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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-06-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MAY 6-12, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY DOTTI CONWAY, of Pawtucket, took advantage of the temperatures in the 70s to read her book outside last Saturday. After a week of rain, the first weekend of May gave locals who were cooped up inside a chance to get out and get some fresh air. Brighter days ahead Seventy-five years later, memories of a warning that went unheeded Pawtucket's 'Vet Detective' advances mission to get WWII hero a medal PAWTUCKET – Seventy- five years ago this week, Lt. Commander John G. Bradley Jr. spotted a Nazi submarine not far from the coast of Rhode Island and put himself at risk to report it, only to be ignored. A day later, that sub- marine sank a coal ship. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See MEDAL, Page 6 The parking lots may have seemed busy, but the Salvation Army thrift stores in North Providence and Pawtucket were two of the lowest performers in the state even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut them down. Now, even when such stores are allowed to reopen, these two won't be among them, as the Salvation Army has decided to permanently close both locations as well as anoth- er in Warwick. Seven other stores in the area will remain open. Maj. Brian Thomas, administrator for business at The Salvation Army Providence Adult Rehabilitation Center on Pitman Street in Providence who oversees the Rhode Island stores, told The Breeze that the organization still has seven stores operating in Rhode Island and Swansea, Mass., as well as many more across the country. The point of the Rhode Island stores is to support the work of the adult recovery cen- ter, which has 126 beds and doesn't charge people to be there, he said. The Pawtucket store in particular had been underperforming for some time when he took his position last July, said Thomas. "I'm not sure why that particular store wasn't doing great," he said, but he had a mandate to try to turn Pawtucket, NP see underperforming Salvation Army stores close By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See STORES, Page 7 PAWTUCKET/CENTRAL FALLS – The BEAT COVID-19 initiative's new hotline, allowing residents of Pawtucket and Central Falls to get quickly tested and then isolate if needed, had 300 calls come in between last Friday, May 1, and Monday evening, May 4. A room at city-based Collette has served as headquarters for incoming calls since the hotline went live. "This call line breaks the barriers that exist for people in Pawtucket and Central Falls to have access to test- ing," said Wilder Arboleda, of Mayor Donald Grebien's office. He called this initiative "a huge deal" for the neighboring cities. Both communities have some of the highest rates for positive COVID-19 cases. Grebien, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, and Dr. Michael Fine said they were excited to announce the launch of the hotline, billed as a unique grassroots system to give people in both communities who otherwise might not feel comfort- able getting tested access to testing, educational support on how to safely isolate, and resources to overcome BEAT COVID-19 hotline takes hundreds of calls By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOTLINE, Page 8 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 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 CONSTRUCTION REMODELING WE HANDLE ALL INSURANCE CLAIMS • Siding • Decks • Dump Trailer Service • Unbeatable Prices • Fully Insured • No job too small • FREE Roof Inspections (401) 225-9422 Free Estimates • RI Lic # 29424 "Everything For Your Home" Please Call for a Free Estimate 100% FINANCING Roofing by ROOFING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW!

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