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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-01-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 1-7, 2020 POLITICS / PAWTUCKET 5 Wheeler announces bid for District 61 seat PAWTUCKET – Bob Wheeler, a 24-year resident of Pawtucket's District 61, announced his candidacy for House District 61. "Now is the right time to make some changes. Especially at a time of crisis, it is important that our leaders keep as much money in the people's hands as possible," he said in a release. "In the past 10 years, even before factoring in COVID spending, our state annual budget increased nearly 25 percent. That translates to (more than) $2,300 per person per year in extra spending." The Republican, who hopes to take on the winner of a Democratic prima- ry, said he thinks it's important that constituents have a good understand- ing of how their money is spent. "It's also important that they get to keep more of it and stop absurd/ unfettered spending," he said. Wheeler said he hopes to make state economics the core of his mes- sage. "We have a system where we hear from our elected leaders a few months before election day every few years," he said. "I think we need to do better. Representatives should be answerable regularly to the people who put them there. They should be offering up detailed commentary about why they voted a particular way on some of the high-profile activ- ity and they should be out there solic- iting feedback on the same." Teacher Garforth remains suspended PAWTUCKET – School officials have taken no further actions on whether to fire or retain Jenks Middle School social studies teacher Derrick Garforth, who has been charged with felony desecration of a grave/monu- ment and conspiracy after he and two others allegedly vandalized a statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence in early June. School officials confirmed that Garforth, 34, is still suspended pend- ing the results of an investigation. They aren't commenting further on discipline for Garforth. According to the state's court data- base, Garforth is due for a pre-arraign- ment conference in September. According to police, the suspects in the case splattered paint on the boarded-up monument on Elmwood Avenue near Columbus Square. PAWTUCKET do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com Linda Farrington, DVM • Laura Roman, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM Richard Coates, DVM • Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 EmErgEnciEs • small mammals Hospitalization FacilitiEs • routinE Exams PROGRESSIVE MEDICINE IN A FAMILY PRACTICE ATMOSPHERE We're Here To Provide Quality, Compassionate Care When Pets Need It Most. OPEN 7 DAYS Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509 401-333-7911 www.ccvcri.com PLEASE CONSIDER FINANCING YOUR VEHICLE WITH US. Also, RE-FINANCES FROM OTHER LENDERS CAN SAVE YOU EVEN MORE. WE WILL GIVE YOU CASH EQUALING 1% OF THE FINANCE AMOUNT UP TO $300 FOR YOU TO RE-FINANCE FROM ANOTHER LENDER. New Auto rates starting at 2.50%*/Used Auto rates starting at 3.40*% * Rates are subject to change and based on credit score. Blackstone River FCU: Woonsocket: 401-767-1990 & Lincoln: 401-333-0780 www.blackstoneriverfcu.org WHATEVER COLOR YOU DECIDE: WE HAVE YOUR GREEN.

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