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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-08-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 8-14, 2020 PAWTUCKET 3 PAWTUCKET – City officials say they expect news soon on the planned redevelopment of the for- mer Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island site on Brewster Street as a wellness and residential care facility for veterans. The Lockwood Development Group signed a purchase and sale agreement with Care New England on the property last summer, and remains committed to the project, according to the mayor. "The city of Pawtucket will contin- ue to support the redevelopment of the underutilized former Memorial Hospital site to a project that ben- efits and meets the community's needs," said Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement Monday. "The Lockwood Development Group con- tinues its due diligence period with discussions and negotiations after signing a purchase and sale agree- ment on the property with Care New England. "The development continues to be a top priority for both parties and the city," he added. The administration continues to seek strategic partnerships for the city through economic tools such as the federally designated opportunity zones such as the one the old hos- pital facility is located in, said the mayor. "We look forward to providing more updates in the near future and to working on development that will breathe life back into a major prop- erty in our city," he said. "The city will continue to have regular com- munications with Care New England and Lockwood regarding the future of the property to ensure that the site will once again be beneficial to Pawtucket and our surrounding Blackstone Valley communities." Grebien has said the Lockwood Development leaves space to add emergency services on the 13.4- acre former Memorial Hospital site. Lockwood executives previously said they are willing to make emer- gency services part of the campus. News expected on redevelopment of Memorial Hospital property soon By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Police still searching for family of unidentified woman PAWTUCKET – Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman found in the area of Suffolk Avenue and Grand Avenue on New Year's Day. They still had no leads as of press time this week. At around 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 1, officers responded to the area to check on the well-being of an elderly female who was lost. The woman they found was confused and disoriented. She was unable to provide sufficient informa- tion to identify herself or determine where she lives, said police, and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police are looking for any informa- tion that may help identify her. She may go by the name "Madeline" or "Alluida" and may have connections to New York. Call 401-727-9100 with information. Free mattress, e-waste drop off will resume Jan. 11 PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien has announced that the city of Pawtucket, in partnership with MTG Disposal, its trash and recy- cling vendor, will continue to pro- vide an added service to Pawtucket residents seeking to get rid of old electronics, as well as mattresses and box springs. The mattress and e-waste drop off will occur on the first Saturday of each month with the exception of January, March and July, which will be held on the second Saturday of the month. The drop off will be held in the parking lot across from City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue between 8 to 10:30 a.m. Residents will be able to drop off up to two sets of mattresses or box springs, or up to four pieces total will be accepted with proof of residency. They will also accept one television per household and old electronic devices known as e-waste. Furniture or any other household items will not be accepted. The addition of this monthly drop- off location provides residents anoth- er option to dispose of these items at their convenience and free of charge. Residents may also dispose of these items at the transfer station during normal operating hours. This added service for residents was part of a suite of contract amendments the city negotiated with the vendor that added services for the residents and saved taxpayers on the annual cost of the contract with the vendor. The following are approved e-waste: flat screen or tubes, cables, computers/CPUs and spare comput- er parts, dehumidifiers, keyboards, laptops, microwaves/toaster ovens, monitors, network equipment, print- ers/copiers/fax machine and printer cartridges, radios, routers, scanners, servers, speakers, stereos, telephones and cell phones, UPS, window unit air conditioners, wires. The city of Pawtucket offers these services to residents through separate curbside collections, by appointment. Curbside collection of mattresses and box springs requires a fee of $16 per item as long as they are not damaged. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 401- 728-0500, ext. 233. got a news tip? Call Ethan at 401-334-9555, ext. 130 or e-mail it to ethan@valleybreeze.com Take the next big step in joint replacement. Step 1: Get a joint replacement procedure. Step 2: Go home the same day. Introducing same-day joint replacement procedures that help patients recover from the comfort of home with no overnight hospital stay, thanks to the partnership between Ortho Rhode Island's first-class orthopedic surgeons and state-of-the-art technology at the South County Health Orthopedics Center. Learn more at OrthopedicsRI.com/SameDay or call for an appointment: 401.777.7000 Partners in Orthopedic Innovation +

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