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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-21-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 21-27, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Davies Career & Technical High School graduate ALAYNAH RUBIO, of Pawtucket, takes part in batting practice at McCoy Stadium Sunday during the Final Weekend Celebration. She graduated from Davies in June and was recruited to play softball at West Virginia Wesleyan College. See more photos on page 11. One last swing PAWTUCKET – As the rain fell last Friday afternoon, a young couple stopped on the steps of Pawtucket City Hall to take a selfie with their "I Voted" stickers after being two of the many who opted to vote early in the first days they were able to. This year due to COVID-19, the state is trying to ease the traffic at poll- ing places on Election Day by holding early voting at each city or town hall, which started on Oct. 14. "Traffic has been very heavy, espe- cially in the first two days, a little slow- er today," said Registrar Ken McGill last Friday. "We see almost 300 voters a day, which is extraordinary to say the least." Pawtucket's Board of Canvassers is located on the third floor of City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave. It is open for early voting Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., no appointment needed. Entering City Hall, there are signs pointing in the direction of the stairs to go up for early voting. There are also stickers on the floor to help people keep 6 feet apart. Masks are required in the building. "Usually when we first open in the morning there is a line," McGill said about the busiest part of the days so far. "The first day there was a very long line that was going down the stairs. I think we processed 150 people in the first hour and a half. So we were hopping. We were running around." Early voting 'hopping' in Pawtucket By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Staff Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See VOTING, Page 24 PAWTUCKET – On Aug. 15, officers responding to the FabCity Cigar Lounge at 1438 Newport Ave. for reports of fighting at 12:05 a.m. found 20 people outside drinking and being very loud and disruptive. Officers tried to enter the establish- ment, but, according to a summary from a compliance order by the state, were unable to reach the bar area due to the large number of patrons inside. Officers found no mask usage among customers and employees, estimating some 140 or more people in the establishment. While the offi- cers were speaking to management, multiple fights broke out outside. Nearly 24 hours later, at 11:41 p.m., police were again called and found 20 or so people outside and 65 to 80 people inside, few of them practicing safety measures. Those were two of 19 incidents where police were called to FabCity between May 23 and Sept. 30, including a couple of unfounded reports or false alarms, accord- ing to Capt. David Holden of the Pawtucket Police Department. Updating the City Council's Board of License Commissioners last week, he said FabCity was closed by the Department of Business Regulation on Aug. 20 for violations of COVID- 19 orders and safety regulations. It Cigar bar representatives admit problems, say they've changed By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CIGAR BAR, Page 8 PAWTUCKET – Back in June of 2010, Andrew Gates, owner of the Apex Department Store, told The Valley Breeze during a tour of the riv- erfront property that he was planning a new mixed-use development called the Riverfront Commons. The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles was about to move out of the building, and the nearby Pawtucket River Bridge hadn't been rebuilt yet as Gates spoke of some- thing similar to the Garden City Center in Cranston. In addition to larger anchor tenants, he touted a collection of other stores, possibly including coffee shops, smaller eater- ies, retail shops and other businesses. Six months ago, yet another listing for Apex at 100 Main St. was posted online by Atlantic Retail at offic- espace.com. Six properties are mar- keted separately for lease, also under At Apex, history of inaction leads to next step By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See APEX, Page 9 www.valleybreeze.com/learning/ 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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