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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-18-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 18-24, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON GIZELLA FERNANDES, 5, left, and DANIELLA DELGADO, 6, both of Pawtucket, work on crafts at the Capeverdean American Community Development holiday celebration on Sunday afternoon. The free event included activities for families and toy giveaways. See more photos on page 14. PAWTUCKET – It would be a mistake to look down one's nose at the future of soccer in this country, say those behind the city's new soc- cer-centric $400 million riverfront development proposal. Fortuitous Partners Founder and Co-Chairman Brett Johnson said the United Soccer League Championship League is attract- ing significant investment dollars across the country. "Just this month alone, there were announcements in Pawtucket, a groundbreaking in Colorado, and a ballot measure to finance a stadium that passed in Oklahoma with 70 percent of the vote," he told The Breeze. Reasons for Johnson's stadium optimism: Waves of success By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See STADIUM, Page 20 Secondhand experience Pawtucket's Discover Books sees huge growth PAWTUCKET – In the past two years, a national online retailer of secondhand books, Discover Books, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DISCOVER, Page 8 PAWTUCKET – A pending tax agreement extension helps keep 250 existing call center jobs on Freight Street while allowing the company behind them, Change Healthcare, to add another 300 positions. Change Healthcare is one of the city's largest employers, said Louis Shapiro, vice president of strategic partners for the company, in a Dec. 10 letter to the City Council. The former Tunstall was purchased by Connect America.Com LLC in January, then acquired again by Change Healthcare in September, according to Shapiro. The company has been in the process of evaluating the potential to increase its call center presence, which he said has taken into account alternative locations, particularly since the September acquisition. The acquisition has opened greater possibilities for con- solidation in existing company loca- tions, he noted. "The ability to leverage, and expand, our existing personal prop- erty tax stabilization agreement has been a critical factor supporting our continued investment in our Pawtucket location," he wrote. One of city's largest employers plans 300 more jobs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See JOBS, Page 13 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. Ricard Jewelers Established 1985 Holiday Hours: Sunday 12-5 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 555 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI (401) 725-3680 FREE LAYAWAY 30% OFF All Diamond and Gemstone Earrings till Christmas! Pawtucket's #1 Jeweler for Price, Service and Selection

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