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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-14-2020

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16 OBITUARIES / ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Debra Hill Debra (Pontbriant) Hill, 67, passed on Oct. 6 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Thomas M. Hill Sr. She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Sally (Meehan) Pontbriant. A lifelong Lincoln resident, she worked at St. Joseph and Fatima hospital as a nuclear medicine supervisor for 44 years before retir- ing in 2016. She is survived by her son, Thomas M. Hill Jr.; her daugh- ter, Sarah Simpson; her grand- children Hailey Hill and Caleb Simpson; and is survived by her brothers Edward Pontbriant, Eugene Pontbriant, and her sis- ter, Maryanne Melia. She is pre- ceded by her brother, Thomas Bongarzone. A private memorial service was held at Keefe Funeral Home on Oct. 10. Visit www.thekeefefuneral- home.com . HILL OBITUARY Luciano says he'll work for small businesses PAWTUCKET – Nathan Luciano, Republican candidate for Pawtucket City Council District 2, says he is looking to help small businesses as they dramatically shift operations due to COVID-19. "Now more than ever, with these challenging times, Pawtucket deserves a leader who is willing to advocate and work for the people. I am deter- mined to work with and help small businesses stay open and to keep jobs in Pawtucket," he said. "It is of para- mount importance to come alongside small business owners rather than hinder their work." "Small businesses give definition to our community," he added. "These businesses employ our neighbors, provide services, and help maintain stability in our city." Luciano said voters "have a choice to continue on the path of the last decade or we can take the chance for change and forge ahead to a brighter future with new leadership. This November, vote for Nathan Luciano for City Council District 2." CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 Wildenhain says he'll keep addressing quality of life PAWTUCKET – District 2 Councilor Mark Wildenhain is pledg- ing to continue to work on quality-of- life issues and holding a firm line on taxes if elected to a sixth term. "It has been my honor to serve as the District 2 councilor over the last 10 years," he said. "If given your support on Nov. 3, I will continue to focus on all residents' quality of life and continue to invest in our city in a way that helps us hold the line on taxes." It's easy to make promises, he said, "but much harder to stay focused and make hard choices. I feel that I have made the hard decisions that ben- efited you, the taxpayers. This job is not an easy one, but it's one I believe I have grown into, with the help and guidance of District 2 residents. I will always be grateful for your trust and for your help." Flanagan reminds residents of vote-by-mail options PAWTUCKET – District 4 City Council candidate Joe Flanagan is advising all mail-in voters to com- plete and return their ballots as soon as possible. "About 1,500 mail ballots were sent to voters in the district. I strongly encourage you to fill them out and return them ahead of time to prevent a backlog," he said. "I also strongly encourage you to consider me for the District 4 City Council seat." Completed ballots can either be mailed using the included postage- paid envelope or delivered in-person to the secure drop box at City Hall. Flanagan, a lifelong Pawtucket resi- dent, is running as an independent for City Council, but will be join- ing the District 4 Democratic City Committee in January. "My goal is to represent the resi- dents of District 4. Don't vote for someone because they belong to a party; vote because they care," he said. CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 SCHOOL COMMITTEE Barber seeks votes for school board PAWTUCKET – Rodney Barber says he first decided to run for pub- lic service when he visited Baldwin Elementary School to sign papers for his son to attend as a 4th-grader there almost eight years ago. "At that time, I rang the bell at the main entrance and was shocked that I was immediately buzzed in without being asked who I was or why I was there," said the School Committee candidate. "This was in the face of all the school shootings and violence we were facing at the time. I asked why, and was told the only camera at the front door was so grainy, they could not see anything or anyone." After getting nowhere at meetings, he said he sought a platform on the council to voice concerns. "I continually voiced my opinion, and still believe all of us can agree our children's safety should be every- one's priority," he said. Charbonneau reintroduces himself to voters PAWTUCKET – School Committee Chairman Gerard "Jay" Charbonneau says he's reintroducing himself to voters. "I never sought public office. I was the dad of two young children attend- ing Potter-Burns School the day piec- es of the ceiling fell down," he said. "I had a choice to pull my children from Pawtucket public schools or stay and become part of the solution. I choose the latter for my children and yours." Charbonneau said the committee has completely renovated Potter- Burns and Nathanael Greene, and invested in security, technology, and curriculum. "With strong support from you, the taxpayers and voters of this city, we have done more work on schools in the last six years than at any time in Pawtucket's rich history," he said. "Our largest project yet, the brand new Henry Winters Elementary School, is currently underway." He added, "I believe I have met the responsibility your vote deserves." Moreno excited by plans to revitalize schools PAWTUCKET – School Committee member Roberto Moreno says he is excited about plans to revi- talize schools throughout the city. "As chairman of the facilities com- mittee, I am eager to see these plans come to fruition," he said. "With the redevelopment efforts by the city's administration and City Council, Pawtucket has become a diverse, cul- tural, and attractive destination loca- tion. This is solidified when a city has good schools." Moreno said the community will benefit from pending renovations at Winters, Baldwin, and Shea. Moreno, who said he toured all 16 Pawtucket public schools with build- ing principals to discuss the academic culture in the district, said upgrades will come to communities who need them. "Pawtucket teachers, students and parents have come together from unimaginable sacrifices," he said. Moreno, 26, is seeking a second term. SCHOOL COMMITTEE ful that they're standing up for the neighbors." "Nine additional tanks will impact the entire neighborhood's real estate value and potentially risk nearby watersheds," he said. "The city gains nothing but a black eye from this. How can you say the character of the neighbor- hood won't be changed when you're looking at a monstrosity like that?" Fred Issa, his brother, strongly recommended that each letter submitted by a public official be kept "intact" as part of the record, should the case move to an appeal. "I'm dead-set against this project and hope you will vote no," he said. The Zoning Board did just that, voting unanimously to deny Western Oil's application for addi- tional oil storage tanks. TANKS From Page 13 answers We provide Free Video Live Stream for any Service

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