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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-06-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 6-12, 2021 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Pawtucket's homeless encampment off TAFT STREET was seemingly deserted Monday morning. PAWTUCKET – Down on the Pawtucket riverfront, just up from Town Landing on Taft Street, a tent city has grown to a size where it can't be ignored. With the leaves off the trees, the city's problem with home- lessness is starkly visible at this loca- tion, one of several encampments in the city. With the city's emergency shelter at St. Paul's Church closed this winter, a pre-Christmas snowstorm, Dec. 16-17, brought the debate over how to help the growing number of home- less residents to the forefront. There are conflicting viewpoints both over how that situation all went down and whether the city, state, and advocacy groups are working in partnership to take the best approaches to the prob- lem. Lisa Beade, a Pawtucket resident who lives in the neighborhood of the tent city, has been critical of the city's response to the issue in the Pawtucket's problem with homelessness comes to a head By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOMELESSNESS, Page 14 Northern Rhode Island commu- nities remain largely unfriendly to pedestrians after snowstorms, a safe- ty issue brought on by inconsistent clearing and enforcement efforts, and officials are most often declin- ing to fill in the gaps with municipal crews. Officials in several cities and towns remain reluctant to issue tickets for failure to clear sidewalks, despite the presence of ordinances requiring such work to be done by abutting property owners within Communities struggle to get sidewalks cleared By ETHAN SHOREY and LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writers ethan@valleybreeze.com George Wiley Center marks 40 years of advocating for justice Staff, volunteers have been hard at work during pandemic PAWTUCKET – After a busy year of helping feed people who are food insecure, fighting for racial justice, and pushing for policies to protect Rhode Islanders from utility shutoffs, the staff and volun- teers at the George Wiley Center in Pawtucket are getting ready to celebrate 40 years of organizing for social and economic justice. "We're very excited about the 40th anniversary," Executive Director Camilo Viveiros told The By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See WILEY, Page 2 See SIDEWALKS, Page 6 132 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI www.SaSSymamacuiSine.com 401-524-6291 SOME HOT! SOME NOT! GIFT BOXES & BASKETS MADE TO ORDER THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2020! Wishing Everyone a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year! SOME HOT! and Healthy New Year! and Healthy New Year! and Healthy New Year! • Olive Oils & Balsamics • Gourmet Cooking Sauces and Seasonings • Wide Selection of Dipping Sauces, Pestos, Bruchettas and Tapenads • Hot Sauces • Jerkys & much more! HOURS: Closed on Mondays | Tues.-Fri. 12-7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Isabel , s & Gift Boutique s Independently owned and operated 565 Central Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02861 Email: isabelsavon@msn.com 401-727-2866 Tues.-Fri. 12-5 Sat. 12-4 CLEARANCE SALE! All Christmas Items & Jewelry 40%-50% OFF! 20% OFF ANY REGULARLY PRICED ITEM PLUS A GIFT WITH THIS AD EXP. 2/27/2021 www.youravon.com/isabelvargas Falamos Portugues & Hablamos Espanol 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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