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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-16-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 16-22, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Pastor CHERYL LARSEN LAWING of St. Matthew Trinity Church in Pawtucket blesses ZOE last Suday, as owners KAREN and JOHN FRENIER, of Rehoboth, Mass. look on. The Blessing of the Animals ceremony is held in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi who is known for his love of all creatures. See more photos on page 8. Fur baby blessings PAWTUCKET – Local attacks by pit bulls have trended sharply upward since a judge tossed out the city's ban on the breed back in 2013. During the 10 years the city had the ban in place, starting in 2004, there were 23 total attacks involving pit bulls. But data provided to The Breeze in response to a public records request this week shows there have been 116 attacks where pit bulls or pit bull mixes were the aggressor in the five years since the ban was overturned, or more than 10 times as many per year since the ban was lifted. There were 319 total dog bites/ Pit bull attacks on the rise since ban overturned By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PIT BULL, Page 16 PAWTUCKET – A six-month demolition moratorium has long since expired, and the owner of the former Hose Company No. 6 restaurant on Central Avenue is now seeking a permit to level the building. City officials say they've been trying to find a developer to reha- bilitate the property, but that route simply doesn't appear feasible. State Rep. Raymond Johnston, who fondly remembers many good times at the former restaurant over the decades, told The Breeze the owner's asking price of $500,000, with little or no wiggle room, is sim- ply too high for any developer to make a project work. "It's too much money to make it Old Hose Company No. 6 building likely to be leveled By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOSE CO., Page 15 PAWTUCKET – Laureen Grebien and her team are switching things up as they attempt to make her ninth Holiday Basket Drive the biggest one yet, planning a fill- a-truck initiative at certain spots on vari- ous dates and having area businesses fill up a DPW truck with goods. Grebien told The Breeze she and other volunteers piloted this strategy with a real estate agent last year, and it worked well. It will be used instead of the traditional method of setting up small baskets throughout the city. The revamped approach will hope- fully help reach a goal of 750 food baskets this year, up from 728 bas- kets in 2018, Grebien said. "I'm trying to reach more families this year," she said, adding that the committee is very excited about the expanded effort this year and not at all intimidated by the larger num- bers. "We're so happy to be able to put Fill-a-truck spots will help make Holiday Basket Drive the biggest ever By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com GREBIEN See BASKETS, Page 14 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. INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide Fall 2019 Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT Let's OCT-16-2019-NPS-DINE.indd 1 10/7/19 7:38 AM

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