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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 4-3-13

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Serving Pawtucket APRIL 3-9, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY JUMP START SHORT ORDER COOKS Preschoolers raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association. PAGE 7 Young chefs compete in Sodexo Future Chef competition. PAGE 9 @ ���Like��� us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Fierce competition for a cause Developer: City���s economy is based in its thriving mills No tax credits needed to develop 25 properties, says Len Lavoie By ETHAN SHOREY VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH Dancing with determination, ARIANNA HADDOCK, 18, and BRIANNA RAYMOND, 15, both from Pawtucket, perform their routine at the Can You Dance New England auditions at Studio One RI in Lincoln. Auditions last Wednesday evening included performers of all ages and dance styles, competing for a spot in the grand finale on May 1 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. The show will benefit Rhode Island Pink Heals, and will feature celebrity judges including 2006 winner of ���So You Think You Can Dance��� Benji Schwimmer. See more photos on page 13. Stripping Darlington���s field raises concerns among parents By PAUL R. DUBOIS Valley Breeze Sports Editor pdubois@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET ��� The city has removed grass from the infield at Ruthowski Field, raising safety concerns from parents and league officials. Darlington Little League uses the field for both its Majors and Minors programs for children 9-12 years of age. ���I���ve heard nothing but concerns from parents,��� said new Darlington American president Jamie Bowron. ���From what the city told me, they did it to See FIELD, Page 5 Awarded as Smithfield���s #1 Hearing Practice ��2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET ��� Developer Len Lavoie was here long before mill rehabs were popular, back before historic tax credits were even thought of. Lavoie was around for the old days of the textile industry, the arrival and then departure of the jewelry industry, and finally the modern arts-inspired renaissance of Pawtucket. According to Lavoie, Pawtucket would be filled with ���a whole bunch of empty mills just ready to be burned��� if not for the work he and others have done to redevelop 25 mill properties within city borders. These old mill buildings may not look like much from the outside, he said, but inside they���re home to hundreds of thriving businesses that contribute hundreds of jobs and huge tax revenue to the city each year. LAVOIE ���Unbelievable demand��� has led to very low vacancy rates, said Lavoie, as business owners of all stripes find the space that best suits their needs. And there���s not a historic tax credit in sight. ���I want nothing to do with historic tax credits,��� he said. ���I���m interested in the city welcoming people in and making the process easier.��� Plenty of old industrial properties in the city have been See MILLS, Page 6

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