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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-29-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 29-MAY 5, 2020 MARY BYRNE plans to celebrate her 100th birthday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center this Wednesday, April 29. PAWTUCKET – Development of the city's long-awaited section of the Blackstone River Bikeway is gaining momentum after the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced a $475,000 grant to the city to help add another key segment. Of that total, $400,000 would go to the development of the bike path from Tolman High School at Exchange Street up Front Street to Central Avenue, and another $75,000 would go toward the acquisition of a last small parcel of land needed to make the segment possible. The Breeze reported two weeks ago that another segment of the bike path is being developed from the exist- ing section behind City Hall past the Slater Mill. Once the Front Street section is developed, the city would have a little more than one mile of continuous bike path along the river in the downtown area. The path will cross Exchange Street and go over the river to reach Front Street, according to officials. As part of a continued focus on supporting healthy communities and promoting outdoor recreation when the state economy begins to City receives $475,000 for key bike path segment By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BIKE PATH, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – As of Monday, Pawtucket remained a hotbed for new COVID-19 cases, with some 40 new positive tests being reported daily. Roughly 45 percent of the posi- tives in the state are being seen in the Latino community, and 12 per- cent in African Americans, and the populations of those groups are 15 percent and 6 percent statewide. As of Monday, Pawtucket had 708 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the state's database, Forty new positive cases per day in Pawtucket By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CASES, Page 8 WOONSOCKET – Mary Byrne had much to celebrate this week as she marked an important milestone. Earlier this month, Byrne was diag- nosed with COVID-19 amid the pan- demic that has impacted thousands across the state. Byrne, a Pawtucket native, lives at Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket, one of the facilities that has been hit particu- larly hard by the disease. The news was difficult for Donald Arthurs and his wife, JoAnn, for- mer neighbors of Byrne's who have helped care for her in her old age. Prior to the pandemic, the couple had planned to visit the nursing home to celebrate their friend's 100th birthday this Wednesday, April 29. "I think we were always prepared for the worst," said Arthurs. "We just wished for the best for Mary in all ways and worked for the best." As it turns out, the worst never came to pass. After several days, Byrne began to show signs of improv- ing and now appears on her way to a full recovery. With strong vital signs Local woman survives COVID-19 to celebrate 100th birthday By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See BYRNE, Page 7 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. Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE OUR 2020 SPRINGTIME HOME & GARDEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY INSIDE 1 Springtime Home & Garden 2020 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Published by APRIL-30-2020-SHID.indd 1 4/20/20 9:07 AM

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