid out of your tax refund* Tax Refunds by Direct Deposit, Bank Check*, and Bank Cards* New Insurance customers welcome *additional fees may apply. The owners of Pawtucket-based Nuts 'n More on the set of ABC's "Shark Tank" March 1 are, from left, PETER FERREIRA, DENNIS IANNOTTI and NEIL CAMERON. The chocolate almond butter from Nuts 'n More, left, has been a big hit. was such a great experience for us." Iannotti, Cameron and Ferreira now have seven employees and are in the process of creating a storefront in the side of their mill complex. Since the show, they have signed on to sell their products through stores like Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, CVS, GNC Corp., and Marshals/T.J. Maxx, among others. The three are in talks with a number of local stores to also sell their products. Bunny Breakfast Saturday, March 23 9:30-11:30 a.m. Hop on over to the Dr. Day Care Learning Center in Pawtucket for a fantastically fun morning! The event will include: • GOODIES TO EAT: Bagels, fruit and beverages • STORY TIME: Children will hear a reading of a wonderful tale • CRAFT TIME: The kiddies will make a great gathering bag • PICTURES WITH THE EASTER BUNNY: Bring your own camera and snap as many pictures as you want! • A BOOK FAIR: Children will love to look and pick out their own stories • Last but not least, an EASTER EGG HUNT – Every child's favorite! & All Risks Insurance 404 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket, RI Walk-in or Appointment 401-365-4272 Pawtucket Site – 203 Concord St., Suite 321 Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-723-2273 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. "Dude, this is it," said Iannotti, smiling as he adjusted his trademark orange headband. Watch the episode of "Shark Tank" with Nuts 'n More by See NUTS 'N MORE, Page 12

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