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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON ED GERRARD, vice president of the Pawtucket Veterans Council, salutes when the national anthem was played at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Pawtucket on Monday at the Pvt. Lawrence E. Redmond World War I Memorial at Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street. See more photos on page 12. PAWTUCKET – City officials are waiting for a reply on their claim against the manufacturer of the shin- gles used on the Pawtucket Animal Shelter's roof a decade ago. The city filed the claim in September after a resident brought it to officials' attention that there was a settlement related to shingles from Building Products of Canada Corp., or BP. "While we anticipate verification that the manufacturer will be respon- sible for the replacement, we expect that this will be a slow process," said Public Works Director Eric Earls this week. "We thank the resident who brought the class action lawsuit to our attention, as this may result in the coverage of the materials and labor for our animal shelter's roof at no cost to our hardworking taxpayers." The shingles have failed on many applications elsewhere, so Pawtucket submitted materials to be part of the class action lawsuit against the manu- facturer. According to Parks and Recreation Director John Blais, the idea that the animal shelter's shingles might be tied to a warranty issue and settlement was brought up by a summer camp City joins lawsuit over animal shelter's roof shingles By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ROOF, Page 13 Salute to veterans Conversion of streetlights has begun Replacement based on safety issues offered as needed PAWTUCKET – Residents who are concerned about traffic lights being out on their street should have new illumination by January when the city is expected to wrap up its LED street- light conversion program. That said, local police will evaluate individual complaints about blacked- out lights on a case-by-case basis to see if the devices should be replaced or repaired temporarily for safety rea- sons, said Wilder Arboleda, spokes- man for Mayor Donald Grebien. The city's conversion of its current streetlights to more efficient LED lights is about one-tenth of the way done, said Arboleda, with about 10 percent of them, or 650 of 6,000, done as of Veterans Day. City Councilor John Barry III, at the Nov. 6 council meeting, said he's heard from a number of residents who are concerned about lights being out in their neighborhoods. Those people have been calling the Department of Public Works, he said, and have been told that the current lights will not be replaced until the conversion. It's "very, very dark" on some streets, said Barry, and people don't feel safe. He asked what it would take to get bulbs replaced now rather than making people wait. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See STREETLIGHTS, Page 10 Manfredo's back again! Former world champion boxer, 'Contender' reality TV star ends retirement on Nov. 23 at Twin River LINCOLN – George Washington Duke, the boxing promoter in the 1990 movie "Rocky V," delivered a memorable line in that film when he told retired Rocky Balboa, "People love comebacks." That being said, here's a come- back that boxing fans across the region and beyond are falling in love with – Peter Manfredo Jr.'s return to the ring after a 3½-year retirement on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Classic Entertainment & Sports' next show at the Twin River Event Center. Manfredo, who trained for most By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See MANFREDO, Page 11 MANFREDO INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide INSIDE Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide Holiday Gift Guide d i Published by f id NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 1 11/4/19 10:13 AM 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. www.Tabeleys.com 401-431-2816 info@tabeleyconstruction.com TABELEY'S ROOFING Factory Certified Installer 20 years of perfection RI REG. #18045 MA REG. #172793 - Member RI From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered We offer a variety of quality vinyl siding systems

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