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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-08-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JULY 8-14, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Dog lovers gather at the Pawtucket Dog Park at Slater Park in Pawtucket on Sunday. MADISON POWERS, of East Providence, kneeling, DIANE HALLSTROM, of Pawtucket, center, and MIKE SANOCKI, also of Pawtucket, all agree this is a great way to make friends and said it's safe because everyone keeps their distance. PAWTUCKET – The site of a for- mer church rectory and convent on busy Newport Avenue could soon be converted into a new 7-Eleven conve- nience store and gas station. The vacant site, at 1253 Newport Ave. across from St. Cecilia Church and the former Howell Smith Druggist at the intersection of Central Avenue, measures 1.42 acres and had previous- ly been targeted for a new commercial building with three or four tenants, possibly including a financial institu- tion, coffee shop, auto parts store or similar retail store. All traffic from any development is expected to enter and exit from Newport Avenue only. The owner of the parcels, John Martins Realty LLC, was granted approval to demolish all existing struc- tures in October of 2018, and the City Council approved a petition to rezone them from residential two-family to commercial general two months later. Answering City Council President David Moran's request for an update on the property, Assistant Director of Planning and Redevelopment Jay Rosa provided a memo from the own- 7-Eleven expected at former church property By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See PROPERTY, Page 8 PAWTUCKET – Artist Kit Collins says she wants her new mural at Payne Park in the Woodlawn neighborhood in Pawtucket, which features iconic city buildings and the Blackstone River, to serve as a colorful back- drop for park-goers or viewed closely as an "I Spy" game of sorts for local residents. "It was my goal to create a design that, ultimately, would read as a showcase and celebration of Pawtucket and the Woodlawn neighborhood," Collins said in her winning proposal, adding that she hopes commu- nity members can enjoy it "either simply as a color- ful, family-friendly composition or as a series of illustrative local por- traits in which they might recog- nize a piece of their community." Winning mural design incorporates iconic Pawtucket architecture By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See MURAL, Page 24 COLLINS PAWTUCKET – City Councilor Mark Wildenhain will ask his col- leagues to approve a resolution tonight, July 8, asking the Rhode Island General Assembly to draft Council will consider resolution seeking fireworks ban By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See FIREWORKS, Page 9 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. TIMBER TREE SERVICE, INC. Bobcat Services • Firewood • Trimming FREE ESTIMATES Licensed Arborists Fully Insured License #655 40 years Experience 65 Ton & 45 Ton Cranes Available 24 HourEmergency Tree Removal T I M BE R T R E E SE R V I C E , I N C . Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience Experience I C E , (401) 726-TREE (8733)

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