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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-15-2020

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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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 15-21, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON JAN DASILVA, of New Bedford, Mass., concentrates on a knitting and beading project during the 12th annual Slater Mill Knitting Weekend and Fiber Market last Saturday. See more photos on page 10. PAWTUCKET – Two city high school students, one from Tolman High School and one from Blackstone Valley Preparatory High School, are the state's two winners in a competitive national civics scholarship program. Erica Prempeh, a senior at Tolman, and Chelsea Acheampong, a senior at BVP, will join U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse in representing Rhode Island in the nation's capital dur- ing the 58th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program Washington Week, to be held March 7-14. Acheampong and Prempeh were selected from among the state's top student leaders to be among the 104 students who will also each receive a $10,000 college schol- arship for undergraduate study. Pawtucket students are state's representatives for Senate Youth Program By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See YOUTH, Page 12 PREMPEH ACHEAMPONG Mr. PHA Jim Goff celebrates 40 years of finding people homes PAWTUCKET – In January of 1980, Jim Goff arrived ready to work at the Pawtucket Housing Authority, charged with keeping the books as an accountant for the agency. Forty years later, the man who's climbed to deputy executive direc- tor of the PHA still loves his work By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See GOFF, Page 6 Pawtucket veteran Martins takes over as NP chief Notes the challenges of modern policing NORTH PROVIDENCE – Nearly a year ago, as Mayor Charles Lombardi was plowing the parking lot of his Luxury Cleaners business in Pawtucket around 2 or 3 a.m., he said a resident of Locust Street walked up to him and told him what a great hire he'd made in choos- ing Arthur Martins as the town's deputy chief. "That's the respect that Arthur Martins enjoys, the mark he's left with the people of Pawtucket," said Lombardi during a Jan. 7 ceremony where Martins was sworn in as the next chief in North Providence. He said hopefully Martins will now leave that same mark with residents in his community. Martins, the former 28-year veteran Pawtucket police officer who came By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor MARTINS See MARTINS, 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. NEW CONSTRUCTION REMODELING WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No job too small • FREE Roof Inspections (401) 225-9422 Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate 100% FINANCING Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW! Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports Saint CeCilia SChool Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2020-2021 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • • open house January 26th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Breeze BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON See captions for cover photos on page 3. BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Best pictures of the year Breeze THE VALLEY A look back at our favorite photos and the stories behind them See our Best Photos of 2019 inside!

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