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The North Providence Breeze 01-13-2021

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 13-19, 2021 THE VALLEY / OBITUARIES 11 solidation. Lorraine Fabrics has been renting warehouse space on School Street. "As you know, we had a big build- ing and we used it as a warehouse," he said. The Breeze reported in August of 2018 that the Lorraine Fabrics build- ing at 593 Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket had been sold, with new live/work units planned by Lorraine Mills developer Jonathan Savage in the upper floors and the fabric store reducing its expansive footprint to just the first floor. North Providence records show that Taylor purchased the former Salvation Army store on Smith Street for $550,000 on Dec. 31, 2020. The prop- erty, listed at a tax value of $581,000, covers about 11,000 square feet with its various buildings and basement space included, sitting on one-third of an acre of property. North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, who was unaware of the purchase when reached Monday, subsequently confirmed with Taylor that he'll be expanding to North Providence, including a renovation of the building. "I'm excited about them coming here, especially during this pandem- ic," Lombardi said. Lombardi said the town has made a number of gains in unusual types of business, including the earlier move of Providence Picture Frame from Providence. Lorraine Fabrics markets itself as the largest and most complete dis- count fabric store in New England, with the slogan "Serving you better, saving you more." A sign out front welcomes minorities of all types. The store has long drawn clothing designers and crafters for its huge assortment of cloth. The Lorraine Mills has seen rapid change and progress in recent years, with the addition of White Dog Distilling, Rhode Island Monthly and the Miss Lorraine Diner added to an eclectic mix that includes Mixed Magic Theatre and Crooked Current Brewery, among others. When Taylor originally sold the Pawtucket property, he told The Breeze he was hopeful that it would allow him to keep Lorraine Fabrics open "hopefully forever." Corrinne Matera Corrinne (Zuchero) Matera, 92, of North Providence, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Domenic J. Matera. Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Gabriella (Campopiano) Zuchero. She is survived by her son, Richard J. Matera; her daughter, Cory M. Matera; three grandchil- dren; and six great-grandchildren. Corrinne is also survived by her second son, Bill Alger. She was the mother of the late Michael Matera and sister of the late Esther Jackson. Corrine's funeral and burial will be private. Donations in her mem- ory may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 529 Charles St., Providence, RI 02904. Visit . MATERA OBITUARY The owner of LORRAINE FABRICS, which is shown here on Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket, has purchased a new location in North Providence for warehouse space. LORRAINE From Page One PAWTUCKET – An outside expert would say that this break-up is well past the point of no return. City officials are suing the outgo- ing Pawtucket Red Sox baseball team in Superior Court, alleging that the team has failed to live up to its obliga- tions to maintain and repair McCoy Stadium. The action seeks unspecified dam- ages related to the team's failure and refusal to fully perform required main- tenance, repair and other obligations under its lease. "This is another unfortunate piece of the Pawtucket Red Sox saga. The city of Pawtucket worked hard to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox here, but the long- standing team will no longer be play- ing here in Rhode Island," said Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement. The team, which is departing for a new stadium in Worcester, Mass., for the 2021 season, responded with its own statement on Tuesday. "The Pawtucket Red Sox were stunned to learn of this unfounded lawsuit from our friends and long-time partners at the city of Pawtucket," said spokesman Bill Wanless. "We will now allow the legal process to run its course, and therefore have no further comment at this time." A spokesman for the city did not offer specifics on exactly what kind of bill the city is looking to have paid, but the lawsuit cites a 2016 study detailing the need for some $35 mil- lion in needed upgrades. The suit demands judgment "in an amount greatly exceeding the jurisdictional requirements of this court, together with interest and costs, and all other just and proper relief." The city, according to the suit, sent formal notice to the team last October that it had failed to fulfill its obliga- tions. A response from the PawSox last November stated that the team was in full compliance. If the team departs at the end of its lease on Jan. 31 without completing the work, it will leave the city, as owner of the stadium, with costly deficiencies to address, it states. The team previously sending its notice that it will not extend its stay beyond Jan. 31 "means the city of Pawtucket will be exposed for the entire facility and upkeep which was originally the responsibility of the state and PawSox, leaving the burden on the taxpayers to fix or knock down the facility," said Grebien. "The city of Pawtucket's primary responsibility continues to be to preserve and protect our taxpayers' investments," he added. "The city, months ago, engaged legal and profes- sional counsel to assist and review all the agreements to protect the taxpay- ers. Through their due diligence and the failure and refusal fully to perform required maintenance, repair, and other obligations in connection with the exiting lease, the city has filed suit in Superior Court in order to ensure that the commitments of the lease are met and the city is protected." The city and team continue to have conversations to allow the PawSox to stay in the facility on a month-to- month basis to help in the team's tran- sition past the lease. "The city is always willing to con- tinue fruitful partnerships so long as our taxpayers are protected," said Grebien. In lawsuit, city seeks substantial payout from PawSox By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor Amos House offers free tax prep PROVIDENCE – IRS-certified volunteers at Amos House, a fully handicapped-accessible agency at 460 Pine St., prepare free income tax returns for those earning $57,000 or less. There are two options: coming in for document drop-off and a safe-distance, in-person interview, and fully electronic. For drop-off, appointments are required; they are available on Mondays and Wednesdays during the day and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus on selected Saturdays, by calling 401-272-0220. Completed returns available for pick-up within a week. Electronic filers do not have to come in. More information on fil- ing this way with Amos House and its partner GetYourRefund is available at freetaxprep . Other free tax sites in Rhode Island and Massachusetts may be found by dialing 211. IN BRIEF Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. 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