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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-12-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 12-18, 2020 City receives $624,000 from new ticket program Tickets far lower than 'event' totals PAWTUCKET – Since the start of a new camera ticketing program last October, the city has taken in $624,680 in revenue beyond what is paid to private contractor Sensys Gatso. Those funds go toward funding "ongoing city operations," say offi- cials. As of the end of January, there had been 38,701 citations issued for speeding or running red lights in zones where cameras have been installed since last Oct. 28, according to infor- mation provided to The Breeze by members of Mayor Donald Grebien's administration. Here are the total tickets for periods since the program went live Oct. 28, 2019: • Oct. 28 to Nov. 9 – 3,164 • Nov. 10 to Nov. 23 – 10,360 • Nov. 24 to Dec. 7 – 5,721 • Dec. 8 to Dec. 21 – 6,974 • Dec. 22 to Dec. 31 – 1,480 • Jan. 1 to Jan. 15 – 3,473 • Jan. 16 to Jan. 30 – 7,529 Those totals were far lower than the violation "events" captured by cam- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TICKETS, Page 22 BREEZE FILE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHRIS RILEY and KAYLA SMALL, of Tiverton, bring Kayla's dog, MATER, to the Pawtucket Dog Park for some exercise last November. Volunteers are planning significant upgrades to the park this year and beyond. PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Dog Park has turned into exactly what was envisioned when it opened at the former Slater Park Lawn Bowls space in June of 2011, say those who run it. "People are using it for what it was meant to be," said Joanne Palazzo, the person who has served as co- chairwoman of the Pawtucket Dog Park Committee since its inception and who was officially installed as chairwoman to replace Sheryl Rennick last week. On a given day, there are close to 30 dogs on the small dog side and the same number on the large dog side of the facility, said Palazzo. New leader, big plans for Pawtucket Dog Park By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com There are dog people who get together regularly here, and have developed friendships over years of shared experiences. "It's a big thing, and it's a good thing," she said of the park's place in the Pawtucket community. "It's up, up and away," she said. This year's Dogapalooza Family Festival event in August is set to be bigger than ever, and the Canine Costume Contest will be making a return at the event. "It's such a blast, and it doesn't See DOG PARK, Page 14 PAWTUCKET – As Farm Fresh Rhode Island continues construction on its new food hub in Providence, the future of the Wintertime Farmers Market it organizes at the Hope Artiste Village is less than certain. Farm Fresh, currently located at Hope Artiste, 1005 Main St. in Pawtucket, will be moving its opera- tions out of the city once construc- tion is complete on its new food hub in the Valley neighborhood in Providence. Rebecca Seggel, communications director for Farm Fresh, told The Breeze that the Wintertime Farmers Market, which features more than 85 vendors including farmers, fish- ers, and food producers, will run this season through April 25 and for a full season in winter 2020-2021 at Hope Artiste. The nonprofit's Harvest Kitchen, a culinary job training program for teens ages 16-19 involved with the R.I. Department of Children, Youth, and Families, will remain where it is on Bayley Street in Pawtucket. "We have a long history in Pawtucket, and will continue to play a vibrant role in the community here, through our Harvest Kitchen local foods cafe in downtown Pawtucket, as well as a Pawtucket- based outdoor farmers market in Future of Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market in doubt By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See FARM FRESH, Page 6 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. 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 Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter.

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