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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-20-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 20-26, 2021 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE At a free mask giveaway in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MANNY SILVA, of Central Falls, and MARIA ISABEL MARTIN, of Pawtucket, show where to go to get masks in front of Pawtucket City Hall on Monday. The event was sponsored by Pawtucket City Hall, Project Health Cape Verde, Mixed Magic Theatre and the Pawtucket Foundation with help from the Pawtucket-Central Falls Equity Zone. PAWTUCKET – Saying history will look favorably on their decision last week to keep students in a con- sistent remote learning environment, Pawtucket School Committee members are rejecting what member Erin Dube termed the "supercharged" rhetoric around the situation. School officials stand by decision on distance learning By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See DECISION, Page 13 PAWTUCKET – Opinions over whether the Pawtucket School Committee made the right decision in being the only district in the state to stick with distance learning were both Some upset by school decision, others support it By MELANIE THIBEAULT and ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writers ethan@valleybreeze.com See SCHOOLS, Page 10 PAWTUCKET – Representatives from the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency say they intend to sue the owners of Apex for continuing to obstruct their efforts to acquire the downtown property for public and private use. That lawsuit could be filed as early as this week against the Apex Companies to seek an injunction prohibiting them from interfer- ing with the PRA's statutory right to enter the Apex properties and conduct environmental testing, said Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle. The city is demanding that the results of testing not be kept con- fidential, while Apex owners say a lack of confidentiality could put them at risk of the city backing out of the deal and them being exposed to extensive costs. Boyle said Apex owners continue to put up roadblocks in an attempt to keep the city from developing the properties in a way that would ben- efit the city and broader area, reiter- ating that the PRA is simply trying to conduct standard due diligence in a transparent way. "Under Rhode Island's eminent domain statute, a redevelopment agency is permitted to enter prop- erties and conduct environmental testing to determine whether to acquire the properties by provid- ing two weeks' written notice to the owner of the property," she said. PRA intends to sue Apex owners By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See APEX, Page 9 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. Family Owned Since 1926 $ 100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your Gas Boiler or Furnace ready for winter. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports Saint CeCilia SChool Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2021-2022 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org Join US FoR a ViRtUal toUR at SCSRi.oRG Call FoR a PeRSonal toUR

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