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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-03-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JUNE 3-9, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Tables were set up in the parking lot at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket last Wednesday to distribute 4,300 gallons of milk plus yogurt, fruits and veg- etables to families in need during the Farmers Feeding Families event. Above, R.I. National Guardsman PHILLIP PALUMBO, of North Providence, hands out gallons of milk donated by Guida's Dairy. The event distributed milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America, a national dairy cooperative, and its New England farm family members. See more photos on page 19. Pitts-Wiley: I don't feel safe in my own country Others also weigh in on killings, protests PAWTUCKET – Ricardo Pitts- Wiley, co-founder of Mixed Magic Theatre, says the protests seen across the U.S. over the past few days after the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis are not a reaction to an isolated event. "This did not start with the murder of George Floyd," he said. "This is just the latest in a long line of historical events and tragedies that have to be dealt with." The majority of protesters are peace- ful and are "trying to point out seri- ous inequities," he said. While he doesn't think the violence and looting represents the concerns and interests of most people, he added that he doesn't understand why anyone is surprised by the violence. "Why do we have to get to this place in order to be heard?" he asked. Mixed Magic, when running perfor- mances at 560 Mineral Spring Ave., regularly tackles issues of race rela- tions in its productions. By MELANIE THIBEAULT, JACKIE MOOREHEAD, LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writers See PROTESTS, Page 22 PITTS-WILEY City will top 62 percent of local roads repaved in two years Administration releases list for 2020 PAWTUCKET – Another 6.5 miles of city roads are set to be repaved in 2020, bringing the total to 103.5 miles since 2014, or just over 54 per- cent of all local roadways. With another 15 miles due to be done by 2022 under the current $5 million bond approved by voters in November 2018, the city will be at 118.5 miles repaved of all 190.5 miles of local road mileage in Pawtucket, or 62 percent of all roadways repaved in six years. Mayor Donald Grebien, the Pawtucket City Council, and the Department of Public Works have announced the voter-approved city- wide repaving of streets and roads last week, including 31 street sections. "Quality of life for our residents is of utmost importance, which is why the repaving plan continues to be so aggressive," said Grebien in a state- ment. "I thank the City Council for their partnership, the hardworking men and women of the DPW, and, most importantly, our residents who passed the bond referendum with overwhelming support." Road repaving for fiscal year 2020 is anticipated to be complete by July 30, a date delayed due to the ongo- ing coronavirus pandemic. The more than 6.5 miles of repaving will add to By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See PAVING, Page 21 PAWTUCKET – Representatives from Fortuitous Partners thanked the City Council after members last Friday agreed to a ground lease option agreement granting the com- pany site control of riverfront prop- erties so they can now show inves- tors the viability of the project. The agreement for the $400 million Tidewater Landing proj- ect adds up to a 50-year lease, at $1 per year, plus two options of 25 years apiece, for 100 total. In return for the control at 45 Division St. and the Tidewater north site across the river, Fortuitous agrees to develop a soc- cer stadium, indoor sports center, hotel, market rate and affordable Pawtucket riverfront project marches onward By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See RIVERFRONT, Page 21 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. Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your AC Service Ready for Summer. 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.

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