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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-02-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 2-8, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON STEVEN BEVALACQUA, coach of the Tolman High School girls' volleyball team, returns a ball during a team practice on the tennis courts at Slater Park Monday morning. PAWTUCKET – Some 3,500 residents applied for mail ballots this year, said Ken McGill, registrar with the Board of Canvassers, nearly nine times as many as the 400 from 2018. McGill said there's a good chance that final results won't be 100 percent solidified on primary night, Sept. 8, as state election officials won't even begin counting those mail ballots until after polls close at 8 p.m. "It could be the next day," he said. Anyone with a mail ballot still to get in should drop it off in the drop- box at City Hall, said McGill, as there are no guarantees of a timely arrival at this point. "The earlier the better," he said. Polls on Sept. 8 open at 7 a.m., and McGill is expecting fairly substantial turnout of up to 20 percent based on the large number of local primary races, including for mayor, for every City Council seat but District 2 and 3, and for several General Assembly seats, but he said that number is hard to gauge because of the large number of mail ballots. All voters heading to polling places next Tuesday should expect to wait City sees nine times more mail ballots, likely delaying results By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ELECTION, Page 23 PAWTUCKET – Restaurants are sometimes known for the fickle nature of their staffing ranks, but much of the staff at Shannon's Place on Broadway in Pawtucket have been here since the beginning. And the beginning was 30 years ago this week, when Shannon Hardy opened the restaurant at 737 Broadway after spending one year running The Belmont on Newport Avenue. Erin Sousa, Shannon's sister, said it's that longevity of staff members who are loyal to Shannon that's helped the restaurant to survive, even through the pandemic. "You just don't leave," she said. "It's fun, it's hard work." The love Shannon has for her staff and customers is infectious, said Sousa, of Attleboro, Mass., and was on full display during the height of COVID-19, when it sometimes looked like they wouldn't be able to save the restaurant. "Our customers are amazing, through this whole pandemic they've been our backbone," she said, help- ing out where they could, crying with staff, and reassuring them that they'll be fine. "Shannon has that same attitude. She keeps us together, everything is fair," said Sousa. "She works as hard as everyone here. If I've got to wash a toilet, she's going to wash a toilet." Shannon's celebrates longevity of restaurant, staff By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See SHANNON'S, Page 22 School Committee votes to open schools on very limited basis Governor gives districts until Oct. 13 to phase into full in-person learning PAWTUCKET – Citing safety concerns regarding air ventilation systems in most Pawtucket school buildings, the School Committee last Thursday night voted for a very limited school reopening plan. Under the plan, which was approved unanimously by all com- mittee members, students in pre-K, By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOLS, Page 23 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 Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter. 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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