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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-01-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 1-7, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON DAVE GIRARD, of Pawtucket, sits with his micro-bulldog, BUTTERCUP, at the Slater Park dog park on Monday morning. Girard was one of the people getting a bit of fresh air at the park on Monday, amidst the stay-at-home order due to coronavirus concerns. Pets kept close as social distancing continues PAWTUCKET – Gun stores and liquor stores/breweries are among the state's critical businesses and are allowed to stay open, while booksellers are considered non- critical and now required to close. That difference in treatment had owners of Stillwater Books at 175 Main St. in downtown Pawtucket calling Gov. Gina Raimondo and her team "tone deaf" regard- ing their concerns as they were required to fold up shop to walk-in customers this week. In comments to The Breeze, own- Stillwater Books owners not happy with 'non-critical' status By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See STILLWATER, Page 4 A couple of weeks under the state's order that food establishments can only operate delivery, drive-thru and pick-up services, numerous local restaurant owners have noted that they're losing significant revenue while trying to adapt to a new busi- ness model. "It's been really, really hard to man- age," said Bill Kitsilis, co-owner of Angelo's Palace Pizza in Cumberland, which has seen a more than 50 per- cent drop in sales. "You never know what the next day's going to bring." The order, which Gov. Gina Raimondo originally set to continue through March 30, has now been extended to April 13. Before they were told to close the dining room, 50 percent of sales were from dine-in customers, 30 percent from takeout orders, and 20 percent from deliveries, he said, adding that "takeout and delivery are down from what they normally were." To save on expenses, heat and air conditioning have been turned off and they've cut back on some labor- intensive entrees, Kitsilis said. "This is what small business owners in America do," he said. "We adapt and survive." One new addition to the menu is a kid's pizza kit, which includes a fresh dough ball, sauce and cheese. The at-home activity has been a huge suc- Restaurants losing cash, trying to adapt to new rules By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See RESTAURANTS, Page 6 PAWTUCKET – Nothing about the timeline to have professional soccer being played in the city by 2022 has been slowed by the coronavirus that's brought the world to its knees, said the developer behind a $400 million soccer-centric riverfront project. If anything, said Brett Johnson of Fortuitous Partners, it's "just the opposite," and there's now motivation to maybe even move the timeline up. Economic development projects such as this one have taken on added importance both locally and national- ly during the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, he said. Johnson, speaking to the City Council last week as the council took two more votes to help move the project forward, was asked by Councilor Mark Wildenhain if cur- rent circumstances might hurt the project, as has been the case for this area in the past. "No," Johnson replied, speaking by phone through an elaborate remote system set up to allow the meeting to go on. Johnson expressed gratitude at sup- port from the city that's been "noth- ing short of extraordinary." The council last Wednesday voted Stadium developer: Virus impacts won't take us down By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See STADIUM, Page 2 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. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. Bobcat Services • Firewood • Trimming FREE ESTIMATES Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 40 years Experience (401) 726-TREE (8733) 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available 24 Hour Emergency Tree Removal T I M BE R T R E E SE R V I C E , I N C . , Our New Rhode Island Field Office 50 Division Street, Pawtucket, RI We're Committed to Rhode Island Business! US SolarWorks has expanded to better serve our Northern Rhode Island Customers! 64 Water Street, Attleboro NEW - 50 Division Street, Pawtucket, RI US SolarWorks Now Offers Energy Storage Solutions All Emergency Backup Systems on Sale Now! For More Information, Call Us at 508-226-8001.

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