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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-06-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – City officials expect demolition of a burned-out former mill building on Pine Street, located next to the city's future new commuter rail station, to begin in December and conclude in January. The 258 Pine St. property remains a public safety hazard for residents, says Wil Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. The special master appointed by the R.I. Superior Court, attorney John Dorsey, met with the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency and was given approval to seek bids for the demolition of the building. As part of these efforts, Doresey engaged with an engineer to provide a struc- tural inspection of the building, which ultimately recommended that the building be demolished. Dorsey is seeking a Superior Court order confirming that the entirety of the building should be demolished. He has been in conversations with contractors, including making site visits and providing site in-formation to seek demolition bids. Bids are expected to be submitted within the next couple of weeks. "The city will continue work together with the special master to ensure that the building is demol- ished as soon as possible as has been recommended, and to market the derelict property for future potential development," said Arboleda. "We thank the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency for their continued leader- ship throughout this process." The building previously occupied by Robert's Chemical Co. burned in a fire a year ago, but the cause of the blaze wasn't determined. City officials have contended that the condition of the property poses an imminent danger to public health, particularly for trespassers. Dorsey was appointed after the various owners associated with the property failed to comply with the city's orders to clean it up. Officials expect Robert's Chemical property demolition in December By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Gamm Theatre hires Gravell as managing director WARWICK – The board of direc- tors of The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre has hired Amy Gravell as managing director, effective Nov. 11. Gravell comes with more than 20 years of experience in Rhode Island's nonprofit sector, and a deep commit- ment to community building and the arts. As associate executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, where she's worked since 2005, Gravell led an $8 million capital and endowment campaign to renovate and expand the facility. Previous employers have included Tockwotton Home and The Prout School. Gravell maintains numerous professional affiliations, and cur- rently serves as president-elect to the board of directors for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a member of the Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture for the city of Pawtucket. Gravell joins The Gamm during a period of significant growth. She will be instrumental in fur- ther developing and implementing the nonprofit theater's next strategic plan. Gravell succeeds Oliver Dow who left The Gamm at the end of June after five seasons as managing director. "Amy's experience in organizational leadership and fundraising will make her an excellent managing director for The Gamm," said Gamm Board President W. Lynn McKinney. "Her guidance will assure the theater's growth as a major artistic venue in Rhode Island." GRAVELL Suspect arrested in pedestrian hit-and-run Police last Saturday arrested a woman suspected of hitting a pedestrian with her car on George Street and then fleeing the scene. On Nov. 2, at around 7:45 p.m., Pawtucket police responded to the intersection of George Street and Grace Street for a report of a hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian. They found a woman lying in the road unresponsive and she was trans- ported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. Several witnesses provided a description of the vehicle involved. Detectives were called back to further investigate. They ended up obtain- ing a confession from the vehicle operator, Noelia Ortiz Negron, 35, of Pawtucket. She was charged with one count of failing to stop at an accident resulting in serious injury or death and one count of driving on a suspended license. She also received a citation for operating without evi- dence of insurance and operating with a suspended registration. She was arraigned by a bail commissioner on Nov. 4. NEGRON Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!'

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