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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 22-28, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ETHAN SAN SOUCI, of Pawtucket, scoops up a gift left on his lawn during his surprise 6th birthday parade. To abide by social distancing, relatives and friends, along with classmates and teachers from St. Cecilia's School, banded together to drive by Ethan's Felsmere Avenue home, beeping their horns and waving signs and balloons last Saturday. See more photos on page 11. PAWTUCKET – Three art- ists are using feedback from the community to inspire their design proposals for a new mural at Payne Park in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood. Their final designs are due May 11, and the city has secured a $10,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to support the completion of the mural with public input, according to Jay Rosa, the city's assistant director of planning and redevelopment. The Department of Public Works is contributing funds as well. "We're excited about the proj- Community weighs in on design for Payne Park mural By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MURAL, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – The demolition of Winters Elementary School, making way for a new school to be built in its place on Broadway, will likely begin by the middle of May, according to officials. Demolition of Winters expected next month By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See WINTERS, Page 7 PAWTUCKET – The only com- pany placing a bid to operate the Blackstone Valley Regional Transfer Station on Grotto Avenue is the com- pany already running it. Public Works Director Eric Earls said his department is working with City Councilors Terry Mercer and Tim Rudd, as well as representa- tives from the Central Landfill in Johnston, on reviewing the bid of Waste Connections Inc. responding to the city's request for proposals for operations. Mercer said Monday that negotia- tions with WCI have taken a bit of a back seat during the ongoing coro- navirus crisis, but officials are still "hoping to find the best path forward" on the future of the transfer station, which has been a source of much con- troversy for years. There are "upsides and downsides to all potential options," Mercer said, but no matter what the city does, it's critical that the transfer station's operator be held more accountable for operations going forward. "If we do go ahead and go down Sole bidder is existing operator of city transfer station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See STATION, 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. • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning Hiring Licensed Plumbers call for Details!

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