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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-02-2020

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 2-7, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ETHAN HERNANDEZ, 6, of Pawtucket, makes a snowman at the Crafty Kids Club, held at the Pawtucket Library last Saturday. Children ages 5-12 decorated gingerbread cookies and made a cardboard tube snow person. See more photos on page 6. PAWTUCKET – Local firefighters found a way to make an impact long after they'd extinguished the danger. Firefighters kept it in high gear after knocking down a Christmas Eve fire that destroyed one family's belong- ings, donating a number of items on their own and running an online fundraiser that quickly marched to its goal of $10,000. Firefighter Max Glaser, who orga- nized the GoFundMe page, told The Breeze this was a collective idea among firefighters who worked the day of the fire on Forest Avenue. "They all really felt for the family and wanted to do something to help," he said. Though the GofundMe "was just something fast that we could do," said Glaser, "some guys also went and bought gifts for the kids and toi- letries for the parents that night, and brought them to where the family was staying." The victims were very appreciative for everything the community did for them, he said. "On Christmas Eve, a Pawtucket family of six lost everything in a fire that was accidentally started," states the fundraising page. Three of the Firefighters work to help victims of Christmas Eve fire By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIRE, Page 9 Editor's note: The Breeze asked Mayor Donald Grebien to reflect on the year ahead in light of what transpired in 2019. Here's what he had to say. PAWTUCKET – As we look for- ward to 2020 and bid farewell to 2019, it is important to take a step back to reflect on our strengths and where we can improve as a com- munity. The year was one of twists and turns, but one of real progress taking place in our city. The improved qual- ity of life services along with a pros- perous, transparent government, keeps an affordable tax structure for our resi- dents and creates a sustainable com- munity. The city continues to priori- tize and focus in on a better-quality education and learning environment for our children. Our future lies with our students and they deserve the very best. Over the past few years, we have opened the doors to fully renovated Nathanael Greene and Potter-Burns Elementary Schools. Over the next two years, we continue with a com- plete ground-up rebuild of Henry Winters Elementary. With a $220 mil- lion school bond that was approved by voters with overwhelming sup- port, we continue our focus on gener- ational school improvements for our school district. We continue to mod- Grebien: Lots to look forward to in 2020 GREBIEN See GREBIEN, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – A complaint by Councilor Elena Vasquez accus- ing Councilor Mark Wildenhain of racist, xenophobic and sexist com- ments toward her at a Christmas party will not be placed as an agenda item on the council docket for public discussion, according to City Council President David Moran. Vasquez said this week that she still wants to see this matter placed on the docket for a public apology by Wildenhain, but hasn't heard from anyone directly about wheth- er that will take place. Moran said that there are no Complaint by Vasquez won't be placed on public agenda By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See COMPLAINT, Page 8 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. 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI In the Luca Building • 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center 1 FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON New clients only. Restrictions apply. LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. Bobcat Services Firewood • Trimming FREE ESTIMATES 40 years Experience (401)726-TREE (8733) www.timbertreeserviceri.com Licensed Arborists | Fully Insured | License #655 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal T I M B E R T R E E S E R V I C E , I N C .

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