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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-07-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE PAWTUCKET – Crime in Pawtucket was down by 8 percent in 2020, though violent crimes were up in a number of categories. Total crimes in the city last year were 3,913, com- pared to 4,242 crimes in 2019. The 2019 numbers were also a drop from 2018, when there were 4,716 incidents. The 3,913 crimes occur- ring in 2020 repre- sented a decline of 1,640 crimes from the 5,553 crimes committed in 2010, or about 30 per- cent overall from a decade ago. "The safety and well-being of our residents is a top priority for the Pawtucket Police Department," said Chief Tina Goncalves. "As the data shows, crime in our community has continued to decline over the last 10 years." Crime down in 2020, but some violence increased By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor GONCALVES See CRIME, Page 13 Happy hunting PAWTUCKET – Self-storage facilities appear to be all the rage in Pawtucket and elsewhere due in part to impacts from the pandemic. Self-storage facilities proposed in Pawtucket By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See STORAGE, Page 8 TARAN MCFEETERS, 3, of Pawtucket, with an Easter-themed shirt on, finds a Snickers bar inside an Easter egg. The Pawtucket Public Library held an Easter egg hunt last Saturday, allowing one child in at a time. See more photos on page 4. PAWTUCKET – The outpour- ing of grief this week at the death of "Mama Ama" Amponsah, mentor to generations of city youth, was perhaps most profound among those young people whose lives were for- ever changed by her love and influ- ence. One after another shared how their talks with Amponsah kept them in line and out of trouble, crediting her for helping get them to where they are today. "It's impossible to put into words what she has meant to so many," said Stephane Andrade, now at Yale University. "Her radiant smile and powerful spirit, a mother to us all, a true guardian of Main Street. My deepest condolences to the Amponsah family, and to my broth- er Germain." "I spent a large chunk of my child- hood in and around Ama's Variety, and it's a necessary stop to share my City loses 'Guardian of Main Street,' Mama Ama By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor AMPONSAH See AMA, Page 4 ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket FREE APRIL 7-13, 2021 Breeze THE VALLEY — CELEBRATING OUR 25 TH ANNIVERSARY — 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. North ProvideNce An Active Adult community Limited Availability for 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments available! Please call our Leasing Office to set up an appointment.

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