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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 5-8-13

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Serving Pawtucket MAY 8-14, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY END IS IN SIGHT OFF AND RUNNING Traffic shifts on Pawtucket River Bridge as project nears finish. PAGE 5 More than 500 runners race to the finish line in the Navigant Credit Union Half Marathon. PAGE 10 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Every hand is helping New Market Basket expected to open by end of the year By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer Grebien: Residents 'deserve' a year without a tax hike By ETHAN SHOREY ethan@valleybreeze.com Valley Breeze Staff Writer ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Construction of a large new Market Basket store is getting off the ground at the Bristol Place Shopping Center across from the South Attleboro train station near the Pawtucket city line. According to a manager at one of the chain's Massachusetts stores, local customers should be walking the aisles of the new Market Basket on Route 1A by "the end of the year." Construction crews are quickly laying the foundation for the new box store, located at 1270 Newport Ave. The building will cover about 80,000 square feet of space, according to representatives from the Attleboro Department of Planning and Development. A resident of the Pinecrest neighborhood of Pawtucket said that his family typically spreads their grocery shopping between Walmart, BJ's, and Stop & Shop stores, but will "definitely check it out" once the Market Basket opens. The new Market Basket will be located just one mile from the Super Stop & Shop on ethan@valleybreeze.com See MARKET, Page 7 VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY ELISE MANAHAN Hands were kept busy last Friday at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket as parishioners made Prosforo, decorated Easter eggs and prepared the church for the Orthodox Easter service. JOSEPH DEMOPULOS, 8, left, and his brother DAVID DEMOPULOS, 11, of Bristol, work with other children to help spruce up the church during the Good Friday retreat on Friday, May 3. See more photos on page 8. NORTON HEARING Caring for RI's hearing for over 28 years UP TO 50% DISCOUNT ON ALL HEARING AIDS NO SALES PRESSURE (EVER) Accurate Hearing Tests Expert Repairs (All Makes) Wax Removal • Home Visits Second Opinions • Accessories NEW PATIENTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED... EVEN IF YOU ALREADY WEAR HEARING AIDS My promise: To give my patients the best hearing aids at the best price with the best service. Robert G. Norton, M.S. Audiologist 1044 Smithfield Avenue Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 401-725-5798 www.nortonhearing.com ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. PAWTUCKET – After two straight years of "hitting up" taxpayers "almost to the max" to help keep the city solvent, Mayor Don Grebien says it's time for a break. A number of positive financial developments, like a big federal grant to the Pawtucket Fire Department and ongoing privatization efforts have made it possible to submit a Fiscal Year 2014 budget with no tax increase for home or business owners, the mayor told The Breeze. The good news comes GREBIEN after a year when homeowners saw an 80-cent hike on the tax rate. "We're better, but there's a lot more to do," said Grebien. "I don't want to give the false reality that things are great, but I did what I had to do and I felt taxpayers deserved a break." He's "not saying that we've solved all the problems" of the city, says Grebien, but the city is in a much better financial position than it's been in for a very long time. His administrations is expecting to finish the current fiscal year on June 30 with a surplus, noted the mayor. Grebien's $111 million spending plan, submitted last week to the City Council, will undergo council committee review before going to a public hearing on May 22. The council MORAN is expected to refer the mayor's budget to its finance committee on Wednesday night. Grebien's Fiscal Year 2014 budget is up about $1.7 million from last year's budget, but revenues have increased by $1.4 million. According to Grebien, his budget is based on the assumption that the city will not have to borrow big money through a tax anticipation note to pay its bills off through the end of the fiscal year, as has been the method the past several years. Though the city is still facing a "structural" budget shortfall of See BUDGET, Page 9

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