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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-25-2020

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 MARCH 25-31, 2020 PAWTUCKET – From beer makers selling furniture to mini mall owners investing in their properties even though the doors are locked, city business own- ers are doing their best to battle through the impacts of the new coronavirus. Nick Garrison, of Foolproof Brewing, had perhaps the most to lose from the pandemic, as his planned sale of the company is now indefinitely on hold as profits have plunged. According to Garrison, on-prem- ise sales of beer dropped precipi- tously, causing 70 to 80 percent of sales to disappear immediately. Sales to wholesalers and restau- rants slowed or stopped, he said, leading to most staff now being out of work and the ones working barely having enough to put food on the table. "It's devastating, it's heartbreak- ing," he said of the collapse of the hospitality industry. It wasn't all bad news for the breweries over the past week. Garrison and others lobbied heav- ily for Gov. Gina Raimondo to allow limited sales of beer and wine with takeout orders at Rhode Island restaurants, and she agreed with an executive order last week. Garrison was getting creative on social media this week as he promoted takeout beer sales and even posted a pair of handcrafted Local business owners struggle through COVID-19 crisis By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY LESLIE MOORE, of the Still on Main indoor mall on Main Street in Pawtucket, said she and her team are taking advantage of being closed to make improvements to the facility, including installing new kitchens for various tenants. See BUSINESSES, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – City officials are expressing frustration at the slow pace of an ongoing conversion of all streetlights to LED lights, saying they're ready to charge a $200-per- day fee to contractor Siemens in late charges. The last day of a six-month win- dow to complete the conversion is this Friday, March 27, and the com- pany had only achieved 45 percent of light conversions as of Monday, March 23, or 2,722 lights overall of the more than 6,000 lights in the city. "The Department of Public Works has consistently requested that Officials frustrated with slow changeover of streetlights By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CHANGEOVER, Page 20 Hope is Rhode Island's motto, and it's hope in the midst of crisis that Cumberland resident Mike Griffin and his family were pointing to when they strung 400 colored lights from "one little tree" in front of their home last week. That simple act, inspired by a request from Griffin's youngest son Liam, was enough to make national headlines, and though Griffin is sure others across the country might have had the idea to put up lights earlier in response to the coronavirus pan- demic, he's happy to see his family's lights be the inspiration for spreading a message of hope locally and around the globe. After NBC 10, NBC News, CNN, The Boston Globe and others picked up on the story last week, others jumped in with their own lights, including Tom Winfield in Smithfield, who lit up the Greenville Christmas tree with its traditional colored lights. In Griffin's hometown, the light phenomenon was spreading this week, with famed Curran Road Christmas light enthusiast Mark Ruel, who took a break from his big dis- play this past Christmas, getting in on the movement. Mike and Holly Griffin, Cumberland residents for 17 years, have three sons, Ryan, 14, Sean, 12, and Liam, 10. Liam is the biggest fan of decorating for Christmas, while Ryan is Mike's light assistant each holiday season. Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter gave the Griffin family this month's Lights a sign of hope By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LIGHTS, Page 5 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! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at Noon. Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. OUR 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 2020 Edition – Published by A Northern Rhode Island Guide of Physicians & Health & Wellness Professionals Health & Wellness A Helpful Guide for Better Health

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