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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-26-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 26, 2019-JANUARY 2, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE At a crowded press conference at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in downtown Pawtucket, Mayor DONALD GREBIEN unveiled the $400 million plan for a new soccer stadium and surrounding development on the city's riverfront. 2019 The Year in Review PAWTUCKET – At an inaugu- ration ceremony in January, city officials implored state leaders to help fix the mess they'd helped create for Pawtucket in 2018 with the announced departure of the Pawtucket Red Sox and expected loss Pawtucket bounces back from pain of 2018 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com of Hasbro, among others. But they also expressed confidence that Pawtucket would find its own path to success with or without out- side help. This city "has a warrior mental- ity in that we will fight for what we believe in until the bitter end and even if we lose, we move on to the next battle," said City Council President David Moran that day. "We are a resilient, proud and resourceful city and we will be fine," he said. In the end, it was a combined city, state and private company effort that led to the announcement in early December of a $400 million river- front development, highlighted by a new soccer stadium. In addition to hammering out the details of the planned river- front development, Mayor Donald See YEAR, Page 6 PAWTUCKET – City Councilor Elena Vasquez is accusing colleague Mark Wildenhain of "breathtaking- ly disrespectful and reprehensible" behavior at an informal Christmas gathering following a Dec. 16 coun- Vasquez accuses colleague Wildenhain of racism By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket School Department last week won formal approval on its $234 million application to continue the progress that's been made the past several Approved $234 million makes way for dramatic school improvements By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See ACCUSATION, Page 24 See IMPROVEMENTS, Page 4 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. Isabel , s & Gift Boutique s & Gift Boutique 565 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 Email: isabelsavon@msn.com 401-727-2866 Tues.-Fri. 12-5 Sat. 12-4 Independently owned and operated www.youravon.com/isabelvargas Falamos Portugues & Hablamos Espanol e Christmas Clearance Sale! 20% Off Jewelry Sale 20%-50% OFF Entire order, plus a free gi with this ad. Expires 1/25/2020. YOUR COMPLETE CAR CARE CENTER OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK* Local Family Owned and Operated speedeeoil.com 985 North Main Street | Providence, RI 02904 | 401.453.4707 185 Washington Street | South Attleboro, MA 02703 | 508.761.7200* 30 North Main Street | Attleboro, MA 02703 | 508.226.1465 Receive $20 off when you winterize your vehicle with the purchase of an antifreeze system fluid exchange. CL Most vehicles. Discount off regular price. See store for details. Not valid with other offers. Valid at listed locations. No cash value. Taxes and/or disposal fees extra, where permitted. Void where prohibited. WINTERIZE YOUR VEHICLE Antifreeze System Fluid Exchange $ 10 off $ 20 off Full Synthetic 17 Point Full Service OIL CHANGE Conventional 17 Point Full Service OIL CHANGE $ 7 off OR

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