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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 7-24-13

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Serving Pawtucket JULY 24-30, 2013 FREE Breeze THE VALLEY IMPROVING SERVICE SOAKING UP SUMMER Pawtucket Fire Department adds three new vehicles. PAGE 7 Slater Park Summer Camp kids cool down in the sprinklers. PAGE 8 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Celebrating Colombian culture Officials: Return of historic credits big news for the city Deadline for developers to apply is Aug. 1 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH Colorful festivities filled Pawtucket on Sunday with the annual COLOMBIAN PARADE AND FESTIVAL at Slater Mill. The event, which drew hundreds, featured Colombian food and music, native dances and vendors. Dancers perform a traditional dance in costumes using the colors of the Colombian flag. See more photos on page 12. Source: Council majority seeking a candidate for mayor By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – The relationship between Mayor Donald Grebien and a large majority on the City Council has disintegrated to such a point that the mayor's opponents on the council are actively seeking someone to run against him in 2014, according NORTON HEARING Caring for RI's hearing for over 28 years UP TO 50% DISCOUNT ON ALL HEARING AIDS NO SALES PRESSURE (EVER) Accurate Hearing Tests Expert Repairs (All Makes) Wax Removal • Home Visits Second Opinions • Accessories NEW PATIENTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED... EVEN IF YOU ALREADY WEAR HEARING AIDS My promise: To give my patients the best hearing aids at the best price with the best service. Robert G. Norton, M.S. Audiologist 1044 Smithfield Avenue Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 401-725-5798 www.nortonhearing.com to one inside source. The thinking, according to the source, is that a powerful group of council members, several serving on the body for See CANDIDATE, Page 21 PAWTUCKET – Few communities will benefit more from the revival of the state's historic tax credit program than this one, say city officials, who are poised to jump on the chance to bring new life to old and decaying properties. There are currently more than 50 properties in Pawtucket that could be eligible for historic tax credits, according to representatives for the Pawtucket Foundation, including several mill buildings with a range of possible future uses. Dylan Zelazo, a director of constituent services and communications who was hired by Mayor Don Grebien last month to help with the city's economic development effort, said the administration is "very pleased" that the program was brought back after a years-long hiatus. "It's an extra boost for possible development," he said. According to Zelazo, city officials maintain a list of properties, some historic and others not "that we try to push" for Dupuis Oil announces partnership with MS Society's R.I. Chapter When a MS Society member opens an account with Dupuis Oil, we will make a $100 donation to the Society, RI Chapter. In addition, the customer will receive the MS Discount for every gallon that the customer buys. Spread the word! Help us make a difference. (401) 722-0080 (800) 322-5025 www.DupuisOil.com ©2013 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. redevelopment. That list was not immediately available. An earlier version of Rhode Island's historic tax credit program helped reshape many of Pawtucket's older and often vacant industrial buildings into vibrant business and residential structures. One of the biggest success stories from the ZELAZO previous program is the Design Exchange at 161 Exchange St., the home of LLB Architects across from Tolman High School and the Pawtucket Armory in the downtown. The four-story brick building was formerly the Rhode Island Cardboard Company but is now home to a number of design businesses. According to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation, the state's historic tax credit program is reopening under a new name, and with a new set of rules. It is the result of a proposal introduced by Gov. Lincoln Chafee as part See CREDITS, Page 14

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