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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-05-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 5-11, 2020 PAWTUCKET – A proposed cut of a $576,176 payment in lieu of taxes from the state to the city of Pawtucket would be an "ill-advised and poorly timed action," says Mayor Donald Grebien, and would leave the city with no choice but to immediately assess more than $2 million in real estate taxes on Care New England. Neither Pawtucket nor fellow dis- tressed community Cranston can afford to pass these cuts on to already overburdened property taxpayers, wrote Grebien in a Jan. 24 letter to the R.I. Department of Revenue. Elimination of the appropriation now would also jump the gun on the conclusions and recommendations of the data-driven, yet-to-be-released John Snow report on whether health services should be returned to Pawtucket, he said. The Breeze reported two weeks ago that Gov. Gina Raimondo was pro- posing the cut to Pawtucket based on the fact that the closed Memorial Hospital no longer qualifies as a hospital. "Any cut in state aid is essentially a forced increase in prop- erty taxes," said Chief of Staff Dylan Zelazo for that story. Grebien emphasized in his Jan. Grebien: Cut in PILOT funds premature, damaging By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FUNDS, Page 2 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Attending the annual Jackie Robinson Birthday Celebration at the PawSox Clubhouse at McCoy Stadium last Friday were students from local schools including, FAITH CHRISTIAN, 10, left, and ANIYAH GARCIA, 9, from Agnes Little Elementary School in Pawtucket. Aniyah says baseball is one of her favorite sports. Robinson, a baseball legend, would have been 101 years old. See more photos on page 6. PAWTUCKET – A local neighbor- hood preservationist says he's fearful about further loss of history within the old Grand Manor, also known as the Pitcher-Goff House at 58 Walcott St., after seeing the interior of the home overlooking I-95 during an Advocate worries about Pitcher- Goff House after seeing interior By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PROPERTY, Page 4 PROVIDENCE – Area school districts would gain significant dol- lars toward their next budgets if all short-term recommendations from a special state study group are implemented this year. Pawtucket would gain $1.6 mil- lion, according to the state educa- tion funding analysis of Sen. Ryan Pearson and the Special Legislative Task Force to Study Rhode Island's Education, Woonsocket would see $1.2 million more, Cumberland would gain $771,148, North Providence would gain $796,840, Lincoln would see a bump of $323,725, Smithfield would see $347,507, North Smithfield would Pearson explains how recommended changes would help districts By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CHANGES, Page 13 PEARSON 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! Ricard Jewelers Established 1985 Hours: 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 thru 2/14/2020 Make Her Valentine's Day Sparkle! Ricard Ricard Pawtucket's #1 Jeweler for Price, Service and Selection See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE Local Businesses Offering Local Solutions 2020 Edition Published by Featuring: Automotive Sales & Service Dining/Food/Enteainment Health Services Home & Garden Pets Professional Services Real Estate Services Retail ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE

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