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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-08-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 8-14, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY CAROL DANCER and her husband JAY have closed on the purchase of the former NEPTCO property on Hamlet Street in Pawtucket and are moving their Absorbent Specialty Products company from Cumberland to the facility. PAWTUCKET – Absorbent Specialty Products has been in an upward growth pattern since Carol Dancer founded it in 2004, and her company is set to see another big expansion as it moves to the former NEPTCO property at 30 Hamlet St. in Pawtucket. Dancer closed on the property last Friday and told The Breeze she expected final paperwork to be filed on Monday of this week, April 6, as she completed the $1.94 mil- lion purchase of the 69,882-square- foot NEPTCO property and proceeded with a move from the company's space at 1 John C. Dean Memorial Blvd. in Cumberland, a building she leases from Brad Dean. She also plans to invest some $800,000 in internal and external improvements and upgrades at the former plastic fabrication company Absorbent Specialty Products expanding, moving to Pawtucket By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See MOVING, Page 2 Editor's note: I went to my local branch of the Rhode Island Blood Center last Thursday not knowing what to expect. I'd been wanting to do more to help those around me during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wasn't origi- nally intending to write about it, but I changed my mind after learning so much about the process and why the need for a steady supply of available blood is so critical. Hopefully my first experience donating locally will inspire someone else to also join in the effort. WOONSOCKET – Stockpiling blood is a critical component of emergency preparedness efforts, say representatives for the Rhode Island Blood Center, who are calling on healthy blood and platelet donors to help strengthen the region's blood supply by making appointments online to donate at its six donor Not sure how to help? Donate at Blood Center By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BLOOD CENTER, Page 20 PAWTUCKET – A city firefighter was fighting for his life early this week and residents of a local nurs- ing home were reeling at the loss of several of their members as the coro- navirus continued to take a toll on the city. Firefighters from all over the state were issuing calls for prayer for a fire- fighter named Brad, who was in the Miriam Hospital Intensive Care Unit in critical condition after contracting the virus. Three other city firefighters also had confirmed cases, according to officials. Firefighters drove their vehicles on a procession past the hospital on Sunday night and the Pawtucket River Bridge was lit up in red to honor first responders this week. Up to 21 firefighters were quar- antined as of last week, and most of them were back to work this week. The impacts of COVID-19 are hit- ting home as people see friends and family members contract the virus and sometimes succumb to it, says a representative from the Oak Hill Center in Pawtucket, one of two nurs- ing homes in the state with the larg- est number of cases at about 70 as of Monday and four residents lost to the Firefighters, nursing home residents bear brunt of virus By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See IMPACTS, 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. Mike Gorman Roofing, INC. Established 2012 • Fully Insured Comm# 237R RI Reg# 3692 Prompt, Professional Service First Quality Workmanship & Materials 9 Bayou Drive, Greenville, RI cell 401487-5724 or 401728-2851

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