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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-18-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 18-24, 2020 Life as Pawtucket residents know it changes Reopened Memorial Hospital on the table PAWTUCKET – City life has changed in what seems like the blink of an eye this week, with businesses, churches, senior and childcare cen- ters, funeral homes, theaters, libraries and schools all feeling the impact of By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE RICARDO MARTINEZ, of Pawtucket, kicks a soccer ball around with his sons, RANDY, 8, left, and GABRIEL, 12, on Sunday, spending time with family as people are instructed to avoid crowds during the coronavirus crisis. Martinez tells his sons it's important to "wash your hands and keep them out of your mouth." See CORONAVIRUS, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi has made no secret that he'd like to see a sys- tem where the nearest truck to the scene of a fire gets called in first, regardless of which community it is in, but at least one Pawtucket official isn't so keen on that idea. City Councilor Tim Rudd last week questioned Lombardi's preference for eventual automatic aid, giving as the scenario a fire in the Marieville section of North Providence where Rudd unhappy with automatic aid, but Lombardi says it makes sense By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See AID, Page 14 Massive fire destroys chance to rehab mills Firefighters hailed for bravery, keeping community safe PAWTUCKET/CENTRAL FALLS – It was described as "an emergency of epic proportions" by local attorney Matt Jerzyk, a raging blaze that threatened to destroy nearby apartment build- ings and triple-deckers as it tore By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See FIRE, Page 8 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. www.Tabeleys.com 401-431-2816 Tabeley's ROOFING Factory Certified Installer 20 years of perfection Insured • RI Reg. #18045 • MA Lic. #172793 • Member RI From roofs to windows Tabeley's has your needs covered Discount on Windows & Siding Call for details. We offer a variety of quality vinyl siding systems.

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