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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-04-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 4-10, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Five-year-old ALEXANDRA ORTEGA, of Pawtucket, who weighs about 50 pounds, brings her two 60-pound huskies, JAKE and BELLA, to the annual Paws & Claus event on Sunday. The event was presented by the Pawtucket Dog Park Committee at Daggett Farm, located within Slater Park. Holding the leash is Alexandra's step-dad, KEVIN ORTEGA. See more photos on page 2. PAWTUCKET – With the Hose Company No. 6 now leveled, mem- bers of the Preservation Society of Pawtucket are focusing renewed efforts on preserving two other local landmarks: The Read-Ott Mansion and Pitcher-Goff House, both on Walcott Street. Barbara Zdravesky, head of the Preservation Society, said the group featured the two structures in its newsletter last week because of two recent developments. The primary concern is for the Read-Ott Mansion at 67 Walcott St. "The Greek church owns the Ott House and word has come to us that they are considering its demolition," she said. About 10 years ago, the church was seeking to take it down and efforts by those in the Quality Hill neighbor- hood stopped it, she said. "It's obviously a large house and difficult to maintain and I think the church is finding it to be a chal- lenge," she said. A representative from the church could not immediately be reached for comment this week. Preservation Society members are not necessarily worried about the Pitcher-Goff House at 58 Walcott St., Preservation Society focused on protecting Quality Hill landmarks By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PRESERVATION, Page 22 PAWTUCKET – Weekly viola- tion totals through the city's new traffic camera program are show- ing little or no decline, and are not far off from the 10,000 or more figure consistently seen during an earlier warning period. Two weeks ago, Nov. 18-22, saw 9,235 violations in school speed zones and at red lights, and last week's totals, Nov. 25-29, with cameras on for only three of five days, added up to 6,510 violations. Speed camera violation totals remain high By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See VIOLATIONS, Page 4 Officials: $400 million project just what the doctor ordered Apex not an absolute necessity; could Hasbro be next in line? PAWTUCKET – A $400 million development plan for the downtown should take care of three of the city's most problematic properties when it comes to revitalizing the waterfront: The former Tidewater plant, the Apex site, and the vacant parcel at 45 Division St. But even if the developers behind the planned 7,500-seat soccer stadium and surrounding amenities in the Tidewater Landing project, Fortuitous Partners, aren't able to come to terms on purchasing Apex, they empha- sized Monday that this project will still work in a revised form. All of the hurdles that helped end the previous bid to build a downtown stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox seem to be absent here, with: • A financing framework already By ETHAN SHOREY and NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writers ethan@valleybreeze.com See PROJECT, Page 10 OUR ANNUAL LOOK AT in The Valley in The Valley INSIDE • Complete Tree Removal • Tree & Shrub Pruning • 24-Hour Emergency Service • Hazardous Tree Assessment • Stump Grinding 401.320.4455 www.WhyMonster.com/NRI COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL TREE EXPERTS ARE YOUR TREES STORM READY? LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED | FULLY INSURED Not to be combined with any other offer. Maximum value of $100 below competitor price. Some restrictions may apply. Expires 1/31/2020 10% OFF 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. Jewelry & Watch Repair Ricard Jewelers Gift Certificates Free Layaway Established 1985 555 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 401-725-3680 Holiday Hours: Sunday 12p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come See Our New Collection of Color Fused by Fire in Silver! Pawtucket's #1 Jeweler for Price, Service & Selection!

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