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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-19-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 19-25, 2020 PAWTUCKET – Since at least Jan. 1, a sign in the window of the China Inn, a fixture in downtown Pawtucket for decades, has stated that the own- ers have been on vacation. The timing of the Main Street clo- sure, given the fact that January is traditionally a busy month for the restaurant, has prompted widespread speculation about its future, with many suggesting that it might be sold or moved to a new spot. Owner Louis Yip, who has numer- ous business interests in downtown Pawtucket and elsewhere, told The Breeze on Monday that he and his family "are working on something new" for the restaurant. "We're getting old," he said of the family members who have run the restaurant, including his sister and wife. He said "it's not that easy" to staff the restaurant. Yip, 71, said he's been in the res- taurant business since he was 26, and while it's been a great run and he would love to keep the China Inn open, he's getting tired. He said he's hoping to get a new restaurant in the same spot, but didn't confirm whether the restaurant is being sold. Owner of closed China Inn hopes to bring new restaurant By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CHINA INN, Page 8 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE The male winner of the Faces of Ireland contest is EDWARD GROK, of Pawtucket, who was accompanied by MARYBETH LYNCH, of South Attleboro, Mass., showing her pair of bright green shoes. The annual Faces of Ireland Contest was held at The Celtic Pub, in Pawtucket, on Sunday. The event fea- tured music, raffles, food and the choosing of the man and woman with the most Irish-looking features. See more photos on page 9. Faces of Ireland PAWTUCKET – City Council members missed a combined 31 council meetings in 2019, with 18 of those absences from two members. Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. was the only one with perfect attendance, going to all 28 council meet- ings last year, accord- ing to a review of minutes stating who was absent for each meeting. Councilor Tim Rudd was last for percentage, miss- ing 11 of 28 council meetings, for an attendance rate of 60.7 percent. Here are the attendance numbers for the other council members, from lowest attendance percentage to high- est: • Meghan Kallman missed seven of 28 meetings, for an attendance rate of 75 percent. • Councilor Elena Vasquez missed three meetings, for an attendance rate of 89.3 percent. • Councilor Mark Wildenhain missed three meetings, for an atten- dance rate of 89.3 percent. • Councilor John Barry III missed two meetings, for an attendance rate Vitali tops, Rudd last for meeting attendance in 2019 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See ATTENDANCE, Page 8 VITALI 'Meat' Pawtucket's latest sculpture JMW students work with DPW to design traffic barriers PAWTUCKET – Inside an art studio at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Pawtucket sit two 800-pound concrete pig sculptures, waiting to be relocated to a new home outside of a Pine Street busi- ness. The bright pink sculptures were designed and created by Manuel Vasquez, of Pawtucket, a senior at JMW, with help from art teacher Chris Kane and fellow senior John Malette, also of Pawtucket, in part- nership with the city's Department By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SCULPTURES, 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. Call Today for NEW PaTIENTS SPECIalS Providing High Quality Dental Care • Client Centered Customer Service and Convenience • Evening & Saturday Appointments • Network Provider for Most Dental Insurances • Senior Citizens Discount • Payment Plans Available Clear Braces – Bridges – Root Canals – Crowns – Veneers Implant Restoration – Partials – Dentures – GIO Whitening – Digital X-Ray 490 High Street, Suite one, Cumberland, rI 02864 • 401-722-2699 • Nos Falamos Portugues | Se Habla Español Dr. Paulo J. DaRosa D.D.S

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