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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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20 PAWTUCKET JUNE 24-30, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION 20 the totals for each of the entire three years and on pace to easily exceed the high of 343 total calls back in 2015. Calls for service are fairly evenly distributed throughout the city, accord- ing to a map released by the Pawtucket Police Department. Police Chief Tina Goncalves, the city's public safety director, told the City Council in a written update that the department shares members' concerns about the illegal use of fire- works. Responding to questions from Councilor John Barry III about "illegal fireworks that are going off all around the city," Goncalves said the depart- ment "finds it extremely challenging to differentiate between legal versus illegal firework due to recent changes in the law." "Fireworks have a clear adverse effect on the quality of life of our residents," she said. Disturbance calls this month were much higher than June 2019 and sev- eral times higher than the high number of 66 calls in 2015. In a map depicting locations based on calls, blue marks calls made from May 1 to July 7, 2019, and red depicts calls made in 2020. "You can see the challenges we are facing with how spread out the calls are and we are committed to resolving," she said. After an initial call for service, resources are then dispersed based on the compiled information, she said. The department adds extra officers in vehi- cles throughout neighborhoods. Extra personnel are out and will continue to be out throughout the summer on bicycle patrols and in vehicles through the Neighborhood Response Unit, she said, passing through identified hotspots for fireworks to combat any illegal use. "This preventative measure will be most successful if residents continue to call our department," she said. "As you are aware, these calls are not isolated to particular areas, and this is why it is important for residents to continue to call in." The law change Goncalves was refer- ring to was the state's move a decade ago to allow most ground-based fire- works, while continuing to ban use of aerial fireworks by residents. Goncalves said information compiled from calls allows the department to track and focus in highly concentrated areas. "It is difficult to stop fireworks due to how quickly the act of setting them off is over in comparison to when patrol cars are able to arrive on scene," she said. "For this reason, the Pawtucket Police Department has taken a proac- tive approach to have extra patrol throughout the summer months with a focus on quality of life issues, specifi- cally illegal fireworks." Police and the administration, with the council's support, will continue to work to ensure that residents' quality of life is not diminished due to fireworks, she said. "We completely understand the frustration of the residents as these illegal fireworks have unintended con- sequences for our neighbors and their pets," she said. "It is important that constituents please continue to contact us immediately if they hear or see any illegal fireworks." FIREWORKS From Page One Blue marks on the Pawtucket map show fireworks complaints from last year, while red shows them from this year. A chart shows the substantial increase in complaints about fireworks in Pawtucket this year. PAWT./DARLINGTON: 71 WILTON AVE . New Listing: 3 beds 1.5 bath Cape short walk to Slater Park. Corner lot, Granite Countertops in kitchen w/snack bar area. Hardwoods throughout, finished breezeway. Over sized L.R w/brick fireplace. Partial finished basement w/ walkout bulkhead, concrete patio.1 attached garage. $334,900 Call 447-1536 CUMB./CUMB.HILL: New Listing: 3 Bedrm 1.5 bath Ranch with large finished basement w/walkout. Spacious freshly painted living room w/cathedral ceilings. Updated main bath, central air, gas heat. 2 year old driveway, enclosed fenced backyard with deck off kitchen. $315,000 744-6268 S ta c h u r S k i Mike Bogolawski 401-744-6268 Pawtucket, Darlington, New construction and can pick your own colors! Raised ranch with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, some hardwoods, central air, & garage. Kitchen will have granite counter and fully applianced, master bedroom will have private bath with shower stall. Basement will be plumbed for a third bath, framed to be finished and have two sets of sliders as a walkout to backyard. $339,900 401-725-1115. LincoLn 270 Front Street 401-724-5600 Pawtucket 1136 Newport Avenue 401-725-1115 Judy Mastalerz 508-369-8935 open houSe Sat. 6/27 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Pawtucket, Darlington, 33 Martin St., 2 bed cape, new kitchen, featuring granite counters and breakfast bar, formal dining room, double living room, updated bath, sliders to back deck, mudroom and more. Affordable gas heat, efficient, indirect hot water, 200 amp electric. Newer windows, sided exterior and newer roof shingles all on a 5,400 sq ft fenced, corner lot of a cul de sac. $234,900 401-725-1115. open houSe Sat. 6/27 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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