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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-11-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 PAWTUCKET 15 structurally put together, espe- cially in regard to the roof," he said. "Aesthetically it looks absolutely beautiful. It looks like a new building … I haven't heard one negative reac- tion to it. Everyone is really happy." Work by Red Oak Remodeling, of Coventry, began in May and includ- ed fixing the exterior roof, including shingles and the cupola, as well as the skeleton of the building includ- ing walls, windows, doors, and stairs, Morais said. The carousel ride itself was not part of the renovation. Crews, who had to follow historical guidelines, were wraping up work at the beginning of this week. Morais said the project was done on time and on budget "100 percent." The approximately $460,000 project was paid for by funds from the city's pub- lic building bond, he said. Other major upgrades expected to take place over the next few years include the addition of a new handi- cap ramp, the creation of a fire sup- pression system, floor replacement, and electrical upgrades including lighting, according to Morais. The carousel, which features a functioning band organ, as well as 44 horses, six menagerie animals (one camel, three dogs, one giraffe, one lion), and two chariots, was built in 1895 by Charles I. D. Looff and relo- cated to Slater Park in 1910 from a carnival called Lee Funland in upstate New York. It continues to operate today and is open on weekends. The grand reopening Friday starts at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting cer- emony conducted by the Pawtucket Arts Festival crew and a brief speak- ing program. Mayor Donald Grebien, as well as members of city departments includ- ing Public Works and Parks and Recreation, will be at the ceremony, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Grebien. "It's exciting," Anthony Ambrosino, director of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, told The Breeze. "I think we're proud and very lucky and honored that we have such a historic carousel in Pawtucket." Last year the National Carousel Association unanimously awarded the CAROUSEL From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY TOM WARD JOHN ALTIERI, of Coventry, a painter with general contrac- tor Red Oak Remodeling, puts the finish- ing touches on the paint in preparation for the Looff Carousel's re- opening on Friday. While the entire building was restored, the carousel itself was not part of the work. Slater Park Looff Carousel the 2018 NCA Historic Award. Carousel enthusiasts from around the country are expected to come to the city and see it, Ambrosino said. Donna Houle, special projects coordinator at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and president of the Friends of the Looff Carousel at Slater Park, who's been documenting the construction twice a week since May, said she's "thrilled with the renovations." The Friends are an all-volunteer group whose mission is to protect, promote, and preserve the carousel, said Houle, who added that the car- ousel looks "terrific" and very similar to how it looked in 1910, based on a postcard she has of the structure from that time. Following Friday's ceremony, as part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, will be a celebration of the 20th year of the Pawtucket Film Festival with a presentation of Buster Keaton's silent classic "Steamboat Bill Junior" performed with renowned silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis, Ambrosino said. Rick Roth will also be hon- ored for his 20 years with the Film Festival. For more information, visit www. events . DAN CONLAN, president of general contractor Red Oak Remodeling, of Coventry, and MARKUS GRAY, below, install the wiring for a new lightning rod Monday morn- ing at the Looff Carousel in Slater Park, Pawtucket. BEN GASIOR was hard at work Monday cleaning windows and put- ting the finishing touches on the building which houses the Looff Carousel in Slater Park, Pawtucket. Autumn Autumn Autumn Breeze WITH THIS AD Isabel , s & Gift Boutique s & Gift Boutique Celebrating 26 Years in Business! 20% OFF AnY One Item PLUS A FREE GIFT WITH THIS AD 565 Central Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02861 Email: Falamos Portugues & Hablamos Espanol Expires October 5, 2019 401-727-2866 Tues.-Fri. 12-5 Sat. 12-4 Independently owned and operated OPEN HOUSE 581 WALCOTT ST., PAWTUCKET - Attractive 6 room Cape with 4 bedrooms and two baths in Darlington. Great area for children! One car garage, 3 sea- son porch and finished basement with ample storage. Lawn sprinklers, well water, gutter guards and cedar shingles. $239,000. For Sale As Is! Contact Suzanne at 401-374-1279 Saturday September 14 12-2 p.m. and Sunday September 15 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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