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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-11-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 11-17, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE LIVIANA BAKER, 4, and her sister, ANIYA, 8, of Providence, look at one of the many colorfully decorated trees on display in Slater Park's Winter Wonderland on Sunday. The tree is one of 650 decorated trees. Winter Wonderland also offers visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, miniature train rides, the historic Looff carousel, hayrides, lighted Victorian houses, a talking Frosty the Snowman, crafts, refreshments and local entertainers. See more photos on page 32. Editor's note: The Breeze will be div- ing into various aspects of the riverfront development plan in the coming weeks. We hope you'll follow along. PAWTUCKET – The three proper- ties targeted for the city's largest-ever development have a lengthy history of failed promises and unrealized riv- erfront dreams, but the man behind a planned $400 million development here says Tidewater Landing will change that narrative. While some, perhaps jaded by the failed deal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, are still treating this as a proposal needing to be vet- ted to proceed, Brett Johnson, of Fortuitous Partners, says it's actually an approved plan with pieces already falling into place. Any hurdles need- ing to be overcome are easily sur- mountable, he says. "It's definitely moving forward," Johnson told The Breeze. The amount of investment in the Tidewater Landing project to date has been considerable, the amount of support from "clearly committed" parties involved has been so overwhelming, and Johnson is so intent on following through, that this plan will happen, he says. Developer: Riverfront project a firm plan, not a proposal By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See RIVERFRONT, Page 16 CUMBERLAND – The increas- ing price tag of being a plow driver is hurting local communities in the form of higher costs and slower responses to storms, say area officials, who are looking for new and creative ways to address the situation. Cumberland Highway Supt. Frank Stowik told The Breeze that recent hikes to insurance rates, bringing the total to $4,000 or more, plus the increasing cost of buying a plow and having it installed on a pickup truck, now more than $6,000, are playing into the shortage. During a first snowstorm on Dec. 3, Cumberland was short six or seven trucks, leading to some delays in plowing as drivers who would nor- mally move on to sanding after com- pleting their routes ended up filling in in other areas. Cumberland is get- ting more roads to plow, with fewer drivers to do the work, said Stowik. Though the town was able to handle its business last week, a major storm would likely bring more serious issues, with few to no backup trucks when someone inevitably breaks down, he said. Cumberland, which has a standard of 30 town employees and 40 ven- Officials: Lack of plows leading to delays, higher costs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PLOWS, Page 9 PAWTUCKET – While tickets issued through the city's traffic camera safety program remain higher than originally expected, it appears city residents, at least, may be getting the message to slow down. Of 18,728 tickets issued as part of the city's new traffic camera program as of the end of last week, 14,743 went to people who live outside of Pawtucket, according to data provided in response to a Breeze request for information. That's 79 percent of the total, with 3,985, or 21 percent, going to resi- dents of Pawtucket. The 18,728 figure doesn't take into account the tickets that will be issued for last week's violations, as the review of apparent violations won't be done for some days yet. There were 31,836 total viola- tions captured by school speed zone and red-light cameras through More than three-quarters of camera tickets going to non-residents By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TICKETS, Page 17 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. 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