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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-19-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 19-25, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT Artist KIT COLLINS traces part of the Division Street Bridge on Aug. 10, as part of the mural she is painting at Payne Park in Pawtucket. Collins is hoping to be finished with the project by the end of August. See story on page 18. PAWTUCKET – City officials are hailing proposed plans for a new man- ufacturing facility to produce personal protective equipment, or PPE, at the Pawtucket Associates property at 95 Grand Ave. Ultra Footwear Accelerator is look- ing to establish the facility that will manufacture surgical respirators and PPE, employing 80 people to start. The very pre- liminary plan, accord- ing to Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle, is that a second phase of the project would expand operations to include a footwear component and add another 50 jobs. "The city is very excited about this project for a number of reasons," she wrote in a letter of support to the R.I. Commerce Corp., which is consider- ing a request for funding from Ultra Footwear through the Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credit Program. "We are very pleased that an essential product that is needed to combat the COVID pandemic will be produced here in Pawtucket and that Rhode Island will not have to rely on out- sourced supplies to address its critical needs." Pawtucket factory would produce PPE, footwear By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See FACTORY, Page 23 DENG PAWTUCKET – Democrats Ama Amponsah and Janie Lee Seguí Rodriguez are running campaigns this month in hopes of winning a Sept. 8 pri- mary for the District 5 City Council seat being vacated by Meghan Kallman. There is no chal- lenger in the general election. Seguí Rodriguez, of 87 Boutwell St., and Amponsah, of 12 Utton Ave., are navigating the unusu- al campaign season reality of social distancing to meet residents and ask for their votes in a district race full of neighbor- hood and citywide issues to consider. Seguí Rodriguez manages operations of a tri-state middle school career explo- ration program for Achievement First. She recently completed her master's in commu- nity development at Roger Williams University. She is the mother of two daughters and co-founder of Parents Leading for Educational Equity. Amponsah, Seguí Rodriguez pursue District 5 seat By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See DISTRICT 5, Page 24 AMPONSAH SEGUI RODRIGUEZ PAWTUCKET – The city's popular Halloween attractions, The Haunted Tunnel and Pumpkins in the Park, are now canceled, leaving many residents to wonder if the next big event, Winter Wonderland at Slater Park, might be next. Winter Wonderland Vice President Dawn Goff posted a clarification back in June dispelling rumors that the multi-week display City's Halloween events off, but what about Christmas? By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See EVENTS, Page 23 ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development 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.

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